It’s totally obvious.
Of course we all have a shadowside.
This notion makes me feel better.
The insight relaxes me.
I feel at ease with the notion that (this is my interpretation anyway) we all are a balance of light and dark.
It’s OK that, sometimes, I feel confused or lost or paralysed or ‘down’ or – quite literally – dark.
If there is light in your life – so too there is shadow.
In Jungian psychology (so Wikipedia tells me), the ‘shadow’, ‘Id’, or ‘shadow aspect/archetype’ part of me is:
1. An unconscious aspect of the personality which the conscious ego does not identify in itself, or:
2. The entirety of the unconscious, i.e., everything of which a person is not fully conscious.
In short, the shadow is my ‘dark side’.
Whatever the case, I am happier now that I (re)realise that I know this thing that I knew anyway.
Half of me will always be in shadow, for as long as there is light in my life.
I accept that if lose the shadow, I also lose the light.
This acceptance is valuable.
Now I know for sure that my shadow side is there, it’s somehow less powerful and alluring.
Because I used to worry about how to get rid of it.
Now I know that I can’t get rid of it, I also realise that I can chose when to visit.
Or not to visit.
And I think that – increasingly, now I am accepting that my shadowside is part of me – I am more inclined to choose ‘not’.
And that’s a good thing.