"We live under the impression that in order for something to be divine it has to be perfect. We are mistaken. In fact, the exact opposite is true.
To be divine is to be whole and to be whole is to be everything; the positive and the negative, the good and the bad, the holy and the devil.
When we take the time to discover our shadow and its gifts we will understand what Jung meant by – The gold is in the dark.
Each of us needs to find that gold in order to reunite with our sacred self.
The dark parts of our psyches are only dark when they are stuffed away and hidden. When we bring them into the light of our consciousness and fine their sacred gifts, they transform us. Then we are free.
Each aspect within us needs understanding and compassion. Turn your wounds into wisdom.
Shadow work is not intellectual; it’s a journey from the head to the heart. Owning your shadow restores your body’s natural tendency towards wholeness. When you are whole you are healed.
When we can lovingly hold all of these traits together in one hand, without judgment, they will naturally integrate into our system. Then we can take off our masks and trust that the universe created each of us with a divine design.
Then we can stand tall, embracing the world within.”
PS Extracts from "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers" by Debbie Ford