Do not be afraid of the dark

I know my shadow side because

I have been my shadow side,

in the mirror gaunt and high,

wanting to die.

 

Only from darkness can we see our true light.

 

For the shadow, it is too bright.

By the shadow, the light is despised.

 

Our ego in shadow will shut our eyes,

block out the painful sight,

feel only lack of light,

and revel in the madness.

 

Sometimes I feed my shadow side

with juicy indulgent bits of pride,

send tears of self pity to keep it moist,

and wallow in deep sadness.

 

Tend gently to your shadow side –

without darkness there can be no light.

From the darkest space in your heart

comes the greatest vantage of your self.

 

2014

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