It is the work of enlightenment, the journey to consciousness and awareness that makes it truly possible to bring our light, our gifts and contribution to the world. I truly believe that we do this work not only for ourselves, rather to play a part in uplifting the consciousness of humanity.
“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
– C.G. Jung
When we endeavour to live only from our light, from our good, and to avoid dealing with the dark aspects of self – the rage, hate, pain, betrayal, jealousy, resentment etc. that has accumulated, been supressed and denied, in the process of living life, it does not work well.
What we are not willing to deal with, shows up in other ways, often through the circumstances and people in our life. Instead of facing this internally, we create opportunities and circumstances to experinece this outside of ourselves until we are willing to do the work of facing the pain, rage, beytrayal, hurt etc. that we have felt unable or unwilling to face. Of course, the world will always have both dark and light, good and bad, night and day because opposites are the nature of the Universe. The difference is that when we take responsibility for our own unresolved emotions and pain and begin to deal with it, we are not contributing this energy to the world. We then become more able to bring compassion, awareness, light and consciousness to the people and situations we meet in our life.
Life is balance and by no means are we meant to be focused on the pain and darker aspects of life all the time. That is not the point. I’m saying that to fully experience the joy, the beauty and goodness of life, to live an amazing life and to grow and contribute in all the ways we can, we cannot avoid dealing with our core wounds and inner pain. There are no shortcuts on the path to enlightenment and higher consciousness, however attractive it may be to focus on the light and good and avoid the parts of ourselves that are uncomfortable and the feelings that are unpleasant to be with.
Incorporating simple practices in your life that support this journey is a great place to start. A few practices I find useful are:-
* Making time every day to be with yourself, to reflect, journal or whatever works best for you, can make a big difference to living life with greater awareness
* Being present to feelings as they emerge, acknowledging them and letting them go
* Conscious breathing, keeping the breath open and full, keeps energy moving through the body
If you would like some assistance with navigating the light and dark aspects of yourself. you can contact me using the contact form below to talk about how we can work together.
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