I take a picture of my shadow whenever I can. With the sun at my back I can see him. The dark boundaries are clearly defined on the bright face of the earth. My shadow is that which I project from an image inside that I hold to be opaque and solid. When the Shadow is active (and it always is), my world is divided and works contrary to my intentions, which are always to preserve my image. My best laid plans go astray.
The Shadow is the existential fear my self image has that it isn’t real. My self image only feels alive and real when it is resisting or avoiding the world as relationship. The more avoidance, the more real my self image feels. So what is it that my self image resists? Its own shadow.
You see, the Shadow on the lawn is the outline of a form, which is the dark inside, and also the light outside. These go together like the inside and the outside of a cup. We see the inside and don’t realize that the shadow is defined by that which is not the shadow. When my self image projects its shadow on the world, what it projects is the outside of the shadow as the Other, or the enemy. The Self image can’t see itself, so it sees the outside of its image, not realizing that the outside world and the inside image are the same world. But what is the light behind the image that projects it upon the screen of the world? The Light of Awareness, pure and simple.
The Shadow is our suffering as we battle to remove what we project on the world. Jesus said: Love your “shadow.” And then you can say with Jesus: I and the Father (my shadow) are One. Buddha also said the same thing in so many words. It is our willful turning our back on the world, our shadow, that is the cause of our suffering. The Shadow always knows what the self image can’t.
Take a picture of your shadow to see if I’m right. Truth can come in a Snap!