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Sacred Contracts XXII: Shadow Work

"I thought the most beautiful thing
In the world must be a shadow..."

~ Plath
† †
Shadows arenít faceless reflections † † †
of ourselves in stalking silhouettes † †  
of concrete edging the weedy grass † † †
and gravel-faced dirt of our pasts. † †  
† † †
Theyíre storms brewing: Godís stale † † †
breath at noon ashing his cigarette † †  
over shag carpet, yellowed fingertip † †  
eclipsing our kaleidoscopic vision. † † † †
† † †
Shadows arenít cool, shady respites † † †
or dark muscles flexing. Nor are they † †  
survival, ego, or possessed knowledge † †  
from combatant experiences of victory. † †  
† † †
Shadows teach you how to weep, † †  
unabashedly; because, when you weep † †  
you learn empathy and the vulnerability † † †
of a broken-boned world despite yourself. † †  
† † †
When you weep, a deep compassion † † †
is birthed; and, being compassionate, † †  
being as Source, and respecting the earth † † †
is the means to give and receive Love. † †  
† † †
Now, we can keep our faces to the sun; † †  
itís our choice. Deny anything's wrong. † † †
But, sooner rather than later, we all must † † †
turn, and strip ourselves naked to trust.† †  
† † †
The future is yet to come; it begins † † †
when we depart this world. This is just † † †
a stopping place, a chance to taste †  
'the valley of the Shadow of Death'. † †  
† † †
Itís the only way to reach the mountain top, †  
where 'the landing of the light' waits for us.† † †
~
Ahavati
Written by Ahavati
Published | Edited 17th Mar 2016
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