Lately with the US Presidential election season heating up, I’ve been thinking about the collective shadow. Psychologist Carl Jung termed the shadow as the unowned negative parts of ourselves that we tend to project on others. Here are a few quotes on the shadow:
Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with darkness in other people. – Carl Jung
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. – Carl Jung
Both light and shadow are the dance of love.- Rumi
These past few weeks I’ve been trying to look at my own shadow. It has been painful but I’m feeling stronger now, more centered. I wanted to do a painting about the shadow and the light that comes from releasing our fears. There Goes My Shadow is the result.
4 thoughts on “There Goes My Shadow”
Love it! Love your painting, title, Jung and Rumi quotes. I seem to be on a gradual, ever-so-gradual journey of bringing my darker and lighter creations together. It takes courage to consciously face your shadow, let alone to share it with the world.
Thank you, I’m happy you relate to the painting! And thank you for your insightful comments, it does take courage and it is a process, isn’t it!
A beautiful painting of the quotes and your experience. Thank you for sharing them! Rumi is my favorite. The shadow side of all of us can be our teacher as I’ve experienced it. I’ve learned, tho difficult, there really isn’t any way to avoid it’s messages. And they are necessary parts of who we are. Namaste to you.
Thank you for your reply. I’m glad the painting and quotes spoke to you. Thank you also for your insightful comments. Your icon photo is a beautiful example of both the light and dark. Namaste to you!