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Living in the Light

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When we strive for a better mental, emotional and physical state we often discard our true selves in the process, burying and concealing negative habits and emotions instead of facing them. In ‘Living in the Light’, Shakti Gawain professes we must deal with our shadow sides before we can step into the healthy light of wellness.
We are born with an infinite number of qualities and energies within but as we become educated we are taught that generosity is good while hoarding is bad. Instead, a balance between giving and taking is more desirable than practicing only one quality. If we give too much we become weak through depletion while if we take too much we don’t contribute and incur the wrath of resentment from others.
Instead of approaching life in a linear fashion, Gawain proposes we acknowledge the plane of duality in our physical world and realize dual energies exist within us. Instead of burying the negative energies, we should claim qualities such as vulnerability instead of denying them. When we deny vulnerability in ourselves we often attract that very quality in those we meet and then we judge them for their weakness.
Our good qualities usually take the form of our primary selves, while the disowned qualities remain buried in our psyche. Often we are taught to classify intuition as a disowned quality and use rationalization as a sole guide in job choices and relationship matters. When we ignore intuition, we may feel frustrated and resentful.
When we can make peace within ourselves this is mirrored outside of us in the physical world. We can consciously manifest a reality via our energies. If we want peace and love, we must explore and embrace the darkness within or own our shadow side before that peace can manifest.
A hardworking person by nature must come into balance by recognizing the opposite energy of relaxation. By exploring both energies, and learning to trust intuition, we no longer ignore signals which could have made us aware of impending problems.
When we are emotionally triggered by another’s actions, we become mirrors for each other. One person acting one side of the internal conflict, the other playing out the other side; for example, one person may be wishing for closeness, the other independence.
When we see beauty it is usually a mirror of ourselves, Gawain says. When we admire another’s positive qualities they very well may reside in us. On the other hand, when we dislike another’s qualities, we again may carry this undesirable behavior within.
Eventually, we may also recognize and feel the differences in our spirit and our physical form. If we can integrate both, we will be well on our way to utilizing our intuition and shining a light on all the many aspects that comprise who we are.

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