Unless you embrace your own dark side and stop running away from your monsters, you will never be able to find the path that leads to the light. This can only begin with honest self-exploration and an inner journey that will help you understand and accept difficult truths about yourself.
People fear their dark side. They try to run away from what they don’t understand and what scares them. Especially, after the interest in spirituality got rekindled in the last couple of years, tendencies to focus only on light emerged. However, focusing only on light has its purpose, it doesn’t change the fact that you first have to face your dark side if you want to become a balanced being. No spiritual bypassing will do because the dark aspects are parts of you too.
What is the dark side of a person?
Everyone has a dark side which creates the balance for the light side. The dark and light sides reside in everything in the world of duality. As long as we evolve and experience the contrasting universe, both sides play their role.
In the Yin and Yang symbol, we can see a dark spot in the white swirl and vice versa. Hence the harmony is preserved. The dark and light don’t have to be balanced 50/50. It can be a 20/80 ratio, but there is something that we call “dark” within us regardless. Even if it’s a small dot-like in the Yin and Yang symbol.
The Sanskrit word GURU (a teacher) also reflects this duality. GU means darkness and RU stands for light. The teacher can’t become the wise one if he doesn’t face and transmute his dark side to the light. Transforming the dark into the light is what the lightworkers do.
Your dark side means that you have shadow aspects of yourself that you don’t want to look at and even less you want consciously to work with them. Instead of facing your dark side from the place of presence, we ignore and suppress the parts of ourselves that we dislike.
The inner shadow consists of fears, limiting beliefs, pain, suppressed emotions, worries, or doubts. These states of mind have their meaning and place in life because they’re, too, aspects of you.
Fears are the aspects of you that you don’t want to take ownership over and thus they control you.
When you face your dark side, you realize that you’re not your shadow. Moreover, the darkness has valuable lessons for you. Once you grasp the lessons, the shadows become light.
Examples of a dark side in a person are:
- Fear, worries, resentment.
- Self-sabotage, a wish to hurt others (consciously or not).
- Jealousy, envy, comparison.
- Manipulation and control.
- Self-harm or harming others.
- Unprocessed feelings and situations from your past – such as the way your parents or friends treated you while.
- You were growing up.
- Running away from what you want.
- Hiding away from your inner power.
- Inner critic and editor.