Your Shadow Self is a hidden force of tremendous power which, when harnessed, can bring great results in our lives. It’s a force made of star dust, of that very material that created the cosmos.
Your Shadow Self
“It is a frightening thought that man also has a shadow side to him, consisting not just of little weaknesses- and foibles, but of a positively demonic dynamism. The individual seldom knows anything of this; to him, as an individual, it is incredible that he should ever in any circumstances go beyond himself. But let these harmless creatures form a mass, and there emerges a raging monster. ~ Carl Jung, “On the Psychology of the Unconscious“
Let’s find more about your Shadow Self… What do you see first in this picture?
If you chose BEAR:
I‘m driven by my Heart
If the first thing you notice in the picture, is the bear, then a battle is happening inside your heart. This battle is ever going and you probably still remember it from a very young age.
The bear symbolises all the forces of the unconscious which have never been revealed. Your shadow self is much more powerful in you and like a powerful bear drives your destiny and creates your future. When your libido is awakened you deal with great amounts of energy which can be really creative or destructive. You can hardly ever manage these energies and the more you try to condense them the more intense and dagnerous they get.
You are a fierce force of Nature which cannot be controlled, not even by you. It would be wiser to be embraced. You should learn how to ground yourself – when energy is excessive – and more importantly learn how to calm yourself through meditation and LOVE. Once you embrace your emotions you are capable of great things!
If you chose MOUNTAIN:
I‘m driven by my Thoughts
If the first thing you notice is the Mountains then your are a work in progress. In fact you are an Alchemical Procedure, which always requires you to be alert, demanding sacrifices every now and then.
The mountain symbolizes – for the alchemists – the road of the Adepts, which is hard and needs effort to climb to the top of it. But the top of the mountain is a lonely place, where only one can stand on it. Deep inside your heart you think that only yourself can understand you. But is this true? Maybe you have not been honest with others and yourself. To be accepted, you need to open your heart.
You probably put your career first and then your social and personal life, living your heart barren and dry from satisfaction. This makes you feel tired, and day by day this fatigue is more profound. It doesn’t have to be this way. Balance is important. Love is all we need. Love is all you need. The alchemists believe that the philosophers stone is not on the top of the mountain but in its heart. You are a wonderful soul which needs to be appreciated not by its accomplishments but as it is! If only people knew how wonderful you are!
If you chose TREES:
I‘m driven by my Spirit
If the first thing you notice in this picture is the forest with its trees, then your shadow self is much more socially oriented than you would probably ever admit.
The trees of the forest are always communicating with each other, by so many ways, more than we can even understand. Their roots are interconnected transmitting and receiving signals from each other, informing them about the rain and warning them about all dangers. Trees talk and so should you. You need to connect more with others around you. Connect with the Earth through grounding.
Just like the trees in a forest, we are all connected with Mother Nature. Turning to Her will help us receive joy and affection. You’ve been hurt in the past but don’t let this affect you. Make more friends, go out and flirt, laugh, cry and live more! Time to express all these powerful emotions you’ve been hiding. The more you experience, the more powerful you are going to become!