-a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface
-an area of darkness created when a source of light is blocked
Every time you judge or deny an aspect of reality in some way, a shadow gets created and goes to the unconscious. It then follows you always as a shadow does, as it is the fragmentation that was created when you didn’t allow reality to be as it is fully. For example, take yourself. When you like one aspect of you and not another, what are you doing? you are creating a shadow of the dislike, you are pushing it into the darkness, the unconscious because you would like that to disappear from reality and have light just shine on the like. The question is, does it actually disappear? It is not in the light anymore, but it isn’t truly gone. It’s a SHADOW. Like if you clean a room by just sweeping things under the couch those things are still there and you will have to deal with them later, but for now, there seems to be a little relief.
The problem with this is that you do this all your life, you continually fragment reality into pieces and NEVER go and consciously put together the fragments. Allow the shadows to come back into awareness.
Truly You are ONE, but since you have been denying, judging, running away from yourself, You have been divided into many and you won’t get back into ONE again unless you become wise enough and realize that the only way back to truth is by merging all fragments (shadows) into ONE again. Most people swing between polarities and never see that it’s only when a merge occurs between the polarities that You become whole again. Your physical experience is living in fragmentation and chasing something to make you feel whole. A girlfriend, a boyfriend, a certain job, possessions, experiences, you are ultimately trying to have a merge, but you cannot see what is going on. It also doesn’t help that the majority of society does this too and then it seems like the norm.
Don’t start playing the blame game either because that’s the easiest thing to do, but just start from here wherever you are. Accept reality how it is and start sticking to the present moment as often as you can. If you are ready to take responsibility for your life, and not just distracting yourself with the myriad of ways that are available you will be able to start a spiritual journey. Which is ultimately a quest into becoming whole again. You are kind of trying to do this already on some level, but this time you have realized that the way you were doing it before is not attainable, through the physical, through fragmentation one cannot reach ONENESS.
Make friends with the shadows because in them lie the secrets to life. When you can allow love to be there even in the darkness, consciousness will get to see all aspects of itself once again. You are consciousness, You are love, You are Truth. Don’t deny yourself anymore and a new YOU will emerge.