Spring has arrived, pushing away the dark doldrums of winter. The contrast between the two seasons mirrors the contrasts within ourselves. We are both light and dark, colorful and drab. Do we need to shed the winter of our souls to embrace the rebirth of spring?
Carl Jung, famed Swiss psychologist, believed we are compromised of both for good reasons. "The shadow is the person you would rather not be...[However]one does not become enlightened by imaginary figures of light but by making the darkness conscious."
In The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, Debbie Ford gives a fuller explanation of this concept."Our shadows exist to teach us, guide us, and give us the blessings of our entire selves. They are the resources for us to expose and explore. The feelings that we have suppressed are desperate to be integrated into ourselves. They are only harmful when they are repressed: then they can pop up at the least opportune times. Their sneak attacks will handicap you in the areas of your life that mean the most.
"You life will be transformed when you make peace with your shadow. The caterpillar will become a breathtakingly beautiful butterfly. You will no longer have to pretend to be someone you're not. You will no longer have to prove you're good enough. When you embrace your shadow, you will no longer have to live in fear. Find the gifts of your shadow and you will finally revel in all the glory of your true self. Then you will have the freedom to create the life you have always desired."
Penney Peirce, author of The Intuitive Way, also encourages us to summon our deepest selves."Cultivating the kind of knowing that doesn't depend on following paper trails and keeping up with proliferating piles of information seems essential as our world speeds up and problems become more complex. Imagine if we surrendered our compulsion to devour information and instead trusted intuition, if we listened to first impressions and acted from a deep sense of harmony. Operating this way, what we needed to know would simply occur to us, and whoever was supposed to do the task would be the first to do it."
In Writing from Life, Susan Wittig Albert, Ph.D.likens our creative energy to the joy of birth. "When we think of giving birth, we usually think of giving birth to a child, a momentous event in a woman's life. For many of us, it may seem to be the purpose of life, the centerpoint, the focus of energy and spirit. But in the span of a lifetime, we give birth in thousands of ways.We open ourselves to new experience, new places, new things to do, new ways to see. We create new things, activities, art, places, plans, ideas. If we limit our definition of the generative process to birthing children, we won't be able to see our creativity in its larger perspective...How many times in your life have you conceived and given birth to something so new and different that it took your breath away?"
Spring is the mother of new creation. Tender blades of grass rise from the barren earth, flowers bloom, leaves burst forth and fawns appear in the meadows. Puppies play while kittens frolic. She allows us to be seized with joy and a zest for life, enchanted when the butterfly takes wing and the rainbow glitters above. Even while we continue to recognize our winters, we should let our souls revel in spring. Among her best gifts are an enthusiasm that creates momentum, an anticipation of the future and awe at the wonders of our world. Spring is also a time of choices and passions. We need to let our choices and our passions combine and become the life force of our creative endeavors.
By Loretta Kemsley
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