I believe in you my soul, the other I am must not abase itself to you,
And you must not be abased to the other.
___Walt Whitman Song of Myself
Pieces of self unwittingly relegated
to shadow existence. Often unknown,
thus feared. Sometimes wild, like
a feral child, drawn toward light
seeking expression, wanting
only to be heard.
Elizabeth Crawford 3/3/11
Note: The first time I read the above quote by Walt Whitman, it resonated deeply throughout my being. I had spent several years creating my own Personal Mythology and understood exactly what Whitman was speaking into. We are often told that each of us has a shadow aspect to our personality. Something that exists within the subconscious mind, lurks there. We are usually afraid of what we don’t know, and actually are genuinely confused when we engage in behavior that we might find unacceptable, inappropriate, for purposes and reasons we do not clearly understand.
I have written about The Wild Child, The Wild Thing that exists within each of us. Some of that writing can be found here in the categories on this blog. I have found that some of those shadow aspects are actually our own creative voices, yearning to express themselves, seeking to be heard and to be healed. When I pulled this stone, this morning, I almost put it back and sought another. Actually started to do just that.
Felt this was too big a subject for what I was doing here. But changed my mind, choosing to write what I know and have experienced in my own life. Not all of that shadow aspect is bad or evil, or even self-destructive. If we are ever to find the wholeness we seek, we must be willing to lean in and listen to the voice of our soul as it leads us to those parts of us without which we can never attain that wholeness.
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