Lovin’ the Shadow

We each have a “face” that everybody sees! Smiling, happy, strong and at peace!! People see and love this “self” that we allow to show. We take care of it, groom it and treat to special goodies, at times. But, there is another “self” that we seldom feel comfortable allowing others to see; that inner, wounded child is much too vulnerable to be exposed! Part of the time, we, ourselves, try to ignore, and other times we actively try to reject it. We regard it as an “enemy.” There is another option!! We can LOVE it!! After all it is part of US and if we are to love God, or anybody else in the word, we must learn to love and care for ourselves–ALL of ourselves! This is the unconditional love we are taught to have, in Scripture: we are admonished to love our enemies–to pray for them. This “enemy” WITHIN us, is our past wounds, negative experiences, fears and resentments–and is there FOR us! As we learn to love it and heal it, we become truer expressions of the God-presence and glory that we ARE! We free ourselves–to love ALL–on a higher level; to BE emanations of Love, itself!!

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