The season of darkness is upon us; the time of year when the days are short & the nights are long. We are now in the dark side of the Wheel of the Year.
This is the time of shadows & of darkness.
This is the time of year when we turn inward. It’s the time for diving deep & reflecting on your shadows–your own inner darkness.
Your shadow side is where you hide the parts of yourself that you’re embarrassed by. Those parts of yourself you don’t want anyone else to see. It holds the parts of yourself you think aren’t good enough.
But your Shadow also holds deep & profound beauty. And wisdom.
When you get to know that side of yourself, when you reintegrate those parts you’ve tried to deny & push away, then your spirit is able to grow & evolve more wholly & deeply.
To connect with your own Shadow, try this lovely meditation by Catherine Maguire. This short, 15-minute, guided meditation introduces you to your Shadow Feminine & opens you up to the gifts & wisdom she has to offer you.
After the meditation I encourage you to spend some time journaling & record any wisdom or insight you received during the meditation. (You can read about my own experience below.)
What My Shadow Feminine Taught Me
When my Shadow Feminine first arrived at the fire I couldn’t see her clearly. She is still very much in shadow for me. But she definitely feels like a goddess. She feels wise. And sacred. And gorgeous.
We held hands immediately. Tightly. Lovingly. It felt very familiar. She felt like a dear friend that I haven’t seen in years. I just wanted to hold onto her & not let her go.
I stared deeply at her. She had all my attention and I asked her the questions in the meditation. And her answers came to me like a lightening bolt. I just heard these words spoken immediately in my head* …
(*Also, journaling about my experience immediately after the meditation really helped solidify her message. Even out of the meditation, I still felt very connected to this part of myself & the wisdom she was anxious to impart.)
1. What have you come here to tell me today?
“That you are doing it! You’re actually totally doing it.” Right now. Already.
Don’t worry about this world’s measures of success right now. Everything is happening on a cosmic level. Don’t stress. All the energy is aligning. And everything is getting ready to burst.
It’s all in you.
Everything you want. Everything you need. It is within you already.
2. What do you need from me?
You need to be patient. You can’t see everything that’s happening right now. It’s the shadow. It’s hidden. But it is all happening.
Be patient. Just keep moving forward and you will see results in this material world.
3. How can I incorporate you into my life?
Be open. Be accepting. And receive.”
And … breathe.
4. What is your gift?
“Everything,” she told me.
(And, seriously, that gave me shivers. It literally sent a jolt through my body.)
The gift our Shadow gives us is … Everything.
5. Is there anything else my Shadow wants to tell me?
To let her out!!
She was really insistent. And sad. She just wants me to let her out.
She told me, “Don’t be afraid … Now is the time.” And, that she needs me to let her out!
And then we said goodbye. And we embraced in a very deep, very loving, long, familiar hug.
It really was a very lovely, and inspiring meditation.
And seeing my Shadow Feminine–experiencing her as this very wise, beautiful, powerful goddess–definitely makes me feel a whole lot more accepting of her. And accepting of myself.
It really makes me feel more tolerant of those parts of myself I’m embarrassed by. And I feel inspired to get to know my Shadow side more deeply–what other seeds of wisdom does she have to tell me?!
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