People often speak about doing “shadow” work, healing their “shadow” and integrating their “shadow.”
What we often don’t realize is that the “shadow” is merely an indication of the light.
Without light coming from a specific direction, there is no shadow. As light shifts and changes its position, so too does the shadow shift and change.
We see this through a single sunny day. In the morning our shadows are long. As time progresses, the shadow shrinks, until the Sun is directly overhead, and then the shadow disappears altogether.
Then as the Sun continues its route, the shadow reappears, at first small, and then getting longer throughout the day, until the Sun sets, and then there is no more shadow until the next day.
So perhaps we should pay more attention to how our light is shining, instead of how long the shadow is?
Better yet, perhaps as we shine the light inside of ourselves, looking in the full brightness of our light at all aspects and sides of ourselves, we can come to love and accept all those little scared children inside of us, who are afraid of how we will treat them.
Perhaps more inner kindness, more inner acceptance, more inner awareness is all we need.
What if we were already perfect?