|The Shadow of the Cup|
There are mornings I begin reading and after two sentences find myself trying to think of a way to simply skip this day's reading.
I do not think that much about my shadow...and I am suspecting that maybe I am happy not thinking about my shadow!
What is our shadow? According to C. G. Jung, it is anything in our inner world that we do not know or that we know but refuse to accept. It is the part of our psyche, or self, that is in the dark. Joyce continues saying:
"The shadow can be a positive quality. It might be self-esteem in a woman who has never believed that she is of worth. It might be the gift of honesty in a man who has always felt compelled to practice deceptiveness. It might be deep compassion in one who tends to be self-centered.Joyce goes on to say:
"The shadow can also be negative characteristics that we refuse to believe are a part of us, such as stubbornness, greed, jealousy, lust, hatred or self-pity." (Joyce Rupp, The Cup of Life, p 72)
"The negative characteristics of our shadow are not sinful any more than our flaws are sinful in themselves. These things only become sinful if we deliberately make them a source of harm for ourselves or others. Our flaws may simply be that part of us which consistently rises up unexpectedly in our lives and seems uncontrollable...If we are to grow in wholeness, then we need to know and claim our Shadow as much as we can." (Ibid)Breathprayer:
Breathing in: Loving Presence...
Breathing out:...I want to grow.
Set you cup in a place where it casts a shadow...
Gaze upon the cup and its shadow
Let what you see speak to you about your life.
Place your hand in the shadow of the cup.
Ask God to help you befriend your unknown realm and to learn from this part of yourself.
Scripture: Matthew 7:1-5
How can you say to your neighbor: "Let me take the speck out of your eye" while the log is in your own eye?
Write a letter, or carry on a conversation with some quality of yourself that you would rather not have.
As you reflect on the concept of "shadow," what are some of your key thoughts and emotions?
God of unconditional love,...
After the first reading I began thinking of everything "bad" about myself that I could hold. I'm sometimes impatient. I sometimes act from a place of scarcity rather than abundance. I sometimes react rather than taking a deep breath and responding. But then, when I sat down to reflect on my cup and to place my hand in its shadow...those were not my thoughts. I felt an overflowing sense of love coming from my heart...which I dubbed as being "wrong."
"These things only become sinful if ... a source of harm for ourselves and for others."
I would not have thought of myself being "sinful" by trying to hide or ignore the voice of fear that lives within my shadow. yet, fear does keep me from being and living in wholeness. It goes back to my writing about trying to give Uncle Robert peace while he was in the hospital. How can I offer comfort to another when there is a "log in my own eye?"
Shadows are a part of my life, because Light has to be present for a shadow to exist. Light of the World...
God, grant me courage to face my inner enemies, those things that keep me from being fully present with you. Help me to learn from them and then fill me with your light...fill me with love for who I am. AMEN.
Today: Joyce suggests that I see the shadows of physical things, and to ask God for help to know and accept my inner shadow.
Many Blessings ~ Sandi