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from the March 2006 Star Beacon
What is your Shadow Self?
A popular catch phrase in spirituality and New Thought lately has been the
“Shadow Self.” Many books have been written and many workshops conducted in
how to integrate the shadow self into your being. Another word for the shadow
is the ego, or false self. The ego is based in fear, anger, attack, hatred and
judgment. It is a product of incarnating on a planet of lower vibration and
density. The ego is formed within us because of our forgetfulness and feelings
of disconnection from our Source. It is not who we are and at the deepest
level of truth, it is not even a part of what we are. It is a temporary “part”
of us, the result of being in the physical body.
Because we forget our truth as spiritual beings, all we have to identify with
while on Earth is our bodies. Many people believe that the body is who and
what they are. Since bodies can be injured and even killed, we live in fear
that we might be destroyed. We believe that we must do everything we can to
protect our physical bodies. Self preservation is a very strong ego instinct.
Our soul knows that there is no death. It is who we really are.
In truth, we are beings of Love, Light, joy and peace. We are eternal. We
choose the physical experience in order to experience. Through our physical
lives we gain knowledge, wisdom and growth. We are free to create whatever we
wish, and we have the opportunity to know who we are experientially.
Integrating the shadow simply means accepting that the ego is part of the
physical experience. When the shadow emerges, and it will emerge, it is
important not to condemn yourself for it. Instead, look at it as an
opportunity to see things from a higher perspective. Look at the shadow,
acknowledge the shadow. See it for what it really is. Do not, however,
identify yourself with it. It is your false self, not your true self. Once you
look at your shadow and accept it, then you can choose not to come from it.
When you shine your light, the shadow disappears into the illusion that it is.
When my ego rears its head, I try to catch it as soon as possible. Depending
on the situation, it could be seconds, minutes, hours, days or even weeks. The
time frame doesn’t really matter. I say to myself “Wow, my ego really came
forward that time!” I don’t judge it or myself. I go into meditation and ask
for guidance. I ask to see the situation from a higher point of view. I look
for the lesson. I look for the blessing. If possible, I try to correct the
situation, if I can. What I do not do is place myself into a guilt trip. Your
ego wants you to feel guilty. Its voice inside your head will be loud and
harsh. It will be unkind, condemning and full of judgment. It will tell you
what a bad person you are. This is the ego’s very nature. Give that voice no
power. Instead, listen to the other voice within your being. It is often
called “The Still Small Voice.” That is the voice of truth. That is the voice
of your soul. It is the voice telling you that you are a beloved Child of God.
Until next time, Namasté
Tumeria, a native of
Alpha Centauri, currently lives in New Hampshire. Her earthly mission is to
empower mankind and to help awaken humanity to its divinity. Tumeria is
available for Akashic Record Readings, property clearing, spiritual advising
and Reiki healings. You may contact her at:
email@example.com or c/o The Star
Visit The Alpha
Centauri Connection Web site at http://Alpha-c-connection.tripod.com, and also
Tumeria’s discussion group at http://groups.yahoo. com/group/AC_connection/.
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