Am I brave enough to go into those places, I’ve come to avoid?
To move out of what’s seen, and into the void?
Do I trust the outcomes unknown?
Will I be present to what I am shown?
Do I feel the strength I will need,
or will my fears take the lead?
I must admit, that sometimes I fear,
the shadows within that begin to appear
I might try to stuff them, deny they are there
At times I feel hatred, at others, despair
Sometimes it’s shame, judgment, or blame
And there are even those moments I feel completely insane!
But when I am silent, and present to truth
I know they are serving me, helping me choose
Each time I pray, for strength and surrender
I remember my whole life is yet but a mirror
I no longer fight the wisdom they offer
As I listen more intently, they don’t have to holler
They are my teachers, villains no more
No longer parts of me hated, rather, adored
As I love them they heal and I find my way back
To the essence within, no longer attacked
And in renewed wholeness, I expand into love
Thanks to my shadows, and their tricky little shoves
And in moments of forgetting, when I’m tired or stretched
I find that I’m gentler, ‘cause they no longer are threats
to my progress, my safety, not even my peace
I now know their voices, whether loud or a tease
And I embrace them as children, no longer afraid,
of my shadows’ projections, threatening plans once best laid
I surrender instead to the wisdom beneath
And honor the lessons they now do bequeath
Me and my shadows, travel together as ONE
I can see how loving them may actually be fun
Lighter and whole, I expand towards the light
And my shadows feel loved, since I no longer fight
So I stand here in wholeness, complete once again
Returning to the place of my Original Intention
~Anita Pathik Law, January 26, 2011, Copyright © 2011, all rights reserved