We First Acknowledge Our Dark Side
What is our dark side? It is consciousness clinging to an acquired, imagined image of a ‘me’ – and that is the cause of all our troubles. “No, no, my troubles are caused by other people!” Yes, by other people’s ‘me’: for them, their troubles are caused by your ‘me’. This is living in the darkness.
We are free in the moment of seeing. We are pure consciousness; we are not our concepts. The moment that our clinging to an idea is perceived and acknowledged by pure consciousness is the moment when truth sees the untruth. Now, we can either cling to that seeing, which keeps us in the dark side, thinking how clever ‘me’ is, or we can be genuinely free, by the immediate recognition of the unity of appearances and recognition. Pure consciousness (the mirror) merely acknowledges the reflections. Pure consciousness takes note, and we can now address a situation, putting this ‘me’ to one side, and doing whatever is needed to bring about clarity and inner peace.
What is the difference between the clarity of pain and the darkness of suffering? We mustn’t be confused about how we are feeling, or there could be long-term consequences. Pain is what we feel when the body or mind is harmed or disturbed; it hurts, showing us something. Suffering is when we cling to that pain, and it is this that creates misery and trauma.
Trauma: emotional shock following a stressful event or a physical injury, which may lead to long-term neurosis.
By the way, pleasant things can also cause long-term trauma. We get solace and comfort, and develop attachment to the pleasant, refusing to give it up because we feel safe. In this way, we are relying on a condition. This is conditional happiness; conditions do not last, and so, we return for another fix. Fixation!
The truth is that our dark side does not exist. It has absolutely no reality. It is an image in the mind, or Plato’s cave wall. It appears real because this ‘me’ feels that it is a trapped victim, and so we’re always vulnerable and unsure. This is why we cling to beliefs, and become a victim for others to feed off. Humans conform and are easily addicted, because we have great endurance: even though we suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, we muddle through – which is, in fact, a wonderful quality.
Endurance is a special energy, the tenacity of a seeker after truth. We do not, however, have to seek the light of truth as we are that light! It is the light that acknowledges the dark, and in this way, we bring an end to suffering. That’s it! All we have to do now is the laundry …
This planet is full of light and full of enlightened potential, if we only recognised it. For the first time in human history, these teachings are freely available, and more people are asking questions and becoming seekers. If we accept reincarnation, this spark will be reborn in future generations, and cannot be stopped. 😀
Carl Jung knew!
Carl Jung stated that the shadow is the unknown, dark side of the personality. According to Jung, the shadow, in being instinctive and irrational, is prone to psychological projection, in which a perceived personal inferiority is recognised as a perceived moral deficiency in someone else.
Our ‘shadow’ self is the side of our personality that contains all the parts of ourself that we don’t want to admit having. It is, at first, an unconscious side, and only through effort to become self-aware, can we recognise our shadow.