Sometimes coming face to face with our shadow self is nothing but a good cry and a new perspective.
Other times it’s a total melt down, negative words and thoughts spewing from deep within that allows us to witness our shadow first hand, running right into it.
There are also times it feels like we’re being split in half, cracked open, exposed with no where to run and no where to hide. A moment when we are experiencing a split so intense that we may feel mentally and emotionally unstable and full of fear. Not knowing what is real, what to believe, what to trust... A moment when the only way out is through. A moment of true SURRENDER and TRUST.
Each one of these experiences is a call for integration. An invitation to wholeness. It IS the moment the door opens and we have the choice to walk through or stay where we are.
Neither choice will make it easier in the moment, but it does determine what comes next. Will we begin a new healthier chapter, or we will repeat the same pattern until we finally take the plunge and heal our shadow self?
The choice is always ours.
We can resist it all if we want to. That’s the beauty (or the pain, depending on how you look at it) of free will.