Darkness, Spirit, and the Feminine by Mary Shutan (1 Viewer)

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Darkness, Spirit, and the Feminine

Date: August 26, 2018 Author: Mary Shutan

It is the tendency of our culture to mistake what is dark within ourselves for what is wounded, rather than seeing darkness as its own kingdom, and carrying its own beauty.
It has been a long path for me to separate my rather dark tendencies from what was wounded within me. We tend to speak of dark as “bad”, and especially in modern spiritual communities the idea of transmuting anything that is not of the utmost purity into “light” is the predominant ideal.
This means that individuals who are naturally dark, who resonate with the earth, with death, who if they saw something slightly mischievous or simply not compassionate would be fine or even curious (to get along swimmingly with), who love their inner wildness, their bodies, their sexuality– all things that a perfectionist mind steeped in unconscious christianized patriarchal mythologies creates strict guidelines against in an effort to separate from– are often cast out of spiritual communities, or must find their way in “dark” communities often populated by individuals who are confusing darkness for adolescent angst or mental instability.
I have been sitting with this pattern for years, as what I have noticed is that those who are the “darkest” carry the most light. Generally many of the individuals steeped in “lightwork” are simply looking for escapism; many who believe that they are only working with what is “compassionate” are simply self-creating or may even be being fooled because of their lack of discernment when it comes to the spiritual realms.
Mostly people end up blocking themselves because the spirit realms, and the natural realms, and our daily lives, do not fit into tidy transcendentalist paradigms.
We create light by making room for it. By digging in our own dirt, by going to our ocean floor. By healing, and healing is a messy job. Becoming conscious is a messy job. We cannot be light unless we have contended with our own darkness and integrated our own shadows.

Those who have traversed great pain, trauma, who are drawn to hospice and death work, nursing, firefighting, have had near death experiences (that they have integrated) and have gone through the shamanic katabasis process in which they have either died or stuck their hands in enough of their dirt to truly work with what is at the bottom of themselves have empathy for how others suffer because they have been there.

Read more at:
http://maryshutan.com/darkness-spirit-and-the-feminine/
 
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We cannot be light unless we have contended with our own darkness and integrated our own shadows.
They can simply be an aspect of ourselves. They can be accepted and heard and seen so they do not have to get our attention or be enacted in harmful ways. Once integrated, such things are no longer feared or separated from– either internally or externally.
Excellent article, Pod! Thank you for sharing! I have but one "exception", however. :)

Mary mentions that "wounded darkness" and "wounded light" are not gifts, but I must beg to differ. EVERYTHING is a gift to ourselves once we recognize it and accept it as such. For how can one possibly experience the fullness of EVERYTHING without these?

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Excellent article, Pod! Thank you for sharing! I have but one "exception", however. :)

Mary mentions that "wounded darkness" and "wounded light" are not gifts, but I must beg to differ. EVERYTHING is a gift to ourselves once we recognize it and accept it as such. For how can one possibly experience the fullness of EVERYTHING without these?

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It's just a matter of personal perception SG. Glad you like the article.
 

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Gees, Pod, you do know how to pick 'em! The article is very thought-provoking. It gave me the image in my mind of those Catholic prelates wearing their long, stiffened robes encrusted with embroidery and jewels. What darkness and potential of feminine polarity are they hiding or stifling within those robes?

I would like to see the masks fall off the faces of those prelates, and see what really resides in its newness and confusion, there.
 
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This article reminds me further that the Universe seeks balance. Thank you for sharing.
 
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