I’m reading a book by David Abram, Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology. The first chapter is on how we may see our shadow as two-dimensional, but there’s all that space between. What is it for an insect when it flies between us and our shadow? What’s perceived?
He examines his shadow from the start of day until night and says this.
“For the moment, let’s venture simply this: the shadow, this elegant enigma, is always with us. Whether at high noon or at midnight, whether it stands quiet within our skin or envelops us as our milieu, the shadow is an inescapable consequence of our physicality – a disruption of the sun’s dominion, a disturbing power that we hold in common with boulders and storm clouds and the corpses of crashed airplanes. There do exist a few members of the bodily community that thrive without the dark companionship of shadows – the various winds, for example, or the pane of glass newly set within the window frame. But for most of us material beings, the shadow is a part of our makeup. Our clearest thoughts are those that know this – that remember their real parentage in both light and shadow, fire and sleep.”
I’m with thoughts of the shadow because the country I live in seems to struggle with acknowledging its shadow, with acknowledging that though there are some good things, there is also a horrific history and stampeding of the rights of the native people here and in other countries. We have a shadow.
I’ve been struggling to understand how this current government continues to lie and get away with it. The following article offers insight into how many are getting the intake that fuels how they function.
I’m reminded of the words of Carl Jung: “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” How do we shine a light on our shadow both personally and more broadly?
Perhaps as we walk, dance, and play with our shadow, we can see, feel, and sense all that streams between, and open ourselves to helping others see with a little more deciphering perception than before.
I share this noting that The Daily Beast leans left which works for me.