What Lies Beneath the Surface

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“For the Lord’s view is not man’s; man takes note of the outer form, but the Lord sees the heart.1Sam 16:7 B

Below the surface there is the actual person which represents a pattern established of ones cultural template, collective experiences, spiritual condition and mental outlook. Often, boundaries are established during interaction with those of different backgrounds. What lies beneath the surface of our so called, pluralistic society are the Shadow Selves.

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“The Shadow, is a psychological term introduced by the late Swiss psychiatrist, Dr. Carl G. Jung. It is everything in us that is unconscious, repressed, undeveloped and denied. These are dark rejected aspects of our being as well as light, so there is positive undeveloped potential in the Shadow that we don’t know about because anything that is unconscious, we don’t know about.

The Shadow is an archetype. And what an archetype simply means is that it is typical in consciousness for everyone. Everyone has a Shadow. This is not something that one or two people have. We all have a Shadow and a confrontation with the Shadow is essential for self awareness. We cannot learn about ourselves if we do not learn about our Shadow so therefore we are going to attract it through the mirrors of other people.” ShadowDance Unlimited 2010

We question;  where are the relationships with people that are unlike ourselves. Some of this is concealed in the Shadow self, or we may be very content to live in the comfort of socially and culturally compatible people. At times the mirror’s reflection of the negative qualities wrought by our shadow selves become repulsive to us.  In reality, this is the true ambiance we are transmitting. This brings into focus the existence of our very real nature that connects us all to the human condition. Tribalism, nepotism, racial, ethnic, class and gender bias etc, become the norm of negative aspects, through which we must find the ways to overcome.

To point fingers in judgment would be as shadowy as those the offensive actions  that we are protesting against. That doesn’t say that we quietly allow the human nature to overcome spiritual maturity, but it simply means that we should use love and reconciliation as motivating factors. Most of us want to be loved, respected and accepted; this represents light in our Shadow. “Building the Bridge Together” between us becomes achievable once the shadow selves are examined more introspectively.

The  key to creating a synergy conducive atmosphere  is Empathy i.e. possessing the ability to understand and
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feel another’s feeling for yourself. Masters of Empathy have shown us how to connect with those outside of the shadow such as;  Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr,  Harriet Beecher Stowe, George Orwell, Desmond Tutu and Mahatma Gandhi.

Mother Teresa is a striking example of empathy with her philanthropic story. She began her sojourn in Calcutta India. Homeless and hungry,  She instantly displayed the incredible depth of courage, humility and empathy beneath her petite unassuming surface as a  Nun. This was communicated in her diary:

“Our Lord wants me to be a free nun covered with the poverty of the cross. Today I learned a good lesson. The poverty of the poor must be so hard for them. While looking for a home I walked and walked till my arms and legs ached. I thought how much they must ache in body and soul, looking for a home, food and health.” 
  • Spink, Kathryn (1997). Mother Teresa: A Complete Authorized Biography. New York. HarperCollins, p.37. ISBN 0-06-250825-3. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
What Lies beneath the Surface can be frightening when we lift the lid of the shadow. Remember “Don’t Curse the Darkness Light a Candle”  “There it was—the true Light [was then] coming into the world [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] that illumines every person.  John 1:9 Amplified Bible (AMP)” Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1
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