Shadow Fascination

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh.

Shake out the week.
Shake out one arm. Shake out the other arm. Shake out whatever you are sitting on.

When certain behaviors or substances get control of you don’t use instruments of interrogation. Use a black light!

Art, ritual, and performance rock as ways to honor the positive or negative shadows. Too good? That’s a shadow. Too controlling? That’s a shadow. Do you know when you rebel that your shadow is love?

We can’t eliminate shadows in life, at home, or in politics so we might as well Dance with them.

“Shadow Dance” from Dance– A Sacred Art by Cynthia Winton-Henry, page 90-96

1.     Raise a hand and find your shadow. Notice its shades and shapes.

2.     Follow your moving hand. As your hand rises, the shadow might get larger and more ethereal. As it comes down close to the surface of the floor, table, or wall, it may focus and darken

3.     Play around, making weird shapes with your shadow. It’s not important to make them into something, unless you can’t resist doing so.
4.     Dancing with your shadow, notice your shadow as a faithful accomplice and yet not exactly you.

“Casting a shadow is physically unavoidable. Yet when it comes to our “emotional or moral shadows”—anything deemed opposite of our lighter, loving selves; anything too emotional, weird, or dangerous—we do everything in our power to hide them. Those who value love and joy are often shocked by their feelings of hate, doubt, or rage.

What are some things you’re not supposed to do? Turn a few of these behaviors into ten-second spiritual “No-No! dances. The Divine knows and accepts you any way you are, so why not give a few of these a try?

Something you Shouldn’t Be or Do?

No-No! Dances

1.“You should be peaceful.” Do a ten-second ranting dance. Stomp around. Punch the air.

2. “You should be prim and proper.” Dance for ten seconds with your butt sticking out.

3. “You should be demure!” Dance sassy, hands on your hips or thrusting your pelvis.

Some people go big with all this. Check out this “drama!”

Others just put shadow toys on their altar. I do.

For more on Shadow Dancing email me at cynthia@interplay.org and I’ll send a pdf. on Shadow Dancing.
Share in the comments how you play with your shadow.

In the meantime, Taking a deep breath. Letting it out with a sigh,

Keep playing!

 

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