Nothing – No Thing
There is a folklore story of a man who becomes very afraid of his shadow and tries to run away from it frantically. He believes that if he could only leave his shadow behind; he would be happy. The man grows more and more anxious as he sees that no matter how fast he runs; he cannot lose his shadow. Not about to give up; he runs faster and faster only to drop dead in utter exhaustion. If he had only stepped in the shade and stopped moving, his shadow would have disappeared.
Our own personal shadows consist of those things that we resist and define as unacceptable. Like Karl Jung said “what you resist not only persists, but will grow in size.”
The problem is we want to be accepted, but we look to others and our culture for acceptance.
We get stuck in an endless cycle of running from the shadow of failure to be accepted by others. If only we would stop in the shade of the unconscious and accept our self just the way we are, the CHASE would end. The CHASE is our SUFFERING. As Karl Jung said “the unfaced and unfelt parts of our psyche are the source of all neurosis and suffering.”
So we need to face and feel the shadows that are chasing us; the fear and shame that “I am not good enough.”
You see our shadows are Nothing – No Thing. They have no physical existence of their own. They only exist as a very obscure image of our self that can only exist where there is no light (enlightenment or illumination). How very strange that we will allow our self to be chased by nothing.
Sacred Silence; the stopping of the CHASE, the timelessness, the being Nowhere and Now Here. The pause that lets us face and feel our shadows.
“As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.” Lao Tzu.