“A man is whole only when he takes into account his shadow.” – Djuna Barnes

Many of us spend our entire lifetimes trying to run from our shadow self.  The deep, dark secrets we wish to keep from the world and ourselves.  The parts of ourselves that were shamed as children by our parents, classmates, teachers, and society.  Parts of us that we have been trained to feel ashamed of.  But most of these parts of our shadow selves are part of the normal human experience.  Embrace them; be kind to yourself and others; and don’t be afraid to look into the dark sides of what makes you, you.  Find a way to passionately use that to better this life for others.  Love and accept yourself fully.

In the end, we just need to integrate that shit.

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