Harnessing a Holistic Vision
Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is known consciously, the blacker and denser it is... Beneath the surface we are suffering from a deadly boredom that makes everything seem meaningless and empty... to find renewal means to descend into one’s darkness.
— Carl Jung
The recent eclipse surfaced a collective dialogue on the interplay between shadow and light. In Western culture, we tend towards black and white thinking- things are all good or all bad. Yet, the ancient Eastern wisdom of the Dao teaches us that true and lasting harmony is found within the balance of all extremes. Chinese medicine is based on the principles of yin and yang. Yin is the shady side of the mountain- the feminine, the darkness, the moon. Yang is the sunny side of the mountain- the masculine, the brightness, the sun. Although yin and yang are opposites of each other, the are also mutually dependent on each other. Day turns to night, and night turns to day. Light illuminates shadow, and shadow gives birth to light.
The eclipse reminds us that all is one, that a holistic vision of self and universe requires the acceptance and cultivation of both light and shadow. Only by trudging through the darkness of our own souls can we truly manifest in all our glory to radiantly shine.