It's imperative to learn to love our shadow side. Only when we learn to love the darker aspects of ourselves will we have the courage to really shine our light. Living in a dualistic world the contrast is what allows us to see clear. Physical vs spiritual, dark vs light, and love vs fear. We must have both to know the opposite and to have a choice. That's what life is about, making choices and sometimes the only difference between good and bad is our judgment. Awareness is the key.
Of course my retired teacher friend would point this out when we were playing a round of disc golf today. He asked about my blog and whether or not there was a theme to it so I explained how I've changed my theme to relate to the title of the book I'm working on. Immediately he said something about how it's dualistic in nature and that its usually opposites- like Love and Hate or Courage and Fear. I was concerned at first that I had made some sort of mistake.
Then it hit me like lightening, the power of words brought clarity into my mind. They are inextricably linked, Love and Courage, Hate and Fear. It helped me to realize how much love has given me the courage to do things far from my comfort zone. Love has inspired me to move past so many of my self-imposed limitations no matter how much it scares me. Love is so much greater than fear and it's still all so relevant to what I'm trying to convey by sharing my intimate story. We all can learn how to consciously choose love in moments where we need courage the most in order to be able to move beyond where we have been. We have so much potential and the truth is that in love, with love, it is, we are, limitless.