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Inner Work — What Does Your Spiritual Shadow Look Like?

“Your inner work serves no purpose unless it has a beautiful outward expression.”
— Guru Tua

Inner work is hard work.  And, the results show up in the shadow you cast in your life. We recommend you constantly test your path to ensure you are on the right one.  Hopefully, the shadow you seek to cast is one of kindness and generosity.  And, the fruit of your life is both fulfilling and having a positive impact on your life and those in your circle of influence.  If so, then your inner work is key to opening the virtues of the spirit.

Your Inner Work Feeling Stagnate or Boring?

Perhaps you’ve been on the same path for a long time.  Is your inner work producing a positive shadow?  Or, maybe your spiritual practice is stagnating or failing to produce positive results?  This is a sign your inner work is lacking an important component.  If you only lift yourself up, then your work is only half-done.  The other half is giving back and helping others. Whether you view this as a spiritual law or something else the result is the same. Giving is part of the reciprocal spiritual aspect of receiving.  To fully grow you must learn to give back.  

Similarly, if your giving excludes anyone then your giving will be hollow and selfish.   You can’t just give to those who “believe” like you.  Spiritual work is should be an unbiased sharing experience.  It’s important to remember we all share a connection of consciousness.

At our core of consciousness links us to everyone and everything. This is scary because it means we are also connected to those who project hate.  However, this is how we awaken others. The path to Oneness has more than one route.   Many teachers tell us those who are awake are helping to raise the consciousness of mankind.   So, it is vital to make room in your practice to help others.  When you give and help others on their path you’ll find yours more rewarding.

True Spiritual Teachers

Above all, the greatest Seers and Prophets are known for sharing their wisdom without prejudice. Their focus was on lifting up the lives of others.  It is For that reason, religions bare their names.  Also, we must not forget the noble pioneers of consciousness exploration who brought us many “spiritual technologies.” These ancient processes are the foundation of the most powerful tools for inner work.  These are a part of our own blended learning process. This is the opposite of those who use leadership or authority to become a celebrity.  They use their position to gratify their own self-importance.

True teachers seek to be celebrities. For example, Gandhi, the Tenzin Gyatso ( the 14th Dalai Lama), and George Gurdjieff.  On the other hand, many of the best teachers are not well known.  This is because they do not wish focus to be on them as a public figure. Some started out in life as public figures.  But, over the course in life once they realized the mission of a spiritual leader differs from a politician or popular social figure. And, some lived lives always with a focus on giving as much as receiving. Also, there are some people who began their careers in the public eye seem to be examples of awaking spirits.  Their legacy is found their legacy of speaking, writing, and music.  Some examples are Keanu Reeves and Russell Brand.

What Type of Shadow Do You Cast?

We all cast a shadow in the lives of others we know. It can be a shadow of selfishness or selflessness. If we learn a lesson in life or a tool that helps us, then we can guide and assist others. Consequently, it provides the opportunity to cast the shadow as a compassionate and giving spiritual person.  Or, we can be greedy and selfish.  We can magnify and glorify ourselves and our own status.  Our inner work becomes a reflection and a part of the shadow of our lives.

What type of shadow do you cast in the lives of others?  Here are some questions to ask yourself about the shadow your inner work produces in other lives:

  • What does your shadow look like?  Does it cast a long shadow as if standing in the early morning or late afternoon sun?  Or, is your shadow non-existent, as if the sun is directly overhead?
  • If you cast a shadow, what is it composed of? Does your shadow fall only on a select or small group of people?  Or, does your shadow fall widely on everyone and everything?
  • Do others see the shadow of your life as a blessing or a curse? How much time do you spend assisting, training or helping others?  How does this time compare to the time you spend on yourself?

In Conclusion

If all else fails simply try to be a kind.  Be kind to others, to animals the environment and yourself.

If this article resonates, there are more on our blog.  Also, you may be interested in learning about our blended learning process.  This is our curriculum which we use to teach several mind-expanding tools.  It also aligns the Hero’s Journey.  This is the term Joseph Campbell gave the pattern of consciousness development.  Our learning process is available in two forms.  You can take part in the virtual learning module or in our workshops.

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