In the philosophy of psychology, we are hearing a lot about our shadow selves.  This is the part of ourselves we aren’t happy with and try to hide from the world (others).  The idea, in healing the whole self, is to embrace these parts of ourselves we don’t like and learn to love and accept them.  We feel comfortable showing our “polished parts” to the world but would feel better if we can “loosen up” and be less critical of ourselves.  No more hiding the things we feel ashamed of.  Let’s bring them into the light and learn to love ourselves completely.

There is an Indian proverb or axiom that says that everyone is a house with four rooms: a physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual.  Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person.

We can’t grow completely if we leave parts of ourselves behind.     


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