The theme of all of my artwork is to remind myself to practice unconditional self-love. In this painting I am being reminded to embrace all aspects of self and not just what is considered to be the good side. All aspects of self have legitimate reasons for being. They all have an honest voice and we need to listen. The shadow self, such as our anger, jealousy, or impatience, is made up of coping strategies and defense mechanisms learned as a child to help us cope with hostile environments. Our true self is revealed when we are able to relax and feel safe.So whenever we feel our shadow side making an appearance we can ask ourselves, “Why don’t I feel safe? Where are these emotions coming from? What issues within me still need to be addressed?”
In this painting the light filled enlightened side of self is embracing the dark and hurting side of self.Combined they make a true and complete person. A really good book to read about the shadow self was written by Debbie ford. The dark side of the light chasers.