My own Lover persona archetype (part-of-Self) is bipolar. I mean, it/She has a positive, Strength polarity as well as a deep, Shadow side.
As a Spiritual Lover, I feel happy, loved, cheerful and I love all life. I have gratitude especially for my family (including highly my pet companions), spiritual community, dear friends, and colleagues. I feel so blessed to be among them in this world. From this perspective, everyone I meet I also see the light of God shining within, and I am happy to interact with every Soul that is, in their own way, a spark of divinity, an eternal molecule in the Ocean of Love and Mercy. We are all Here to give and receive love. Life, the very life force that activates and animates all beings, IS love. What else?
“Soul exists because God loves IT.”
(The Shariyat-Ki-SUGMAD/ Way of the Eternal, Bk. I, Paul Twitchell)
But then there’s also Shadow-Lover-Linda. I don’t want to dwell on this aspect overmuch, but I put it forth because I know that many readers may relate to this side, too. The experience of being human— or perhaps in any physical embodiment— encompasses duality.
To know the Light we must also embrace, at times, the darkness. This part of me, my Shadow Lover, feels Alone. Cast off or adrift from the Totality or Unity of life as ONE, from here I perceive the divisiveness of people in the world; the apparent coldness and indifference, the non-embrace, the self-absorption in others or in my own emotional experience.
I want to cry out, sometimes to cry, to give love and be received without judgment, without mental analysis or critique, without prejudice of first— or developed— impressions.
This world can be so hard. We learn we must give unconditional love to all yet reserve the “warm,” tender, gentler expression of love for those we trust, and in this world, sadly, waves of trust can rise and fall, wax and wane like flickering shadows or fragile candle flames..
I prefer the Light. But I also embrace my Shadow-Lover-Linda. I carry her with me and try to give room for her in my heart consciousness, always.
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