The pumpkin tradition continues with our little family. There's a great pumpkin patch down the road held by a church. Every year they get the most beautiful crop of pumpkins from New Mexico. Definitely not local, but I can't help but imagine the beautiful Big Blue Sky they grew under and came from. A pumpkin patch nestled in the desert somewhere, pops of orange against red and brown hues and that stunning sapphire sky above -- I'm surprised Georgia O'Keefe didn't paint something similar.
As it's All Hallows Eve, the shadow or darker side of things tends to be more in the lime light than usual. Which, for many, is a wonderful thing. All too often, that shadowy "stuff" that scares the crap out of us gets relegated to dark, deep recesses of our mind and bodies. "No! I don't want to think about that! Go away! I will deal with you later! (maybe)." Yeah, all those things. But, in celebration of bringing a more holistic approach to our selves and our lives, I'll leave off with a few quotes to ponder. When I read them, they spoke kindly to me.
"Work on your stuff," says Steven Forrest, "or your stuff will work on you." He means that it will sabotage you if you're not aggressive about identifying, negotiating with, and transforming it.
The shadow is not inherently evil. If it is ignored or denied, it may become monstrous to compensate. Only then is it likely to "possess" its owner, leading to compulsive, exaggerated, "evil" behavior.
"Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event," said Jung. If you disown a part of your personality, it'll materialize as an unexpected detour.
Novelist J.G. Ballard placed his faith in the human imagination. "I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world," he wrote, "to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen." -- via Rob Brezny