When we think of uncovering our shadow self and how its filled with all parts of ourselves that we don't want to accept then we should compare that process to slicing an apple. We first have a skin that doesn't really have a great taste, but its good for us (external norms). As we slice deeper, the apple gets sweeter (uncovering our true potential), but then we strike a core that is bitter and can't be eaten, but it doesn't necessarily go away (shadow self). We think to throw the apple's core away because all that is good is gone. So we think....but then we have to look deeper into the core and realize that its actually the best part. It is actually vital to look at those parts of ourselves.
The core has seeds inside of it that can plant new life. Just like we have parts of ourselves that we don't like, but can turn into positive qualities. We can heal from situations and gain a better understanding of life and our purpose. So, instead of throwing the apple core away, we should pick those seeds out of it and grow new apples. Just like we shouldn't hide those parts of ourselves or bury the past because in those pains lies healing. Healing is beautiful and lead to a better life; just as a planted apple seed leads to a sweet sliced piece of apple. The beauty of both sliced apples and peace within is that both can be shared with many people all at once.
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