The Shadow Self & the Cloudy Sky

We all love a sunny sky, a beautiful, blue, uplifting light. The sun makes everything look so dazzling, even concrete and the man-made world shines on a blue sky day.

But what about cloudy skies?

Walking around my local neighbourhood just this week I was gazing up at the sky. There was a lot of cloud and some blue, and the sun kept peeking through. The clouds were absolutely awe-inspiring. The shadows and contrasting greys combined with a backdrop of blue literally blew my mind.

I felt this expansive feeling seeing such awesome beauty. And as nature always does with me, it gave me some food for thought.

The Cloudy Sky & The Shadow

Imagine this, the sky is infinite awareness, the sky is who you really are, it has no edges, it never ends, we can’t see anything solid, nothing to grasp onto.

Many a time in the UK people will complain about cloudy rainy days and yet if we have sun and clear skies for a long time they complain it’s too hot. But what if we could see the weather as a reflection of human nature?

A blue sky and no clouds allow the infinite awareness of source, of the universe to light us up, to wake us up to who we truly are. It brightens our human spirit, but too much sun and we burn, we get headaches. We may get heatstroke and dehydration.Too much is not good for us. The clouds come, they bring rain, they cool us down in the shade, yet what if the clouds reflect our thoughts and feelings?

We can have too much of a good thing (sunshine) and so we allow our experience to change (clouds and rain) and so when we judge our thoughts and feelings as ‘bad’ maybe we can begin to see them differently when we compare them to the weather?

To stop ourselves getting burned by the light of the sun (joy, happiness, excitement), we allow the contrasting thoughts and feelings so we can know ourselves better. The darkness of the shadow is not a bad thing, simply different weather taking place.

The Universe Without Clouds

While looking at the sky I understood why creation created a world of duality, or rather duality evolved. Without clouds we would just have a clear blue sky and the universe, life energy, would not know itself at all, no-thing to compare and contrast itself against.

We are exactly the same, if we experience only joy, only peace, we would not even know we were feeling those feelings without the contrast of sadness or anger. It all has a reason for being.

Life would not mean a lot if we experience only one spectrum of emotion, the same way the sky would not be as impressively beautiful if we always had blue skies.

Bless the contrast in your world because it all has a reason for being, as do you.

How do you experience your emotional world?
Are you able to view it as passing weather?
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Kelly Martin
Kelly Martin

Kelly Martin, author of ‘When Everyone Shines But You’ is a dedicated writer and blogger who fearlessly explores life’s deepest questions. Faced with a decade of profound anxiety and grief following the loss of her father and her best friend Michael, Kelly embarked on a transformative journey guided by mindfulness, and she hasn’t looked back since. Through her insightful writing, engaging podcasts, and inspiring You Tube channel Kelly empowers others to unearth the hidden treasures within their pain, embracing the profound truth that they are ‘enough’ exactly as they are.

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  1. May 16, 2014 / 6:55 pm

    I always find it amusing when people complain that the weather's too hot. It's all about balance isn't it. As you know I've been having a lot of contrast recently and I don't always deal with it so well, but it does make me appreciate certain things that little bit more.

  2. May 17, 2014 / 7:06 am

    I know its such a British thing isn't it Andy? You are doing so well Andy and your change in attitude is making a difference.

  3. May 17, 2014 / 8:00 am

    thanks hun, needed to hear that x

  4. May 17, 2014 / 9:21 am

    Hugs x

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