Pandora's Beautiful Box


"They gave Pandora a box. Prometheus begged her not to open it. She opened it. Every Evil to which human flesh is heir came out of it. The last thing to come out of the box was hope. It flew away." ~ Kurt Vonnegut 

On election night while the majority of Americans were glued to their T.V’s watching the demise of our nation with the election of, to put it in Jon Stewarts words, ‘FuckFace Von Clownstick’, I was in a bedroom with my husband acknowledging the demise of our marriage. Needless to say, it was a horrific night for me and most of America. 

I went to bed that night still believing with all my heart that Hillary would win. To say I was surprised the next morning seeing the results is putting it mildly. Chevy Chase from Christmas Vacation spoke my feelings precisely when he said, "If I woke up tomorrow morning with my head sewn to the carpet I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now!" Wednesday, November 9th was filled with many, many tears; tears for a glass ceiling still un-shattered, tears for an asshole who will soon take office, and immeasurable tears for my family whose hopes and dreams were also silently crushed that night. For both my family and America it shouldn’t have been such a shock, yet it was. 

There are three things that I wrote in my blog on Election Day, (Goddess Warriors Wearing White), that are still absolutely, 100% true even with the election having gone to FuckFace. First, F.F. Von Clownstick, formerly known as Trump in my posts, totally represents all the skeletons, ghosts, shadows, and disgusting horrors of our collective unconscious that has been hiding in our communal Pandora's Box waiting for the right moment to be unleashed. F.F. certainly does represent a system of belief that is dying out, but before it can be transformed it must be faced, challenged, and released into the Light. We must deal with the ruthless darkness of his bigotry in all its forms, which is in all of us in some way if we are honest; racism, sexism, narrow- mindedness, intolerance, and fanaticism just to name a few because the list of crudeness that has come to the awareness of this country is very long. It is time for a massive awakening. This monstrous shadow will most definitely be a wake up call for many, many people through out the world because the world is watching us ever so closely now that we have opened Pandora's Box of demons. Therefore, in order to slay this monster, we all must dive deep into our own unconscious shadows, leaving no stone left un-turned. Now is the time for intense shadow work to be done both individually and collectively. Teal Swan said, “Your ‘shadow’ is nothing more than the part of you that is unconscious and therefore hidden from your awareness. The unconscious is filled with all kinds of things that you have judged as ‘unacceptable’ about you. And shadow work is nothing more than the art of making the unconscious, conscious and the unacceptable, acceptable.” Our collective shadow is now front and center shinning intimidatingly in the spot light. We can either run from it, ignore it, and deny it, or claim it, face it, and challenge it head on. Let's bring this shit into the Light of transformation!

We’ve conjointly opened Pandora’s beautiful Box bringing forth untold misery and gloom for the next few years. However, that is a good thing because like Carl Jung said, “There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The second thing that I got right in my other post is that things will definitely get worse before they get better. I just didn't know how much worse they were actually going to be, and maybe I still don't. But, I think it's going to get pretty damn atrocious. We have a lot of shit to face, to shovel out, and to burn away before we can party in a clean, fresh barn. In Hillary's concession speech she said,  “I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it too, and so do tens of millions of Americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort. This is painful and it will be for a long time…. This loss hurts; but, please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it… It is... It is worth it!" Cleaning up this shit will be worth it too! Doing the dirty, smelly, shadow work of facing the darkness in our own souls, and bringing that rubbish into the Light, is worth it. It always seems darkest right before the dawn. Lynne Namka said, "For what is life but alternate times of light and shadow? When we work out the shadow part in ourselves, the times of the shadow are not so dark." 

Third, I believe wholeheartedly that women will rise from the ashes of oppression like a glorious Phoenix and will conquer this chaos! Hillary was not our first female president but there is a woman out there who will be! Maybe she hasn't been born yet, hopefully she has, but either way, in time that glass ceiling will shatter! Hillary at the end of her concession speech also said, "Now, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day someone will and hopefully sooner than we might think right now. And, to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams."  HELL YA! Women will rise! With the election of 'F.F. Von Clown', it feels like the country has been set back 100 years and possibly that is because we as a country need a 'do over'. In the last 100 years we made great progress in technology, but not as much advancement in the arena of the Soul where it really matters. I see an opportunity here to continue to fight for freedoms we thought we had already won, but were in fact an illusion. The real work has just begun. 

Lastly, keep in mind this truth, "Shadow and Light are two sides of the same coin... One cannot exist without the other." Princess Zelda. I love the Cherokee proverb of The White Wolf and the Black Wolf.  In this story a grandfather is educating his grandson about Life and he tells him about the struggle that goes on inside of each person. The fight is between a black wolf and a white wolf that live within all of us. The story goes like this: “One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is evil, he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.’ He continued, ‘The other is good, he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, benevolence, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.' The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, ‘Which wolf will win?’ The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘They both win. You see, if I only choose to feed the white wolf, the black one will be hiding around every corner waiting for me to become distracted or weak and jump to get the attention he craves. He will always be angry and always fighting the white wolf. But if I acknowledge him, he is happy and the white wolf is happy and we all win. For the black wolf has many qualities, tenacity, courage, fearlessness, strong-willed and great strategic thinking, that I have need of at times and that the white wolf lacks. But the white wolf has compassion, caring, strength and the ability to recognize what is in the best interest of all. You see son, the white wolf needs the black wolf at his side. To feed only one would starve the other and they will become uncontrollable. To feed and care for both means they will serve you well and do nothing that is not a part of something greater, something good, and something of life. Feed them both and there will be no more internal struggle for your attention. And when there is no battle inside, you can listen to the voices of deeper knowing that will guide you in choosing what is right in every circumstance. Peace, my son, is the Cherokee mission in life. A man who has peace inside has everything. A man who is pulled apart by the war inside him has nothing. How you choose to interact with the opposing forces within you will determine your life. Starve one or the other, or guide them both.’

We all have immense Light within us and unfathomable darkness within us too. Only our Light is real. The shadow is meant to be embraced by that Light and healed by that Light. Yet, a shadow can’t exist without light. The shadow has an important purpose. We need the shadow, however, the shadow is meant to serve us not lead us! Balance between the two is the key. We need our Sacred Light to shine healing illumination onto the things the shadow brings to the surface of our awareness by digging through the darkness of our pain, anger, regrets, and sorrows in order to have a purposeful, beautiful Life; but, equilibrium amid the Sacred Light and the shadow is essential. Which wolf will we nurture? Both! Be in balance to bring in peace. 

The Secret From the Universe for today is this; when Life doesn't go as you had planned, or if tragedy befalls you in some way, how you respond to that situation is what will make the difference between healing the pain of it, or staying stuck with the pain and suffering. There is a way to go through life without suffering. Suffering is only necessary until it isn't. Finding the blessing in the dark night of despair is the key. You can walk through the flames of the trials in your life with peace in your heart. We are all teachers for each other and some lessons are more intense than others. This lesson we have all been given with the results of this election will be an intense one for certain. However, labeling the experiences we are having as 'this shouldn't have happened', or 'correct or incorrect', or as 'righteous or evil' only brings heartache because both happiness and misery are fleeting and can't last. True Joy, True Peace, and True Love comes from within you, not from outside of you; your circumstances are not your where your Joy is to be found. The shadow self is our darkness calling out to be healed and it is screaming at the top of its lungs at this moment. We can hear that voice within us all and acknowledge the pain without letting it be our director. We should not ignore it, accepting the shadow is valuable. Keeping the shadow close is vital. It can teach us many things. However, the shadow isn’t meant to guide us. The shadow is destined to follow behind. Light needs to lead us. The shadow is meant to be healed through our compassion, self forgiveness, and self Love. If you don’t love yourself you won’t be able to fully love others. You can’t pour from an empty pitcher. Obviously, those who choose to do evil in this world do not love themselves and are feeding only one wolf. Remember, "The shadow is the greatest teacher for how to come to the Light." Ram Dass

Mason Cooley said, “I love you is the inscription on Pandora’s Box.” Love is how we get through this, both in my marriage and in our country. We must learn to extend love to the people, circumstances, and things we need to heal. Whether or not they extend that love back to us. Osho said, "If you love a person, you accept the total person with all the defects. Because those defects are apart of the person. Never try to change a person you love, because the very effort to change says that you love half, and the other half of the person is not accepted. When you love, you simply love." I don't know how this story is going to end both in America and in my home. However, I do know I am sending all my Love, all my Light, and all my Peace that I can muster into our country, my family, and my own shadow work.  



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