In my previous post, I talked about how shadows provide the fuel that many different types of artists use to make their amazing creations. Some people view shadows as a negative thing. Other people are scared by the shadows (or what’s lurking in them!). But shadows aren’t all bad; in fact, they can be fun! For example, haven’t we all at one point in our lives put our hands in front of a light source to make certain kinds of animal shapes? One of my favorite ways that shadows appear in the arts is called “Shadow Theater.” Two years ago, my wife, daughter and I watched in amazement as the dance troupe Pilobolus performed part of a piece they call Shadowland. You can view that here:
Another dance group, named Attraction, does similar performances. You can watch a beautiful piece by them here (skip to 1:24):
I mentioned how shadows cannot exist without light. Is this true? I believe so. Is the opposite also true? Well, I once heard a politician who said that there is no pancake too thin that doesn’t have a flip side to it. That politician’s statement sounded reasonable to me—but sometimes we need to be cautious of what politicians tell us. Thus, when I reread my own words about how shadows must have light in order to exist, I was struck with the fact that the opposite of that statement is NOT true. Light can and does indeed exist without shadows. The implications of this are vast. Let’s explore this a little bit.
Assume for a moment that there is a light inside all of us (some folks use the word “energy” as a substitute for “light”). If you really want to go deep, then assume that the core essence of what you are is simply pure light! When that light inside of us shines brightly, we feel FANTASTIC! Others take notice of us, because there really is a palpable glow that we radiate. How do we know when we are shining? There are many ways. For instance, you can feel it as a bounce in your footsteps. You POP out of bed in the morning. Your voice has extra “oomph” to it. There is a sparkle in your eyes. There is a genuine and effortless smile on your face. Your thoughts are easily and clearly formed, your focus is like a laser, and you can perform advanced mathematics without the assistance of a calculator. Ummm… I’m not so sure about that last part, but you get the idea. However, when this light is dimmed, we have a decrease in one or more systems of our body, such as the immune, digestive, nervous, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal or endocrine systems. Additionally, we don’t perform as well in work and/or in our relationships. Given enough time, this deterioration worsens and disease can set in. A shadow has been cast on our health.
Ultimately, the reason our light dims comes down to interference. Something ends up blocking the light from shining to its fullest extent. The sources of this interference vary and could be a combination of physical and non-physical things, ranging from chemicals and toxic heavy metals contaminating our tissues, adverse reactions to foods and our environment, microorganisms infecting us, trauma to the body, emotional stressors, genetic weaknesses, spiritual angst, and much more. I’ve noticed that it can often take time and effort to discover the main sources of interference in my patients’ lives. Nevertheless, with patience, we almost always figure it out. Even in serious terminal illnesses, the light is still there, waiting to reveal its magnificence. This is probably why many of them have referred to me as a “medical Sherlock Holmes.” When the sources of interference are properly removed, our light will shine brightly again.
Dr. Mark Carney, RND, LAc