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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Are you living a shadow life?

by Melanie Jean Juneau

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St. More Cave, France (Photo by Luke Bales, Wikimedia).

The worst possible fate for me would be to die and discover that I had lived an existence similar
to the allegory described in Plato’s Cave. Plato describes man’s condition as similar to living chained in a cave, looking at shadows on the wall cast from a candle; believing that was what life was all about.

When one person manages to break free and stumbles out into daylight, he realizes that what he thought was real was merely shadows of real objects. After he makes his way back into the cave to explain his revelation, no one believes him because they have no reference point;they simply cannot grasp this alternate reality.

This allegory is a great explanation for the difficulty that Christians have as they try to explain their life in the Spirit. The spiritual life ultimately cannot be taught, it is caught.The light of God must be experienced, passed on like a living flame.

As for me, I need God to continually break chains and lead me out into His SonShine.

need to live in reality.

I refuse to play games, wear masks and costumes to fit into a false persona which I have crafted in my mind. To live in truth means discovering my true self at my core, in the ground of my being.

The longest journey is from our heads to our hearts. It is a silent journey within.

As Catherine De Heuck Doherty said, "Close the wings of your intellect and open the wings of your heart."

Read more of Melanie's musings at her blog   joy of nine9


  1. Connie this picture is so perfect that I am switching my featured photo on my blog to this one

    1. I'm glad you think so. I'm always a little trepidatious when I change bloggers' photos, but I'm trying to keep the look consistent, as well as make sure that we aren't abusing copyrights (I'm sensitive to that because my husband sells microstock photography). It's amazing what you can find for free!


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