“Nice is a knife,” says Visionary Leader Eric Klein on #Quest2015. “It’s a knife you use to cut off parts of your self . . . It’s how we adapt, fit in, survive. . . The dismembered parts don’t disappear. They go into, what Robert Bly, evoking the work of C.G. Jung, called the “shadow bag”.
If “nice is a knife”, I am a bloody dagger. And my shadow bag is as ripe as the hopeless Kenmore refrigerator downstairs in the kitchen with its broken ice maker and its crusted over pesto jars and beheaded month-old cabbage from some fall farm share box . . . my shadow bag is a rich compost-to-be.
Opening it, I see:
– Secrets swallowed whole, like mice, still breathing and struggling.
– Him seething fire, this silver dragon I loved. Hate in his eyes, pounding walls, throwing clothes down the stairs Get out! tossing them out on the lawn.
– The red silk scarf I chose
to strangle myself
to remain so beautifully silent
pulled tight with double knot
ends pushed in mouth, wet and suffocating.
(i’m sorry. i’m sorry. i’m sorry. i’m sorry. i’m sorry. i’m sorry. i’m sorry.)
Eric Klein asks: How will you face your shadow bag and stop the stink, so you can bring forth what is best within you in 2015? What can you claim right now? I am going to gather some wet leaves from outside the shed, and place them in that damn awful bag and I’m going to grab a pitchfork and plunge it in, and toss it all together, add some water and then, I’m spreading it all out in the backyard for everyone to see.
And then, oh yes! There will be flowers again.
What do I claim right now? My voice. I cut it free.
The founder of the Wisdom Heart School and a longtime internationally respected spiritual teacher, Eric Klein has been a pioneering voice in bringing more spirit, meaning, and authenticity into the workplace. He’s worked with over 20,000 leaders from Fortune 500 companies, healthcare, governmental and non-profit organizations as well as mid-size companies. He’s author of the bestselling book Awakening Corporate Soul: Four Paths to Unleash the Power of People at Work, To Do or Not to Do: How Successful Leaders Make Better Decisions, and You are the Leader You’ve Been Waiting For (a 2008 Nautilus Award-winner as a world-changing book in the conscious leadership/business category). His online meditation program The Meditation Habit is used by corporations and individuals globally. (Twitter: @EricKlein)