“Only the shadow knows,” was a well-known phrase from a radio show long ago. It may sound dorky now, but let’s think about it for just a moment. What does the shadow know? The shadow, or unclaimed part of ourselves, has information for us that we may not want to know or even know exists. Getting familiar or at least comfortable with ones shadow can be a challenge, a spiritual challenge, but well worth the effort. Not too long ago, I attended a seminar organized by a friend of mine. As the day wore on, I became increasingly cynical and separate from the group. I was angry and I couldn’t figure out why since the event was quite wonderful. So, I had a talk with myself and asked what the heck I was so angry about. After some introspection, I realized that I was angry because I hadn’t been paying attention to the part of myself that wanted to be giving seminars. Once I acknowledged that fact, and made a commitment to take action, I was able to calm down and enjoy the remainder of the day. Our shadow always has useful information for us — if only we listen.