08/26/2010 09:26 am ET Updated 6 days ago

Spiritual Solutions #4: Purify Your Shadow, Your Environment

By Deepak Chopra and Annie Bond.

Purify Your Shadow Energy
Everyone has a shadow because of the natural contrast between darkness and the light. Negativity assumes its overwhelming power from the fact that it feeds off all these qualities at once: A secret, dark, primitive, irrational, dangerous, mythical evil is much less convincing if you break it down into one quality at a time. No matter how evil your impulse is, it can be broken down into steps to resolve it. Darkness is dealt with by bringing it into the light. The shadow is subtly involved in everyday life. It is never so hidden that you cannot bring it to light.
--Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra

Purify Your Environment
There are deep, overarching markers that can clarify the whole picture of pollution in our environments. The central markers are the eternal elements earth, fire, water, and air. It is these elements that we, as an industrial society, have tried to transform into synthetic materials, and the result has been disastrous.

Work with the elements rather than against them. Step by step. When the elements are true, it is most likely that the environment is in harmony and balance. For example, the pure elements in natural fiber clothing make us feel better and more comfortable. In contrast, the elements in synthetic clothing don't function in a healthy way.
-Adapted from Home Enlightenment, by Annie Bond