I have explored this before, but keep coming back to it:
Any belief has a shadow, and it is no different with the most basic belief, the one in a sense of a separate I, and I with an Other.
In this belief, we take ourselves to be content of awareness. As an object. As one of many. As a center.
So the reversals of this is then the shadow of the belief in being an I with an Other.
The reversal of taking ourselves to be content of awareness, is to find ourselves as awareness.
The reversal of taking ourselves as a thing, is to find ourselves as no thing.
The reversal of taking ourselves as one of many, is to find ourselves as the field it all arises within and as.
The reversal of taking ourselves as a center, is to find ourselves as no center.
And we relate to these the way we relate to projections in general. And we are attracted to awareness. We fear nothingness. We ignore the field with no center.
In each case, the reversals are already here. The awakeness. The no thing that allows all things. The field all arises within and as. The absence of a center anywhere.
And in each case, it doesn’t fit our identity. So we see it out there.
I have awareness, but it comes and goes, and it is not me. Nothingness is out there somewhere, or after death. The field with no center is the universe or God, not me.
When we take ourselves to be this human self, there is also an identification with being alive.
The shadow of being alive is death, which we – as we often do with shadows – fear.
I am alive, so I will be annihilated by death.
We are so used to identify as alive that we cannot even imagine death very easily, or understand it very easily when it shows up in our lives.
And we are so identified with this human self, with content of awareness, that we don’t notice the platform outside of our human self which can hold both life and death. This platform which is awareness itself.
As awareness, we naturally allow any content, including life and death of this human self, and anything else within content of awareness.