shade & shadow

Bhakti Issa Urra
2 min readApr 19, 2023

Even spirituality has its shades and shadows. As cocreators in our universe we may not be in control of what happens but we are accountable for our response.

This starts with the acknowledgement and acceptance of our emotions and feelings. Not bypassing either with any pretense or avoidance. Easier said than done, right? The energetic impact can be scary and devastating.

transmuting trauma

From Catholicism to Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism to yoga — spiritual leaders have been brought to task for excessive behavior — particularly abuse in any form.

While all trauma can have a detrimental impact on survivors — those who experience it at the hands of the authorities they honor and revere may experience a multiplied wounding.

When the very tools and beliefs we draw upon for support to heal are thrown into doubt — the disillusionment has a profound impact.

The individual at a physiological personal level and the organization and community as a whole — have cause to question their beliefs and experiences.

We come to realize the ways our direct spiritual connection are clouded due to our dependency on the teacher. But through direct connection the teachings and practices can become our own.

Rather than bridging or borrowing through a relationship with the teacher or lineage we are empowered instead — as both person and practitioner.

That is how we not just come to our own terms but also learn to thrive as we breakthrough our trauma.

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Bhakti Issa Urra

canvassing consciousness, constantly curious — ever challenged & changed