When we are forced to react or adapt to a stressful situation, fight, defend or remove something, we can’t really act from a position of love, calm, allowing, accepting, etc. – instead we tend to turn into fire-putter-outers and do whatever needs to be done to resolve an immediate crisis, which can sometimes also mean to simply run away. Being able to tap into our innate survival skills is one of our cool human traits. Our flight or fight response, located in the animalistic part of our brain and energetically linked with our lower Chakras (1st, 2nd,3rd), enables us to go beyond our normal restrictions.
While this state of high alert can activate unknown energy reserves, we are able to achieve astounding strength, resilience, persistence and reactionary speed, which we may not always be proud of, in retrospect. Many of us find ourselves acting with a temper, in fear, with raw intensity and sometimes with actions we may regret later. However, when accessing this part of ourselves, we typically act without thinking or reflecting, so there is very little sense in judging what we did.
This can cause an energetic schism in us. We knew that it needed to be done but we cannot feel entirely congruent with what did in this state as our consciousness (which is located in the frontal lobe of our brain and linked to our 4th and upper Chakras) suggests other solutions; moreover, we sometimes feel difficulties to find back the way to our peaceful state in which we want to respond with love, compassion and wisdom.
Some native tribes call this phenomenon The Shadow-Man. I find this a very fitting analogy, as it symbolizes the part of us that fights and ‘kills’ in defense or for survival. Traditionally, this was of course related to battle or hunting situations, but we can easily transpose these situations to our daily lives, for example: At work, in a relationship fight or when verbally attacked in traffic.
In Energy Work this is comparable with the reactionary part of us that helps us to survive or cope with stress situations (emotionally, mentally, physically or spiritually). It is also the part that when not properly healed, can turn against us and develop into our ego-, shadow- or false self traits.