There is an ancient Zen parable that tells of a young monk-in-training who searches the world for a true master and a peaceful place. Yet, he finds only angry, unhappy people everywhere he goes.
After roaming through many towns the young monk meets a Zen teacher in disguise who asks the traveler what he has experienced during his journey. When the teacher hears of displeasure and misery from the young monk, he replies, “I think that you will only find more of the same anger and unhappiness where ever you go. Only when we find love and true light within ourselves could we see life differently.”
The young monk doesn’t recognize the teacher nor understand the teaching and leaves as he walked in, angry and unhappy.
The young monk sees anger and unhappiness everywhere because he carries the anger and unhappiness within.
Whatever you hold within translates to the physical world through experiences and interactions. Transformation occurs when you acknowledge, accept and embrace your shadow self.