2-Discovering Our Shadows

“The great epochs in our lives are at the points when we gain the courage to rebaptize our badness as the best in us.”   -Friedrich Nietzsche


People seek personal growth or professional help when the pain or burden feels heavy, too much to carry alone. The work with our shadow selves is about discovering and accepting those parts of ourselves that, because we have denied them, are running our lives much like the man behind the curtain in “The Wizard of Oz”.

 Often these shadow selves are destroying our relationships, killing our spirit and keeping us from living a life we love. We have been taught to ‘hide’ these parts of ourselves…they don’t ‘fit in’ in our families, in our schools, in our culture. And in the hiding, we come to believe that there is something wrong with us…something we must hide… 

We are beautifully human and have nothing to hide! 

When we deny parts of ourselves, we give them our power…I say, take your power back! Learn about what’s going on ‘behind the curtain’! This process is not about getting rid of what you don’t like about yourself, instead, finding the positive aspects of these parts, accepting them and integrating them into our lives by choice.

 “The best political, social, and spiritual work we can do is to withdraw the projection of our shadow onto others.”  Carl Jung


Below I offer some information and a series of user friendly articles to help you apply such concepts as “Shadow” and “Ego” to your own life…it is yours so do EVERYTHING you ever wanted to…and then some!  

The following excerpts are from an article on the Shadow written by Rebeca Eigen printed in the Indigo Sun in the August 1999 issue and an edited version was reprinted in Conscious Living Magazine in their Winter Issue 2000.

The Shadow

“The Shadow, is a psychological term introduced by the late Swiss psychiatrist, Dr. Carl G. Jung. It is everything in us that is unconscious, repressed, undeveloped and denied. These are dark rejected aspects of our being as well as light, so there is positive undeveloped potential in the Shadow that we don’t know about because anything that is unconscious, we don’t know about.

The Shadow is an archetype. And what an archetype simply means is that it is typical in consciousness for everyone. Everyone has a Shadow. This is not something that one or two people have. We all have a Shadow and a confrontation with the Shadow is essential for self awareness. We cannot learn about ourselves if we do not learn about our Shadow so therefore we are going to attract it through the mirrors of other people.”

“Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event.
If you disown a part of your personality, it’ll materialize as an unexpected detour.” Carl Jung