Do you do shadow work? Have you ever done shadow work? What do you think shadow work is all about?
You know Kitty I had never known that term until you mentioned it, but I quickly ran a search to see what it is?
It appears to be that darker suppressed side of our inner self, a dualistic part of our true essence. Most of us already know it superficially as a way of describing it, the carrier of our pain, frustration, darker desires, the darker voice of our consciousness so to speak.
To ignore it or deny its existence can be detrimental to our paths, what we secretively withhold inside has a way of surfacing and manifesting into our reality. The idea as far a I have found in the space of 20 minutes suggest, that we should accept our darker side and learn to work with it. It is suggested that doing so will deepen the unity of our true consciousness and our inner power.
More reference points by Googling: Carl Gustav Jung, (Shadow Work)
Thanks for the question Kitty and breakdown on Shadow Work Mark. Absolutely, acknowledge it and learn to use it in a way that bolsters the positive side of the psyche. Sometimes this comes about through a natural process over time or can be learned by actively researching sources like sandrabusby just pointed out with Johnson's 'Owning Your Own Shadow.'
Mark - very insightful and exactly what I was talking about! There are certain practices of looking into mirrors on full moons and such that I was looking to see if anyone has done but this was awesome info. Thanks again. Always great to hear from you.
AP - Yes, I'll have to check out Sandra's suggestion.
I do a lot of shadow work (my background is Jungian psychology), and the book that has been the most helpful to me is Robert Johnson's OWNING YOUR OWN SHADOW.
I too was unsure what you meant until I looked it up. Termed another way I may have known instantly. I own my shadow. It whispers to me sometimes and gives odd suggestions at the wrong moments, but I ignore it with a chuckle at times or a sneer at others. It is a part of me that is prepared to deal with the worst and most difficult situations. The sort of moments my public face could not fathom. The key is control and once you have it the shadow is like a window into another world. It allows me to see all aspects of a person or a situation rather than just one, I am able to see both sides of any argument and will often take a side simply to make sure both sides have a representative. You should see their faces when I suddenly relinquish the argument explaining that I agreed with them in the first place. Is it perverse to find enjoyment in that sort of thing?
Unsure of what this is, shadows in my opinion are our subconsious selfs.
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