Shadow Work

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  1. kittythedreamer profile image77
    kittythedreamerposted 10 years ago

    Do you do shadow work? Have you ever done shadow work? What do you think shadow work is all about?

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      markbennisposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      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)

      1. Alastar Packer profile image76
        Alastar Packerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        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.'

        1. kittythedreamer profile image77
          kittythedreamerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          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.

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            markbennisposted 10 years agoin reply to this

            Hi Kitty,

            If you come across any more information concerning this subject then please do add them here, if not inbox me, as I find this fascinating, great subject matter, thanks…

    2. sandrabusby profile image78
      sandrabusbyposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      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.

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      Barnseyposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      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?

      1. kittythedreamer profile image77
        kittythedreamerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Not at all. I think if you've found a way to work with your shadow, recognizing it's flaws, then there's a lot you could learn from it. When I say "you" I mean all of us, of course. Thanks for the answer!

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    Michael Brooksposted 10 years ago

    Unsure of what this is, shadows in my opinion are our subconsious selfs.


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