There are many parts of ourselves that we fear, suppress, hide and try to deny.
According to Aniela Jaffe, a Jungian analyst, the shadow is the “ sum of all personal and collective psychic elements which, because of their incompatibility with the chosen conscious attitude, are denied expression in life.”
The shadows according to Jungian psychology, are those parts of our personality that we pushed down deep into our unconscious mind by creating defence mechanisms. We do not wish to see these aspects of ourselves for they symbolize weakness, fear, or rage.
In the wake of their appearance, we feel depressed, angry, fearful, or frustrated. The shadow aspects in us force us to confront our deepest fears. And that is scary for most people – facing their own deepest fears.
Unless we learn to face the shadows within us, we will be haunted by them. For, they will keep appearing in our lives through others, who through their behaviour, will reflect back to us our own deepest fears. The world outside us is but just a reflection of the world within us.
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung
Carl Jung, further, states,”To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light.”
Embracing the shadow selves, or the inner darkness within us, balances us. And ultimately, everything in this world is about balance.
“Shadow work is the path of the heart warrior.” – Carl Jung
To know more about the Shadow and Shadow Integration work please see:
Cutting the Ties that Bind – A Phyllis Krystal Method
This is a group session held at Breakthrough every month, that teaches how to break free from the invisible chains that bind us, block us and keep us from being who we really are.
Dates for the next session to be shortly announced.