spiritual_emergency Posted September 6, 2010 Report Share Posted September 6, 2010 I came across this in my weekend reading and thought it would serve as a good intro.The Birth of the ShadowOnly when the sun is directly above do we not cast a shadow; only in the full light of the Self do we not have a dark side. Otherwise our own darkness, although hidden, is always present, peering from the shadows of the unconscious. Chasing us down dark alleyways, hammering on the doors of our dreams, our shadow comes to meet us.We long to stay in the light and and keep our darkness hidden, to look toward the heavens and deny the torturous corridors of our inner self. But all inner work begins with work upon the shadow. It is the basic foundation of any spiritual or psychological growth. ...But what is this shadow, this inner darkness? Where did it come from? Why does it haunt us? The shadow belongs to the world of duality, to the world in which light and darkness oppose each other. In the primal Oneness of the Self there is no shadow; in the dazzling darkness of the beyond there is no differentation between light and darkness. As a child we come into this world from oneness, and in the eyes of a baby one can still glimpse an undivided wholeness. But as we take on the clothes of this world, so we become caught in the play of its duality. ...Mankind, with the gift of consciousness, has the ability to know good and evil, to accept and reject, to turn away from the darkness and look to the light. The price of the evolution of consciousness is the shadow because what has been rejected, what has been labelled "bad" does not disappear but constellates in the unconscious where it takes on a life of its own. Thus, the shadow is born, the psychological split between the ego and its dark twin. ... The Wayfarer who wishes to make the journey home has to confront this split within himself, has to descend into his inner darkness and undertake the psychological work of confronting and integrating the shadow. He has to accept his own dark side, what Jung refers to as the negative side of the personality, the sum of all those unpleasant qualities we like to hide, together with the insufficiently developed functions and contents of the personal unconscious.Source: Catching the Thread: Sufism, Dreamwork & Jungian Psychology Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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