It was Jung’s supposition that if you didn’t embrace the entirety of your being, you couldn’t live a full and unfettered life. “Until you make the unconscious, conscious, it will direct your life,” he tendered, “and you will call it fate.” A shadow can lead to limiting beliefs, which may snowball into all manner of undesirable outcomes: self-sabotage, destructive behaviour, ruined relationships.
The idea of shadow work, then, is acknowledging all parts of the psyche — effectively bringing what is dark into the light. You can’t have balance without both the dark and the light. Shadow work actualizes living a multi-faceted life that incorporates the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, the embarrassing, the uncertain. All of it! (2)
That all being a mere technical description for You to rise some questions (perhaps?).
My goal today is more about reaching one simple (?) goal.
I wish to think about the shadow. Take an object, draw its shadow and observe it. And I also wish to pander on a thought about what assumptions I have about my surroundings and how it affects me as a parent. I even might do this drawing activity with my littles come tomorrow. And I might even ask them what they think about shadows.
I will gladly hear about what thoughts arose at Your end. Share them in comments below.
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