|copyright Matthew James|
The shadow, in Jungian psychology, is the unknown dark side of our personality that we often try to hide or deny. It tends to be negative and is an unconscious aspect of the personality which the conscious ego does not identify itself with. Imagine that—we don’t want to own up to the negative aspects of our behavior because it hurts the ego (in this aspect, the ego that thinks highly of one’s self).
Shadow work is a personal growth journey that helps to bring about our powers that are hidden by the darkness of our shadow. These powers are hidden because we have all been hurt, fearful, angry, sad—and we have learned to hide these parts of ourselves so that we don’t feel these ways again. By working on our shadow, we are creating an illumination of love and light that helps to bring awareness to theses areas and heal these feelings that have probably been with us since childhood...read more>>>...