This term, so simple yet so complex a topic. Shadow Work.

November is a good time for Shadow-work. It's a time of reflection in the darker months. 

 We all have this other side, we push out of view, but it's part of our complex character. An important part.  Society expects us to behave and act in a certain way. Indeed, it's tutored into us from the moment before we can understand, body language, speech and all it's inflections, and the repercussions that follow our actions as very young children influence our conduct.

We learn to temper ourselves and our reactions to others, situations and circumstances. This helps Society tick. It keeps the Beast from the Door.  But, we do need to work on our Shadow. It enables self-understanding of how WE tick. Why we react the way we do. Humans are angel and devil rolled into one;  who find themselves combined within the MIDDLE ground.

A person cannot survive healthily, for themselves or others, living solely as dark, or light. We have to be a mixture. That middle ground is the whole. If we lean too far to one side or the other, we are out of control of ourselves. Playing, acting, or helplessly reacting in life. Therefore we need to understand why 'this' irritates us, or 'that' brings us joy.

'Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. C.G. Jung

Ego also plays it's part. We need to look closely at our reactions to the life around us, just as an artist does their subject. It is a part of learning to cope with life and all it entails, with balance rather than disgust, rage or helplessness. 

'Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual's conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. If an inferiority is conscious, one always has a chance to correct it.'

'Like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.'

Carl Gustav Jung

Som helpful links :-https://www.harleytherapy.co.uk/counselling/shadow-self.htm https://sixtyandme.com/7-ways-to-face-your-shadow-side-and-express-... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_(psychology) https://www.verywellmind.com/what-are-jungs-4-major-archetypes-2795439 https://www.unstoppablerise.com/shadow-work-on-shadow-self/ ;

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Comment by Elspeth on November 19, 2019 at 3:52am

Thank you Don :-) It's about healthy growth, defining, healing, and understanding ourselves isn't it?

Comment by Mystic Wolf on November 18, 2019 at 7:52pm

The Dark Self

On dealing with the shadow self, if we do not counter the force of the shadow and better understand it, we will continue to diss-associate ourselves from whom “we” really are as a whole.

When we fail to admit to our vulnerabilities and recognize our darker side, we will sabotage ourselves when we are on the verge of some personal or professional breakthrough. Then the shadow steps in and wins. When we act out of disproportionate anger in speaking to our children, the shadow wins. When we deceive our loved ones, the shadow wins. When we refuse to accept our true nature, the shadow wins. If we do not bring the light of our highest self to the darkness of our human impulses, the shadow wins. Until we accept all of who we are, the shadow effect will have the power to impede our happiness.

We have grown up through our lives to fear the shadow side of life and the shadow side of ourselves.
When we catch ourselves thinking a dark thought or acting out in a behavior that we feel is unacceptable, we think in a different way so to escape these feelings. We have these insecurities that no matter how hard we try, we will never be able to escape from this part of ourselves. And although repressing our dark side is to be the ‘safe way’ of avoiding it, the sobering truth is that running from the shadow only intensifies its power.

Denying it only leads to more pain, suffering, and regret. If we fail to take responsibility and better understand this ‘shadow self ’it will continue to disrupt our life and the shadow ends up having control over us, triggering this shadow effect.

 

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Comment by Quingu on November 17, 2019 at 1:02pm
Thanks!
Comment by Elspeth on November 17, 2019 at 1:01pm

Thank you Quingu! Some of us still have the image option working for us ~ not everyone though :-(

There's updates in the Temple Support group and message from Ning too.

Comment by Quingu on November 17, 2019 at 12:29pm
How did you post pics on your blog? Anyways, I enjoyed this, thank you.
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Comment by Elspeth on November 17, 2019 at 8:59am

 I like Jung's thoughts on Shadow work/self, but then there's, D. Siegel ~ you may want to read his views too. (Among others)

https://www.mindfulnessmuse.com/individual-differences/identify-acc...

Comment by Elspeth on November 17, 2019 at 8:54am

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