Body awareness Voice What Is the Shadow in Jungian Psychcology? “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” begins that famous spine tingling, radio thriller from the 1930s -- The Shadow. No, this is not that shadow. That shadow actually did lurk in the rooms, streets and dark alleys of our cities. There is, indeed, an actual shadow-like energy that exists hidden from conscious mind yet contributing to the overall shape of the personality. What Is Hidden According to Carl Jung, the shadow is that part of the personality one chooses not to see. If Not Acknowledged But never does the shadow evaporate or disappear; it simply goes underground where it continues to influence the person as complexes and neuroses. A Life of its Own Otherwise, the shadow can take on a life of its own, burst out in inopportune moments causing embarrassment or worse. Shows up in Dreams Meanwhile, the unconscious continues to present this shadow material in dreams and daydreams or fantasy life. Energy Block Causing No Harm Hiding the Gold Balance in the Personality
Shadow Archetype Carl Jung's Philosophy Carl Jung was one of the twentieth century’s most eminent psychologists, thinkers and therapists. Born in Switzerland on 26, July, 1875, Jung was at one point under the auspices of Sigmund Freud, before establishing himself as a great psychologist in his own right. Carl Jung’s Philosophy Whereas Sigmund Freud’s method of psychoanalysis was grounded in materialism, Carl Jung believed that too many philosophers were relying on science and logic in order to understand the core precepts to psychology. After a visit to India in 1938, Jung delved and took a keen interest in Hindu philosophy. This exploration convinced Jung that it was necessary that metaphysical concepts such as the Soul, spirituality and the “Unconscious” ought to be integrated into psychology and philosophy. At the heart of all religions, Jung argued, was a journey of transformation which Jung termed a journey of individuation. This individuation according to Jung was a journey to meet the Self and the Divine.
What Is Projection in Jungian Psychology? Projection, according to Carl Jung, occurs when a person sees in another qualities they themselves possess. This phenomenon goes on daily in most relationships and encounters. Whenever a person is convinced that the awful qualities seen in another person have nothing to do with him or herself, a projection is mostly likely being engaged. This does not mean, however, that these qualities are not present. The Good News/Bad News Attraction Another common projection involves envy. The good news is that a person already possesses those qualities they thought they lacked; the bad news is that that a person already possesses those qualities they thought they lacked. Intimate Relationships In relationships, both intimate and otherwise, these same principles apply. Understanding the difference between what is true and what is only projection can be a challenge. How to Tell the Difference When this happens it is called being “hooked.” Withdrawing the Projection
Shadow Work in Eight Easy Steps Most of this material comes from a fine book I cannot recommend highly enough: Romancing the Shadow: A Guide to Soul Work for a Vital, Authentic Life by Connie Zweig, Ph.D. and Steve Wolf, Ph.D (1997). The shadow can sabotage the better angels of one’s nature. The good news is that these darker aspects can be tamed. Carl Jung, who first detected the shadow, wrote that once recognized and understood the shadow can be used for good in a process of self-development. There are eight steps to this process as understood by Jungian authors Zeig and Wolfe. Meet the Shadow Detect Early Warning Signs of its Arrival "Romance" the Shadow Trace the Roots of the Shadow in Personal History and Family Patterns Trace the Archetypal Sources and its Story Explore Your Choices Observe Your Resistances Realign with Voice of the Self Meeting the Shadow, Detecting Warning Signs Learn to identity the behavior which is sabotaging you. It is crucial to remain grounded in a sense of self. Coming Home Sources:
Movement Psychology Library | Chakras Chakras There are seven power centers in your body, called chakras. The state of each chakra reflects the health of a particular area of your body. It also reflects your psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being. Every thought and experience you've ever had in your life gets filtered through these chakra databases. Each event is recorded into your cells. Explore your seven power centers and see how they reflect what's happening in your body, in your life: Intuitively diagnose your energyUnplug from negative thoughts and perceptionsLive as a healthier, more empowered person Click the button below to view my chakra model as a Flash presentation . «« Back to Library
Library | Sacred Contracts | Archetypes Archetypes For a detailed description of over 70 archetypes, click here . To help you understand and fulfill the terms of your Sacred Contract, you have been encoded with a set of 12 primary archetypes. Awareness of archetypes dates back at least to the time of Plato , who called them Forms. Although archetypes are impersonal patterns of influence that are both ancient and universal, they become personalized when they are a part of your individual psyche. The Shadow All archetypes have "shadow" manifestations as well as positive aspects. Likewise, the Queen archetype can help you assert your power, take charge of situations, delegate authority, and act with benevolence. The first step in learning to work with your archetypes to interpret your Sacred Contract is to determine which 12 archetypes make up your support team. Next: Determining Your Archetypes »
Shadow work: Reclaiming soul from our dark side | CranioSacral Therapy and Brennan Energy Healing in Wenatchee, Chelan, Leavenworth “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” Carl Jung I vividly remember my first known encounter with shadow, it was in a dream. I didn’t have my own garbage service so I was secretly dumping my garbage into other people’s dumpsters. Everyone carries a shadow. Shadow work refers to the process of healing the split between who we think we ought to be and the trapped life energy caught in the pretense of trying to hide and conceal what we can’t accept about ourselves. When we start to realize that what lies beneath the surface of our consciousness is not evil but simply unresolved thoughts and feelings that can be healed and integrated, we begin to relax, we breathe easier. Many of us are so disconnected from our shadow that the only way we see it is by reflection. You may wonder how we can see our shadow if it is hidden? So the question is, what stories do your shadow characters have to tell today, what secrets do they whisper?