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Shadow Work Explained – Jungian Psychology – Carl Jung



hi this is emerald and welcome to the diamond net and today I'm going to be talking to you about shadow work alright so before I talk about shadow work I want to give you a little definition of what the shadow is just to give you some context now if you want a really deep definition of the shadow I recommend checking out my video about the shadow that's on my channel but basically the shadow is part of the Jungian psychological model that's where the term the shadow originated from and basically Carl Jung's theory was that you have your ego which is basically the main center of your personality and it's your primary self-concept and anything that you don't want to have associated with that self-concept ends up in the shadow so the shadow is home to all the traits that we don't want to see in ourselves now it's not as though these traits go away in fact oftentimes many people can see our shadows more than we can actually see our own shadow it's that whole phenomenon of you can see the splinter in someone else's eye but not the log in your own now it isn't just negative traits that get relegated to the shadow positive traits can get relegated there too so some let's say for example if you grew up in a family that thought that emotional sensitivity was a negative thing and you're a naturally emotionally sensitive person who has a strong relationship to their emotions there might be a repression of that part of yourself even though you can very well use it to beneficial use because the shadow is part of our unconscious mind basically the shadow starts to project out upon our reality without our awareness and so it causes a lot of distortions to our experience of reality and we lose a lot of clarity and wisdom about the situation that we're interacting with but when we do a process like shadow work we start to reintegrate those disowned and repressed aspects of ourselves and then we start to regain clarity ease of living and also our wisdom and it just feels better to have a shadow that's not so dense but you may wonder how and when a shadow is formed now everything person has a shadow with the exception of somebody who is fully enlightened person who is fully enlightened has no fear of any of these traits or concepts about being weighed on to the self-image or damaging the self-image in some way because they recognize that the self-image is illusory and so they're able to let that go and so they allow all things into their awareness and into their reality so only someone who's fully enlightened doesn't have the distortion of the shadow and the ego to deal with but for everybody else we do have this trait to us but how is the shadow formed you might ask well basically whenever you're born you pretty much know nothing about the world you don't know how your body works you don't know how reality works all you have is basically your urges and instincts but you don't really have a mental framework or idea about the way reality works and the shadow always has to do with ideas foremost so basically when you're a very very small child or more so a baby you don't have a shadow at all but it quickly starts to sort of build up as you go so as you start to identify with things you learn your name you learn what you look like you learn hey this is me here and then the rest of the world is this out here oh or maybe I like carrots or maybe I don't like carrots and these little things start to kind of a attract around your self-concept this becomes your identity now whenever you get a really strong bit of identification where you think oh maybe I'm a good person you might repress away all of the traits that you have labeled as bad never mind if they actually are bad or not but if you've labeled them as bad you start to repress them away and those aspects of yourself that are in line with what you've considered bad what you've judged is bad get relegated to the shadow so here's an example my daughter right now is five years old and she really strongly identifies a girl like and she has tendency where you know she always wants girls to win it everything and she likes girl movies and it's all about being a girl so that's her really really strong identification and even though she doesn't hate boys or anything like that there's a definite aversion to anything that's boy like so she might not want to watch a boy movie as she would call it or like boy colors you know but that doesn't really have anything to do with her true preferences not really what has to do is she now has this idea in her mind that she projects out onto reality that says 'bonus is not me girl nnessee there becomes this identification there and then with that identification the opposite gets repressed away so shadow is formed through identification repression of the opposite or just a judgement in general about some trait as not being you so for example if I identify myself as a humble person that I might have a tendency to repress away any drives that I have for assertiveness because I'm afraid of betraying that self-image that I have that I'm oh this humble person now very often this tendency to repress things away and relegate them to the shadow is compounded if we've experienced a trauma or some really really negative situation relative to a particular identification so sometimes our repression can be much stronger than just the middle-of-the-road oh that's not me this is me it can be oh I hate that thing either way judgment is always applied there's always an attempt to distance yourself away from particular things and to kind of relate other things that you consider positive to your self-concept basically it's the case that an outer judgment begets inner judgment or an inner judgment begins outer judgments so you can look at your judgments and kind of tell you know what it is that you might be repressing in yourself let's say that you look down on people who are hippies let's say you look down on hippies it may be the case that you're actually repressing part of yourself that actually has the traits of a hippie all right now let's talk about some of the problems that arise from the shadow basically the main issue is that it causes you to be less aware of what's going on so awareness is always 100 percent full but when you talk about when you hear someone talk about expanding your awareness expanding your consciousness basically you are sort of unwire attendence e to habitually repress things and ignore things from your reality so basically you're opening up your mind to allow different things into your reality that you would may be judged as bad or judged as not you but when we do this okay but when we don't do this and when we unconsciously separate ourselves out and fragment ourselves in this way what this does is it causes a distorted experience of your reality one that is unconsciously influenced by the shadow and your projections on to reality the identifications of the ego and the resulting shadow is what obscures the truth of reality from you but the shadow isn't something that you decide on once and then it's just there for good what happens is you learn to habitually and perpetually repress the same traits over and over and over again so repression is a very active process so the way to get rid of that is to sort of slow down that process sort of take yourself out of it so that you allow things to come into your experience this is one of the many benefits of meditation all right so here are some problems that come along with the shadow so one of the issues that come along with having a shadow is judgment so in a pretty benign example that I can think back on in my own life from when I was in high school I used to address very Goffe back then and I it wasn't necessarily that I identified that way I had my own thing going but I knew that I didn't want to seem certain ways like so there were things that I would repress the way like I decided that I didn't like punk-rock music because that was lame and so even if I could potentially have liked some punk music I wanted to make sure that that wasn't part of my self-concept and so in my mind I just blank it hated all of punk music and then there when I was about 15 when I was right in the middle of this kind of like teenage phase that I had you know there was this big thing that came up emo and liked it pretty much you know everyone kind of hated email like you got super judged if you were emo and so I decided that I didn't like emo either and that if you were emo you were kind of lame you know you listen to lame music you dress lame you know all this other stuff so I had all of these judgments about emo is mostly to sort of make myself more likeable and more socially favorable to like other people so anything that emos did I had to make sure that I didn't do so it sort of tied my hands I could not like the things that they liked and so even if there was some repressed enjoyment of actual emo music or emo style or anything like that I would have never have known because that was unconscious to me I had no idea and I still have no idea whether or not I like emo style or emo music it's kind of funny but you see this caused me to judge other people and also to judge myself very harshly any time I stepped out of line from that self-concept that I held and it also caused a lot of self-deception in me which I'll talk about in just a minute alright another problem with the shadow is that it's very very complex because the shadow develops over your entire life and because a lot of it is unconscious to us I relate the shadow to being like a giant pile of tangled up computer cords like imagine that you had 10,000 tangled up computer cords that you just had to somehow go in and unwire each one that is sort of the task of letting go of all of your shadow so in order to do this you have to first become conscious of what you're doing become conscious of what's there then you have to try to pull out one of those computer cords when you find that you're identifying a certain way making you repress something so when you pull on that computer cord you might find that it gets caught up on other cords within the giant jumble of cords so you have to actually go in to those different areas become aware of them and untie it from within and then you can pull it out this is the way that shadow work works so because you're not dropping your entire self-concept and just getting rid of all of the computer cords you're basically going in piecemeal and you're pulling out shadow trait by shadow trait by shadow trait and reintegrating them one by one but it's a very complex task and it takes a long time to do because there are just so many ego identifications to see through and to be able to integrate its opposite or its opposing things this is also extra challenging because a lot of times our identifications will sort of get tangled up with one another another problem with the shadow is that it becomes a filter for your experience of reality and this causes a lot of blind spots a lot of distortions and not only to your experience of yourself but to your entire experience of reality in fact self-deception is at the very root of the problem of the shadow because we're constantly telling ourselves thoughts stories we have our mind constantly going and because we identify with our thoughts we think oh if I think it about myself it must be true because I know myself I know what's inside of me I know what I want but we have really just the tiniest slightest idea of who we actually are and so we have to make up a lot of stuff and so we make up a lot of concepts and we think oh yeah this describes me but what that's actually doing is that's creating a denser shadow every time you do that so let's say that I'm thinking oh yeah I'm such a good person and I do this for people and I do that for people and you know I I would never judge anyone and you know like what just a list goes on or you might even have negative judgments about yourself like oh I should be doing this more or maybe I don't fit in you know that also adds to the ego identification but there's also other things to get repressed in that because we start to fall in love with our ideas about who we are but the problem is this causes blind spots because we don't want to accept anything about ourself that falls outside of our self-concept so I wanted to bring up an example of a character that I think really epitomizes this idea so if you think about judge Frollo from the Hunchback of Notre Dom so you know he was very highly identified with piety you know he was a religious man he was very very proud of being righteous and he like you know kind of tooted his own horn that he was better than all of the citizens in Paris who were weaker less pure that he was and so we had this real identification with the light side with piety the problem here of course was that in his identification and in his desire to be this pious person he had a complete and total blind spot to his own cruelty and so he was able to be cruel to Quasimodo and he was able to be cruel to Esmeralda and in fact when he started to feel lusts toward Esmeralda he didn't think oh this is me feeling that way toward her so it's just what's coming up in me it was no esmeraldas a witch and she's bewitching me and so I have to burn her because she is from the devil so he was also projecting onto reality onto Esmeralda his own shadow another issue that comes along with having a shadow is that it creates a distance from yourself and others so whenever you're identifying through the ego you're saying this is me this is not me the not me ends up in the shadow it's a thought this isn't me so it's not important and so it goes to the shadow area I don't need to be conscious of it and would we do this with our traits too we end up putting it down in the shadow another problem with the shadow is that it creates a sense of distance between ourselves and other people so if we start to hold up the idea these x y&z are the good traits so we're going to try to identify ourselves with X Y & Z and then in order to sort of bolster our idea that we are the best at X Y & Z traits we're going to be looking for other people that maybe aren't as good as XY & z traits and we're going to be consciously or unconsciously judging them so let's say that you yourself value being a hardworking person so you think hardworking this is like the trait so you're going to start looking out at people and you're going to be like oh well maybe this person is kind of hard-working but they're definitely not as hard-working as I am or oh look at those losers over there they're totally lazy they have their have no work ethic whatsoever and you know all this time you're trying to bolster yourself up as oh I'm the best and they're not as good as me or even if somebody you admire let's say has the trait you know you you want them to have less than you so automatically there's this hierarchy that happens in your mind that I'm the good one and these other people aren't as good or in the case that maybe you find somebody who's more hard-working than you are and then you feel jealous of them and you start to get resentful and maybe you even feel very negatively about yourself because you weren't able to match up to your own Dogma and your own standards another issue of the shadow is that it creates a lot of pressure basically when you have a strong ego identification and a strong and dense shadow you're going to be trying your hardest in all of your daily interactions to not seem like you're anything like the shadow so let's say that you have an extreme judgment of people who are weird like let's say and so in all of your daily interactions you have this fear in the back your mind oh my god what if they think I'm weird what if they think that I'm the type of person like the type of person that I'm constantly judging consciously or unconsciously of course you know so you might tend to sort of stay away from activities and conversations that might make you seem weird or you know you might even stay away from people altogether because you're so afraid of being judged in that way so your inner judgment always begets outer judgment and your outer judgment always begets inner judgment so it happens like this vicious perpetual cycle another problem with the shadow is that it's very very difficult to let go of because we identified with our ego a particular way because we thought that it was going to benefit ourselves in some way or we repressed certain traits away from us because we felt like it was of some benefit to us to do this so for example if we live in a family that looks down on us for being creative maybe we will repress away creativity and then when we bring the creativity back into our personality we worry oh my gosh now am I going to have to deal with negative judgment for my family and the final point that I'll talk about that's problematic about the shadow is that we have this constant underlying fear of undermining the self concept because we relate our ego our self-concept to ourselves we feel like that's what makes us important that's the thing that we need to have continue going that's the thing that we're trying to protect at all times despite the fact that it's just the concept but we treat our ego we treat our self-concept as though it were the physical body something that could actually get hurt and this is why we start to repress things away in the first place so there are two main ways that I know of to reintegrate the shadow one is to dissolve the ego because the ego and its identifications are what causes the shadow in the first place because the shadow is basically the counterpoint to the ego it's everything that the ego is not because the ego identifies a particular way you know it creates the shadow so if you have transcended the ego or dissolve the ego what that's going to do is it's going to make the shadow obsolete now because since I just mentioned that the shadow and the ego itself it's not really a real thing it can't really be harmed by any concept so you even if you think negatively about yourself or recognize a negative trait in yourself you have to understand that there's nothing substantial about the self concept it's all an idea and so an idea cannot be harmed so when someone transcends or dissolves the ego there's no longer any fear of any traits that are in the shadow and those traits just sort of bubble up to sort of meet you at your conscious mind and I know this from firsthand experience because when I was twenty I had two experiences of ego transcendence and that was one of the main most astounding things that I experienced it was just all of a sudden I had no fear of anything and I saw things very very clearly all of the lies that I had told myself that had built up my shadow and so it was as though all of these traits sort of bubbled up into my awareness and with that they carried with them wisdom more awareness of what was like before my awareness was like this big because everything outside of this range was scary to me but then in recognizing that the ego wasn't real it just opened up my experience of reality so much and I was able to truly embody more of myself this is exactly why I have a little catchphrase at the end of the video is keep becoming more you but enlightenment and ego transcendence isn't the method that I'm talking about this time this time I'm talking about shadow work that's what this particular video is about if you want to know more about enlightenment or you know what I've personally found as a seeker of enlightenment and someone who's had a couple of experiences of the ego transcendence you can go ahead and peruse around my channel and look for those videos but basically this is about shadow work so you're going to go in peace me and you're going to find these traits that you've repressed and you're actually going to find acceptance and approval for them and sort of invite them back into your experience so with shadow work you're going to maintain your identification with yourself but you're just going to sort of unite the opposites in terms of like things that you've identified with so let's say that you've identified yourself with righteousness you're going to look in your experience for what you consider non righteous and you're going to look for those aspects in yourself and how they express themselves and even if the trait is negative you're going to accept it into your reality now if a trait is negative you might think well emerald how am I supposed to integrate that trait if I integrate that trait and express it then that's going to be terrible for me you know what's going to happen if let's say I have some really negative urge for greediness come up do I have to be greedy do I have to like come to terms with the fact that I'm greedy and then actually express it and the answer to that question is no and I'll be talking about that in just a short minute after I go into the actual integration process but you'll probably have questions about that because that was a big confusion point for me as well so when you invite the shadow back into your conscious mind and accept it this is called reintegration and this is an idea that was true in Jungian psychology and you can even find it alluded to in alchemy and a lot of other religious traditions throughout the past so basically when you're doing this you're uniting the opposites you're bringing polarities together so let's say for example if I identified strongly with being female I would try to find the male counterparts to that that are actually in my personality that I'm actually experiencing and instead of repressing those away and thinking oh that's not proper for me to express because I'm female and that's my self-concept you go ahead and you cultivate that in yourself you you find those trades and then you develop them you kind of exalt them to their highest expression or maybe you identify with being very proper and sophisticated what you're going to want to do is you're going to want to look for the opposite within your personality find the ways that you are repressing away its opposite so let's say for example you find yourself resisting wanting to have fun because you have this identification of being proper and so you won't let yourself get dirty you won't let yourself go and play outside even if you want to so you want to look for those traits in your in your person or maybe you think it's like maybe you think proper people are snobs maybe you're like one of those people who are like I'm a ruffian and I'm proud of it you know then if you're that then you want to look for the inner proper inner inner sophisticate and start to integrate some of those traits so again if you have a strong identification look for its opposite or things that seem in opposition to it and find ways to integrate those traits in the most beneficial way that you can and this next part is probably the most important part in integrating the shadow so one way that we can get a really really good litmus test for what our shadow actually is is to look at our judgments of other people and I know a lot of people have a tendency to sort of squint their eyes and sort of like lie to themselves and say oh I'm not judgmental I don't judge people but you really want to be honest with yourself you want to look inside and you have to pick up on your subtle and maybe more extravagant judgements of people so again let's say for example that I identify with being educated and intelligent and maybe I look around in my reality and I see people who don't care about that maybe people who maybe not necessarily aren't as intelligent because that's more of an innate physiological trait you know with IQ but maybe people who just don't give a care about education and I think oh how terrible they're they're causing social decay in their dumbing down the nation and this is why we have so many problems because people are like this you know these kind of inner judgments or oh if only everyone could be educated and everyone could have common sense and all of that so I would want to look at the people that I judge the most and notice their traits and then try to find those trade to myself because chances are if I've judged an entire group of people there are traits in there that I actually do have and then I would want to take those traits again and then express them in the way that's most beneficial to me so when you judge other people for having traits that you've repressed away into your shadow this is actually called projection so think of it as you have this whole framework in your mind and then you have these shadow traits back here that you don't want to look at and those things that you have bitterly repress in yourself that you constantly have these judgments about and then it gets projected over reality to where you can't actually see the reality itself this is what causes the distortion the projection is a huge problem of ego and shadow so I want to give you a bit of an example from my own life when I was about 10 years old I became very misogynistic for a variety of reasons like I can look back and I could sort of point to the reasons but I won't go into that but I had decided that I did not like girls and I did not like women and I had like this like really a sort of idea that women and girls were really bitchy and catty and dumb and that I didn't want to be anything like that despite being of course female myself and so I had this major resistance and I had this constant judgment back then that oh girls are this way women are this way but then internally I had to sort of judge myself because it's like oh my gosh I don't want people to see me as bitchy I don't want people to see me as stupid like I've been judging other people and so I repressed all of those traits away in myself even parts that were very natural to me and I started to identify more with maleness and I started to identify with being passive and being easygoing and not like getting in any way assertive and so basically because I had the strong judgment I didn't really learn how to assert myself as a person and even still I have like residual problems with this because this repression happened when I was at a very very young age and so it's difficult for me to be assertive because there's still parts of me that I'm not yet aware of that still judge women for being assertive or for being bitchy as I called it back then but of course this was heavily based in self-deception has caused me many problems over the course of years where I just was not able to stand up for myself like most people would be able to because I judged myself very harshly for that because I was judging other people so harshly for being a particular way so in order to become aware of your judgments you want to watch your thoughts throughout the day sort of check in with yourself five ten times a day see it look am i judging someone right now am i judging someone is lesser than me am I using my judgment of this person to bolster up my own self-concept then you want to look at that person that you're judging and you want to realize the reason why you're judging them and also other things that may come along with that judgment other traits that you might also be judging in yourself now I'm going to come back to the concern that I addressed earlier so a lot of times you know when people say like well you know if I'm supposed to reintegrate all of my traits that I've repressed what about genuinely negative traits what if I happen to be greedy or what if I happen to have some kind of like really inappropriate urge that if I expressed it like the urge for violence or maybe sexual exhibitionism out in public like if I if I entry integrate those urges isn't that going to be like terrible for my life like these things are not good to be reintegrated there's a real why I repress them away well yes and no but here's where you want to draw the line now expression is not the same thing as reintegration so even if you notice a negative trait in yourself you don't have to express that negative trait so basically you know if your find out that you have urges toward greed you don't have to be greedy in order to not repress that trait but one thing that you want to realize is that traits truly have no negative or positive because nothing in reality is inherently negative and nothing in reality is inherently positive so let's say that you do have some kind of urge toward greed so let's look at what greed is at at its bare base level so if we boil greed down what that is is that's just an extremely strong and overactive use of the the driver self-preservation now there's no problem with self-preservation as long as we have it balanced out with preservation of all so you would want to be able to use that trait of being able to preserve yourself and to be able to advocate yourself but you want to also temper it with the idea that you don't want to get in the way of other people's urge and drive towards self-preservation so this is sort of a healthier way to reintegrate that particular trait that you might look at is inherently negative but even if you don't find an expression for the particular trait that you have like you can't find a positive expression for it it's not necessary to express these traits necessarily you just have to become aware of them and accept them don't judge them as wrong in yourself and don't judge them as wrong in other people you want to be able to look at the trade as neutrally as possible so your internal emotions and urges that come up you look at those in the same way that you would look at a thunderstorm or maybe some other rainbow happening or some other external occurrence because essentially you don't have any control over your internal state all of those things just sort of come up the way they happen to come up just in the same way that things in the external world just happened to come up so don't blame yourself if something negative comes up just look at it neutrally just become aware of it and with this awareness and with this acceptance of that being your internal reality then that will be enough to reintegrate the trait there's not necessarily a need to express so for example let's say that I work in an office and I'm in the middle of a business meeting and then all of a sudden you know I get some weird sexual urge in the middle of the thing of course but like if I go up to Jim and accounting and I'm like oh you're hot you know you like oh my gosh you know if I go off like that that's not appropriate you know but then what if my reasoning was oh I didn't want to repress anything I didn't want to put that in my shadow so I had to express it even if it was inappropriate because it's my own psychological well-being but no that's not the way it works what would happen if you're going to actually reintegrate that and not repress it away is you're going to want to just notice it and not judge it as bad so for example let's say I get my urge toward this Jim fella and accounting and like I think oh that's okay I just felt that way and that's fine and yeah and that's basically the end of it now if I were going to revere oppressing it I would be like no I didn't feel that way or even if I did it wasn't my fault it was Jim he's always wearing all those tight shirts around the office and it's totally his fault and anyway at least I'm not like those other girls down in the office who wear the low-cut tops shame on them so that type of thing would be a prime example of how the shadow actually happens it's these internal judgments and then these external judgments to fortify them so really the judgment is toward the self because you identified a certain way somehow you thought oh I am a real pure person and I can't have this sexual urge if that happens that means that I'm like these negative people that I judge like Jim and the girls down the hall in the office but it need not be so I just recognize in myself oh hey I felt that way now I have that self-knowledge it's okay that it's there right now it's not the appropriate time to express that you know maybe at some other time you know I can go give Jim my phone number or something like that you know maybe that would be a better solution of course I'm married I'm not going to give Jim and accounting this imaginary fictional scenario my number but it's just an example anyway that's all I have for you today I hope that you enjoyed this video if you did go ahead and click the like button below and subscribe also go ahead check out my blog at the diamond net org I write in my blog now every Sunday and I just kind of give just a more personal like look at like how I'm dealing with being on the spiritual path and just different thoughts and insights and things that come up that I may not be able to share in my videos so definitely check that out other than that that's all I have for you and until next time keep becoming more you you

Glenn Chapman

30 Comments

  1. If you enjoyed this video, check out my videos on the Shadow and other aspects of the Jungian psychological model.
    The Ego – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-3qYqKcsis&t=20s
    The Shadow – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rFDhtabAhg&t=13s
    The Persona – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5oLPofAvhI&t=14s
    The Anima and The Animus – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHgPZ-CEAvk&t=1286s
    The Self – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIiHHfQNQRc&t=349s

  2. This is the first video I've seen of yours. We are eerily alike. I was a goth kid that was appalled by other women, later gravitating towards philosophy. I love your work. Subscribed**

  3. Fantastic explanation, really helpful, never heard it explained so clearly, both the shadow and how to integrate it. Thanks for this

  4. 'I swear! my Shadow is constantly Narcissistic most of the time'

  5. You're really good at explaining this in a way that I find helpful. THanks so much for this

  6. Great video and explanation! If you look at the books from Jon Whistler is seems like the “shadow” in us is due to the “great illusion.” See here: https://www.makingyouaware.com/is-every-problem-on-the-planet-be-it-wordly-social-or-personal-caused-by-the-great-illusion-and-are-the-one-light-books-by-jon-whistler-some-of-if-not-the-most-profound-and-important-books/

  7. Shadow work isn’t one and done; due to withdrawals from your posts, I’m viewing this video again! Awareness of judgement is consciousness, I’m cognizant of bitchiness as art of telling truth to those who don’t want to be aware.

  8. I am literally blown away from how well this makes sense. I think I have been searching all my life for this insight! Thank you so much. I have learnt so much.

  9. according to jung you cannot integrate the shadow itself, or the unconscious aspect of yourself because it is a different personality on a different level of awareness. it doesn't forget the way you do, it never sleeps, and it isnt limited by the biological and social/cultural imperatives the way your conscious ego is. and throughout life as the shadow grows more dense and becomes more powerful,, it starts trying to communicate with you through projections, visions, and dreams. and the more dense the shadow, especially if one has experienced a lot of trauma, the more influence it will have on your life unconsciously – it will be the one pulling your strings by controlling you emotionally and ideologically. most people are in fact utterly dominated by their shadow. but once you open your mind to the fact that another personality or alter-ego exist within you that you are otherwise unconscious of, you begin to experience synchronicity – which is how the unconscious manifests externally to communicate with our conscious ego's directly in the external world via causally unrelated coincidences. but it is important to remember that you cannot integrate the shadow itself because it is the unconscious part of your psyche, though you can integrate the psychic content which the shadow reveals once you become aware of it within you and consciously investigate it's nature. after that the shadow is revealed to be your higher "self", or the spirit within us that illuminates our conscious lives through the world of inspirational imagery and healthy sensuality. it becomes our daimon as it were, and no longer seeks to sabotage us but instead seeks to guide us. the self sabotage that happens before our recognizing the existence of the shadow is intentionally done by the unconcious/alt-ego in order to awaken us to it's existence within and our connection to nature and everything else in the universe. this is what the high mysteries of the ancient esoteric traditions were all about, and jung came to understand that on a very real level of personal conscious experience. he actually could see his own daimon via projection of his imagination or what you might call hallucination, and would communicate with it directly as if it were standing in the room with him.

  10. Your belief that someone can be fully enlightened is imo flawed. The moment we believe we are enlightened is the moment we become proud of who we are. This pride is dangerous and self destructive because it will not allow us to continue to integrate the shadow, which is a never ending process.

  11. 7:10–7:52. Unrelated to time stamp. Culture is another filter to compare oneself too.

  12. So what do you do? You can't think or ascribe any positive traits to yourself because the opposite trait will then be in your shadow, where you don't want it. Do you let go of your sense of self and have a identity crisis? hahah

  13. I love this channel and everything it represents – such a delight!

  14. 36 minutes non stop talking with a constant tone .I got headache. but you so cute and atractive👍😁

  15. Y'know, you say shtrong the same as Universal Hobo does! Check out her antisuicide vid to hear her. 🙂

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