Can we travel within our inner world, meeting the shadow, befriending the dark and the light in its realm and journeying back to the surface?
The Shadowy unconscious is a mysterious doorway into a new way of being, understanding and individuation. It is one of the originators of great mythological stories, adventures and battles summoning the archetypes into action and it is happening today not thousands of years ago. It is being expressed here in our own 21C backyard both personally and collectively.
Acknowledging our personal shadow can lead to insights into the collective unconscious. Negotiating the underworld we can become the hero and heroine as we journey to unify the parts exiled within us.
A Challenge to the ‘Status Quo’ can be found in the shadow.
Challenging the ‘norm’, bringing liberation and light can mean knowing the shadow world and not fearing it as we have been taught to, but rather seeing what it can teach us.
“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.” (Carl Jung)
“Unfortunately there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. 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. Furthermore, it is constantly in contact with other interests, so that it is continually subjected to modifications. But if it is repressed and isolated from consciousness, it never gets corrected, and is liable to burst forth suddenly in a moment of unawareness. At all events, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions.” (Carl Jung)
“If a man devotes himself to the instructions of his own unconscious, it can bestow this gift (of renewal), so that suddenly life, which has been stale and dull, turns into a rich unending inner adventure, full of creative possibilities” (Marie-Louise von Franz)