- on the concept of the Shadow by Other Authors -
Denial is pushing something out of your awareness. Anything you hide in the basement has a way of burrowing under the house and showing up on the front lawn.
— Howard Sasportas
I alone must become myself, but I cannot become myself alone.
— Rev. J. Pittman McGehee
Like Beauty embracing the Beast, our beauty is deepened as our beastliness is honored. The poet Rainer Maria Rilke realized this when he said he feared that if his devil’s left him, his angels would take flight as well.
— excerpt from Meeting the Shadow
edited by Connie Zwieg Ph.D. and Jeremiah Abrahms
Not moral perfection but the promotion of the rejected complementary attitude is the basis of a religiously stable personality.
— Liliane Frey-Rohn
To live without the creative potential of our own destructiveness is to be a cardboard angel.
Sheldon B. Kopp
I looked and looked and this I came to see — that what I thought was you and you was really me and me.
All in one and one in all.
— Budhist proverb
The most common form of despair is not being who you are.
If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.
― Gospel of Thomas
Before you take the splinter out of your brothers eye, take the log out of your own.
For the good that I would, I do not, but the evil which I would not, that I do.
— St. Paul
You see the issue of the Shadow isn’t a question of admitting faults. It’s a question of being shaken right down to your foundations by realizing that you are not as you appear — not to others, but also to yourself.
— Liz Greene, Ph.D.
The Shadow cannot be eliminated. It is the ever-present dark brother or sister. Whenever we fail to see where it stands, there is likely to be trouble afoot. For then it is certain to be standing behind us. The adequate question therefore never is: Have I a shadow problem? Have I a negative side? But rather: Where does it happen to be right now? When we cannot see it, it is time to beware! And it is helpful to remember Jung's formulation that a complex is not pathological per se. It becomes pathological only when we assume that we do not have it; because then IT HAS US!
— Edward C. Whitmont
This thing of darkness I acknowlege mine. There is nothing more confining than the prison we don't know we are in.
— William Shakespeare
“The shadow, this “heavy bear who goes with me,” this “stupid clown of the spirits ” is always present and enormously resistant to discovery. The ego is threatened by the shadow’s autonomy on the one hand, and the largeness of its threat to one's self-image on the other. Our understandable resistance to our shadow stuff, however, becomes the source of many of the qualities of dissatisfaction in the relationship. And remember, where there is a couple there are two shadows.”
— James Hollis, The Eden Project
Depth psychology has presented us with the undeniable wisdom that the enemy is constructed from denied aspects of the self. Therefore, the radical commandment "Love your enemy as yourself" points the way toward both self-knowledge and peace. We do, in fact, love or hate our enemies to the same degree that we love or hate ourselves. In the image of the enemy, we will find the mirror in which we may see our own face most clearly.
— Sam Keen
Shadow work leads to a practice I refer to as the pursuit of the unhypocritical life, which some might call living with integrity.
— Jeremiah Abrahms
To practice lightside/dark side thinking is to practice holding opposites, a subversive act in our either/or culture. For Jung, this act is a developmental step, the end of a naive all-good view or a cynical all-bad view, which results in a more nuanced perception of reality and a capacity to tolerate paradox and ambiguity. This, too, is one of the promises of shadow-work.
— Connie Zwieg, Ph.D. and Steve Wolf, Ph.D.
Shame is the gristle we must chew on to integrate the Shadow complex.
— Gilda Franz
The Shadow, of course never dies; we always cast a shadow. But how we relate to it, and it to us, depends on whether it is known. Once known, we have inevitably lost an innocence that can never be recovered. What replaces it is a knowledge of the complexity of our nature. Sometimes we are fortunate, and this knowledge elicits a kindness and tolerance in us for others — even, perhaps for ourselves.
— Deena Metzger
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
— Joseph Campbell
An excerpt from an Article called Mind Virus Wetiko: The Collective Shadow of Humanity on Wake Up World,
July 20, 2016
Overcoming the shadow is all about integration, not destruction. You can’t destroy the “dark side” – it will be always be there as part of the whole, in contrast to love, so that we can know what love truly is. The spiritual path is about healing whatever split we hold within, by integrating the disassociated parts of ourselves into a fully aware whole.
Conclusion: Learn to Spot the Wetiko Mind Virus Within Yourself
As Eckhart Tolle writes in his book The Power of Now, it is better to refer to the darkness as unconsciousness rather than evil, because “evil” as a description connotes more separation rather than inclusion, and therefore decreases the likelihood of integration. The ultimate solution to the problem of wetiko is to see it in yourself. It will always be easier to see it in others, but as long as we remain focused on changing others, we neglect the crucial shadow work we must do ourselves. Only you can integrate your own shadow. Sorry to break the news to all you billionaires out there, but shadow work cannot be outsourced. No one else can do it for you, no matter how rich, persuasive, entrepreneurial, charming, sexy, beautiful or intelligent you are.
In this respect, we are all equal. Death and the wetiko mind virus level the human playing field, beyond all categorizations and classes. Both are an inevitable part of life, and both must be faced without fear if we are to move into our true power and full awareness.
About the author:
Makia Freeman is the editor of The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at Tools For Freedom, writing on many aspects of truth and freedom, from exposing aspects of the global conspiracy to suggesting solutions for how humanity can create a new system of peace and abundance. An avid promoter of freedom, truth and health, his mission is to expose the truth, raise awareness about the conspiracy to enslave mankind and to help create a critical mass of people to stand up against it – and thus restore peace and freedom to the world.