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The Naked Self Hiding in the Shadows

When this post makes it to your device, I will have already left for a five-day excursion that will take my wife and I to the headwaters of the Amazon River. Today I am using a photo I took early this morning while waiting for the water to boil on the stove. I couldn’t use the kettle as the power in our fishing village here in Ecuador was again out for a number of hours. I chose this image for a number of reasons, the most important of which was the mirror image in the shadows that could be seen in the window. The person in the shadows is an aspect of self, as good as a separate person that has taken up residence within us without our awareness. We all have this shadow self lurking within. We can learn of the existence of the shadow self, a cognitive awareness of the “idea” of a shadow self. Yet, that is all we can “know.” If we knew more, then it wouldn’t be shadow.

In today’s world there is a lot of noise about the Shadow. There are books, workshops, and numerous blog posts, many by skilled analysts and therapists. However, the majority of this published information and events give the impression that you can get to know your shadow, perhaps make some sort of friendly agreements with this shadow. You “CAN’T” know your shadow. You CAN sense the presence of shadow – your shadow and the collective shadow if you see what “stirs you up” or what “gets a group all fired up.” With affective responses, we can know that within our inner depths, or within the collective unconscious, the shadow has been active. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Sky Clad Therapist – The Naked Psyche

Original publication JANUARY 24, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 4th February 2018

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