Integrating the Shadow
Our mandate is supporting as many beings as possible to experience spiritual awakening in this lifetime. Read about our overall approach to the the spiritual path, and the four approaches to spiritual awakening, including integrating the shadow, here:
- Overview of the Path: How it works
- Spiritual Awakening Through Action: Karma Yoga
- Spiritual Awakening Through Meditation
- Spiritual Awakening Through Learning
- Integrating the Shadow
Spiritual Awakening by Integrating the Shadow
We believe that integrating our shadow is fundamental and one of the fastest ways to unfold spiritually, and reduce our suffering.
What Freud called the subconscious and Jung called the shadow are the buried aspects of our psyche that became suppressed due to our family and societal conditioning. One aspect of spiritual awakening is making this unconscious aspect conscious.
Transforming the shadow into a fully integrated human being is what medieval alchemists referred to as turning lead into gold. We can consider it top-quality psychic composting.
It’s important that we are clear and honest: by its very nature, shadow work is not fun or pretty. It takes courage and fortitude to see parts of our being that are not like we wish them to be, and to dedicate one’s energy to transforming that.
Shadow Work: Leaning into What Repels Us
The shadow has a deceptive quality: whatever its nature, we tend to want nothing to do with it. Somehow it’s repulsive. Couldn’t it just go away?
However, beneath that repugnant exterior, when we have the courage to lean into the shadow, tremendous amounts of positive energy become available to us. That quality that bothered us in others becomes integrated into our own personality, in a much healthier way.
And once we decide to change, the shadow’s darkness moves towards greater and greater light. That is both beautiful and exciting.