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Tempel in der Ebene von Bagan, Myanmar

 

 

Ein verruchter Besen,
Der nicht hören will!
Stock, der du gewesen,
Steh doch wieder still!

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
deutscher Universalgelehrter, Bühnendichter,
Balllade Der Zauberlehrling, 1797

 


 

Realitätsvermeidung – Verleugnungsverhalten auf dem geistigen Weg


Zehn fehlangewendete spirituelle Konzepte zur Realitätsvermeidung
༺༻Spiritueller Bypass
Geistige Fallgrube
VerhaltenstendenzEffekt
Bemerkung
1.Positives Denken [BW 499]
Glückseligkeits-Falle
Sich selbst und anderen Positivität vorheucheln, um über den nicht geheilten Schatten hinwegzutäuschen, oft einhergehend mit dem überfliegenden Mantra "Alles ist gut." 
2.Intellektualisierungs-FalleFlucht in den Verstand, um allein in und durch Gedanken zu leben, unentwegtes übermäßiges IntellektualisierenKopf-Trip mit dem Ziel, sich von der Gefühlswelt zu lösen; gut ausgebildete Fähigkeit, Bewusstseins-Modelle zu artikulieren, ohne herzlich und echt fühlend zu sprechen
3.Bezeugungs-FalleStets im Zeugen- oder Beobachter-Bewusstsein leben, wie aus der Ferne auf den eigenen unerlösten Schmerzkörper starren und glauben, man sei präsent; hilfreiche Dissoziations-Techniken mit dem Leben selbst verwechselnPseudo-Gleichmut mit glänzenden Augen, sehr eingeschränkte Fühlfähigkeit; Der unerlöste innere Schmerz erstarrt zu einer Waffe, die sich nach innen gegen das eigene Selbst richtet.
4.Pragmatismus-FalleBemühen, sich stets auf die greifbare, praktische Realität zu konzentrieren, um eine Einheits- oder Gesamtbild-Erfahrung zu vermeidenHäufig bedeutender materieller Erfolg und spiritueller Bankrott
5."Alles-Ist-Eins"-FalleBemühen, sich stets auf das Einheitsbewusstsein zu konzentrieren, um spezifische Probleme, Herausforderungen und irdische Bedürfnisse zu vermeidenUngeerdetsein und Unvermögen, sich die eignen Bedürfnisse zu erfüllen, Abdriften ins große Mysterium
6.Advaita-Falle
Nicht-Dualitäts-Falle
Sich selbst als "nichtdual" einschätzen, [über BW 500 zu kalibrieren], um dem menschlichen Kampf auszuweichenNichtduale Vermeider entfernen das Unangenehme (Identifikationen, gestörtes Gefühlsrepertoire, Ich/Selbst, Körper) aus ihrem Wahrnehmungsspektrum, um ihre Menschlichkeit zu  transzendieren und damit das notwendige Wasser auf der Seelenmühle fernzuhalten.
7.Verantwortungs-FalleKonzepte ("Welt als Spiegel", "Nicht-Urteilen") missbrauchen, um die eigene Mit-Verantwortung beziehungsweise die Verantwortung der anderen für falsches Handeln zu umgehen, gestützt auf die überfliegende Idee, dass es kein Fehlverhalten gibtZiel dieses Vermeidungsverhaltens ist, ungesundes Verhalten weiterhin zu erdulden oder fortsetzen zu können und Opfer zu entmutigen, einen rechtmäßigen und notwendigen Heilungsprozess einzuleiten
8."Du-bist-nicht-deine-Geschichte"-FalleDurch Bagatellisierung der eigenen Geschichte dem Schmerz und der Verwirrung der persönlichen Lebenserfahrungen entfliehen.Die eigene Geschichte beinhaltet das zu bearbeitende karmische Material (Identifikationen, Gefühlsleben, ungelöste Probleme). Dieses Wasser auf der Seelenmühle fördert das spirituelle Wachstum.
9.Karmische VerträgeEinzelereignisse auf eine seelische oder universelle Absicht zurückführen ["Das hast du dir so kreiert", "Es war so bestimmt", "Deine Schwingung hat es angezogen", "Alles geschieht aus einem bestimmten Grund"], Bemühen, dem Schmerz, Unerklärlichen und Fehlgeleiteten vieler Erfahrungen zu entfliehenScham, persönliche und zwischenmenschliche Realitäts-
verleugnung, Unvermögen Mitgefühl zu zeigen und Heilung anzustreben
10.Vergebung Unerlöste Emotionen und Beziehungserfahrungen durch voreilige, vorgetäuschte Vergebung vermeiden, jene beschuldigen, die noch nicht verziehen haben, Heilungsvermeidung.Wahre Vergebung erfordert, seine Emotionen und die Erinnerungen seiner Erlebnisse zu konfrontieren, gefolgt von einer bewussten Entscheidung zu vergeben.
Quelle: ► Spiritual Bypassing – 10 Wege, die Realität zu vermeiden, englisches Original 10 Ways to Bypass the Real, 20. March 2014, präsentiert vom US-amerikanischen Elephant Journal, Jeff Brown, M.A., kanadischer Rechtsanwalt, Psychologe, körperzentrierter Psychotherapeut, Autor, 10. März 2014, übersetzt und nachgedruckt von der Schweizer Zeitschrift Sein Sein.de, November 2014
Reference: en.Wikipedia entry Spiritual bypass
Siehe auch: ► Weg und ► Wirklichkeit und ► Fallen und ► Prüfungen

Besuch in der siebten Kammer des siebten Himmels

Eines Nachts kam ein Engel zu vier Rabbinern auf Besuch.
Er weckte sie auf und trug sie auf seinen Schwingen in die siebte Kammer des Siebten Himmels.
Dort erblickten die vier Neuankömmlinge mit eigenen Augen das Heilige Rad von Hesekiel.
༺༻Reaktion/VerhaltenErläuterung
1.Irre werdenSchon auf dem Rückweg zu ihrem Heimatplaneten Erde verlor der erste Rabbiner seinen Verstand, denn sein Geist war so stark vom göttlichen Glanz geblendet worden, dass er fortan nur noch brabbelnd durch die Lande irrte.
2.VerleugnungDer zweite Rabbiner zeigte sich unbeeindruckt und zynisch. Er verleugnete schlicht, was er im Siebten Himmel gesehen hatte. Abwinkend gab er gab zum Besten:Ach was, das haben wir doch bloß geträumt!
3.FanatismusDer dritte Rabbiner entpuppte sich als fanatischer Eiferer.
Sein Terminkalender war voll. Er hielt Vorträge und Seminare über die Bedeutung und die Hintergründe seines Erlebnisses und argumentierte mit anderen Gelehrten.
4.HerzenspoesieUnd der vierte Rabbiner wurde ein Dichter,
der am Fenster seines Zimmers saß und ein Danklied nach dem anderen verfasste über die Tauben im Kirschbaum, seine kleine Tochter in der Wiege und den mit Sternen übersäten Nachthimmel.
Er war der Einzige unter den vier Himmelsgästen, die Gott geschaut hatten, der es vermochte, sein Glück zu ertragen.
Inspiriert durch: ► Clarissa Pinkola Estes (*1945) US-amerikanische Jungsche Psychoanalytikerin, Posttraumaspezialistin, Dichterin,
Die Wolfsfrau. Die Kraft der weiblichen Urinstinkte, Heyne Verlag, 8. Auflage 1. September 1997

Zitate zum Thema psychologischer Schatten / Shadow

Zitate allgemein

Persönliche Bekenntnisse

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Schattenseite der "Egotötung"

  • So berichtet [André] van der Braak:
    "Andrew [Cohen] begann immer mehr darüber zu reden, dass wir "das Ego töten müssten". Der Fokus ging immer mehr darauf, unser Verhalten zu ändern, uns zu reinigen und Erleuchtung im Leben auszudrücken."
Damit einhergehend entwickelte sich eine äußerst destruktive Gruppendynamik, bei der sich die Mitglieder untereinander mehr und mehr – unter dem Deckmäntelchen der Egozerstörung –  auf der psychischen Ebene zerfleischten:
"Später hatten wir immer häufiger Treffen, in denen wir uns gegenseitig angingen, uns gegenseitig anschrien, nur um unser Ego zu zerstören."
Gemeinsam auf dem Weg zur Erleuchtung|Gemeinsam auf dem Weg zur Erleuchtung, präsentiert von Yoga aktuell, Doris Iding, Heft 29, Heft 6, S. 4, 1. Dezember 2004

 

Empfehlungen

  • Wende dein Gesicht der Sonne zu, dann fallen die Schatten hinter dich. Sprichwort aus Südafrika
  • Die Ränder des Schattens fragten den Schatten und sprachen:
    »Bald bist du gebückt, bald bist du aufrecht; bald bist du zerzaust, bald bist du gekämmt; bald sitzest du, bald stehst du auf; bald läufst du, bald bleibst du stehen. Wie geht das zu?«
Der Schatten sprach:
»Alterchen, Alterchen, wie fragt Ihr oberflächlich! Ich bin, aber weiß nicht, warum ich bin. Ich bin wie die leere Schale der Zikade, wie die abgestreifte Haut der Schlange. Ich sehe aus wie etwas, aber ich bin es nicht. Im Feuerschein und bei Tag bin ich kräftig. An sonnenlosen Orten und bei Nacht verblasse ich. Von dem andern da (dem Körper) bin ich abhängig, ebenso wie der wieder von einem andern abhängt. Kommt er, so komme ich mit ihm. Geht er, so gehe ich mit ihm. Ist er stark und kraftvoll, so bin ich mit ihm stark und kraftvoll. Bin ich stark und kraftvoll, was brauche ich dann noch zu fragen?«
Dschuang Dschou [Chuang-tzu, Tschuang-tse, "Meister Zhuang"] (~365-290 v. Chr.) chinesischer Philosoph, Dichter, Das wahre Buch vom südlichen Blütenland, entstanden im 4. Jht. v. Chr., übersetzt von Richard Wilhelm (1873-1930) bedeutender deutschsprachiger Sinologe, Theologe, Missionar, Übersetzer [Werke von Zhuangzi], Das wahre Buch vom südlichen Blütenland, entstanden im 4. Jht. v. Chr., übersetzt von Richard Wilhelm (1873-1930) bedeutender deutschsprachiger Sinologe, Theologe, Missionar, Übersetzer [von Werke von Zhuangzi, 1912], Buch II, 11. Schatten und Halbschatten, Düsseldorf/Köln 1972

 


Schattenwurf im Nebel, Oulujoki, Vaalankurkku-Eisenbahnbrücke
Nähe Vaala, Nordost-Finnland
  • Wer in den Spiegel des Wassers blickt, sieht allerdings zunächst sein eigenes Bild. Wer zu sich selber geht, riskiert die Begegnung mit sich selbst. Der Spiegel schmeichelt nicht, er zeigt getreu, was in ihn hineinschaut, nämlich jenes Gesicht, das wir der Welt nie zeigen, weil wir es durch die Persona, die Maske des Schauspielers, verhüllen. Der Spiegel aber liegt hinter der Maske und zeigt das wahre Gesicht. Dies ist die erste Mutprobe auf dem inneren Wege, eine Probe, die genügt, um die meisten abzuschrecken, denn die Begegnung mit sich selber gehört zu den unangenehmeren Dingen, denen man entgeht, solange man alles Negative auf die Umgebung projizieren kann. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Schweizer Psychiater, Psychoanalytiker, Gründer einer neuen Denkschule der analytischen Tiefenpsychologe, Bewußtes und Unbewußtes, S. 28, Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 1985

 

  • Bis wir nicht die dunkle Seite eines Menschen kennen gelernt haben, wissen wir nicht wirklich, wer er ist.
    Bis wir ihm nicht seine dunkle Seite verziehen haben, wissen wir nicht wirklich, was Liebe ist.
Marianne Williamson (*1952) US-amerikanische visionäre spirituelle Lehrerin, politische Aktivistin, Referentin, Autorin, Illuminata. A Return to Prayer, Riverhead Trade, 1. November 1995

 

  • Wie die meisten Komplexe ist der Schatten das Ergebnis von Kindheitstraumen. Alle Eigenschaften innerhalb der Gesamtpsyche einer Person, die dem sich entwickelnden Ich diametral entgegengesetzt sind und in der Kindheit auf Druck der Umgebung abgelehnt wurden, vereinigen sich im Unbewussten. Dort bilden sie ein unbeschreibliches, mit Willen ausgestattetes Gebilde. Werden sie später nicht integriert, werden diese abgetrennten Eigenschaften stets danach trachten, die Pläne und das Verhalten des Ichs zu sabotieren. Robert Moore, Ph.D. Robertmoore.com (*1942) US-amerikanischer Jungscher Psychoanalytiker, Berater, Douglas Gilette, Der Magier im Mann. Wege zum inneren Schamanen, S. 219, Walter-Verlag, Solothurn, Düsseldorf, 1995

 

  • Wir sind dem Feind begegnet, und er ist wir. Walt Kelly (1913-1973) US-amerikanischer Trickfilmzeichner, Comiczeichner und -autor, Earth Day Posters mit 'Pogo' und Porkypine, 1971

 

  • Im Land der Schatten ist die Wahrheit eine Lüge. Thomas Drake (*1957) US-amerikanischer ehemaliger Angestellter der National Security Agency (NSA), Experte für Softwaretests, Whistleblower, Quelle unbekannt

General quotes

The shadows of this world are perceived by mortals, and they think they know the Truth, but the Reality which casts the shadows is hidden from them, and they do not perceive the Light. Sayings 2, 2 (OT)

 

Personal avowals

  • As I stood in the stream of fury, unable to understand how I had unleashed this awesome blast of rage, I had a sudden realization – I immediately understood that this explosion of temper was my OWN. It was the astonishing power and depth of my own anger reflected back to me. With this sudden and total shift came the clear understanding that I was looking at myself, into the depths of my own murderous rage.
    I instantly understood that there was no difference between us – that his anger outside, and my anger inside, were the same. All my feelings of reactivity, of defense, of indignation were gone, replaced in a moment with the certain knowledge that I was looking into the face of my own anger – my own SHADOW FACE. David Lowell Kearn, US American author, Greeting the Shadow That Lives Down the Road, cited in: Psychological Perspectives, quarterly journal of Jungian Thought, volume 27, issue 1, S. 110-114, 1992

 

  • The shadow is, so to say, the blind spot in your nature. It’s that which you won’t look at about yourself. […] You can recognize who it is by simply thinking of the people you don't like. They correspond to that person whom you might have been — otherwise they wouldn't mean very much to you. People who excite you either positively or negatively have caught something projected from yourself  […]. I don't know whether you've had similar experiences in your life, but there are people I despise the minute I see them. These people represent those aspects of myself, the existence of which I refuse to admit to myself. Joseph Campbell, Ph.D. (1904-1987) US American mythologist, expert in comparative mythology and comparative religion, author, source unknown

 

  • My work with patients over decades as well as my understanding of historical developments have led me to the conviction that all "high" cultures are built on power and violence and are driven by psychological mechanisms that determine human behavior. Underpinning our "high" culture are our efforts to control the world, to possess, to dominate, and simultaneously to create mechanisms that allow us to deny and disguise our real motives. Article by Arno Gruen (1923-2015) German-Swiss psychologist, psychoanalyst, critic of civilization, author, The Need to Punish. The Political Consequences of Identifying with the Aggressor, PDF, presented at Martti Siirala's 80th birthday seminar, Helsinki, Finland, 30. November 2002

 


Thatched cottage in pasture landscape, 1921
Ferdinand du Puigaudeau (1864-1930) French painter

Collective avowal

  • We can hardly bear to look. The shadow may carry the best of the life we have not lived. Go into the basement, the attic, the refuse bin. Find gold there. Find an animal who has not been fed or watered. It is you ! This neglected, exiled animal, hungry for attention, is a part of your self. Marion Woodman (*1928) Canadian Jungian analyst, women's movement figure, mythopoetic author, source unknown

 

Recommendations

  • The spirit of the depths is pregnant with ice, fire, and death. You are right to fear the spirit of the depths, as he is full of horror. You see in these days what the spirit of the depths bore. You did not believe it, but you would have known it if you had taken counsel with your fear. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, author, Sonu Shamdasani, Indian historian, editor, illustrated manuscript The Red Book [Liber Novus], S. 238, Philemon Series, The Philemon Foundation & W.W. Norton & Co. Publication, 9. October 2009

 

  • How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.
    So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloudshadows, passes over your hands and over all you do. You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any miseries, or any depressions? For after all, you do not know what work these conditions are doing inside you. Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) Bohemian-Austrian poet, novelist, Letters to a Young Poet, written 1903-1908, published 1929

 

  • Be careful, lest in casting out your demon you exorcise the best thing in you. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) German classical scholar, critic of culture, philosopher of nihilism, Scorpio, source unknown

 

 

Conclusions

 

Insights

  • Everyone of is us shadowed by a false self. This is the [person] I want myself to be but who cannot exist, because God does not know anything about him. And to be unknown to God is altogether too much privacy. My false and private self is the one who wants to exist outside the reach of God’s will and God’s love – outside of reality and outside of life. And such a self cannot help but be an illusion. Thomas Merton (1915-1968) Anglo-American Catholic Trappist monk, mystic student of comparative religion, social activist, poet, writer, New Seeds of Contemplation, S. 33, New Direction, revised edition March 1972

 

  • We need to be aware of the dark side and in fact to accept the dark side. […] That ability to accept that there is this dark side as the Jungians say to character is very important because by denying it we actually end up doing a lot of harm in misunderstanding ourselves and others. Video presentation by Iain McGilchrist, M.D. (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, Things Are Not What They Seem, presented by Schumacher College, Dartington, United Kingdom, filmed by TV Dartington, minute 35:45, 1:29:04 duration, posted 23. May 2011

 

  • We're projecting our shadow, our own darkness [...] and just remember this is a dream, if I project out my own darkness [...] well then what's going to happen is the dream is then going to offer me somebody who is going to embody the very shadow that I am projecting. So now I have evidence that the shadow really is out there, so I become even more entrenched in that viewpoint, of like the shadow, the evil, is not in me. There look, that person's playing it out, I have all the proof I need so then that's the vicious cycle where I actually dream up this world to actually enact an inner process, because the whole process is a reflection of my being dissociated from my own darkness.
    And of course, what do I do when I see somebody who is embodying my shadow, I try to destroy them, which is the very reflection of what I was doing to my own inner darkness in the beginning is to try get rid of it and by then trying to destroy the person who is embodying the evil, I become possessed by the very evil that I am trying to destroy. And so I've unwittingly, actually, I'm investing more evil into my attempt to try to eradicate evil and that whole process, behind the scenes, the wetiko bug, is gorging off of the polarization. Video TV interview with Paul Levy (*1956) US American psycho-activating healer, artist, author, Paul Levy being interviewed on TV, presented by US American Portland Communty Media (TV), hosts Jim Wrathall, Sally Stepath, Diane Tierney, Portland, Oregon, 3. November 2013, YouTube film, minute 49:31, 58:58 minutes duration, posted 20. November 2013

 


Park fence shadow distorted by an
uneven snow surface, Penza
  • There was a man who was frightened at his shadow and disliked to see his footsteps, so that he ran to escape from them. But the more frequently he lifted his feet, the more numerous his footprints were; and however fast he ran, his shadow did not leave him.
    He thought he was going too slow, and ran on with all his speed without stopping, till his strength was exhausted and he died. He did not know that, if he had stayed in a shady place, his shadow would have disappeared, and that if he had remained still, he would have lost his footprints.
    Zhuangzi [Chuang Tzu] (~365-290 BC) influential Chinese philosopher during the warring states period, James Legge (translator), The Writings of Chuang Tzu, Book 31 The Old Fisherman, Oxford University Press, 1891

 

  • No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves. St Francis of Assisi (1181/82-1226) Italian Catholic saint, friar, preacher, founder of the Franciscan Order, social reformer, source unknown

 

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Shadow avoidance as the source of addiction

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) defined addiction totally insufficiently. [...] AA has defined addiction [in general, alcoholism in particular] as a disease and that the addict is helpless over the disease. I don't particularly buy that. I find that to be a rather challenging position, especially when one positions it within a spiritual context and a spiritual journey of the empowerment of the self. [...]
    The addict didn't even exist as an archetype until the 20th century. [...]
    Every single one of us is a born addict. That's a given. Why is that? We are not born congruent. Addiction at its heart is the separation between the mind and the heart. [...]
    We have so much shadow within us, it is incomprehensible. And that's why we're addicts. And we don't face that truth about us. And that's why we're addicts.
Video DVD presentation by Caroline Myss, Ph.D. Myss.com (*1952) US American spiritual teacher, mystic, medical intuitive, five-time New York Times bestseller author, Addiction Workshop, part 1, sponsored by Hockley Valley, Ontario, Canada, archived by CMED Institute, minutes 63:57, 68:09 minutes duration, recorded August 2011

 



Besom
  • Until we have seen someone's darkness, we don't really know who they are.
    Until we have forgiven someone's darkness, we don't really know what love is. Marianne Williamson (*1952) US American spiritual teacher, political activist, visionary, lecturer, author, Illuminata. A Return to Prayer, Riverhead Trade, 1. November 1995

 

 

  • The very things we wish to avoid, neglect and flee from turn out to be the ‘prima materia’ from which all real growth comes. Audio interview with Andrew Harvey andrewharvey.net (*1952) Indian-British religious scholar, Rumi translator and explicator, teacher of mystic traditions, architect of Sacred Activism, poet, novelist, author, aphorism

 

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Harmful addiction to transcendence

  • [M]ost of the ancient traditions in their more obvious forms are addicted to transcendence, are addicted to a privileging of the light over the forms that are born out of the light. So [they] are fundamentally concerned with helping us get into radical connection with the light, with the danger of dropping relationships, the world, justice, our relationship with all other creatures, in the process. […] [T]his radical addiction to transcendence is a very great subtle temptation [that] most people on the Path do not avoid. […]
    [A] marrying of the Divine Light consciousness with the mind and the heart and the body […] cannot be done without an immersion in the shadow [of the mystical traditions’ addiction to transcendence, the body hatred, sexual shame, the collective defeat triggering denial, disbelief, disillusion] and a profound desire to our own personal shadow [the traumas, the personal addiction to an addicted society]. So the descent of the light into the mind, the heart, and the body can only be accomplished by a surrender to this very difficult, very grueling process. Audio interview with Andrew Harvey andrewharvey.net (*1952) Indian-British religious scholar, Rumi translator and explicator, teacher of mystic traditions, architect of Sacred Activism, poet, novelist, author, Evolutionary Mysticism, transcript, presented by Sounds True, Insights at the Edge, host Tami Simon, minute 36:18, 59:22 minutes duration, aired 22. June  2010

 

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The danger of falling in love:

Looking at one's own projection of God

  • Though no one notices at the time, in-loveness obliterates the humanity of the beloved. One does a curious kind of insult to another by falling in love with him, for we are really looking at our own projection of God, not at the other person. If two people are in love, they tread on star dust for a time and live happily ever after – that is so long as this experience of divinity has obliterated time for them. Only when they come down to earth do they have to look at each other realistically and only then does the possibility of mature love exist. If one person is in love and the other not, the cooler one is likely to say, "We would have something better between us if you would look at me rather than at your image of me." Robert A. Johnson, US American Jungian analyst, lecturer, author, Owning Your Own Shadow. Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche, Harper Collins, San Francisco, reprint edition 5. March 1993

 

  • We all have the potential to be killers. We found that the people who are the most violent are those who are incapable of embracing their own potential for evil. By projecting their shadow, their evil, onto the other, they justify their violence. They think they're emphasizing their purity, or restoring their purity, by destroying someone else. Robert Thurman, Ph.D. (1899-1981) US American college professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Columbia University, president of the US Tibet House, theologian, philosopher, educator, civil rights leader, author, named among the 25 most influential people by TIME in 1997, source unknown

 

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Manifestions of the US shadow: imperialism, corruption, materialistic obsession, "throwaway culture"

  • America's Pluto casts a long shadow. Whether by role-modeling or coercion, the rest of humanity is darkened by its umbra. Jessica Murray (*1951) US American astrologer, psychologist, Jungian analyst, linguist, cultural commentor, writer, Soul-sick nation, S. 43, AuthorHouse, 6. October 2006, Jessica Murray Mothersky Press, 28. February 2008

 

  • Those who we project on own pieces of our unclaimed darkness as well as pieces of our unclaimed light until we take back all what we have projected away. What we can't be with won't let us be. […]
    What you resist will persist. If you don't deal with your shadow it will deal with you. Debbie Ford (1955-2013) US American coach, lecturer, self-help author, cited in: movie/DVD The Shadow Effect, YouTube film, minutes 0:20:34 and 0:27:41, 1:10:33 duration, posted 11. August 2013

 


Hase, chinesisches Schattenspiel
Ferdinand du Puigaudeau (1864-1930) französischer Maler
  • Human sickness is so severe that few can bear to look at it. […] but those who do will become well. Vernon Howard (1918-1992) US American spiritual teacher, philosopher, author, source unknown

 

  • The underworld became this fiery place that we must never go to when actually the underworld is the only place we [women] should go to. Audio interview with Christine Page, M.D., British physician, "wisdom keeper", president of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine, speaker, author, Illness As A Message From The Soul, presented by US American web radio station New Dimensions, host Justine Willis-Toms, minute 44:34, 57:00 minutes duration, posted 8. January 2014

 

  • Human consciousness does not emerge at any depth except through struggling with your shadow. I wish someone had told me that when I was young. It is in facing your conflicts, criticisms, and contradictions that you grow up. You actually need to have some problems, enemies, and faults! You will remain largely unconscious as a human being until issues come into your life that you cannot fix or control and something challenges you at your present level of development, forcing you to expand and deepen. It is in the struggle with our shadow self, with failure, or with wounding, that we break into higher levels of consciousness. I doubt whether there is any other way. People who refine this consciousness to a high spiritual state, who learn to name and live with paradoxes, are the people I would call prophetic speakers. We must refine and develop this gift. I doubt whether there is any other way. Father Richard Rohr O.F.M. (*1943) US American Franciscan friar, enneagram teacher, author, Want 2 Meet the Real U?, adapted from [https://www.amazon.com/Prophets-Then-Now-Joan-Chittister/dp/B000TQGPOU|Prophets Then, Prophets Now]], 7 Audio CDs, 2006, 19. February 2015

 

  • In older myths, the dark road leads downward into the Underworld, where Persephone is carried off by Hades, much against her will, while Ishtar descends of her own accord to beat at the gates of Hell. This road of darkness lies to the West, according to Native American myth, and each of us must travel it at some point in our lives. The western road is one of trials, ordeals, disasters and abrupt life changes – yet a road to be honored, nevertheless, as the road on which wisdom is gained. James Hillman (1926-2013), whose theory of 'archetypal psychology' draws extensively on Greco-Roman myth, echoes this belief when he argues that darkness is vital at certain periods of life, questioning our modern tendency to equate mental health with happiness. It is in the Underworld, he reminds us, that seeds germinate and prepare for spring. Myths of descent and rebirth connect the soul's cycles to those of nature. Terri Windling (*1958) US American artist, editor, essayist, author, essay The Dark of the Wood: Rites-of-Passage Tales, 2005

 

  • Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses. Plato (427-347 BC) Ancient Greek pre-Christian philosopher, founder of the occidental philosophy, The Republic, 360 BC

 

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Legacy of torture

  • Someone who has been tortured remains tortured forever [...] Someone who has undergone torture can never again feel at home in the world. The shame over being so utterly reduced cannot be expunged. One's feeling of trust in the world, a trust that falls apart partially with the first blow and then fully during the torture, can never be restored. Jean Améry (1912-1978) Austrian-born essayist, tortured by the Gestapo, 1966

 

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Collective shadow

  • The collective shadow may be viewed as the disowned parts of individual members of a group, race, or nation projected onto others. The motto for such a group is "Whatever my group does is good; most everything other groups do is bad." When in the grip of a collective shadow, we can tolerate only an idealized image of ourselves; we scapegoat someone or some group to reflect the parts that have been disowned. Alan Briskin, Ph.D., US American co-founder of the Collective Wisdom Initiative, consultant, artist, researcher, author, The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace, S. 53, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1. January 1998

 


Three Breton girls light candles before a procession
Ferdinand du Puigaudeau (1864-1930) French painter
  • The dark magicians of this world have cast a shadow so expansive, so pervasive and so complete that the common man, inexperienced in the mystical arts, will run to the hills and scurry into the blackness at the site of even the smallest fructifying ray of illumined truth. The light occultists of our time are presented with man's greatest challenge, we must head toward that flame each illuminating his own candle and circumscribe the darkness and let the only shadows that be cast be that of each and every man, bathed in the light of the divine essence. Marty Leeds, US American song writer, numerlogist, author, The Peacock's Tales. The Alchemical Writings of Claudia Pavonis, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Paperback, 27. January 2014

 

  • Ideology is like breath: you never smell your own. Commonly attributed Joan Robinson (1903-1983) British post-Keynesian economist, well known for her work on monetary economics, source unknpwn

 

  • A shadow is just the part of Her that His light can't banish or erase. Michael Tsarion, Irish macrohistorian, symbolist, sidereal astrologer, mythologist, occultist, conspiracy theorist, public speaker, author, source unknown

 

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Dark side of corporations

See also: The Corporation, Canadian documentary film written by Joel Bakan, 2003

  • The corporation remains as it was at the time of its origins, as a mad business institution in the middle of the nineteenth century, and legally designated "person" designed to valorize self interest and invalidate moral concern. Most people would find its "personality" abnormal, even psychopathic, in a human being, yet curiously we accept it in society’s most powerful institutions. Joel Bakan (*1959) Canadian professor of law, University of British Columbia, filmmaker, writer, The Corporation. The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, Free Press, February 2004

 

  • A century and a half after its birth, the modern business corporation, and artificial person made in the image of a human psychopath, now is seeking to remake real people in its image. Joel Bakan (*1959) Canadian professor of law, University of British Columbia, filmmaker, writer, The Corporation. The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, Free Press, February 2004

 

 

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Plato's cave allegory

  • The prisoners are, indeed, not dumb when it comes to shadows on the wall. They observe them closely, and some of them are quite impressive in recognizing and predicting the sequences in which the shadows appear, and they are awarded honors and prizes by their fellow-prisoners. The fact that the objects of their observation are only shadows, and not real things, naturally does not bother them. And if the returning ex-prisoner had to compete with the cave dwellers in the observation of shadows, everyone in the cave would think that the ex-prisoner had ruined his eyesight, and that going outside the cave is a waste. So hostile are the troglodytes to the idea of leaving the cave, in fact, that they would eagerly kill anyone who tried to lead them out into the light. Jorn K. Bramann, Plato. The Failure of Democracy, presented by faculty.frostburg.edu, cited in: Educating Rita and Other Philosophical Movies, Nightsun Books, 2009

 

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Shadow work

 

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Teacher's shadow as an essential ingredient of a cult.

  • More and more spiritual teachers are being caught with [their] pants and halos down. [...] I do hold people responsible who get into this trouble [sexual exploitation with their teacher] with teachers by holding the teachers more responsible. And it's very, very common. [...] Even the most immature of us still has a bullshit dedector [...] but we may be a little frightened to say it because that person [the flawed teacher] has more authority. A healthy teacher encouarages students to have access to their own innate autonomy and authority right from the very beginning which means he or she will get questioned more which makes the thing healthier and which makes the possibility that this thing wil turn into a cult less likely, but that's uncommon unfortunately. Skype video/audio interview with Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. robertmasters.com (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, 081. Robert Augustus Masters, presented by Buddha at the Gas Tank. Interviews with "ordinary" spiritually awakened people, host Rick Archer, US American former TM meditator, aired 1. August 2011, minute 0:37:44, 1:44:47 duration, posted 4. August 2011  Removed upon RAM's request on 12. March 2014

 

Quotes on the shadow by Carl Jung

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Future outlook

 

  • The Shadow describes the part of the psyche that an individual would rather not acknowledge. It contains the denied parts of the self. Since the self contains these aspects, they surface in one way or another. Bringing Shadow material into consciousness drains its dark power, and can even recover valuable resources from it. The greatest power, however, comes from having accepted your shadow parts and integrated them as components of your Self. Everyone carries a Shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of depth psychology, author, source unknown

 

  • Taking it in its deepest sense, the shadow is the invisible saurian tail that man still drags behind him. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, author, R. F. C. Hull, translator, The Integration of the Personality, Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1939

 

  • 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. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of depth psychology, author, R. F. C. Hull, translator, Psychology and Religion. West and East – Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Volume 11, S. 131, 1938, Princeton University Press, 2nd edition January 1975

 

  • 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. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, author, R. F. C. Hull, translator, Psychology and Religion. West and East – Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Volume 11, S. 131, 1938, Princeton University Press, 1973, 2nd edition January 1975

 

  • We carry our past with us, to wit, the primitive and inferior man with his desires and emotions, and it is only with an enormous effort that we can detach ourselves from this burden. If it comes to a neurosis, we invariably have to deal with a considerably intensified shadow. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of depth psychology, author, R. F. C. Hull, translator, Psychology and Religion. West and East – Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Volume 11, Answer to Job, S. 1, 1954, Princeton University Press, 1973, 2nd edition January 1975

 

 

  • Such a man knows that whatever is wrong in the world is also in himself, and if he only learns to deal with his own shadow, he has done something real for the world. He has succeeded in shouldering at least an infinitesimal part of the gigantic, unsolved problems of our day. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, author, R. F. C. Hull, translator, Psychology and Religion. East and West, paragraph 140, 1938, Routledge, 2nd edition May 1970

 

  • If you imagine someone who is brave enough to withdraw all his projections, then you get an individual who is conscious of a pretty thick shadow. Such a man has saddled himself with new problems and conflicts. He has become a serious problem to himself, as he is now unable to say that they do this or that, they are wrong, and they must be fought against. […] Such a man knows that whatever is wrong in the world is in himself, and if he only learns to deal with his own shadow he has done something real for the world. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, author, R. F. C. Hull, translator, Psychology and Religion. East and West, S 140, 1938, Routledge, 2nd edition May 1970

 

  • The change of character brought about by the uprush of collective forces is amazing. A gentle and reasonable being can be transformed into a maniac or a savage beast. One is always inclined to lay the blame on external circumstances, but nothing could explode in us if it had not been there. As a matter of fact, we are constantly living on the edge of a volcano, and there is, so far as we know, no way of protecting ourselves from a possible outburst that will destroy everybody within reach. It is certainly a good thing to preach reason and common sense, but what if you have a lunatic asylum for an audience or a crowd in a collective frenzy? There is not much difference between them because the madman and the mob are both moved by impersonal, overwhelming forces. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, author, R. F. C. Hull, translator, Psychology and Religion. West and East – Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Volume 11, S. 25, 1938, Princeton University Press, 1973, 2nd edition January 1975

 


Victor van Werkhooven, September 2008

 

 

 

  • Closer examination of the dark characteristics – that is, the inferiorities constituting the shadow – reveals that they have an emotional nature, a kind of autonomy, and accordingly an obsessive, or, better, possessive quality. Emotion, incidentally, is not an activity of the individual but something that happens to him. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, author, Joseph Campbell, Ph.D. (1904-1987) (editor), The Portable Jung, S. 952, Penguin Books, 9. December 1976

 

 

  • If the activation is due to the collapse of the individual's hopes and expectations, there is a danger that the collective unconscious may take the place of reality. This state would be pathological. If, on the other hand, the activation is the result of psychological processes in the unconscious of the people, the individual may feel threatened or at any rate disoriented, but the resultant state is not pathological, at least so far as the individual is concerned. Nevertheless, the mental state of the people as a whole might well be compared to a psychosis. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of depth psychology, author, Michael Fordham, editor, The Structure of the Psyche (1913-1935), included in: The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche – Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 8, essay The Psychological Foundation for the Belief in Spirits, S. 595, 1920, Princeton University Press, 1. January 1970

 

 

  • [If the unconscious is] […] properly dealt with in one place only, it is influenced as a whole, i.e., simultaneously and everywhere. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, author, Letters. Volume 2, 1951-1961, S. 595, Princeton University Press, 1. April 1976

 

 

  • Having a dark suspicion of these grim possibilities, man turns a blind eye to the shadow-side of human nature. Blindly he strives against the salutary dogma of original sin, which is yet so prodigiously true. Yes, he even hesitates to admit the conflict of which he is so painfully aware. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, author, R. F. C. Hull, translator, Two Essays on Analytical Psychology – Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 7, essay The Relations between the Ego and the Unconscious'', S. 35, 1912, Princeton University Press, 1967, 2nd edition 1. April 1972, Routledge, London, 2nd edition 1992

 

  • It is a frightening thought that man also has a shadow side to him, consisting not just of little weaknesses and foibles, but of a positively demonic dynamism. […] The individual seldom knows anything of this […] but let these harmless creatures form a mass, and there emerges a raging monster; and each individual is only one tiny cell in the monster’s body, so that for better or worse he must accompany it on its bloody rampages and even assist it to the utmost. Having a dark suspicion of these grim possibilities, man turns a blind eye to the shadow-side of human nature. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, author, R. F. C. Hull, translator, Two Essays on Analytical Psychology – Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 7, essay On the Psychology of the Unconscious'', S. 35, 1912, Princeton University Press, 1967, 2nd edition 1. April 1972, Routledge, London, 2nd edition 1992

 

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Shadow

Masculine split-mindedness

  • Despite all attempts at denial and obfuscation there is an unconscious factor, a black sun, which is responsible for the surprisingly common phenomenon of masculine split-mindedness, when the right hand mustn't know what the left is doing.
    This split in the masculine psyche and the regular darkening of the moon in woman together explain the remarkable fact that the woman is accused of all the darkness in a man, while he himself basks in the thought that he is a veritable fount of vitality and illumination for the females in his environment.
    Actually he would be better advised to shroud the brilliance of his mind in the profoundest doubt. It is not difficult for this type of mind (which besides other things is a great trickster like Mercurius) to admit a host of sins in the most convincing way, and even to combine it with a spurious feeling of ethical superiority without in the least approximating to a genuine insight.
    This can never be achieved without the participation of feeling; but the intellect admits feeling only when it is convenient. The novilunium of woman is a source of countless disappointments for man which easily turns to bitterness, though they could equally well be a source of wisdom if they were understood.
    Naturally this is possible only if he is prepared to acknowledge his black sun, that is, his Shadow. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of depth psychology, author, John Beebe (*1939) US American Jungian analyst, editor, Aspects of the Masculine, S. 138, Princeton University Press, 1st Princeton/Bollingen edited paperback edition 1. May 1989

 

  • Filling the conscious mind with ideal conceptions is a characteristic of Western theosophy, but not the confrontation with the shadow and the world of darkness. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, author, R. F. C. Hull, translator, The Philosophical Tree, 1945, in: Alchemical Studies – Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Volume 13, S. 335, 1967, Princeton University Press, 1983

 

  • To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light. Once one has experienced a few times what it is like to stand judgingly between the opposites, one begins to understand what is meant by the self. Anyone who perceives his shadow and his light simultaneously sees himself from two sides and thus gets in the middle. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, author, R. F. C. Hull, translator, Civilization in Transition – Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 10, Good and Evil in Analytical Psychology, Zürich, July 1960, S. 872, Princeton University Press, New Jersey, 2nd edition 1. August 1970

Literary quotes

 

  • We have met the enemy, and he is us. Walt Kelly (1913-1973) US American cartoon writer, best known for the classic comic strip, 'Pogo' writer and illustrator of Earth Day poster, featuring 'Pogo' and Porkypine, 1971

 

  • The Anishinaabeg world undulated between material and spiritual shadows, never clear which was more prominent at any time. It was as if the world rested in those periods rather than in the light of day. Dawn and dusk, biidaaban, mooka’ang. The gray of sky and earth was just the same, and the distinction between the worlds was barely discernible. Winona LaDuke (*1959) Ojibwe Native American economist, environmentalist, activist, writer, Last Standing Woman, series History & Heritage, Voyageur Press, 1st printing edition 14. October 1999

 

  • Never before have so few been in a position to make fools, maniacs, or criminals of so many. Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) English US American visionary humanist, pacifist, poet, essayist, writer on parapsychology and philosophical mysticism, The Devils of Loudun, 1952

Quotes by David R. Hawkins

⚠ Caveat See Power vs. Truth, January 2013

  • Do not defend your downside(s), accept it.
    Own your downside completely. If not, you might get attacked.
    David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. (1927-2012) US American physician, psychiatrist, consciousness researcher, teacher of the path of enlightenment, author, source unknown

 


Shadow of a lantern during sunset
  • In Egyptian mythology, the soul goes to Hades [Duat], where the Lord of the Underworld (Osiris) sits in judgment and weighs the sinner's heart on the scales, whose destiny then hangs in the balance. To understand this depiction (which operates quite mightily in the human psyche) we first note that it is referring to the 'underworld'. This is the judge in the unconscious mind that is self-judging and hands out sentences of guilt, suffering, and self-hatred. This myth is an accurate depiction of the dark side of the unconscious. David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. (1927-2012) US American physician, psychiatrist, consciousness researcher, teacher of the path of enlightenment, author, I. Reality and Subjectivity, S. 331, 2003

 

  • To be prone to "hurt feelings" is egocentric and a form of social paranoia. When we admit our downside and learn to laugh at it, we are no longer vulnerable to slights and insults. It is beneficial to list all of one's human foibles and limitations and make peace with them in order to be at peace with oneself. David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. (1927-2012) US American physician, psychiatrist, consciousness researcher, teacher of the path of enlightenment, author, Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, chapter 9 Social Structure and Functional Truth, S. 112, 2005

 

  • Those who became enlightened often went through agonizing periods of facing the utmost of negative experiencing that was buried in their unconscious, of owning their own shadow, of looking at what they had held as most hateful and owning it, and then letting go of it (the 'dark night of the soul'). The letting go of what was the farthest removed from the truth in those positions at the bottom of the scale, the letting go of those positions that came out of self-honesty, led to the realization of the Truth. David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. (1927-2012) US American physician, psychiatrist, consciousness researcher, teacher of the path of enlightenment, author, Healing and Recovery, S. 164-165, 2009

 

  • One of the blocks to emotional development is the fear of what lies buried in our unconscious. Carl Jung called this area, which we are unwilling to look at and to own, the "shadow." He said that the self cannot become healed and whole unless we look at and acknowledge the shadow. This means that buried within us all, in what Jung called the "collective unconscious," is everything that we most dislike admitting about ourselves. The average human, he said, would much rather project his shadow onto the world and condemn it and see it as evil, thinking that his problem is to battle with evil in the world. In actuality, the problem is merely to acknowledge the presence of such thoughts and impulses in ourselves. By acknowledging them, they become quiet. Once they are quiet, they no longer unconsciously run us. In looking at our fears of the unknown, which are really fears of what is in the depths of the unconscious, it is useful to have a sense of humor. Once looked at and acknowledged, the shadow no longer has any power. In fact, it is only our fear of these thoughts and impulses that give them any power. Once we become acquainted with our shadow, we no longer have to project our fears upon the world, and they begin to evaporate rapidly. David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. (1927-2012) US American physician, psychiatrist, consciousness researcher, teacher of the path of enlightenment, author, Letting Go. The Pathway of Surrender, S. 96, Kindle locations 1435-1437, October 2012

 

  • The purpose of the lectures is to prepare you for the downside of what will come up if you are spiritually, seriously committed. If you run around reading books here and there, play around in the astral realms and get channellings, etc. [...] you won’t have to deal with this! But if you are serious, the downside will come up. This is that which is opposed to spiritual truth and has dominated mankind until the late 1980s. Those energies which oppose God who would like to control you did dominate until the consciousness of mankind jumped over 200. David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. (1927-2012) US American physician, psychiatrist, consciousness researcher, teacher of the path of enlightenment, author, Sedona Seminar Realization of the Self: Final Moments, 3 DVD set, 14. December 2002

Englische Texte – English section on the Shadow

Shadow imprints


Cartoon von Servio Aragonés
Adan Avelar Islas, Grafiker, Blog, MAD, 1979
The shadow is...

° a part of the unconscious
[repressed weaknesses, shortcomings, instincts]
° a reservoir for human darkness
° instinctive
° irrational
° archetypal
° personal and collective
° consists of several layers
° the seat of creativity
° independent of the conscious mind
° prone to personal projection1
° prone to collective projection2
° personifies all what one refuses to acknowledge about oneself
° represents a tight passage (a narrow door)
° characterized by Darth Vader (Luke Sykwalker's downside), Cinderella,
°° the Frog Prince, the monstrous Minotaur, werewolves.

Four stages of shadow integration

4-step model of shadow integration: Appearance ◊ Encounter ◊ Merger ◊ Assimilation
 ༺༻Encountering·one's·shadowLegend
1.Appearance
of the shadow
Personal shadow and collective shadow; appears typically as a person of the same sex as that of the dreamer', possibly with dark features, much of the shadow is inherited from the collective unconscious (cultural programming)
2.Encounter
with the shadow
Central part in the process of individuation3; breakdown (dissolution) of the persona; becoming aware of and possibly ashamed of one's egotism, mental laziness, sloppiness, unreal fantasies, plots, carelessness, cowardice, greed, etc.; danger of falling victim to the shadow
3.Merger
with the shadow
♦ Dr. Jekyll, the conscious personality, must descend to integrate Hyde.4
♦ Conscious ego (Prince) and shadow (Cinderella) marry.
♦ Ego and shadow are are brought together in a precarious unity.
melancholia, standstill that makes convictions ineffective; genuine courage and strength are required, no certainty rendered; possible ascent, i.e. enantiodromia, and assimilation of the shadow
4.Assimilation
of the shadow
Rising on healing spirals; retaining aware of, yet not identified with the shadow; reincorporating the shadow into the personality results in a stronger, wider consciousness than before; the acknowledgement of the shadow remains a continuous lifelong process.
Written sources:
en.Wikipedia entry Shadow (psychology)
Alternatively: The Shadow. Overview, presented by mythsdreamssymbols.com, undated
Movie/DVD: ► Documentary The Shadow Effect, produced by Debbie Ford (1955-2013) US American coach, lecturer, self-help author, seconded by Deepak Chopra, M.D. (*1946) Indian US American physician, public speaker, self-help writer, Marianne Williamson (*1952) US American spiritual teacher, political activist, visionary, lecturer, author, YouTube film, 1:10:32 duration, posted 19. June 2013
See also: ► Separative Mindset ⇔ Field consciousness – Four (3:1) developmental phases

Transformation of a cynical old miser after a series of visitations


Ghost of Christmas Present,
John Leech, 1843

In the middle decades of the 19th century the English novelist Charles Dickens was keenly touched by the appalling conditions of poor children working in tin mines. In a fund-raising speech on 5 October 1843 at the Manchester Athenæum Dickens campaigned with workers and employers to donate for children's rights and educational and social reforms.

 

In December 1843 Dickens' published his novel A Christmas Carol. Its main character Ebenezer Scrooge said the infamous line scorning the holiday of love:

"Bah …Humbug."

He repeatedly turned down a couple of businessmen who were engaged to collect money from him for the poor at Christmas. Scrooge pointed out that the poor were undeserving of any more than the prisons and workhouses provided at the time.

 

That same night Scrooge was visited by four entitities. The first ghost that appeared before him was his former colleague. The other three represented the archetypes of the past, present and future.

 

༺·༺·༺··· ♦◊♦ ···༻·༻·༻

 


Marley's Ghost, John Leech, 1843
EntityFocusLegend
1st GhostGhost of Jacob MarleyScrooge's late business partner, warned him of continuing in miserly ways.
"But you were always a good man of business, Jacob," faltered Scrooge, who now began to apply this to himself.
"Business!" cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. "Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!"
2nd GhostGhost of Christmas PastHe showed Scrooge how he used to be warm and generous and how he has changed into a cynical old man.
3rd GhostGhost of Christmas PresentHe showed Scrooge that most people in the homes of Bob Cratchit and Scrooge's nephew Fred toasted him affectionately. He explained to him how need and ignorance will destroy society if people do not learn to care for each other.
4th GhostGhost of Christmas Yet to ComeHe took Scrooge to a vision of how he will die.
Scrooge was a changed man after this last visitation.
♦◊♦ His meanness was dissolved. ♦◊♦

Encountering and integrating four layers of generational shadow – RHH ♦ Mother ♦ Grandmother ♦ Goddess

Four generations of shadow work displayed in Grimm's fairy tale Red Riding Hood
RoundCharacterGenerational
status
RepresentingExpression Shadow·position
Swallowed by the WOLF
Domination system
Release position
Rebirth from the beast's belly
OneRed·Riding·HoodDaughterIndividualPersonalLast to be swallowedFirst to
be re-born
Two[*]UnnamedRRH's
Mother
Allies, cohorts,
friends, colleagues,
family, neighbors
InterpersonalSecond to be silenced, immobilized, in bystander modeSecond to emerge
from apathy to alertness (whistle blowing)
ThreeUnnamedRRH's
Grandmother
Community, worldImpersonalFirst to be swallowedThird to
be re-born
Four [*]GoddessRRH's
Great-grand-
mother
Universe
Otherworld
Spirit realm
Trans-
personal
First to be overthrown
Hidden in, obscured

by the shadow
Fourth to re-emerge
[*] The re-birth (reemergence) of the feminine aspect of the creator is at hand in the huge transition
that is currently unfolding on the world's stage.

 

[The story of the fairy tale of] Little Red Riding Hood contains Satanic elements, the culture of sacrifice.
It [represents] the Reptilian command and control and indeed the Jewish culture.
Audio interview with Simon Parkes (*1960) British councillor, Illuminati insider, mind control experiencer, activist, counselor,
Mar 19 2017 Simon Parkes Connecting Consciousness Q&A with Wolf Spirit Radio, presented by Scottish listener supported
media network Wolf Spirit Radio, program Connecting Consciousness, host Jay Pee, recorded 19. March 2017,
YouTube film, minute 1:10:57 1:55:58 minutes duration, posted 20. March 2017

 

Reference: ► FAIRY TALES by The Brothers Grimm, Little Red-Cap [Little Red Riding Hood], presented by Project Gutenberg
Reference: en.Wikipedia entry Red Riding Hood
See also: ► Individuum – Individual and ► Freundschaft – Friendship and ► Gemeinschaft – Community and ► Goddess
See also:
Four rounds of consciousness evolution
Four-stroke cycles of generations – Strauss and Howe
Four steps of reconciliation and release
Four consecutive levels of listening
Four collective denial patterns – Breaking taboos
Transforming rankist rape culture into digntiarian consent culture
Downward evolution from dignity ⇒ empathy ⇒ love ⇒ truth – Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell
Legend of King Arthur, Knight Gawain and Lady Ragnell
Hegelian 'Third Way' dialectic (A-B-C) instrumentalized for crowd control / master⇔slave pattern
Differentiating sheep from sheepdogs and wolves
[*]Bystander effect – withheld intervention due to diffusion of responsibility
[*]Statistical data on school bullying – Canada
See also: ► Märchen – Fairy tales

 

Definition of the soul by ancient Egyptians

The Ancient Egyptians ascribed the following five parts to a human soul:


  • Including aakhu, khaibut, and khat

 

The temporal human body was called

  • Ha [plural haw] – approximately the sum of bodily parts

 

Source: ► Egyptian soul

Media recommendations – Discerning shadow aspects and cultic features

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Myth

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Learning discernment:

Cultic features and God complex

  • Mariana Caplan, Ph.D., US American professor of yogic and transpersonal psychologies, psychotherapist, author
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Recommended reading:

Bibliography in Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 435, 2005

Eyes Wide Open. Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path, Sounds True, Incorporated, October 2009
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Neardeath

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Shadow

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Inner Work

Owning Your Own Shadow. Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche, Harper Collins, San Francisco, reprint edition 5. March 1993

 

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Philosophy

  • Ken Wilber (*1949) US American transpersonal philosopher, consciousness researcher, thought leader of the 3rd millennium, developer of Integral Theory, author, A Brief History of Everything, Shambhala, Boston, 1996, 2nd edition 6. February 2001
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Psychedelics

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Life skills – compassion

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Life skills – willpower

  • Video presentation by Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. kellymcgonigal.com, US American health professor of psychology, Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University, leading expert on the mind-body relationship, Authors@Google: Kelly McGonigal, presented at and sponsored by Authors@Google, Google Campus, Mountain View, California,  54:03 minute duration, posted by AtGoogle Talks 1. February 2012
    Humans have one brain but two minds: 1. a mind that acts on impulse and seeks immediate gratification, 2. a mind that controls our impulses and delays gratification to fulfill our long-term goals
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Life skills – effective performance

  • Tony Schwartz, US American president and CEO of The Energy Project, professional speaker, journalist, business book author, What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America, Bantam, New York, reprint edition 1. March 1996
  • Video presentations by Tony Schwartz, US American president and CEO of The Energy Project, professional speaker, journalist, business book author,
    Leading@google: Tony Schwartz, presented at and sponsored by Authors@Google, Google Campus, Mountain View, California, 17. April 2008, YouTube film, 61:17 minutes duration, posted by AtGoogleTalks 6. May 2008
    Effective longterm performance derives from good sleep and relaxation.
    The Myths of the Overworked Creative, presented by 99U Plus, Behance's 99% Conference 2011, Vimeo video, 26:50 minutes duration, posted October 2012
    Four types of energy: quantity, quality, focus, purpose; pulsing between spending and recovery/renewing energy

 

See also: ► Kulte – Cults

The scorpion and the frog

A scorpion and a frog are sitting on the bank of a river, and both need to get to the other side.


Asian forest scorpion in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
"Hello, Mr. Frog!" calls the scorpion through the reeds. "Would you be so kind as to give me a ride on your back across the water? I have important business to conduct on the other side. And I cannot swim in such a strong current."

The frog immediately becomes suspicious.

"Well, Mr. Scorpion," he replies, "I appreciate the fact that you have important business to conduct on the other side of the river. But just take a moment to consider your request. You are a scorpion. You have a large stinger at the end of your tail. As soon as I let you onto my back, it is entirely within your nature to sting me."

The scorpion, who has anticipated the frog’s objections, counters thus:

"My dear Mr. Frog, your reservations are perfectly reasonable. But it is clearly not in my interest to sting you. I really do need to get to the other side of the river. And I give you my word that no harm will come to you."

The frog agrees, reluctantly, that the scorpion has a point. So he allows the fast-talking arthropod to scramble atop his back and hops, without further ado, into the water.
At first all is well. Everything goes exactly according to plan. But halfway across, the frog suddenly feels a sharp pain in his back – and sees, out of the corner of his eye, the scorpion withdraw his stinger from his hide. A deadening numbness begins to creep into his limbs.

"You fool!" croaks the frog. "You said you needed to get to the other side to conduct your business. Now we are both going to die!"

The scorpion shrugs and does a little jig on the drowning frog's back.

"Mr. Frog," he replies casually, "you said it yourself. I am a scorpion. It is in my nature to sting you."

With that, the scorpion and the frog both disappear beneath the murky, muddy waters of the swiftly flowing current. And neither of them is seen again.

 

Source: ► Kevin Dutton, Ph.D. (*1967) British professor of experimental psychology, expert on the science of social influence, University
of Oxford, author, The Wisdom of Psychopaths. What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, chapter 1 Scorpio Rising, William Heinemann, 20. September 2012; Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, reprint edition 3. September 2013

Four rabbinim encountering the seventh vault of the seventh heaven

One night four rabbinim were visited by an angel who awakened them and carried them to
the Seventh Vault of the Seventh Heaven. There they beheld the Sacred Wheel of Ezekiel.
༺༻Response·/·BehaviorLegend
1.MadnessSomewhere in the descent from Paradise to Earth, one Rabbi, having seen such splendor, lost his mind and wandered frothing and foaming until the end of his days.
2.DenialThe Second Rabbi turned out extremely cynical."Oh I just dreamed of Ezekiel's Wheel, that was all. Nothing really happened."
3.FanaticismThe third Rabbi carried on and on about what he had seen, for he was totally obsessed. [...] He lectured and would not stop with how it was all constructed and what it all meant. [...] And this way he went astray and betrayed his faith.
4.Heartfilled poetryThe fourth Rabbi, who was a poet, took a paper in hand and a reed and sat near the window writing song after song praising the evening dove, his daughter and her cradle and all the stars in the sky. And he lived his life better than before.Comment: He was the only one of the four heavenly visitors who had seen God (had an epiphany) and was able to bear this grace in a dignified manner.
Source: ► Clarissa Pinkola Estés (*1945) US American Jungian psychoanalyst, post-trauma specialist, poet,
Women Who Run With the Wolves. Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype,
Ballantine Books, 1st edition November 1992, updated with new material 1996

 

Links zum Thema pschologischer Schatten / Shadow

Literatur

Literature (engl.)


Externe Weblinks


External web links (engl.)


Audio- und Videolinks

Audio and video links (engl.)

Movie and documentary links (engl.)

  • The Shadow Effect, produced by Debbie Ford (1955-2013) US American coach, lecturer, self-help author, seconded by Deepak Chopra, M.D. (*1946) Indian US American physician, public speaker, self-help writer, Marianne Williamson (*1952) US American spiritual teacher, political activist, visionary, lecturer, author, YouTube film, 1:10:33 duration, posted 11. August 2013

 

Interne Links

Englisch Wiki

Hawkins

 

 

1 Turning a personal inferiority into a perceived moral deficiency in a fellow human; rankism, 'us vs. them' syndrome, racism, persecution of 'non-believers'

2 Rankism, 'us vs. them' syndrome, racism, persecution of 'non-believers'

3 Individuation expressed in the New Testament as 'You shall have life and shall have it more abundantly.' Being 'born again' via baptism represents the first step of individuation.

4 Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, travel writer, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Longmans, Green & Co., United Kingdom, 5 January 1886

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