Group Discussion: You and Your Shadow - Who Leads the Dance?
“We are like shop windows in which we ourselves are constantly arranging, concealing, or illuminating our supposed qualities, which others ascribe to us - all in order to deceive ourselves.” Nietzsche
The shadow self is the part of us we reject. We put into it all the qualities we believe are undesirable - our animalistic drives, sexuality, “negative” traits like eruptions of anger or passive-aggressive sulks. In my experience the shadow also includes positive qualities like curiosity, creativity, courage and compassion. If a child takes on the association of a painful experience in expressing these qualities, they will be relegated to the shadow.
Dealing with our shadow is not easy, but it’s going to surface anyway like when we feel rejected, betrayed or shamed, and when it does the pain can drive us to seek comfort, often in addictions. During these lockdowns, in the absence of outside distractions, we’ve been increasingly made to face inwards and many are feeling low and depressed.
So the question is how do you deal with your shadow, and who’s really leading the dance - your conscious mind or your shadow self?
Would love to hear about your experiences, thoughts, feelings, perceptions.
There will be a short meditation at the end for anyone wishing to stay on:
Midnight Garden Meditation - Healing the Shadow
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