Updated: Feb 15
“The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is an essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.” -Aion
“If you imagine someone 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. He has succeeded in shouldering at least an infinitesimal part of the gigantic, unsolved social problems of our day.” -Psychology and Religion
Shadow Work is a gut-wrenching, humbling, mortifying and ego-crushing route.
It is definitely not meant for faint-hearted or ostrich mentalities.
The rejected, aggressive, immoral, denied, ridiculed, socially wrong, shameful, unaccepted, lowly, dark or disliked traits of us are called our “shadow selves”.
To be loved, accepted and liked by all and primarily our caregivers, the inner-child masks/suppresses/denies it with ‘Ego & Persona (my identified/visible/social SELF)’.
The ‘shadow SELVES’ lurks deep under our unconscious hidden from others’ and our knowledge.
We don’t accept it, or rather would be mortified to admit its presence in ourselves.
The more we deny/reject our shadows the harder it clamours for its entitled place in our environment to be accepted.
Once we grasp our shadow-SELVES' hidden potentials and intentions, the internal resistance will alchemize to loving compassion...and we begin our journey towards further ascension.
Our 'shadow SELVES' will never give in until we acknowledge and embrace it with understanding and love.
The biases, labelling and judgments we hold for others point out to our disowned/denied/rejected selves.
I am what I judge.
I am what I hate.
I am what I deny.
I am what I ridicule.
I am what I reject.
I am what I condemn.
Can you see how challenging this is for our ego to accept ?