Why Identify and Own Your Shadow?
The commitment to understanding and acknowledging our Shadow, individually and collectively, is a social issue. The need to project what we refuse to see in ourselves is a defense mechanism that the ego uses to trick us into a myopic world view that designates heroes and enemies…i.e. us vs. them, you vs. me, unequivocal right vs. unequivocal wrong. This perpetuates further division and conflict between individuals, groups, and, even more tragically, within our own selves. There is then a bad side and a good side. Dark and light. Good and evil. Spirit and matter. Eternally separate. While this may soothe us and temporarily shield us from the chaotic contents that we encounter in the inner and outer worlds, it can keep us childlike, and worse childish in the face of painful wounds which need tending with a much higher level of psychological awareness. It takes courage to look into the shadow. And yet there is no more powerful way to bring light to our close relationships, broader community, and the planet.