The path toward relationship with the archetypal Self leads first through the dark realms of the Shadow, and requires from us a lifetime of inner work and exploration.
Enough shadow work will open the field of consciousness to experiences with the archetypal Self; it is a kind of purification process. The more inner work we do, the more we withdraw our projections from others. The more we work with the shadow material in the unconscious, the more we become aware of something more, something greater than. A wholeness with an ever expanding center, increasingly becomes intuitively real to us and guides us in our being-in-the-world. We are in-formed by it. And, we are trans-formed by it as well. And, we take this into our world.
Specifically, we realize that there is something in the psyche as a whole that not only knows more than the ego, but is and has been actively and intimately involved in our individuation process, our journey into wholeness, all along.