Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Carl Jung coined the term “shadow” when identifying that part of ourselves that is dark and self-serving. We all have it. In my opinion, we have to make peace with that part of ourselves. If we do not become aware of it and make peace with it, it tends to come out “sideways” either consciously or subconsciously in our cognitive process or in our actions.
Our shadow is that part of ourselves that has not healed from past hurt and trauma. It is that part of us that is only out for ourselves and cares nothing about another person or being. Freud referred to this part of ourselves as the “Id”.

Mindful awareness and meditation is a perfect way to begin to get in touch with this side of ourselves. This part of ourselves also reveals

 itself in the form of dreams and nightmares. It is the part of ourselves that needs to be healed. I have found that an excellent indicator of our unhealed shadow material raises its ugly head when we notice just what it is that makes us angry and/or defensive.

EXCERPT: "A Prescription For Contentment"
Crewson Andrew Martin/PhD

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