In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost – The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri
On the spiritual journey many of us will lose our way. In the middle of the journey of my life I came to myself within the dark wood of alcoholism.
On the spiritual journey there is much written about how to become a Lightworker and much less on how to become one who works with what the Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung called “the shadow self.”
In simple terms the shadow self is that aspect of ourselves that we disapprove of and hide from both ourselves and others.
We all have a shadow side. Our nation has a shadow side, and the human collective has a shadow side.
In The Gospel of St Thomas the master Jesus refers to the need to integrate those unacknowledged aspects of ourselves when he said
If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you. – Gospel of Thomas, verse 70