Friday, January 4, 2019

How did Jung see...The Shadow?
  • positive things can be stuffed into the shadow
  • inner and outer judgments are operands of the shadow
  • expansion of consciousness will automatically open us to more, including more of ourselves, which include more of our shadow (the more light you embrace, the more shadow you need to integrate)
  • repression is an active process of the shadow
  • the shadow develops over one's whole life, and most is unconscious, and so working with it is complex
  • working with the shadow requires becoming conscious of it then pulling out individual threads one at a time from the shadow's inter-meshed tapestry
  • shadow work is piecemeal work - to think one experience completes the work is another layer of self-deception
  • the shadow becomes a filter for our experience of reality, this often results is self-deception, complicating shadow work even more; in layers one finds "I know myself" is usually wrong
  • the shadow creates a distance between you and yourself and others
  • the shadow creates a lot of unresolved pressure
  • inner judgment always begets outer judgment and outer judgment always begets inner judgment
  • actions of the shadow result in us fearing the undermining of our self concept
  • in essence, the steps to reintegrate the shadow are - dissolve the ego, invite the shadow back in your conscious mind, then unite the opposites; easier said than done
  • the shadow is everything the ego is not
  • ego transcendence is having no fear, seeing clearly, with expanded awareness
  • shadow integration results in recognizing the projections we do and seeing past the distortions they create
  • to guard against the self-deception of the ego split from shadow, watch your thoughts
  • expression of traits is not the same as re-integration
  • you have no control over your internal state any more than you have control of the state of the outer world around you - both are navigated, not conquered

"You can suck the immensity of the small and the great into yourself, and you will become emptier and emptier, since immense fullness and immense emptiness are one and the same." - the red book

"Honor the darkness as the light, and you will illumine your darkness." --the red book

"Therefore the way redeems you. You cannot at the same time be on the mountain and in the valley, but your way leads you from mountain and valley and from valley to mountain. Much begins amusingly and leads into the dark. Hell has levels." -- the red book

"Meaning is a moment and a transition from absurdity to absurdity, and absurdity only a moment and a transition from meaning to meaning." - the red book

"Mustn't it be a peculiarly beautiful feeling to hit bottom in reality at least once, where there is no going down any further, but only upward beckons at best? Where for once one stands before the whole height of reality?" - the red book

"Every step closer to my soul excites the scornful laughter of my devils, those cowardly ear-whisperers and poison-mixers. It was easy for them to laugh, since I had to do strange things." - the red book

"The words uttered at the fire are ambiguous and deep and show life the right way. The blind shall be lamed, so that he will not run into the abyss, and the lamed shall be blind, so that he will not look at things beyond his reach with longing and contempt. Both may be aware of their deep helplessness so that they will respect the holy fire again, as well as the shades sitting at the hearth, and the words that encircle the flames." - the red book

"You are a slave of what you need in your soul." - the red book

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