Encountering the Self
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Simply get a blank piece of paper, find a quiet place, and turn your attention inwards. Even the strangest mental images or scenarios can hold a seed of wisdom, helping to reveal hidden feelings, thoughts, or memories. Make sure you approach this activity non-judgmentally and with an open mind.
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So be gentle and receptive. Allow whatever to arise, arise. His story details the life of a Professor who becomes so separated and overwhelmed by his Shadow that he comes to the verge of suicide, only to realize that the redemption of the Ego is solely possible if the Shadow is redeemed at the same time. Writing a story where you project your Shadow elements onto the characters is a great way to learn more about your inner darkness. This practice will help shine a light on the bright and darker elements of your nature.
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Reading through your journal entries can also help you recover the balance you need in your life, and accept both light and dark emotions within you. The Shadow describes the part of the psyche that an individual would rather not acknowledge. Projection also helps us to avoid taking responsibility for ourselves and instead helps us to make others the culprits and scapegoats for our unresolved issues.
However, projection is actually a powerful shadow work tool that helps us explore our Shadow Selves when done deliberately. In a nutshell, use the world as a mirror.
Observe what you secretly like or dislike in other people, entertainment outlets TV, books , and situations. For instance, current movies and television shows reflect our deep interest in the darker aspects of ourselves. Why else would we have such fascination with this constant battle between good and evil forces? Superhero, fantasy, or action films depict the Heroes vs. Villains dichotomy, while we also fall in love with charming characters that embrace their dark sides such as Dexter, The Joker, or Walter White Breaking Bad.
Often our noblest Shadow traits are projected onto the people we like, admire or fall in love with. The opposite is also true: and the most defenseless of beings can become the carriers of your negative projected Shadow Self traits. Children, for example, provide the perfect outlet for our anger, frustration, and other negative emotions. The smallest of accidents or naughty actions can be punished with disproportionate and destructive wrath. Pets too are unfortunately just as vulnerable. Projection, for many of us, is always easier than assimilation.
Projection, no matter whether light or dark is always something detrimental. You not only burden another person with your dark elements or pressures of idolization, but you also avoid taking responsibility for your Shadow and lose the opportunity of finding a state of ecstatic Wholeness. So use the world as your mirror.
Write down what you observe about yourself. Be open-minded and receptive. Show kindness toward yourself. Soon you will be on your way to reclaiming all parts of yourself and move closer and closer toward Wholeness. For more guidance, see our shadow work article.
Mateo Sol is a prominent psychospiritual counselor and mentor whose work has influenced the lives of thousands of people worldwide, he is currently based in Perth, Australia. Born into a family with a history of drug addiction, schizophrenia, and mental illness, Mateo Sol was taught about the plight of the human condition from a young age.
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To customize your avatar, you can upload an image to gravatar. Receive our latest posts in your inbox! This article as really helped me,and have felt some changes in the way I see things thank you so much…. The emotionally unstable monster is the type I feel I am most relating to nowadays. Is this just a reflection of instability, or malleability of mood and temperament? There is an odd sense I get about change meaning I can actually embrace all the oddities and uncomfortabilities and really change as a person but the unlovable, unworthy and overemotional parts feel daunting.
Thanks Jim. Hi Mateo, Is there a way to print this article without the images in it? The first image is cut in half and divided over the end and beginning of two pages, for example. They are nothing but an escape into some kind of aestheticisation of the religious response, or an uncompromising quest for purity at the expense of considering the person as they are embedded in society and the cosmos.
An incarnational Christianity, which contemplates the mystery of God becoming human in Jesus, cannot be content with any escapism but must begin by understanding this desire for encounter, which is felt by all people, in all its depth. The mode of religious response must be a pedagogy of encounter that cultivates, through prayer and formation, a thinking faith and a discerning heart, which flow into service of each other and the world.
In this pedagogy of encounter, there are no techniques of mastery to be learnt, but rather the reverse. There is the unlearning of techniques and delusions of mastery, in order to recognise a different way in which God — who is present in, and also above and beyond, the depths of the self and the cosmos — wants to relate to me and to the world. This is a mode of encounter permeated with wonder in the sacramental value of the entire universe and with love of all of creation, flowing out of that fundamental encounter with God who looks upon me, as I am in the world, with wonder and love.
Perhaps no one else has expressed this sense of wonder and awe in the miracle of existence as eloquently as Immanuel Kant did in his conclusion to the Critique of Practical Reason. It is the task of the religious person to facilitate this encounter. Fifty years after the Moon landing, if the religious person is to contribute meaningfully to an understanding of the human person, they will need to respond to those desires to explore and to extend what we know of the universe and the desire to be at home with oneself in the world. The religious person must find a way of authentically witnessing to the truth that because they are created by God in time for eternity, they are in the world, but not of it.
For my father, who through a telescope looking at the Moon, taught us optics and astrophysics. To both of them, who valued learning and service, I dedicate this essay. He resides at Campion Hall, Oxford, where he is currently working on a doctorate on the question of desire in Hannah Arendt and Augustine. He is also a member of the editorial board of Thinking Faith.
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