"Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness's of other people. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely. Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."
Psychedelics and shadow work
Farahmandfar, M., & Alizadeh, G.. (2021). The shadow archetype in Mahmud Dowlatabadi’s novel Yusef’s Days and Nights. Anafora
“The present article studies mahmoud dowlatabadi’s novel yusef ’s days and nights and attempts to provide a different reading of the novel through the application of c. g. jung’s theories on the collective unconscious and archetypes. from jung’s perspective, the collective unconscious is the reservoir of psychic energy and the source of all human memories; also, the archetypes are universal mental structures the recognition of which becomes possible through the symbolic interpretation of dreams, fantasies, myths, and rituals. ‘shadow’ is one of the most important archetypes that, according to jung, is the dark half of our being. this shadow is our alter-ego, and it is only when we accept it as a part of our being that we can achieve psychic equilibrium and complete the process of individuation. the process of individuation, and indeed of the conscious mind’s coming to terms with the ‘self,’ usually begins with suffering. although this initial shock is not often recognized, it is a kind of summoning. however, yusef (the protagonist of the novel) follows the path of denial and his projections of his fears and anxieties gradually make the distinction between illusion and reality difficult for him. therefore, the confrontation with the shadow, although difficult and perhaps horrifying, is a necessary step on the road towards mental and psychical maturity.”
Skea, B. R.. (2006). Sabina Spielrein: Out from the shadow of Jung and Freud. Journal of Analytical Psychology
“In spite of jung’s encounter with the spirit of the depths that he describes in the red book and his reverence for other cultures, he remained, in some ways, very much a man held by the spirit of the times in which he lived. eurocentrism, even unconscious patronizing racism, is evident in jung’s writings. this article asks how, due to the impact of the spirit of the times on us, do we unconsciously express attitudes, writings, and actions that are offensive to the other? there are embedded forms of racism and thereby oppression that members of the dominant group learn not to see, to keep in the shadows. what forces keep unconscious racial bias alive and active in our societies? one answer lies in a culture’s shadow. this article utilizes writings of jung and post-jungians, such as kimbles, singer, and brewster, as well as examples from philosophy, relational psychoanalysis, film, and literature that depict culture’s shadow. the relationship of culture’s shadow to jung’s ‘geology’ of the personality as diagrammed in one of his 1925 lectures is explored as is the connection of culture’s shadow to archetypal evil and to the formation of negative cultural complexes. these explorations are directed toward new ways of understanding the creation and maintenance of the sense of other in the psyche, furthering the work of bringing culture’s shadow into consciousness.”
Casement, A.. (2012). The shadow. In The Handbook of Jungian Psychology: Theory, Practice and Applications
“The concept of the shadow is one of jung’s great contributions to psychology which he adapted early on in the twentieth century from freud’s original division between the light and dark sides of the human psyche. according to jung, when the shadow is activated, usually through projection, it is charged with affect and takes on an autonomous life of its own beyond the ego’s control. it is possible to depict jung as a structuralist thinker who was not so much interested in creating a highly systematised metapsychology, but who was, instead, concerned with the interrelationships between different psychic phenomena. as a result, he did not develop clear-cut definitions of the latter and this included his thinking about shadow. inextricably linked to this concept is that of compensation so that shadow – both individual and collective – is compensatory to a consciously held attitude.”