Throwing Light on the Shadow: Carl Jung’s Answer to Evil

A great blog post getting to the heart of shadow

Sea Monster and Churches by Sev St. Martin

The higher the sun rises, the less shadow it casts

–Lao Tzu

The Shadow Defined

Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and former disciple of Freud who tried to bridge the gap between psychology and spirituality.

One of Jung’s most compelling ideas is the shadow. Jung describes the shadow as those inferior aspects of the psyche that we’re not too proud of. The shadow might be a desire frowned on by our conscience or peers. It could be a bizarre or unhealthy interest that the powers of civilization have apparently quelled.

Shadow contents involve known and unknown aspects of the self, making the ego, the unconscious and the environment all play a role in its expression or repression. When confronted by the ego, the largely unconscious shadow can be integrated into consciousness. But, for the most part, the shadow lies beyond the threshold of awareness.

Jung explains the…

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