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The Shadow in Christianity

Shadow Work The Shadow in Christianity Wednesday, June 16, 2021 We can patiently accept not being good. What we cannot bear is not being considered good, not appearing good.—St. Francis of Assisi If you are willing to bear serenely the trial of being displeasing to yourself, you will be for Jesus a pleasant place of… Continue Reading The Shadow in Christianity

Living the Shadow

Shadow Work Living the Shadow Tuesday, June 15, 2021 All God appears to want from us is honesty and humility. There is no other way to read Jesus’ stories of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11–32) or the tax collector and the Pharisee (Luke 18:9–14). In each story, the one who did wrong ends up being… Continue Reading Living the Shadow

Embracing Shadow and Light

Shadow Work Embracing Shadow and Light Monday, June 14, 2021 We all identify with our persona/mask so strongly when we are young that we become masters of denial and learn to eliminate or hide anything that doesn’t support it. Neither our persona nor our shadow is evil in itself; they just allow us to do… Continue Reading Embracing Shadow and Light

Unveiling the Shadow

Shadow Work Unveiling the Shadow Sunday, June 13, 2021 This week’s meditations focus on unveiling the shadow self, an essential concept in my work that comes from Swiss psychotherapist Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961). It always needs initial clarification and definition. Let’s begin with the personal shadow. During the first half of our lives (and for… Continue Reading Unveiling the Shadow

Spiritual Development

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part Two Spiritual Development Sunday, October 25, 2020 Before we continue exploring Thomas Keating’s poems from The Secret Embrace under the helpful guidance of Cynthia Bourgeault, I want to offer a basic overview of the stages of spiritual development that I have used for years with spiritual directees and in… Continue Reading Spiritual Development

The World Carried Inside

Action and Contemplation: Part Three The World Carried Inside
 Thursday, January 23, 2020  When so much of our world is focused on making us feel like human “doings” instead of human beings, moving into solitude and silence is both a gift and a burden. Once we have overcome the external pressure to perform, we are left with… Continue Reading The World Carried Inside

The Twelve Steps as Shadow Work

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part One The Twelve Steps as Shadow Work Thursday, December 12, 2019 Step Four: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. [1] Jesus said, “The truth will set you free,” (John 8:32) and I always feel compelled to add, “But first it will make you miserable.” There is no other way… Continue Reading The Twelve Steps as Shadow Work

Shadow Work: Weekly Summary

Shadow Work Summary: Sunday, September 8—Friday, September 13, 2019 Our shadow self is any part of ourselves or our institutions that we try to hide or deny because it seems socially unacceptable. (Sunday) Carl Jung had a mixed past—don’t we all?—yet his very mistakes usually led him to recognize and heal the shadow self that… Continue Reading Shadow Work: Weekly Summary

Facing Reality

Shadow Work Facing Reality Friday, September 13, 2019 To love is to be conscious, and to be fully conscious would mean we are capable of loving. Sin always proceeds from lack of consciousness. Most people are just not aware and not fully living in their own present moment. When Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they… Continue Reading Facing Reality

Doing the Inner Work

Shadow Work Doing the Inner Work Thursday, September 12, 2019 People often asked Dr. Jung, “Will we make it?” referring to the cataclysm of our time. He always replied, “If enough people will do their inner work.” This soul work is the one thing that will pull us through any emergency. —Robert Johnson [1] Historian… Continue Reading Doing the Inner Work

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