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Shadow Work - Delving in Face First

I first heard about shadow work while rooming with Jade at the Monroe Institute. It sounded scary, though I'm sure she didn't mean for it to. At the time I was still sorting out the feelings of wanting to be this person who was a pure beacon of shining light, so phrases like"shadow self" were a little frightening. Wasn't this the part of ourselves we were trying to "get rid of" ? It wasn't until years later after lots of literal soul searching did I come to accept new information when I stumbled across the concept of Spiritual Bypassing. Spiritual Bypassing is a phrase coined by Psychologist John Welwood derived from his experience with his Buddhist Community at the time, he said "I noticed a widespread tendency to use spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep or avoid facing unresolved emotional issues, psychological wounds, and unfinished developmental tasks." Basically, he noticed people were using spirituality as a shield focusing only on love and light and "discarding" all things we find displeasing about ourselves as they don't "mesh" with us being that perfect Spiritual person we think we should be. But what happens to those parts of ourselves? Charlie Morley would tell you, they become our "shadow."


I'd only met Charlie the one time, but months later I had a dream about him that I found a little embarrassing. After reading his