shadow integration

we don’t enjoy each others company”. 

The condition of Venus in the birth chart determines a love of life, social attributes, and relationship behaviours. It can indicate how we form partnerships with others. Venus in Capricorn may approach relationships seriously and envisage long term maintenance, while Venus in Aries may prefer the spontaneous and surprising elements of relationships. It’s sort of like when you find somebody but discover you each seek different things in life. Venus in Sagittarius may want to travel and enjoy the world, while a Venus in Cancer may prefer to anchor down and nurture home and family. Contrasting Venus dynamics can also present opportunities to expand our tolerance, experience new things, and integrate shadow aspects. Like Venus in Capricorn may teach Venus in Aries the satisfaction of long term devotion, while Venus in Aries can teach Venus in Capricorn how to reunite with his inner child and charter through the world and people with fresh eyes.

Pluto

If Saturn represents our struggle with the external world and with our own difficulties living in it, Pluto represents our struggle with ourselves. Saturn and Pluto must be best friends, because they sure do know how to make life a living hell. More accurately, they make life a living hell when you resist their influence. And as Carl Jung said, “What we resists persists.” This is Pluto’s tagline. Pluto, the sign it rules over (Scorpio), and the house it rules over (The Eighth House) all represent the human shadow. The dark side of life. The things we don’t easily own up to. The sides of ourselves we’re more comfortable projecting onto others. It’s much easier to view ourselves as perfect beings of light, and to point the finger at all the people out there in the world that are evil and bad, than to recognize that we’re all human. Jessica Lange’s character Sister Jude in American Horror Story might have been right when she said “All monsters are human.” There are true horrors in this world and sometimes we get lost in news stories of this murder and that war. We’re all quick to condemn and judge our fellow humans committing atrocities. But do we ever stop to think, what made them that way? What happened to them? What is their place in the great cosmic story? Could causing others pain possibly be their life purpose, or has a tragic childhood forced them to wander off their divine path?

These are questions that I have grappled with recently. They’ve made their way into this piece but I don’t necessarily have the answer. I do know that the greatest force in this world is love, the greatest connection empathy. Libra is the sign of relationships, and afterwards, Scorpio comes strolling along. Scorpio and the Eighth House are the things we share in a relationship. Shared finances are relegated to this pair, along with the distress they may cause. As everyone knows, sex is Scorpio’s thing. Taurus, Scorpio’s sister sign, can lay claim to it, too, but Taurean sex is candles, whip cream, and foreplay. Scorpio is bondage, whipping, and power-play. The darker side of emotional intimacy, the power struggle. Scorpios are known to be fiercely loyal and possessive. The Eighth House is where bodies and souls melt together, where transcendence is found through unity with another soul. Scorpio is known to be a psychic sign, in tune with the undercurrents in the room. Especially the darker ones. The collective shadow. They’re known to love the taboo, the occult, the mysterious.

Astrology, by relegating the darker side of life to this sign, shows that it has its place in our lives and the universe. And don’t think you can escape it by not having your Sun, Moon or Rising in Scorpio. It will rear its head in whatever house it’s in, wherever Pluto is in your chart, and in your Eighth House. It must be faced, or it will be repressed. Freud, who was Scorpio Rising, spent his career investigating the id, our instinctual side, and how repression of it leads to neurosis. The id is composed of our sexual urges, our aggression, and our death drive (thanatos). All very Scorpio. And all very human. I think this has been an especially hard thing for females to integrate into their lives in the past, as they run counter to what society thinks a woman should be. Lilith, an asteroid in astrology, may in some ways be the female expression of the Pluto principle. I wrote a little about it in an answer to a question, here. The struggle with Plutonian energy, though, applies to all genders and all peoples.

So how does Pluto operate in our lives? It’s the farthest planet, so its cycle through the zodiac is the longest. It spends about 21 years in each sign, so it is the most generational. To see how this force manifests in your personal life, look to its house placement. Wherever Pluto is, you will be prone to some extreme transformations. When it comes to the darkness, it’s always trying to be noticed. I read somewhere that Buddhists, rather than exorcising demons, would invite them to a grand feast. After being fed and paid attention to, the demons would transform. You see, we cannot fight our demons (or drown them - “they know how to swim,” as Bring Me The Horizon sings in “Can You Feel My Heart”). We all have inner demons, darkness we hide from others, that tears us apart when we are at our weakest. It’s a sad fact that most people don’t talk about this, putting on a show of happiness. You aren’t alone in this struggle, it is life on Earth.

We overcome our demons by looking at them, taking them for what they are. Bringing the darkness to light. Although Carl Jung parted ways with Sigmund Freud because the latter was too sex-obsessed, Jung never repressed the shadow in his studies. He’s made so many important statements on the human shadow that I must include more than a few:

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”

“Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light but making the darkness conscious.”

“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.”

“We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.”

“If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.”

“There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.”

“There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.”

“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.”

“There is no coming to consciousness without pain.”

“God is the name which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse.”

This is Pluto. This is the unconscious force inside all of us that changes our lives in drastic ways. Whether you’re orchestrating your own transformations by confronting your shadow, or if the only thing that can get you to change is some catastrophe hitting you from the outside, Pluto will destroy what you thought you knew and replace it with something much greater. It will be painful - Pluto is the planet of death, and we will have to die to ourselves many times over to get closer to our truth. Pluto is also the planet of rebirth, because every end is a beginning. Pluto is a big fuck you to the ego we’ve carefully crafted, and it can be hard to let go of an identity you’ve held for so long. But the unconscious has bigger dreams for our time on Earth. We are not whole until we integrate our shadow side. This is the true essence of power - being in contact with your whole being. No longer being unconsciously directed by your shadow side. I think we’re so quick to look down on the criminals and the neurotics of this world because we’d like to think we’re nothing like them. But the one that makes peace with his demons knows the truth, that one soul contains the collective experiences of all souls. The only thing separating us is the material illusion we’re all under - this is the true source of “evil” - thinking that we’re not all One. Peace on Earth will come when we feel in our hearts this Oneness - and inner peace comes when you become One with your shadow.

Pluto is an earthquake. Pluto is a force of nature. A disaster, a murder, a suicide. It is everything we’re afraid of. But that which we fear cannot have power over us once we accept it. Understand it. Integrate it into our lives. Just as we all must face the inevitability of our own deaths, we must face the fact that we’re better off leaving our old masks at the door, as we enter into a new chapter in our lives. Embrace change, and embrace the darkness.

Luckily, this month there has been talk of Pluto being invited back into the solar system after its exile. This spells of great change in our collective psyche :) It will be interesting to see if, as a society, we begin dealing with our collective shadow.

Midak Skyblasters generate literal bolts of light for ammunition. The blasters do this by harnessing the elemental light around a wielder and concentrating it into a projectile. These light based projectiles made it particularly effective to wield against beings consumed by shadow, such as the Makuta. Midak Skyblasters can, however, also be modified to function inversely. Vultraz, a rather vile Shadow Matoran, integrated a blaster into his Skyfighter that he altered to generate and fire bolts of shadow.

THE SECRET LIFE OF AN 8TH HOUSE TRANSIT 

8th house transits are dying rehearsals. Except for when we realise that dying no longer truly exists. Then we have nothing to compare this transit to. We walk in as a victim and leave as a God. We have not just died, but become intimate with death, held it, rejected it, accepted it, and learned from it. The real ‘death’ is just a game now. Because after an 8th house transit we have truly burned to the ashes, screamed, held on tightly to nothing, we have vanished and woken up the next morning, gleaming, not forgetting. An awareness is released into the individual, one which is forced to grasp the magnificence of life, the trauma of loss, the anguish of our support systems evaporating. When an outer planet, like Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto cross the 8th house, nothing in life will ever be the same. We look back on the person that begun the transit and wonder how we ever truly existed as that aperture. The whole fakery of life seems to appear. And everything hurts for what seems like centuries. It’s sort of like a labor pain, the pain of childbirth, in some way forming new life within, a new self that smells more like soul, the pain of giving this birth is of course, more than unpleasant. We have a contact with the life and death cycle that can be frightening. 

The outer planets move slowly enough to ensure we are submerged long enough to hear and receive the sacred message and initiate deep change. The parts of the self, those that have been contaminated by betrayal, trauma, addiction, and delusion are thrust into consciousness. These poisons are haunting, they appear as fate, they emerge as aches and dis-ease in the body and mind. They scream so loud they are impossible to ignore. These poisons can infiltrate as people, both inspiring and abusive people, those who foster them to realise, bond with, and integrate their shadow. It may force the individual into spiritual pursuits or psychotherapy. That which is no longer useful to the spirit is lethal. But the individual’s response these images or feelings or events may be destructive. The overwhelming waves can feel like drowning. The person may feel out of control or confused by the sudden replay of memory or violations. This is however, the alchemy of the 8th house, the power to process and transform from this poison is available at this moment, ready to show the individual an inner sorcery never realised before.

A person may withdraw into their own world during an 8th house transit. They focus on the inner experience, the wealth of unconscious truth that is being imparted. A person may not speak about what is going on for fear of their sanity being questioned. There may be a sexual awakening, the power of one’s feminine or masculine and creative fertility activated, a channel with angels during sexual experience. Some people leave an 8th house transit without having to escape themselves anymore, they have found soul, they have found home. People leave an 8th house transit knowing they have survived, but they died, and they died, and they died. I doubt many of them are scared of ever truly dying again.

-C.

art: Harumi Hironaka

Mercury ☿, Venus ♀, and Mars ♂

“its like we speak two different languages” - This could be something like
Mercury in Cancer speaking about Mercury in Virgo or even Mercury in Pisces conversing with Mercury in Leo. Sometimes, it feels like we simply cannot ascertain intellectual rapport or flowing conversation. This suggests that Mercury is at odds. We can observe the qualities of Mercury when two people speak. But two contrasting Mercury elements can generate tremendous learning opportunities and expansion of perspective. Mercury in Cancer can teach Mercury in Virgo to apply empathy and imagination to his conclusions, while Mercury in Pisces could teach Mercury in Leo to focus on ‘we’ rather than ‘me’.

we don’t enjoy each others company”. The condition of Venus in the birth chart determines a love of life, social attributes, and relationship behaviors. It can indicate how we form partnerships with others. Venus in Capricorn may approach relationships seriously and envisage long term maintenance, while Venus in Aries may prefer the spontaneous and surprising elements of relationships. It’s sort of like when you find somebody but discover you each seek different things in life. Venus in Sagittarius may want to travel and enjoy the world, while a Venus in Cancer may prefer to anchor down and nurture home and family. Contrasting Venus dynamics can also present opportunities to expand our tolerance, experience new things, and integrate shadow aspects. Like Venus in Capricorn may teach Venus in Aries the satisfaction of long term devotion, while Venus in Aries can teach Venus in Capricorn how to reunite with his inner child and charter through the world and people with fresh eyes.

we don’t have chemistry’. Mars in the birth chart activates sexual resources and sexual secrets. There is a possibility that Mars in Taurus may find a lack of chemistry or sexual buzz with Mars in Aquarius. Mars in Taurus is soaked in his body, Mars in Aquarius is contained in the mind. It’s like we don’t feel that crackling infusion of energy exchanging. Mars in Scorpio may overflow with passion, desire, and focus while flighty Mars in Gemini may keep it lighthearted and become embarrassed easily. But like walking through a door of intimate self discovery, contrasting Mars signs can teach you senses you never knew you had, or urges you never knew how to express or satisfy. Like Mars in Taurus can guide Mars in Aquarius back into his own body and develop sexual sensuality, while Mars in Aquarius can emphasise the importance of the mind and intellectual rapport in sex

-Cherry

Let Me Make Something Clear...

SHADOW WORK IS AN ONGOING PROCESS. 

It never really ends. There is no finish line, no set goal, no indefinite completion

I suspect there may be a misconception that you get through shadow work, pull the skeletons out of your closet, drag your demons out into the light, and then you’re done– you can exist the rest of your days without worry of what’s lurking in the shadows. But this is not true. Granted, you can integrate your shadow and learn to live with it harmoniously, but it evolves with you. It is affected by every new experience you have and therefore will need some conscious attention from time to time.

In a way, it is a lot like a closet. We go on shoving things into it, hiding things away, but eventually it begins to overflow. We tend to forget about a lot of the things we put in our closets. Some people may have cleaner closets than others, but that’s because they keep up with it. We have to periodically go in and clean it out– we have to go through and decide what we can’t yet bring ourselves to get rid of and what we need to get rid of. Which brings me to another thought.

WE CAN GET ATTACHED TO OUR SHADOW ASPECTS.

In many respects the shadow is a defense mechanism. It helps us get through all kinds of turmoil, trauma, and distress. Though, it’s seldom used properly, simply because we’re not taught how to. We go on hoarding experiences and refusing to resolve them. We begin feeling identified with the characteristics of the shadow that are formed as a result of these experiences because they helped us “get out alive”. Even when those characteristics begin to impact other aspects of our lives in a negative way, we feel obligated to hold onto them, because they helped us– they are a part of what makes you, you. 

On the other hand, many people despise their shadow all together, mostly out of misunderstanding. They go on trying to conquer it or otherwise eradicate it entirely. Which brings me to the next point.

THE SHADOW CANNOT BE ELIMINATED. 

It is always there, following you. It is a quality of your being. The only way it goes away is if you cease to exist as you– if the ego dissipates. Think of it as your actual shadow. As long as your physical vessel it there, blocking the light that shines upon it, your shadow will be right there behind you. You can turn and face it, but it is still there. Sometimes it may be more faint than others, depending on the quality of light you’re standing in, but it is always with you– it is an extension of you, a product of your existence. You can even recede into a place of darkness where no light is cast, but then you are a part of a collective shadow of sorts. But this tactic, along with dissolving the ego, is typically a temporary state. You have to come back and reintegrate with your self if you are to continue functioning in this plane.  


So don’t look at shadow work as something you just have to get through, make it a cumulative effort. Incorporate it into your practice and use it when you see fit. Don’t feel disheartened if you don’t make the progress you were expecting all at once; revelations will come to you over time and you can work things out as they are exposed. 

“Ruth doesn’t step into this world lightly.”  

Alex Kingston as Ruth Hattersley in Chasing Shadows, 2014

Shadow’s fur colour was originally golden yellow, as Gerald based his design off of the Super Sonic mural in the Hidden Palace. This is why his quills are upright constantly.

But when Black Doom’s DNA was integrated into Shadow, his fur colour changed to black and red.

XXI- The World

The world is a card about accomplishments that you’ve worked hard to achieved. Being able to say “I’ve made it!”. It may indicate a celebration like a graduation or goals you will complete. This card suggests that as long as you don’t give up, your goals will be accomplished and your hard work will be rewarded.

Keywords: accomplishments, completion, reward, fulfillment, success, growth, quest, clarity, simplicity, integration, travel.

Reversed/Shadow: Lack of completion, lack of goals, delay, laziness, stagnation, permanence, lack of will.

Astrological association: Saturn- Planet of discipline, patience and accomplishments

Elemental association: Earth

Yes or No card: Yes.

Love: In a love reading, The Word may indicate meeting someone while traveling. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and meeting new people. If you’re in a relationship with someone, this card is an indication that things are going great between the two of you. If the card is reversed or in shadow, it may indicate stagnation between two individual in a committed relationship. Don’t close yourself off due to fear. Try being more open with your feelings and communicate better.

Finance: In a financial reading, The World card indicates great financial accomplishments. If the card is reversed or in shadow, it may be a good time to start saving money for a rainy day.

Health: In a health related reading, The World may be an indication that your health is great right now. You will heal from whatever health issues you may be facing. If the card is reversed or in shadow, you may want to not overwork yourself with too many tasks. Meditation may be helpful for your stress.

Disclaimer: Please don’t take health related questions to heart. Tarot isn’t always 100% accurate. If you’re really concerned about your health call or make an appointment with your doctor.

“During the peeling away of the ego… you will feel lost. You will begin to wonder who you are. The You, you "thought” you were, was based on illusion. The illusion of who you thought you should be; based on the distorted beliefs of your friends and family and the projections of the mass consciousness. The old you; the inauthentic self dissolves. You may experience grief, sorrow, confusion, despair and extreme sadness as the darkness from your soul (ego/shadow self) is integrated with more LIGHT from the higher self so the beauty of your truth can be revealed. This is oftentimes called the “dark night of the soul”. It is a process of soul alchemy where our lead (darkness) is transmuted into the gold (christ consciousness) of our higher awareness. It takes courage and faith to embark on the journey of soul alchemy, which is really the ascension of the soul. Nurture and love your SELF as you go through this process.“ 

~ Sabrina (In "Art”)

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On January 15, Airbus Defence and Space started flight tests on Taurus stand-off precision missiles on the Instrumented Production Aircraft 7 (IPA7), operated by Eurofighter Project Pilot Chris Worning. The first flight took place at Manching Military Air Systems Center in the north of Munich. After the successful completion of the functional ground test at the end of last year and taxi tests, which were carried out up until yesterday, Airbus Defence and Space has begun an intensive flight test programme with flutter tests, air data system large store interference assessment and aerodynamic data gathering. The activities are taking place as part of the Storm Shadow integration programme. Concurrent testing of these two similar missiles optimises the Storm Shadow integration and facilitates the future airframe integration of Taurus. Taurus KEPD 350 is a German/Swedish missile that is manufactured by Taurus Systems GmbH, a partnership between MBDA Germany and Saab Dynamics.

And suddenly I am emotional...

…about something I hadn’t realized while giffing. But looking at the “Lazarus Rising” one - and I know this is absolutely was probably not intended when they shot it - I just feel like the fact that right in the beginning of this episode we have two shots in which shadows are such integral parts of the visuals and set up (right in the beginning of Dean and the cross when he just crawled out of his grave) and in this scene you also see Dean’s long shadow can be taken as such beautiful ways of introducing the big arc.

Like… The first we see Dean he is framed with the cross and it absolutely foreshadows quite literally what later would be revealed to be Dean being the Righteous Man and moreover Michael’s vessel.

And the shot when he is walking up to the abandoned gas and sip where Castiel first tries making contact and we see Dean’s long tall shadow, to me just feels like such a great visual for how Dean himself doesn’t realize it, but his role and importance to the world is so much bigger than he thinks. Just… Yeah, it’s a Dean and apocalypse and apocalypse reloaded kind of morning apparently.

The Shadow Self: Integration of the Soul

Since we basically are aware of what is happening now i thought i would share some info on the psychological aspects of the Shadow Self. The Shadow self is fundamentally the aspect of the unconscious that wants to destroy itself. It’s ultimate world of illusion much deeper and darker than the subconscious world. This is the antithesis of ourselves. Therefore if you are feeling it, do not fight against it, you will only be kicking yourself and circling those thoughts until you are ready to let go and release. Also with other people if you are angry, upset or what have you, you are actually projecting these thoughts from yourself. keep this in mind ;) It’s also good to know that fighting your darkness as i know a lot of New Age spiritualistis like to do will only project more, if you fight the ego, it WILL fight back. It’s kinda like chasing your tail…This is a huge period where it would be best to keep love in your heart for love is our ultimate strength it will keep us true to ourselves. The heart is the key. 

May we find the light within the darkness


In Jungian psychology, the shadow or “shadow aspect” may refer to (1) an unconscious aspect of the personality which the conscious ego does not identify in itself. Because one tends to reject or remain ignorant of the least desirable aspects of one’s personality, the shadow is largely negative, or (2) the entirety of the unconscious, i.e., everything of which a person is not fully conscious. There are, however, positive aspects which may also remain hidden in one’s shadow (especially in people with low self-esteem).[1] Contrary to a Freudian definition of shadow, therefore, the Jungian shadow can include everything outside the light of consciousness, and may be positive or negative. “Everyone carries a shadow,” Jung wrote, “and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.”[2] It may be (in part) one’s link to more primitive animal instincts,[3] which are superseded during early childhood by the conscious mind.

According to Jung, the shadow, in being instinctive and irrational, is prone to psychological projection, in which a perceived personal inferiority is recognised as a perceived moral deficiency in someone else. Jung writes that if these projections remain hidden, “The projection-making factor (the Shadow archetype) then has a free hand and can realize its object–if it has one–or bring about some other situation characteristic of its power." [4] These projections insulate and harm individuals by acting as a constantly thickening veil of illusion between the ego and the real world.

From one perspective, ‘the shadow…is roughly equivalent to the whole of the Freudian unconscious’;[5] and Jung himself asserted that 'the result of the Freudian method of elucidation is a minute elaboration of man’s shadow-side unexampled in any previous age’.[6]

Jung also believed that "in spite of its function as a reservoir for human darkness—or perhaps because of this—the shadow is the seat of creativity.”;[7] so that for some, it may be, 'the dark side of his being, his sinister shadow…represents the true spirit of life as against the arid scholar’.[8]





The Jungian Shadow: Its Phenomenology, Detection and Conscious Integration

Psychiatrist Carl Jung’s construct of the shadow, comprised of the denied aspects of the self (1959, p. 20), conceals within itself the golden key not only to understanding the agency by which wars and feuds of all kinds tend to start, but the very solution to preventing their emergence in the first place. Such conflicts develop out of constricted, narrow views, and Jung claimed the shadow itself was the result of a narrow identification with the persona—the social mask, at the expense of the unattended aspects of the self (Bennett, 1966, p. 117). 

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As individual attention is habitually and excessively focused on the façade of the persona, the deeper, neglected aspects of the personality continually sabotage the individual’s conscious intentions (Jung, 1959, p. 123). In order to account for these frustrations, while also avoiding their true source, the shadow is conveniently projected onto other people (Bennett, 1966, p. 119), resulting in what can often be perceived as threatening and unfriendly circumstances (Wilber, 1979, p. 82). Whether the shadow manifests as a war protester who covertly bombs public buildings, a novice guitarist who practically deifies Eddie Van Halen, or as a pro-life extremist who assassinates abortionists, it always represents the very qualities that the persona claims to lack. As such, attentive detection and conscious integration of the shadow would seem to offer a genuine solution to taming the darker aspects of humanity, as well as harnessing its highest potentials, especially if willingly practiced by a growing percentage of the world population.

This essay explores a first-person, phenomenological approach to detecting and integrating the shadow, as well as a third-person, structural view of development that is believed to occur as a result of shadow integration. Drawing from both first-person experience and logical argument, based upon insights in both transpersonal psychology and Buddhist mindfulness practice, it is theorized that the cultivation of compassionate yet intentional awareness is capable not only of detecting the presence of the shadow, but also of gently confronting and integrating it into the personality in a manner which develops a more deeply attuned sense of self with the world at large, with no inherent need to deny any aspects of the self and therefore no need to project any of these aspects outside of the experienced self.

The Phenomenology of Shadow Recognition

The first sign of shadow projection appears as a strong emotional reaction to anyone or anything in the environment (Wilber, 1979, p. 94). More precisely, the first-person experience of such affect feels visceral, impulsive and automatic, more like an unconscious reflex than a conscious, intentional response (Bennett, 1966, p. 119). The instinctive reflex arising out of such affect then projects the source of the feeling outwardly onto some other person, thing or situation, often in the form of emotionally pungent criticism and blame (1966, p. 119). It is this very tendency, in fact, which can serve as the prime indicator that the shadow is in play. By becoming mindfully aware of the people to whom the persona is positively or negatively attracted, in addition to the outwardly focused perceptions which accompany such attraction, it is possible to recognize the shadow (Welwood, 200, p. 208).

Surprisingly, the Christian New Testament may offer subtle insights into how the shadow can be detected and integrated. Jesus, during his famous sermon on the mount, asks,“Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye” (Matthew 7: 3 – 4, New American Bible)? His aim here appears to be to encourage his disciples to investigate their own first-person experience during the act of fault-finding. His emphasis is on inquiring into why and how such criticism arises, particularly on how its very development emanates from a failure to acknowledge much greater defects within themselves

In order to help his audience more clearly see how their pointed criticism originates from an over-identification with the persona, he speaks directly to the persona and says, “You hypocrite remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7: 5, New American Bible). Interestingly, the Greek root used here, of which hypocrite is a transliteration, refers to an actor, one who plays a role. Similarly, Jung’s concept of the persona refers exclusively to the “mask of the actor” (Jung, 1959, p. 20). Additionally, Jesus suggests that two distinct qualities will emerge as a result of becoming more aware of the inner world, of mindfully attending to the shadow: 1) clarity of perception; and 2) a peaceful disposition that is motivated to help and serve others rather than to find fault and blame.

Integrating the Shadow through Conscious Awareness

“I looked, and looked, and this I came to see:

That what I thought was you and you,

Was really me and me” (Wilber, 1979, p. 95).

As is by now evident, the contents of projection are the secret characteristics—the ‘its’—which the persona refuses to acknowledge. And ending this externalization of the personal contents of consciousness is what Jung’s former mentor, Freud, was pointing to when he proclaimed, “where id was, there ego shall be” (Freud, 1965). Here Freud is literally saying, "Where it was, I shall come to be.” Just as Ged, the lead character in LeGuin’s A Wizard of Earthsea, purposely faces and intimately embraces his own formerly destructive shadow (1975), so also is the shadow integrated by consciously addressing the persona with its own antithesis (Wilber, 1979, p. 100), so that what was formerly a problematic ‘it’ now becomes an integral part of the ‘I’, where it may now bestow its once hidden wealth upon the experience of the personality (Jung, 1959, p. 270).

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As previously mentioned, shadow projection is accompanied by the presence of pronounced affect (Jung, 1959, p. 38), which in turn can act as the very signal for a return to, and cultivation of, mindfulness. By deliberately diving into the felt experience of this affect, while simultaneously acknowledging its source to be interior and not exterior to the self, it is possible to come face to face with the projected contents of the personal unconscious.

The first two of the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism state that:
1) suffering is the basic state of the human condition;
2) suffering arises from desire. By bringing a greater depth of conscious awareness into the roots of the affect—the roots of the suffering, so to speak, it is possible to become aware of the underlying desire—the concealed attachment—from which the strong affect is emanating. Viewed from this perspective, the strong affect which accompanies shadow projection, usually associated with a felt tension or contraction within the body, is seen as a form of suffering. And this contraction, in the Buddhist view, is the result of a desire that is presently being either repressed (i.e., resisted) or indulged (i.e., deeply identified with). However, by diving into the depths of the attachment with compassionate, nonjudgmental yet intentional awareness, it is possible to eventually release the desire in an inward posture of kindness toward oneself (Ladner, 2004, p. 68), thus relieving the suffering.

Though space does not allow for a further elaboration of what this process of mindfulness entails, it is the assertion of this essay that the same mindful process by which desires are said to be compassionately released within the context of Buddhist mindfulness practice, is the very same process by which the personal shadow can be benevolently confronted and assimilated into the experience of the self.

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The greatest power comes from having accepted your shadow parts & integrated them as components of your Self. Everyone carries a shadow, & the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. 

Thoughts, Ideas, and Theories on Teen Wolf as it stands now

Ok, so I have some stuff to cover. I’ll try to break it up into some big blocks. Here we go.

Regarding Stiles/Demon Stiles/etc.

Firstly, let me say that I think that Stiles is not going to die. There are logical reasons for this outside of the story/show itself; however, the most important thing is that they are making it so obvious that he’ll be the one to die. As I’ve said a thousand times, this show absolutely does not do obvious.

Now, about his disease. I don’t think he actually has the disease. I think that this is the side effect of struggling so hard against the demon. It has been fighting for control of his mind and body. This undoubtedly will take a physical and mental toll on him. I believe this atrophy is the result of this possession and the door in his mind being open. There is also the possibility that his mother was actually possessed by the same or similar spirit. The other idea is that the demon is actually mimicing his mother’s illness to get at him and the ones he cares about. I believe that if the demon fox is removed, the atrophy and symptoms will stop and reverse.

There is also the question of why Stiles? I think this largely has to do with the fact that Stiles was the most vulnerable. Of the three possibilities (Scott, Allison, and Stiles), I believe Stiles is the most damaged. He’s been stressed and dealt with a hell of a lot in his life and the series. He doesn’t show it and he is strong because he doesn’t want to burden others and he doesn’t want them to feel the same pain he feels. Bottling that up though can have consequences and I think it really just left a giant soft spot for the demon to latch on to.

Lastly, I do not expect the Demon Stiles to be the true big bad. Or, well, I think there is more to it than that. We’ll see how that develops. How do I expect it to resolve? I am pretty sure that it will involve Scott pulling Stiles out of it, possibly using some form of true alpha werewolf powers. Either way, if Stiles is to be saved, I am certain it will involve Scott. Kira may also be involved, though. I get the feeling she is actually a celestial kitsune, the only one to outrank the void kitsune in the heirarchy. One last thing to note is Jeff, the creator and lead writer, said, “We don’t know if Stiles is off the rails yet.” So, there’s that.

“Everyone has it, but no one can loose it. A Shadow.”

This is an interesting thing. There are two takes on this. The first and one that I am more partial to is the idea that the void kitsune was talking about the Shadow as in Jungian psychology. The shadow is everything about us that we do not want to admit is us/reveal to the world. It is all of our negativity, flaws, etc. Jung believed that everyone had a shadow and that in order to obtain a sound mind and achieve their best personality, a person must face his or her shadow and integrate it into his or her personality. Rejecting it would result in a whole host of problems.

Now, the reason I like this theory is for the same reason that I said the void kitsune latched onto Stiles. He was damaged. The void kitsune prayed on his shadow, bringing it forth and drawing on its power, adding it to its own. The thing is, the shadow is still Stiles. There is a possibility that if Stiles can confront his shadow, possibly with the help of friends, he will be able to remove the demon’s control over him.

The other idea is that the void kistune is just a shadow, a literal darkness, hanging over him. Always there. I don’t think it fits quite as well, but it is still worth mentioning.

One other thing worth noting is that a shadow cannot exist without light. It’s literally impossible. So, just keep that in mind as a side note.

Regarding The Doors In Their Minds and Allison Argent

The show seems to have ignore the fact (almost certainly intentionally) that NONE of them managed to close the doors that are open in their minds. That means Scott and Allison still have these open doors. I don’t think either of them are safe yet. Which bring me to Allison.

Last episode she seemed off. More than just the shock and surprise around Stiles. She seemed very out of it and reminded me a bit of how they were when they just came out of a hallucination/possession. Her phone was off, something she never does. They then found the Japanese voicemails waiting for her. There was also a nod at her in Silverfinger when the Yakuza boss said, “You must let them destroy it, even if it is your own daughter.” I think it’s possible that Allison could be the character death because now she is acting off and she isn’t such an obvious choice. It could even be possible that she becomes the real big bad.

One possibility, and note that this is just conjecture, is that Scott (possibly with Kira’s help) could expel the demon from Stiles. I think it will involve the strength of their friendship that will allow Scott to pull him out. After being pushed out, the void kitsune will quickly jump to Allison. Anyway, that’s just an idea and I don’t know if that will actually happen. What I do know is that the question of these doors has not been answered yet and this show does not do things like that unintentionally. They are still in play and, until stated otherwise, should be considered dangerous.

The Protectors Of Beacon Hills

With the revelation from Derek that the Hale Pack were actually the protectors of Beacon Hills bring a whole new level of problems. This fire essentially destroyed the Hale family, leaving Beacon Hills, a place that has been confirmed as a hub for supernatural power, vulnerable and unprotected. This creates a variety of problems and leaves the possibility that perhaps Kate’s actions had an influence outside of her family and extreme opinions. What if she was really just a pawn and there were outside forces at work attempting to remove the protection of Beacon Hills? That, again, is mere conjecture, but it is quite plausible I think.

This also opens up new possibilities for Scott and Derek. The Hale Pack will be revived through Scott, a true alpha. I think Scott has the potential to rival Derek’s mother or possibly even surpass her. He will fall into this role naturally, I think, as it fits who his character is. He is a natural leader and has a strong desire to protect others, especially those close to him. At the same time, he only uses violence when left with no other option and views killing as an absolute last resort if a resort at all. Again, very similar to Talia’s thinking. I imagine this could be the set up for season 4, but we will see.

Scott And Stiles

So, I’m pretty sure the entire fandom, myself included, lost their shit during Monday’s episode, especially at the scene between Scott and Stiles in the MRI room. We always knew how close they were, but this was a new and emotional scene for them because, for the first time, they are faced with the idea of one of them no longer being there and it terrifies both of them. Stiles is afraid of dying, sure, but he’s also afraid of the pain he’ll make his dad and Scott experience. He knows what that’s like. Scott is afraid of losing his best friend, the one who’s always been there. They need each other and can’t imagine life without the other.

That desperation and fear lead Scott to do something that goes against almost everything he stand for. He essentially said that, if it came down to it, he would give Stiles the bite. The very thing that he considers a curse and terrible thing. He will hate doing that to his best friend, but if it means saving his life, then he will do it. There’s really nothing that they wouldn’t do for each other. When Derek asked the twins if they would be willing to die for Scott, they seemed unsure. Scott and Stiles would die for the other without a second thought.

Anyway, I just want to say that Scott will not let Stiles fall so easily, whether it be to the void kitsune or the disease. He would burn the world to save his friend. So, just remember that.

The End

Well, I think that about sums up everything I had wanted to say. Thanks for reading. Please let me know what you think in replies, reblogs, responses, asks, etc. I’d love to discuss this and other thoughts and opinions on Teen Wolf. So, what do you say?

olobersykes: The Shadow describes the part of the psyche that an individual would rather not acknowledge. It contains the denied parts of the self. Since the self contains these aspects, they surface in one way or another. The greatest power comes from having accepted your shadow parts and integrated them as components of your Self. Everyone carries a Shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. This album is a celebration of the darkness, because everything may seem bleak & black on the outside, but inside us all is a world of colour & emotion that we need to let take over us & not ignore. & that’s the long winded explanation for the album concept & the artwork. Let’s get this album to no.1 & give a big fuck you to the rest of the world. Go out & pick up a physical copy of #thatsthespirit tomorrow ❤️