Shadow Work | Owning Your Dark Side (feat. Emerald)


We have not understood yet that the discovery
of the unconscious means an enormous spiritual task, which must be accomplished if we wish
to preserve our civilization. Carl Jung. Human civilization consists of countless traditions,
codes of conduct, and systems of ethics. Depending on what social group we belong,
and what environment we grew up in, there’s always an ideology in regards to what’s
preferable and what’s not. Therefore, we develop a set of behaviors in
order to fit the situations we find ourselves in. We create a fake persona that reflects how
the world wants to see us. We consciously hide a part of our undesirable
characteristics behind the masks we wear. However, as swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung observed,
there’s an unwanted part of ourselves that we are not conscious of. Jung called this the Shadow. The Shadow is a result of the imbalance between
who we want to be and who we truly are. The more we repress, the denser the Shadow
becomes. And because we are unaware of what’s lurking
in the dark, we’re at risk that it lashes out unexpectedly with all the consequences
that this entails. According to Jung, part of self-realization
is the integration of the Shadow into our personality. When we make the unconscious conscious and
stop rejecting the unwanted parts of ourselves, we break the chains that hold us back from
moving towards a state of wholeness. The process of integrating our ‘dark side’
is called Shadow Work. The true efficacy of Shadow Work, as a process,
is that it allows us to become more authentic, conscious, and whole by allowing disowned
and unconscious aspects of our personality to integrate back into our conscious awareness. In order to understand why the process of
Shadow Work lends itself well to these ends, we must first understand that Shadow Work
is a subtractive process and not an additive process. This means that it’s not about directly
and actively adding unconscious aspects of our personality back into our conscious awareness. In reality, it’s about subtracting the barriers
to consciousness that are the root cause of why those aspects are repressed away in the
first place. You can think of these barriers to consciousness
a lot like a dam, and the conscious and unconscious aspects of our Self a lot like water. Thus, in this metaphor, all the water that
builds up in the reservoir of the dam is a representation of the parts of our psyche
that end up unconscious to us and in the Shadow. These obstructed aspects of the Self are thus
unable to flow from the unconscious mind to the conscious mind because there is a metaphorical
dam in the way. So, in terms of our dam metaphor, it’s not
very effective to start actively bailing water from the reservoir of the dam to the other
side. It’s much more effective to simply remove
the dam. And if you do that, the water will naturally
and effortlessly find its level and flow downstream. And that’s the goal of Shadow Work. With Shadow Work, you’re trying to remove
barriers, in the form of emotions and thoughts, that keep parts of ourselves from flowing
naturally into the light of consciousness. So, the key to Shadow Work is to find the
mental and emotional barriers and dissolve them or let them go. Before integration can take place, it’s
essential to acknowledge the existence of our Shadow. The question is: how does the unconscious
manifest? According to Jung, we cannot communicate with
the unconscious in the same way that we do with the conscious realm of our psyche. While the language of the conscious mind is
predominantly literal, the unconscious speaks in symbolic language. This language is built on metaphors and archetypes. Symbolic language is prevalent in mythology. A myth is a story that preserves its meaning
throughout different cultures and time periods because it uses universal aspects of existence:
things like trees, animals, natural phenomena, the nurturing mother, the old wise man, or
birth and death. The Shadow, therefore, communicates on a primordial
level. In addition to that, it uses images of conscious
memory material, that are saved in the back-room of our psyche. When the Shadow reaches out to us, it’s
a sign that a repressed part of ourselves wants to be integrated despite the blockages
that withhold it from doing so. This ‘reaching out’ can happen in dreams,
as well as in our imagination during waking hours. Thus, dream analysis is one of the tools that
Jung applied, to identify the symbolic images that dreams produce. And the practice of active imagination is
a form of meditation, in which one engages in a dialogue with these images. These methods aren’t without risks, as Jung
speaks of terrifying encounters during his experimentation with his own unconscious. A more straightforward way in which the Shadow
communicates is by psychological projection. This happens when we observe in others what
we repress in ourselves. A consequence of this is an emotional reaction
from the Shadow, which could manifest through harsh judgments and even anger. Ironically, many people aren’t aware that
the behaviors of others that irritate them, most likely hide in themselves as well! These could be all kinds of things, like the
public display of emotions, ‘feminine traits’ in men, ‘masculine traits’ in women, repressed
sexuality, or the desire for a creative outlet. There are many reasons why we’d feel the
need to get rid of these traits. But by repression, we cast them into the Shadow. This may hide them, but that doesn’t mean
that they’re gone. And what’s devoid of light starts to fester
until it becomes a demon that pulls the strings behind the curtain, without us even realizing
it. I quote: It is absolutely essential always to have
our consciousness well enough in hand to pay sufficient attention to our reality, to the
Here and Now. Otherwise, we are in danger of being overrun
by an unconscious which knows nothing of this human world of ours. End quote. So, awareness is the first step in mediating
between Shadow and consciousness. When we confront what lingers in the dark,
we can identify and tear down the barriers that prevent it from integration. As we are engaged in the process of Shadow
Work, we must first understand that the state of entropy for our psyche is wholeness and
total integration. This means that there is already a constant
psychological force pulling us back into a state of conscious integration as our natural
setpoint. And it is only the resistance against wholeness
and integration that creates a barrier to reaching this state of entropy. This is also why meditation is so effective
as a consciousness-work practice, but that’s a topic for a different day. So, to do Shadow Work, we must first find
the parts of ourselves that we are resisting against so that we can understand the nature
of our resistance and eventually unravel that resistance and let down our guard. To find the source or sources of resistance,
and thus the barriers to becoming aware of the repressed aspects of the psyche, we have
only two places that these obstructions can reside: the thoughts and the emotions. The thought-based barriers to consciousness
are things like our self-concept (aka ego), our beliefs, our worldview, our ideals, and
our judgments about ourselves and others. So, to let go of these barriers, we must first
call all of these things into question and see if they are actually based in truth. And perhaps most importantly, we have to dig
into our motives for attaching ourselves to these thought-based barriers to consciousness
in the first place. Finding our motives is a great doorway into
understanding why something is in the Shadow. Now, in my opinion, the easiest thought-based
barrier, to begin with, is to examine our judgments and aversions toward other people. So, if we ever find ourselves propping up
our own identity by internally or externally judging someone else, this is something to
pay attention to and to try to find our deeper motives for this judgment arising. The other place to look for barriers to integration
is in the realm of emotions. When we experience emotions that are too big
for us to process at a given time, it creates trauma. And the trauma response causes the mind-body
complex to work together to keep us unconscious of those emotions to keep us from being overwhelmed
by them. So, if we still have old emotional wounds
that have not been processed or healed, the trauma response of the mind and body will
continue to keep certain memories and parts of the Self repressed away from the light
of consciousness. These barriers to consciousness can be dissolved
through focusing toward processing old traumas and engaging in an emotional exploration of
repressed aspects of the Self. Shadow Work is the umbrella term given to
different methods to achieve Shadow integration. Owning our dark side isn’t a matter of adding
but a matter of subtracting. So, instead of actively bringing back unconscious
aspects into our personalities, we aim for removing the blockages that resist the motions
of entropy, so we embark on the natural flow towards wholeness. Needless to say, this starts with the acknowledgment
that, below the surface of our conscious awareness, there’s indeed a dark side. This video is a product of a collaboration
between Emerald from The Diamond Net and Einzelgänger. If you’re interested in more content about
the Shadow, Jungian psychology, and many other related topics, I’d highly recommend you
check out Emerald’s channel The Diamond net. In the end screen, you’ll find a link to
her playlist with videos about the Shadow. Thank you for watching.

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33 thoughts on “Shadow Work | Owning Your Dark Side (feat. Emerald)”

  1. The Diamond Net says:

    Hi Einzelgänger! Thank you so much for collaborating with me. 🙂

  2. Bennyedgehog says:

    Cheerz pal

  3. Ruth Meunier says:


  4. Noreen Jenny says:

    Interesting !! I will check out The Diamondnet. Thank you ❤

  5. sam b says:

    I never comment at all! But I have to ask, what books from carl young would you recommend reading? He got some dope quotes

  6. Nick Portillo says:

    Shadow work and understanding the principles of the mind completely changed my life forever. It lead me to the path of self realization and allowed me to achieve things I never thought possible.

  7. Ricky toriano Masicampo says:

    D.ark? Devine.ark? Darkness to light

  8. Ricky toriano Masicampo says:

    Brick by brick

  9. Ricky toriano Masicampo says:

    Manage your 17

  10. Ricky toriano Masicampo says:

    dont need special need good

  11. Ricky toriano Masicampo says:

    Simple advice.. Love your shodow the one that will never betray you till death.. Do good with good intention your showdow is the absorber just like god

  12. momichiwa says:

    Excellent explanation. Thank you, Einzelgänger.

  13. Instructor Evan says:

    We all gotta meet the Guardian of the Threshold sooner or later.

  14. Mute Gabriel says:

    Thank you.❤️🌹

  15. Aika Papa says:

    What is the point of discovering, recognizing, accepting, integrating our shadow side if we, then, cannot act on it again? We bring it up from the unconscious but we restrict it once more. Maybe we are conscious of it now, but we are still repressing it. If we realize we all have murderous tendencies for example but we refrain from using them, because we choose to prevent such acts, HOW IS THAT ANY DIFFERENT from before ? They still remain latent. If we are not allowed to use them because of society, although these things like murder and aggression are approved of in NATURE, what is the point then ?

  16. wael dehni says:

    Amazing thank you so much❤️

  17. cookie says:

    map of the soul:7 yall!!!!!

  18. Mateo says:

    Agreed, discovering our Shadow, both individually and collectively is probably the most important thing we can do as a species to avoid our endless, and destructive Tribal cycles of hating on the ebil Other. Though even when we try, the really hard part is HOW to identify our Shadow 'stuff'… which wants to remain hidden by its very nature.

  19. LaifuThe Life says:

    I accept that I'm a bit crazy, does that count being a shadow work and owning my dark side?

  20. The No Self Help Junkie says:

    Amazing content

  21. theunraveler says:

    I find myself disdaining those loud mouth SJWs and trans activists. Like I get it, you are trans, but no need to preach your gospel of transgenderism or try to start confused kids on medications

  22. Bryan Snap says:

    If we are beings that are in fragmentation how can we integrate aspects of our self that hurt ourselves and others ? How can we control not hurting others or ourselves subconciusly? For instance: being in a person's dark side to murder people should that person accept that? Or should that person heal to change it? This is where I get lost, isnt it to try to change it a way to scape from it? Whitch is the oposite to accept it?.

  23. Abdulrahman says:

    You can put Arabic translation please, really please

  24. T. Lee Hepner says:

    I was with you until the weird sexist shit.

  25. casually obsessed says:

    Perfect timing

  26. Steve Rogers says:

    Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows.

  27. Spiritual Anarchist says:

    Can't find a darkside anywhere. So I guess I don't have one.

  28. anonymous reviewer says:

    Not a fan of this girl. She is very boring. Bring back the solo Einzelganger vids, please.

  29. JoannaVa says:

    excellent video.. I really love the cinematic side of it too, its like watching very useful and educational mini documentaries..amazing work. Thank you!

  30. Al3x • says:

    I love this video and the steps you have explained on how to accept your dark side. But recently I have been very interested in Bushido, if it is possible to compare the two concepts of both Bushido and The Human Shadow, I'd love to see a video, concerning the two topics.

  31. Nathaniel Ford says:

    Carl Jung the psychiatrist that in his heart truly wanted to write fiction novels. He literally is just writing a fancy story with scary words, about how people are selfish or altruistic in their decisions. He's taken far too seriously just because he makes it sound more entertaining than what it really is. It's almost as if he has a cultive personality, that makes people feel special.

  32. Tobias Watson says:

    This was incredibly useful and interesting. Thank you.

  33. Dis posable says:

    Man… I found this video just when something about someone started to bother me, and most definitely I got that which annoys me inside…

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