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Bringing Your Shadow Out of the Dark: Breaking Free from the Hidden Forces That Drive You

Bringing Your Shadow Out of the Dark: Breaking Free from the Hidden Forces That Drive You


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"Our shadow," teaches Robert Augustus Masters, "is our internal storehouse for the parts of us that we’ve disowned or rejected, or are otherwise keeping in the dark."

Everyone has a shadow, but all too many of us are unaware of it. It holds the feelings and beliefs that we are most ashamed of or cannot accept about ourselves. For some, it may contain unacknowledged anger or grief. For others, pain or fear.

Our shadow contains our unfaced conditioning.

And the more unaware we are of our shadow, the more it influences and controls us.

Based upon Masters's four decades as a psychospiritual therapist and guide, Bringing Your Shadow Out of the Dark invites readers to understand and skillfully work with this rich yet neglected dimension of ourselves.

With depth and clarity, he illuminates the process of meeting our shadow in beneficial ways, and how we can embody a more complete and life-giving experience of who we are.

In this book you’ll discover:

• The nature of our shadow and how to optimally work with it—exploring our conditioning and core shadow elements, including in the domains of shame, fear, aggression, resistance, addiction, death, and spirituality

• How to work with the child within, self-sabotage, narcissism, sexuality, dreams, and other matters deeply influenced by our shadow

• Why turning toward our pain is an essential part of shadow work—making wise use of our pain

• Collective shadow domains we share with family, social groups, political party, or nation—bringing them and their associated traumas into the light

When we uncover and work in-depth with our shadow, we free ourselves from its control and gain the opportunity to put its contents to work for us instead of allowing them to work against us.

Bringing Your Shadow Out of the Dark shows us how to navigate the full terrain of our emotions, drives, needs, and depths of who we are.

Foreword by Lissa Rankin, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure, and The Anatomy of a Calling.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683641513
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 287,259
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Robert Augustus Masters
Robert Augustus Masters, PhD, is an integral psychotherapist, relationship expert, and spiritual teacher whose work blends the psychological and physical with the spiritual, emphasizing embodiment, emotional literacy, and the development of relational maturity. He is the author of fourteen books, including Transformation through Intimacy and Spiritual Bypassing.

Lissa Rankin
Lissa Rankin, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure, and The Anatomy of a Calling, is a physician, speaker, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, and mystic. Passionate about what makes people optimally healthy and what predisposes them to illness, she is on a mission to merge science and spirituality in a way that not only facilitates the health of the individual, but also uplifts the health of the collective. Bridging between seemingly disparate worlds, Lissa is a connector, collaborator, curator, and amplifier, broadcasting not only her unique visionary ideas, but also those of cutting-edge visionaries she discerns and trusts, especially in the field of her latest research into "Sacred Medicine." Lissa has starred in two PBS specials and also leads workshops both online and at retreat centers like Esalen and Kripalu. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and daughter. For more, see LissaRankin.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword Lissa Rankin, MD ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 Meeting our Shadow

1 An Inside Look at Our Shadow 8

2 Our Conditioning 15

3 Our View of Destiny 23

4 Our Fear 27

5 Our Sense of Danger 32

6 Our Anger 38

7 Our Shame 44

8 Our Grief 51

9 Narcissism 55

10 Addiction 59

11 Our Sexuality 63

12 Our Spirituality 71

13 Our Fear of Death 75

14 Our Resistance 84

15 Our Honesty 92

16 Choice 96

17 Evil 100

18 Bigness and Beauty in the Shadow 104

19 The Shadow of Shadow Work 108

Part 2 Working with our Shadow

20 Shadow Work in Practice 116

21 Strengthening the Foundation for Shadow Work 127

22 An Inside Look at Inner Child Work 140

23 Dethroning Our Inner Critic 150

24 Self-Sabotage Uncovered 158

25 Dreams: Private Shadow Theater 168

Part 3 Pain and How to Work with It

26 Becoming More Intimate with Our Pain 176

27 Turning Toward Our Pain 183

28 Naming and Entering Our Pain 187

29 Exploring the Qualities of Pain 194

30 Emerging from Our Pain 204

Part 4 Exploring Shared Shadow

31 Generational Trauma and Collective PTSD in Our Shadow 210

32 Collective Shadow Unveiled 216

CODA "Darkness Unveiled" 227

Acknowledgments 229

About the Author 231

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