Working With Shadow Material

Some ideas to help you better identify and work with (withdraw) shadow material.

You may often be fascinated by finding images seen in the shapes and textures of clouds. Is that the profile of Gandhi or a rabbit? The well-known Rorschach inkblot psychological test works in this manner. How do you get from that cluster of clouds or blob of ink to a distinct image?

When unrecognizable images are shown to you, your conscious mind cannot logically figure them out. In order to make sense of the image you use ideas that emerge mainly from your unconscious in a process in shadow work therapy called projection. The author Anaïs Nin’s succinctly described projection: "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."

For more ...  Working with Shadow Projection

Diane Hancox is a counsellor & psychotherapist in Parksville, BC. Through insightful, soul-based sessions & online courses, Diane helps people manage trauma and find meaning in life. Author of "Soul Reflections: Living a More Conscious & Meaningful Life."