January 2019

What does Jung mean by ‘the Shadow’ and why did he find it to be of essential importance to encounter our shadow and to integrate it? Also, how does Jung’s concept of Shadow relate to our present times?

One of C.G. Jung’s most foundational psychological concepts concerns the reality of the shadow, both at the personal as well as the deeper, collective level. He held that to encounter and accept “the thing we have no wish to be” (CW 16, §470), is fundamental to the process of individuation, to becoming whole. Jung believed that “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.”

In this lecture, Judith addresses these questions and will illuminate for us how the Shadow is formed, how it influences our lives, and how we may come to recognize or encounter the Shadow. She also shares how “Shadow work” can help us to integrate these aspects of ourselves in the service of individuation, both as individuals and on the collective level. Judith will ground Jung’s theory in experience by sharing a real life example of how one individual engaged her shadow and used artwork and images to come to terms with her Shadow, and how doing so opened up new creative vistas in her life.

Judith Dowling is a Zürich trained Jungian analyst with a private practice in Victoria, B.C. She has lectured in Canada and internationally. She is currently president of the Jung Society of Victoria. Her article: Lost Voices of the Feminine: The Song of Miriam Arises is published in the Spring, 2018 edition of the Jung Journal, Culture and Psyche.