Carl Jung and the Undiscovered Self

Written by Barry Beck

Robert A. Johnson has written about the unconscious and unexpected sources of our being of which we have little cognizance. He writes in his book, Owning Your Own Shadow, "One such unexpected source is our own shadow, that dumping ground for all those characteristics of our personality that we disown. These disowned parts are extremely valuable and cannot be disregarded. ...our shadow is immediately - and embarrassingly - ever present. To honor and accept one's own shadow is a profound spiritual discipline. It is whole-making and thus holy and the most important experience of a lifetime."

The shadow contains an underlying truth and has a powerful cathartic effect. It's also related to aspects supporting the thesis of therapeutic usefulness of fairy tales and myths leading to the heart of darkness and shadow, and the unknown.

These two articles represent my explanations of the subject:

A Jungian Analysis of Shakespeare's Tempest

Ancient Archetypes and Modern Manifestations

These related thoughts were inspired by Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming
by Stephen LaBerge and Howard Rheingold:

The Uses of Lucid Dreaming