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The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self (2009)

Debbie Ford , Marianne Williamson , Scott Cervine  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Debbie Ford, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, James Van Praagh, Mark Victor Hansen
  • Directors: Scott Cervine
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Debbie Ford Films and Hay House, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2009
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ACJ3EU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,462 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

Be uplifted by the power that is hidden beneath the surface of your conscious mind. Take this emotionally gripping, visually compelling journey into your mysterious shadow self the hiding place for your most disliked thoughts, emotions, and impulses and discover how by embracing your worst fears, you can step into your greatest self. Be transformed by Debbie Ford, the #1 New York Times best-selling author and internationally acclaimed expert on the human shadow, as well as some of the most brilliant and evolutionary thinkers of the 21st century. Be inspired to uncover the wisdom in your wounds, the blessings in your misfortunes, and the gifts that are waiting to be claimed where you may least expect them . . . in the dark. If shadows could talk, they would tell you that there is gold to be mined in every experience.

About the Actor

Debbie Ford is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, Spiritual Divorce, and The Secret of the Shadow, among many other works. As a writer, teacher, coach, and speaker, she has an uncanny and unique ability to see beyond the mask and the false personas that we all wear and because of this, she has earned the right to be known as one of our greatest teachers.

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed June 15, 2009
A powerful and profound film that documents how our personal and collective shadows influence our lives. Intense and thought provoking, I felt this film explores our world through the len of the shadow and leaves us looking at the roots of our world's problems. It offers hope in showing us the power we have access to if we are willing to deal with our shadow self. If you are interested in moving foward in your spiritual life and shifting consciousness, I highly recommend seeing this film. It is a must for anyone wanting to undestand the struggle they feel inside themselves between their greatness and feeling completely unworthy and undeserving of love and good things.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shadow Effect- a must see movie June 15, 2009
This is the best movie of its genre I have seen. It speaks to a topic that is so appropriate to the times we are in and covers it straight forward, to the point. What makes this movie stand out even further from other "transformational" movies, is that it offers clear and concise real life examples and provides the viewer with tools and ways to apply the principles in their life and their world.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Keep A Good Beachball Down! June 16, 2009
There is one scene in The Shadow Effect that says it all - a swimmer tries to keep several beach balls under water, only to have them pop up, and hit her in the face. This explosive message illustrates the point of the movie. From start to finish, fascinating scenarios address some common hypocrisies that make life difficult and exhausting. The film exposes and explains, in riveting visuals and inspired dialogue, how we can revisit our experiences and learn from them rather than begrudge them. And on a grander scale, it takes on global implications, highlighting unforgettable personalities who speak of issues not often featured in Hollywood - compassion and forgiveness. Never has a "How To" piece been this engaging. You'll want to see The Shadow Effect with family and friends, again and again. I highly recommend it.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You're Buying an Infomercial, Not the Course March 9, 2011
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Hi, I am passionate about personal development, so I bought this DVD thinking I was getting something that would help me deal with my shadow self. What really upset me was that it glossed over the topic and did nothing to show us how to actually deal with the shadow other than very general advice like "forgive yourself." Then it says at the end to go to the to learn more and it takes you to a $149 course! It's a slick and engaging "documentary" but I really just paid $20 for an infomercial. Would never have expected this from Debbie Ford, Deepak Choprah and Marianne Williamson. I have read the positive reviews on this DVD and am appalled by how gullible people are when they see famous names. Yes this is an important topic, which is why I bought the DVD, but it's just an emotional and inspiring advertisement to get you motivated to do the expensive course.
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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unsettling in several ways July 21, 2009
By Hipster
I found this movie, while enlightening and thought provoking on several points, to be somewhat unsettling after thinking about it for a while. It is in essence, an infomercial, containing only about 15 minutes worth of meaningful insight. It explains the shadow concept, but leaves you hanging, wanting to know more about how to tap into and learn from it. This of course can be done by visiting the website and buying the interactive dvd, courses, etc.

What I found more disturbing was the political slant that it took. It made sure to chastise certain public figures and celebrate others, which I found tasteless and unnecessary. Even more dangerous, and yes I say dangerous, is the underlying denotation that if someone is against something, deep inside they are guilty of said thing.

The implications of the above are quite contradictory to the lesson which I believe the teachers wish to convey, yet the messages are clear. These themes in the movie could definitely be taken in several different ways.

Overall the movie has left me perplexed, and somewhat disappointed in the spiritual leaders that I have looked to for so many years. Perhaps someone has sold out.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie September 16, 2009
...but where's the meat?

I was more than a little disappointed to see that after you spend the $25 on the movie you are offered (what appears to be) another DVD with the practical application of the work for another $25 - and you get another copy of the movie that you can "gift" to a friend.
Why couldn't I get the complete package to begin with?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed September 27, 2011
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I am a big fan of Depak and of Debbie Ford. Although this movie contained some interesting ideas and information there was no resolution. Yes we all have a shadow side and now can identify it but what to do about it if you want to live a full, joyous, free life? Well, according to this documentary you take Debbie Fords workshop. This movie felt like a giant advertisement. I was debating about getting the book but now dont think I will.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars lmportant Message, Little content December 28, 2009
As you might guess from my title, the message is important and true while you don't get much from the movie. I was so expectantly waiting to see the movie to the point I wanted to purchase it. Fortunately I waited and got it from the library. The whole message is expressed in the trailer and for the rest is infomercial for Debbie Ford's courses. You would be better off buying any of her books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie very informative.
Published 7 days ago by ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
This was an absolutely fabulous video. Highly recommend for self awareness and improvement. Make sure to have tissues handy when viewing :)
Published 10 months ago by melissa hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow Work Works!
This DVD provides a thought-provoking and entertaining introduction to the concept of shadow work. The term "shadow" was coined by Carl Jung to describe the parts of ourselves that... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Fran Fusco
2.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Was more of a DVD on what to look for in the darkness, not a guide as I thought it would be.
Published 13 months ago by Mark V. Peterson
2.0 out of 5 stars waste of money!
This was a total waste of money. It does talk about what the "shadow" is but does not talk about how to deal with it or what to do about it all. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Janie
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational but lacking
I loved this video, I first saw it in a shadow workshop event and knew I would buy it immediately. The only problem is, it doesn't really explain HOW to move through the shadow. Read more
Published 18 months ago by CHS
1.0 out of 5 stars Too many errors in logic...too many errors regarding various people...
I agree completely with understanding your shadow self...and I completely agree with accepting yourself in all aspects of your being... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Functional Medicine Center
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Shadows
We all (individually and collectively) suffer from internal conflict, sometimes walking in sunlight...sometimes in darkness...most often somewhere in between. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sage A
5.0 out of 5 stars Really like!~
Really like!~..........The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self!~...........Very interesting concepts... Read more
Published on December 20, 2011 by DonnaSays
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