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Romancing the Shadow: A Guide to Soul Work for a Vital, Authentic Life Paperback – February 2, 1999
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"This book is a great help to anyone trying to tune in and listen to the voice of the soul. At last, a practical mysticism!"
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"A compelling, evocative book that brilliantly elucidates the shadow in straightforward language. Shadow-work is our greatest challenge to becoming a global village."
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"A consummate and timely work . . . An exciting entry into the growing literature on the dark side of the soul. There is deep wisdom and nourishment here."
--New Age Journal
"Romancing the Shadow enables you to peel away the layers of your soul and get in touch with the purity of Being that lies within you."
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social mask we wear every day, we have a hidden shadow side: an impulsive, wounded, sad, or isolated part that we generally try to ignore, but which can erupt in hurtful ways. As therapists Connie Zweig and Steve Wolf show in this landmark book, the shadow can actually be a source of emotional richness and vitality, and acknowledging it can be a pathway to healing and an authentic life. "Romancing the shadow"--meeting your dark side, beginning to understand its unconscious messages, and learning to use its powerful energies in productive ways--is the challenging and exciting soul work that Zweig and Wolf offer in this practical, rewarding guide.
Drawing on the timeless teachings of Carl Jung and compelling stories from their clinical practices, Zweig and Wolf reveal how the shadow guides your choices in love, sex, marriage, friendship, work, and family life. With their innovative method, you can uncover the unique patterns and purpose of your shadow and learn to defuse negative
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These two books helped me understand the shadow - what it is, how it is created, myths surrounding it, how to acknowledge it and not run away.
Everyone of us has shadow material, unconscious material, that we avoid time and time again. When we come to that point where we are called to explore the shadow, Romancing the Shadow would be one of the first I would recommend.
A friend introduced me to a chapter in it on relationships. I read that, found it deep and provocative, and ordered the book. I've only read about 100 pages. And I've spent hours working with the questions, with the ideas, hours romancing my own shadow. It's not easy. It is difficult. It does not have an end to it, a 5-step or 12-step process. I think it becomes lifelong, daily work, if we want to really discover who we are. All the parts of ourselves that we couldn't be, are there for us to look at. But it takes guidance. This book provides that.
Great book for all types of readers. If you want a thorough but quick read, then skip all of the engaging questions. If you want to get the most out of the book then take your time & really work with the questions. You decide what & how much you want out of the book based on how much you put into the whole process.
Not a substitute for a Jungian therapist, but a potentially powerful aid for people who want "to invite an unknown stranger [their shadow] to come out of the darkness, to make itself available for conscious relationship."
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