Many people awaken in adulthood to a growing desire for greater self-awareness and authenticity and for a deeper intimacy with others, both of which can be achieved with shadow work. We suggest that this awakening desire is part of a natural developmental process that occurs in adults, which has been charted in the transpersonal and spiritual literature. Unlike the transition from adolescence to adulthood, which occurs biologically ad therefore automatically, the transition to greater consciousness must be chosen and then enacted intentionally. For people in mid life, this developmental shift often takes place once again and signals a descent to the underworld, the search for a fresh perspective and a renewal of meaning. ~Connie Zweig
no holy grail, but maybe deeper meaning? what does it mean to dive into the shadow? how can that be welcome and not so frightening? how can the richness of experience speak for itself?
Shake off this sadness, and recover your spirit;
sluggish you will never see the wheel of fate
that brushes you heel as it turns going by,
the man who wants to live is the man in whom life is abundant.
Now you are only giving food to that final pain
which is slowly wining you in the nets of death,
but to live is to work, and the only thing which lasts
is the work; start then, turn to the work.
Throw yourself like seed as you walk, and into your own field,
don’t turn your face for that would be to turn it to death,
and do not let the past weigh down your motion.
Leave what’s alive in the furrow, what’s dead in yourself,
for life does not move in the same way as a group of clouds;
from your work you will be able one day to gather yourself.
~Miguel De Unamuno
Be thirsty Heart, seek forever without rest.
Let this soundless longing hidden deep inside you
be the source of every word you say.