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Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche by Robert A. Johnson
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“Though no one notices at the time, in-loveness obliterates the humanity of the beloved. One does a curious kind of insult to another by falling in love with him, for we are really looking at our own projection of God, not at the other person. If two people are in love, they tread on star dust for a time and live happily ever after—that is so long as this experience of divinity has obliterated time for them. Only when they come down to earth do they have to look at each other realistically and only then does the possibility of mature love exist. If one person is in love and the other not, the cooler one is likely to say, "We would have something better between us if you would look at me rather than at your image of me.”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
“The message is unmistakable; our own healing proceeds from that overlap of what we call good and evil, light and dark. It is not that the light element alone does the healing; the place where light and dark begin to touch is where miracles arise. This middle place is a mandorla.”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
“To consent to paradox is to consent to suffering that which is greater than the ego. The religious experience lies exactly at that point of insolubility where we feel we can proceed no further. This is an invitation to that which is greater than one's self.”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
“If you can touch your shadow—within form—and do something out of your ordinary pattern, a great deal of energy will flow from it.”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
“Whenever you have a clash of opposites in your being and neither will give way to the other (the bush will not be consumed and the fire will not stop), you can be certain that God is present. We dislike this experience intensely and avoid it at any cost; but if we can endure it, the conflict-without-resolution is a direct experience of God. A”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
“Culture can only function if we live out the unwanted elements symbolically. All healthy societies have a rich ceremonial life. Less healthy ones rely on unconscious expressions: war, violence, psychosomatic illness, neurotic suffering, and accidents are very low-grade ways of living out the shadow. Ceremony and ritual are a far more intelligent means of accomplishing the same thing. Ceremonies”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
“We are presently dealing with the accumulation of a whole society that has worshiped its light side and refused the dark, and this residue appears as war, economic chaos, strikes, racial intolerance. The front page of any newspaper hurls the collective shadow at us.”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
“If you wish to give your children the best possible gift, the best possible entry into life, remove your shadow from them. To give them a clean heritage, psychologically speaking, is the greatest legacy.”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
“It is not the monsters of the world who make such chaos but the collective shadow to which every one of us has contributed.”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
“Parrots learn profanity more easily than common phrases since we utter our curses with so much vigor. The parrot doesn’t know the meaning of these words, but he hears the energy invested in them. Even animals can pick up on the power we have hidden in the shadow!”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
“Heaven and skid row are separated only by an act of consciousness.”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
“The tendency to see one’s shadow “out there” in one’s neighbor or in another race or culture is the most dangerous aspect of the modern psyche. It has created two devastating wars in this century and threatens the destruction of all the fine achievements of our modern world. We all decry war but collectively we move toward it. It is not the monsters of the world who make such chaos but the collective shadow to which every one of us has contributed.”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
“To fall in love is to project the most noble and infinitely valuable part of one’s being onto another human being (..) the divinity we see in others is truly there, but we don’t have the right to see it until we have taken away our own projections. (..) in-loveness obliterates the humanity of the beloved. One does a curious kind of insult to another by falling in love with him, for we are really looking at our own projection of God, not at the other person.”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
“Culture can only function if we live out the unwanted elements symbolically. All healthy societies have a rich ceremonial life. Less healthy ones rely on unconscious expressions: war, violence, psychosomatic illness, neurotic suffering, and accidents are very low-grade ways of living out the shadow. Ceremony and ritual are a far more intelligent means of accomplishing the same thing.”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
“You can give another person a precious gift if you will allow him to talk without contaminating his speech with your own material.”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
“Researchers estimate that in an average family household, twenty-eight servants would be needed to accomplish only one part of the work that is taken care of by our mechanical aids. What a wonderful age!”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
“Culture takes away the simple human in us, but gives us more complex and sophisticated power. One can make a forceful argument that children should not be subjected to this division too soon or they will be robbed of childhood; they should be allowed to remain in the Garden of Eden until they are strong enough to stand the cultural process without being broken by it. This strength comes at different ages for different individuals and it requires a keen eye to know when children are ready to adapt to the collective life of a society.”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
“To fall in love is to project the most noble part of one’s being onto another human being (..) the divinity we see in others is truly there, but we don’t have the right to see it until we have taken away our own projections. (..) in-loveness obliterates the humanity of the beloved. One does a curious kind of insult to another by falling in love with him, for we are really looking at our own projection of God, not at the other person.”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
“I had a dream which both frightened and encouraged me. It was night in some unknown place, and I was making slow and painful headway against a mighty wind. Dense fog was flying along everywhere. I had my hands cupped around a tiny light which threatened to go out at any moment. Everything depended on my keeping this little light alive. Suddenly I had the feeling that something was coming up behind me. I looked back, and saw a gigantic black figure following me. But at the same moment I was conscious in spite of my terror, that I must keep my little light going through night and wind, regardless of all dangers. When I awoke I realized at once that the figure was my own shadow on the swirling mists, brought into being by the little light I was carrying. I knew too that this little light was my consciousness, the only light I have. Though infinitely small and fragile in comparison with the powers of darkness, it is still a light, my only light.*”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
“It is an inexorable law that no characteristic can be discarded;”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
“I had a dream which both frightened and encouraged me. It was night in some unknown place, and I was making slow and painful headway against a mighty wind. Dense fog was flying along everywhere. I had my hands cupped around a tiny light which threatened to go out at any moment. Everything depended on my keeping this little light alive. Suddenly I had the feeling that something was coming up behind me. I looked back, and saw a gigantic black figure following me. But at the same moment I was conscious in spite of my terror, that I must keep my little light going through night and wind, regardless of all dangers. When I awoke I realized at once that the figure was my own shadow on the swirling mists, brought into being by the little light I was carrying. I knew too that this little light was my consciousness, the only light I have. Though infinitely small and fragile in comparison with the powers of darkness, it is still a light, my only light.* Jung had gone through a highly refined enculturating process, from his childhood in a rigid Swiss Protestant home to the severe discipline of his medical training.”
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche