Exploring and Owning The Shadow
Annual Summer Experiential Workshop
Thursday, 14th June, 2012, to Sunday, 17th June, 2012.
Mike O'Halloran and Evelyn P. Gilmore
This workshop provides an opportunity for psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, educators, health care professionals and allied professionals to enhance their awareness of their own Shadow. In addition, as participants gain greater awareness themselves, the workshop will also provide them with new opportunities and greater insight when working with their clients on exploring and owning the shadow. The Shadow, as defined by Carl Jung, consists of the "darker" and more "negative" side of the individual. The parts of ourselves we dislike and those parts which parents, teachers and significant others did not want to see. In addition, the Shadow is synonymous with the personal unconscious, or the part of ourselves which is unknown to us.
A considerable amount of an individual's energy is often expended on suppressing and keeping out of awareness aspects of the Shadow. Much of this suppressed material is projected onto others. But it does not go away. It reappears to challenge us from the outside world. Working with the Shadow, and bringing these aspects into consciousness, leads to more energy and excitement, greater aliveness in the body, an expanded sense of personality, and provides opportunity for greater choice in one's life.
During the four days, participants will be provided with an opportunity to explore the following:
- Exploring and Owning the Shadow
- The Parts of Ourselves which we Hide
- Sexuality and the Shadow
- The People we find Challenging
- How we Project the Shadow onto others
- Personal, Familial, and Societal Influences on our Shadow
- The Shadow and the Body, and how the Shadow becomes embodied
- Releasing the Shadow Energy
- The Creativity of the Shadow
- Integrating the Shadow
- Creating Greater Opportunity for Choice in Life