The power of being aware of the shadow self

Becoming More Whole – The Power of Being Aware of the Shadow Self

DATE: Sunday 13th September 2015
TIME: 10am – 4:30pm
COST: 50 euro or whatever you can afford
VENUE: Knocklane promontory fort, North Sligo
MEETING POINT: Henry’s Restaurant car park, 7 miles out Bundoran Road from Sligo or 1.5 miles from Grange, 9:45am
BOOKING: Peter Devlin 0863663276 or [email protected] before Monday 7th September.

The range of what we think and do
Is limited by what we fail to notice.
And because we fail to notice
That we fail to notice
There is little we can do
To change
Until we notice
How failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.
-Daniel Goleman

Autumn is arriving, signs of dying and harvest, shorter days, schools reopening, a new rhythm developing for many. I welcome you to join me on Sunday Sept 13th to spend a day in the beautiful wild environment of Knocklane Promontory Fort, North Sligo.

The theme for the day will be becoming aware of what we fail to notice about ourselves, what psychologist Carl June named as ‘The Shadow’, the part of us that is composed of those elements of our psyche that are unknown to us. Shadow characteristics can be negative or positive, ways of being that were disowned during childhood by us in order that we could ‘fit in’ to our family and society. These characteristics can shed light on our deepest passions, and possibly help us to see how we have lived a life failing to use our gifts all because we may appear ‘stupid or ridiculous’.
The invitation to us is to retrieve these lost elements and re-integrate them into our lives so that we can live more whole satisfying lives – less afraid, more and more joyful. One example is that we may fail to notice our own rage or sadness, and as a consequence, project rage or sadness onto others; we may experience them as angry with us, or as bringing us down with their pain..

The day will include time to soak in the beauty and welcome afforded by this historical place, a place where people lived availing or the protection and resources of the wild Atlantic ocean on three sides. Time will be given to revising what Bill Plotkin describes as the four facets of the self and how to access them. The second part of the soul day will focus on exercises which will facilitate self-exploration of our Shadow.
There will be opportunity to be alone, to share and listen to fellow humans and to the more-than-human world. As we enter into the rhythm of the landscape we will naturally slow down and experience the joy of sitting still.

Please dress in several layers and bring waterproof jackets and trousers, also good boots, a notebook and pen, possibly some crayons. Please bring lunch and a hot drink. In the event of really poor weather conditions, an indoor venue will be available.

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