I liked the short and deep book
Owning Your Own Shadow
by Robert A. Johnson. Itadvances my idea of yin yang balance. One must embrace their shadow. It aids, I’d say,in getting what you want, being authentic, and weeding out undesirable people, placesand things. One thing he writes that is great is that, if one embraces their shadow, theycan also have the most beautiful, powerful parts shown to themselves, and then revealedto the world. I will look more into that.Below are some great parts of the book:The center of the seesaw is the place or enlightenment. To me, this harkens to the centralline of the yin yang circle.It would have been “sheer genius” had Marie Antoinette honored a peasant task likemilking a cow like her refined life, and may have stopped future events.Page 8: “it is more disrupting to find that you have a profound nobility of character thanto find out you are a bum. Of course you are both; but one does not discover these twoelements at the same time." LOLRituals such as sacrifice, bloodletting, fasting and sexual abstinence safeguard the culture by paying out the shadow. We must integrate the shadow in modern times rather thansacrifice. Interesting…Sometimes, the more refined our conscious personality, the deeper or darker our shadow.This may be true, I think, if one is not aware by mediating and working out. IF one never curses, I am suspicious.Children sometimes carry the dark side of creative parents, like the proverbial naughty preacher’s child.Events such as wars, economic crises, etc. represent a repressed shadow.Page 26 The Christian cross was originally balanced horizontally and vertically. Itmobilizes balancing: right, left, high, low. If one can do this, they are catholic or whole.Lucifer was cast away, but we can embrace “him”.People used to be at the mercy of land and more connected to nature and sexuality. Nowin cities (most of us), we are not as much connected.To refuse the dark side may lead to black mood, psychosomatic illness or unconsciouslyinspired accidents.