• Josie Coco

Celebrate your shadow

Day 286/366 days Towards Self-Mastery.

Oh Sarah today made me laugh out loud as she reflects on characters that personify our shadow selves, the Absolutely Fabulous Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, Thelma and Louise and our very own Kath and Kim to name a few.

We all have it, a term coined by Carl Jung, a shadow side that he describes as the parts of ourselves that we don't dare show to others, that are distasteful, shameful and negative aspects of our personality. Is there any wonder that mental and emotional health has such a bad rap with that description? I'm sure that was the last thing that Jung expected.

Thank goodness our understanding of our shadow side has deepened somewhat. It's an interesting reflection, a shadow of our selves. To me it's much more than a shadow, and more an embedded programme that is set to auto-run. I guess the intensity of that shadow might be determined by just how much coping with adversity we've had to do.

Our hidden parts are the ones that don't know what to do with themselves. We cruis