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About Shadow Work:

"Before my Mankind Project weekend, I hadn't put a name to the shadow concept in my life; I thought that if I pushed hard enough at ignoring the negative and embracing the positive that I could eventually create an idyllic life. The thought of creating an acceptance of my dark side, my shadow world, was a betrayal of the highest order.

I can see now that I was misdirected in this.

I was terribly afraid of my shadow because no one had ever shown me the tools I could use to look at it or even name it, to bring these energies out in front of me where I could see them and understand them, accept them and work with them as part of my energetic patterns.

Understanding this was when the Chinese symbol of yin yang finally made sense. It had been staring me in the face for years and I never thought deeper than the concept of duality whenever I saw it: Dark/Light, Male/Female, Hot/Cold. It all crystallized when I realized that it wasn't about duality, it was about  "...complementary opposites that interact within a greater whole, as part of a dynamic system." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yin_and_yang)

I look at this painting as something of a self portrait. There is a very clear interplay between the light (eyes & face) and shadow (screaming face). There is also a raven, which seems to be showing up very strongly lately and has the energy of wisdom and accountability. There is fire, which speaks of cleansing and finally there is the indigo/violet spectrum which feels like an expression of generally higher frequency energy."