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THE SHADOW’S GIFT BY ROBIN ROBERTSON: A Book Exploration With April Barrett

  • Wednesday, April 01, 2020
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020
  • 5 sessions
  • Wednesday, April 01, 2020, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Wednesday, April 08, 2020, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Jung Society Library, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
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Five Wednesdays 

From the backmatter:

There is no change that doesn't begin in the darkness of the human soul.  The necessity for the confrontation with the Shadow has been known by all cultures in all times and recorded in their myths and legends.  When the obligation to become whole is laid upon an individual, the first task he must undertake is to confront his Shadow.  The Shadow's Gift is about the Shadow within each of us and why we must each join with our shadow, the archetype of darkness and evil, in order to become whole.  This heroic process is crucial as the projection or denial of the Shadow twists its true meaning into a destructive, counter-evolutionary force.  Owning and integrating our shadow allows its transformation within us and within the world.

The Shadow is a paradox.  Whereas it initially appears to us as loathsome and despicable, it also contains future potentialities for development, which Robin Robertson describes from the perspective of the Shadow’s inherent potential good of and its ability to assist us in our development toward individuation.

Robin Robertson draws from stories of real people's lives, the Bible, fairy tales and legends, modern fiction, Jung’s writing, and his own experiences.  His writing is intimate and accessible, and his insights and wisdom are conveyed in anecdotal and easy-to-understand language with clarity and depth.

Reading:  The Shadow’s Gift by Robin Robertson

April Barrett is in service to the dissemination of Jung's thought through her participation and training with the Creative Initiative Foundation, the Guild for Psychological Studies, and the Jung Society of Washington, for which she is program co-director and president of the board.


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