Many readers may have heard the concepts of our shadows, projections, the dark night of the soul and Egregores, but not everybody may truly understand what these concepts actually mean, be they on a personal level, and – more importantly- in the context of our current planetary situation, on the level of humanity. Let’s go through these concepts one by one.
The famous Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung identified the shadow as a psychological archetype. He said that archetypes represent society’s collective unconscious and they are in common with all humans of all cultures, throughout all times. One archetype is the Persona. It consists of typical behavioral patterns usually linked to a persons’ profession. It’s a mask. It’s how we portray ourselves in public. The function is to hide undesirable aspects of ourselves; we hide them even from ourselves and thus create our shadow.