Working With Shadow Through Dream Tending

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Myka Hanson


Often Jung's idea of the shadow in depth psychology is generalized as a negative attribute, something to be avoided. A broader understanding of the shadow includes awareness that the shadow is simply what is unseen, what is not in the light. It does not, on its own, have a negative connotation. In dream work, viewing the shadow as unseen can be particularly useful. When an aspect of shadow tries to come forward into the light and into consciousness through a nightmare image, there are four processes a dreamer can use to befriend the image and bring its message to conscious awareness. The four steps, described in detail, include (1) gather allies, (2) gather information, (3) be patient, and (4) bring shadow to light. 

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Myka Hanson. (2020). Working With Shadow Through Dream Tending. The Cohort: Journal of Depth Psychology and Somatic Inquiry, 1(1). Retrieved from