Shadows in Our Bag
Doing shadow work is part of the work we do in the ManKind Project. We look a the parts of us that we repress, deny or hide; the parts that we may not even know are driving us.
As Robert Bly states in his book the A Little Book on the Human Shadow, the shadow is the "the long bag we drag behind us." It is filled with all the things we are told, or choose, to hide or deny about ourselves so we can be in the world as we perceive it to be. We tote it around and sometimes bits get out and take over our life while we are not begin attentive.
Getting to know our shadows helps us bring them out of the bag and into the light where we can honor them and understand their power. Sometimes this can completely defuse their power or it can bring them to a place where we can be more conscious of them and work with them.
We all carry shadows in our bag; how we deal with them makes the difference.