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By Robert Bly

A paperback reissue from the bestselling writer of "Iron John." A "penetrating and wonderful little quantity that sheds new gentle at the Shadow. . . . A clean and excessive language and symbols for describing the unrevealed."--Joan Halifax, former president, The Ojai starting place

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Many young American men and women in the last twenty years have projected their spiritual guide onto an Asian guru; that projection lasts a while, and then starts to rattle. Perhaps a student hears that his or her guru is sleeping with young girls, or buying Rolls-Royces by the dozen. An ashram of disciples may live for years in the anguish of the second stage. What is the second stage like in our projections onto our children? A sort of history of child-rearing in Germany in the nineteenth century came out recently called For Your Own Good, 32 written by Alice Miller.

We all know a lot about giving away our power, but in this talk we will discuss ways of getting those given-away powers back. We will follow the adventures of a man who has given his witch away, and a woman who has given her giant or tyrant 29 away. But the process of giving and reabsorbing projected substances is similar for all the qualities we have scattered out into the world, whether projected on people of the other sex, on children, on parents, on teachers, on races, or on nations. I’ll suggest, then, five stages, beginning with the stage in which the psyche has sent the unwelcome power out and it is successfully projected.

Then the kissing of the bread is very beautiful, I’m not sure why. It doesn’t accuse the bread of being wicked, or the child, and the act is spontaneous, decisive, and full of true authority and genuine grief. ” 41 So the person who has eaten his shadow spreads calmness, and shows more grief than anger. If the ancients were right that darkness contains intelligence and nourishment and even information, then the person who has eaten some of his or her shadow is more energetic as well as more intelligent.

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