Your Shadow Lives In Your Body

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The Body AS Shadow

 

“We carry our past with us, to wit, the primitive and inferior man with his desires and emotions, and it is only with an enormous effort that we can detach ourselves from this burden.  If it comes to a neurosis, we invariably have to deal with a considerably intensified shadow.  And if such a person wants to be cured it is necessary to find a way in which his conscious personality and his shadow can live together.”  Carl Jung: CW:11, p. 12

The old beliefs, the old lies, the old rigidity reeks havoc on our bodies. By taking inventory on these bodily manifestations, we might be able to build a new and more open body for our soul’s infusion into self.   We come to this planet through an intense energy of light vibration and as we incarnate and get closer to the earth, the magnetic field gets dense;  the thought forms manifest. Lo and behold! we land on this earth in physical form, taking on, within our bodies all the beliefs and grounded interactions that are on this planet; all the paradigms, the belief systems, the families, the personalities, the governmental and cultural structures, the place which houses our bodies…we take all of it into our body ..and then we begin processing this persona in this life.  Our body holds all of what we are and what we are to become, and reveals itself by our own relationship to it.

 We are always in a state of learning, feeling, sensing, intuiting, that which our body is telling us. What is your body telling you?  In our work with others, therapeutically, we develop dialogues within the body, which, eventually will be exemplified on this site, but until then, let’s look at the psychological processes by which we learn more about our shadows as they are reflected in our bodies, the buried periphery in our personal unconscious.

I am going to go over some general meanings regarding body armor and body shadow energy. The SHADOW is that part of you which is reflected in your relationships, projections, high energy involvements, and seems to always slip past your  energy boundaries  into your body when not processed. The body creates the actual MIRROR of your body as a temple of worship so that you have to pay attention and maintain some vigilant disciplines about the care and nurturing of your own body. After I go through these general meanings of character armor, much of which I learned through the study of Wilhelm Reich, Fritz Perls, and Alexander Lowen, but mostly just through my psychic intuition, and a alchemical approach to all of the leading psychologies.

We manifest in our bodies the following symptoms so that we can learn how to deal with this dense planet and get past the process in order to become more aware and conscious, as well as ‘response able’ to our authenticity.

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The head is the part of us that is caught up in logos, thinking, intellect, analyzing and many of us operate totally from our heads trying to make sense of all that comes to us and from us. Even as I am writing this, my head is using up all its oxygenation and I am not focusing on breathing into my head to prevent headaches…too much energy focused in one area for any length of time, will create stagnation in that area, due to no oxygen. Headaches and more head injuries create a need to get out of our minds and into our bodies..

The speech mechanisms in the throat and all around the chest area can create such blocks as laryngitis, polyps, our children who have speech defects because we have not learned to communicate our truths. Yes, even our children manifests our ‘denial of body’. Sometimes the lessons have to be given with a 2 X 4 over the head in the form of our progeny.

Our hearts get blocked, big time, due to our inability to love self, others, without limitation, judgment, and willingness to receive love and nurturance. Many people think that it is a matter of action of loving. I see it as a shutting down to receiving love unconditionally. Our inability to receive touch, care, love….all of this shuts the heart down to a screeching halt.  This is reflected in pains on the left side of the body as well as the lack of circulation and mobility at that level.

Our stomachs are loaded with the unexpressed anger .the abandonment of the mother or the unavailability of the mother/nurturance. The lactose intolerance..because we were fed with attachment and with the toxicity of the mother’s attachment or abandoning, both creating the same polarity. The over mothering is just as abandoning of the child as the mother who leaves her child on the doorstep of the ‘other’.

Our pelvises and sexual chakras are the seat of kundalini..and shock us into action through frustration, through charisma, through magnetic chemistry between us and others. The planet is going through major shifts of sexual energy and how we use it. This energy is pristine and we put thoughts/feelings/emotional dramas on this energy so that we can source our more intense selves. We refuse to own our male/female authentically. We don’t want to look in the face of our husbands, wives, and lovers, and say… He/She is ME ..I am having a sexual relationship with myself, so we manifest all kinds of problems in our genitalia.

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I have mentioned a few of the areas that hold our shadows, parts of self that we project on others ‘to hold’ until such time as we can hold the energy as self, consciously and fully, becoming healthy physically so that we can live longer more fulfilled lives. 

Becoming fully conscious of our shadows requires other disciplines that are necessary so that we don’t bury ourselves in our own conscious self. Jung once warned:  “If you imagine someone who is brave enough to withdraw all his projections, then you get an individual who is conscious of a pretty thick shadow. Such a man has saddled himself with new problems and conflicts.  He has become a serious problem to himself, as he is now unable to say that they do this or that, they are wrong, and they must be fought against.  He lives in the “House of the Gathering.”  Such a man knows that whatever is wrong in the world is in himself, and if he only learns to deal with his own shadow he has done something real for the world.  He has succeeded in shouldering at least an infinitesimal part of the gigantic, unsolved social problems of our day.” Carl Jung, CW 11: p. 140.

Self Awareness: Self-Observation, Self-Rememering

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“one of the fundamental characteristics of man’s attitude towards himself and to all his surroundings [is] namely, his constant ‘identification’ with what at a given moment has attracted his attention, his thoughts or his desires, and his imagination.

” ‘Identification’ is so common a quality that for purposes of observation it is difficult to separate it from everything else. Man is always in a state of identification, only the object of identification changes.

“A man identifies with a small problem which confronts him and he completely forgets the great aims with which he began his work. He identifies with one thought and forgets other thoughts; he is identified with one feeling, with one mood, and forgets his own wider thoughts, emotions, and moods. In work on themselves people are so much identified with separate aims that they fail to see the wood for the trees. Two or three trees nearest to them represent for them the whole wood.

“‘Identifying’ is one of our most terrible foes because it penetrates everywhere and deceives a man at the moment when it seems to him that he is struggling with it. It is especially difficult to free oneself from identifying because a man naturally becomes more easily identified with the things that interest him most, to which he gives his time, his work, and his attention. In order to free himself from identifying a man must be constantly on guard and be merciless with himself, that is, he must not be afraid of seeing all the subtle and hidden forms which identifying takes.

 “It is necessary to see and to study identifying to its very roots in oneself. The difficulty of struggling with identifying is still further increased by the fact that when people observe it in themselves they consider it a very good trait and call it ‘enthusiasm,’ ‘zeal,’ ‘passion,’ ‘spontaneity,’ ‘inspiration,’ and names of that kind, and they consider that only in a state of identifying can a man really produce good work, no matter in what sphere. In reality of course this is illusion.

  “Man cannot do anything sensible when he is in a state of identifying. If people could see what the state of identifying means they would alter their opinion. A man becomes a thing, a piece of flesh; he loses even the small semblance of a human being that he has. In the East where people smoke hashish and other drugs it often happens that a man becomes so identified with his pipe that he begins to consider he is a pipe himself. This is not a joke but a fact. He actually becomes a pipe. This is identifying. And for this, hashish or opium are entirely unnecessary. Look at people in shops, in theaters, in restaurants; or see how they identify with words when they argue about something or try to prove something, particularly something they do not know themselves. They become greediness, desires, or words; of themselves nothing remains.

  “Identifying is the chief obstacle to self-remembering. A man who identifies with anything is unable to remember himself. In order to remember oneself it is necessary first of all not to identify. But in order to learn not to identify man must first of all not be identified with himself, must not call himself ‘I’ always and on all occasions. He must remember that there are two in him, that there is himself, that is ‘I’ in him, and there is another with whom he must struggle and whom he must conquer if he wishes at any time to attain anything. So long as a man identifies or can be identified, he is the slave of everything that can happen to him. Freedom is first of all freedom from identification.”

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Shadow Work

Online Classes

Be sure to look at our Online Webinars where we teach and facilitate online interactive groups through theosophical.org/online-programs.

Our latest!

Memories, Dreams and Reflections: A Personal Journey with C. G. Jung

Part I: An Introduction to Jung: His history, His Psychology and His Mysticism

Facilitators: Gwynne Mayer, Sy Ginsburg and Weyler Greene

Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central Time

April 4 – May 23 (8 Classes)

Carl JungCarl Jung helped change the face of psychology by integrating the Soul and Spirit. Embark on an in-depth study of Carl Jung’s contributions to the field of psychology through his autobiography Memories, Dreams, Reflections. As we read through this masterful work, we will look at how he influenced our understanding of dreams. We will also explore the areas of mysticism that Jung so privately adhered to in order to work through his own journal, The Red Book. Join Gwynne, Sy, and Weyler in an exciting adventure into our own synchronistic study.

Seymour (Sy) Ginsburg, JD, was a 19 year pupil of Sri Madhava Ashish. He is the author and editor of the textbook An Open Window: Dream as Everyman’s Guide to the Spirit (Penguin, 2007). He has been a member of the Theosophical Society for 38 years.

Dr. Weyler Greene is the Evanston C.G. Jung Center analyst-in-residence and a clinical consultant at the June Singer Clinic. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA and is a graduate of the Jung Institute of Los Angeles. Dr. Greene has taught at the California Graduate Institute, Los Angeles; Antioch University, LA Campus; and the Los Angeles Jung Institute.

Gwynne Mayer, MA, has thirty years of post-graduate work in the areas of Jungian analysis, Gestalt therapy, child psychology focusing on autism/schizophrenia, and educational leadership. She has studied with Dr. Ruth Fry, Murray Stein, James Hillman, June Singer and many of those highly regarded in the Jungian Community.

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Outline of 8 week class on MEMORIES DREAMS AND REFLECTIONS

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Spiritual Astrology: Timing and Change

with Gwynne Mayer

Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Central time

April 19 – June 7 (8 Weeks)

Gwynne-MayerEmbark on a spiritual study of astrology and the importance of timing in your astrological charts, and learn how timing affects our personal destinies. The connection to Karma will be discussed at length in this series, using the class time for a personal look at each chart as we connect to our missions in life and our destinies. This course will focus on how to counsel others and work with the information in your own personal natal, progressed and transited chart to attain a higher order of spiritual development. Gwynne Mayer will teach you how to use the timing of each of the planets as they revolve and evolve to reach your mission and some of the obstacles caused by karmic conditions along the road to spiritual initiation.

Gwynne Mayer, MA, has thirty years of post-graduate work in the areas of Jungian analysis, Gestalt therapy, child psychology focusing on autism/schizophrenia, ans educational leadership. She has studied the works of Blavatsky, Alice Bailey, Rudolph Steiner and GI Gurdjieff for over 45 years and has studied astrology from some of the best teachers including Isabelle Hickey, Dane Rudhyar, Gret Baum (Jung’s daughter), Liz Greene and many others. Gwynne’s focus is on the understanding of what makes us tick!

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The Secret Doctrine: The Birth of Humanity

with Pablo Sender

For the convenience of participants in different time zones, each class will be available live at two different times. In addition, all classes are recorded. Any registered student can watch them at any time.

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central time (4:30 – 6:00 p.m. UTC)
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Central time (Wednesday 1:00 – 2:30 a.m. UTC)

May 23 – June 27 (6 classes)

Pablo SenderThe Secret Doctrine was H. P. Blavatsky’s magnum opus and became a foundational contribution to modern esoteric philosophy. The core of this work is the “Stanzas of Dzyan,” a collection of secret aphorisms that describe the development of the universe and humanity from an esoteric point of view. In this series Pablo Sender will explore the birth of humanity on Earth as it is described on Stanza VII of the first volume and selected passages from the second volume of The Secret Doctrine.

Pablo Sender, Ph.D., became a member of the Theosophical Society in his native Argentina and has presented Theosophical lectures, seminars, and classes in India, Spain, England, and the three Americas. His articles, in Spanish and English, have been published in several Theosophical journals. Learn more at his Web site: pablosender.wordpress.com

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Inner Transformation through Yoga in the Bhagavad Gita

with Ravi Ravindra

Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Central time, USA*

June 3-24 (4 classes)

Ravi RavindraIf there is one lesson from all the scriptures and all the sages, it is this: As long as I remain the way I am, I cannot come to the Truth (or God or Brahman). Explore the various yogas taught by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, a classic of Yoga, for inner transformation. This course will be based on The Bhagavad Gita: A Guide to Navigating the Battle of Life by Ravi Ravindra (Shambhala Publications, April 2017).

Ravi Ravindra is an author and professor emeritus at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he served as professor in comparative religion, philosophy and physics. A lifetime member of the Theosophical Society, Ravi has taught many courses in The School of the Wisdom in Adyar and at the Krotona Institute in Ojai, Calif. He was a member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, a fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla, and the founding director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge. For more information visit www.ravindra.ca.

*Nova Scotia: noon to 1:00 p.m., England: 4:00–5:00 p.m., rest of Europe: 5:00-6:00 p.m., India: 8:30-9:30 p.m.

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Ongoing Groups

Mahatma Letters Reading and Discussion Group

Co-facilitators: Pablo Sender, Fiona Odgren, and Sy Ginsburg

Monday,  10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Central Time, Ongoing

Mahatma Letters

From 1880 to 1885, H. P. Blavatsky’s teachers, Mahatmas Koot Hoomi and Morya, engaged in an extraordinary body of correspondence with two influential British men living and working in India. These letters were published in 1923, and since then have become a primary sourcebook of the Esoteric Philosophy, along with The Secret Doctrine. Their profound teachings have challenged, stimulated and inspired genuine seekers and students of the Ancient Wisdom around the world for nearly a century.

Join this online discussion group to explore weekly the content of these letters and further your understanding of this important Theosophical text with the help of experienced students.

 

Pablo Sender, Ph.D., became a member of the Theosophical Society in his native Argentina and has presented Theosophical lectures, seminars, and classes in India, Spain, England, and the three Americas. His articles, in Spanish and English, have been published in several Theosophical journals. Learn more at his Web site: pablosender.wordpress.com.

Fiona Odgren‘s passion for Theosophy began over 40 years ago. For 30 years, she has been active in developing public programs on Theosophy in Western Canada was a writer and editor for the theosophical magazine Pathways for 16 years. She is currently president of The Theosophical Society in Victoria, BC, Canada. Her first book, Insights From the Masters: A Compilation is based on The Mahatma Letters and is being released this summer.

Sy Ginsburg, J.D. became a member of the Theosophical Society in 1978 and is a past President of the Miami, South Florida branch. He became a pupil of Sri Madhava Ashish and studied with him in the Indian Himalayas every year for nineteen years. Ashish introduced Sy to the Stanzas of Dzyan, the Gurdjieff teaching, the study of dreams, and the significance of the Mahatmas. Sy currently co-facilitates online courses in these studies, He is the author of The Masters Speak: the Teaching Letters of Sri Madhava Ashish, and Gurdjieff Unveiled: an Introduction to the Teachings of Gurdjieff.”

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Meditation Practices and Perspectives

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Meditation Practices and Perspectives
Every Sunday at 9:30 AM, Central time
With Jim Bosco

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Each week we will have discussion, instructional guided meditation, and silent meditation time covering various meditation methods. We will also cover all aspects of beginning and sustaining a regular meditation practice. This group will be suitable for all levels of meditators from beginners learning meditation to experts seeking fellowship and the opportunity to share their experiences.

 

 

Walking the Theosophical Path Online Group

Raja Yoga: A Simplified and Practical Course

facilitated by Pablo Sender

Every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Central Time (**)

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Walking the Theosophical Path is an online group focused on the practical aspect of Theosophy.

Starting on May 10, 2017 we will start a new series exploring the book Raja Yoga – A Simplified and Practical Course by Theosophist Wallace Slater. Weekly exercises will be suggested and discussed to assist the participants’ practice.

Pablo Sender, Ph.D., became a member of the Theosophical Society in his native Argentina and has presented Theosophical lectures, seminars, and classes in India, Spain, England, and the three Americas. His articles, in Spanish and English, have been published in several Theosophical journals. Learn more at his Web site: pablosender.wordpress.com

(**) The classes are recorded. If you cannot participate live, you can still register and receive weekly a link to the recording.
 Suggested Donation – $35 (Optional)

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Nisargadatta Advaita Study Group

Online study group devoted to work on self-awareness based on the practical teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

Mondays,  12:30-1:45 p.m. CST

Co-facilitated by Pablo Sender and Ed Moskowitz

IAmThatThe primary purpose of this Study Group is to support our individual efforts to be in the continual state of self-awareness or mindfulness or witnessing, the cornerstone of the practical teaching. Nisargadatta tells us: “There is such a way, open to all, on every level, in every walk of life. Everybody is aware of himself. The deepening and broadening of self-awareness is the royal way. Call it mindfulness, or witnessing, or just attention – it is for all. None is unripe for it and none can fail.” (I Am That, Talk No. 67)

This study group, using Nisargadatta’s exercises, provides an external will to do the work to undo our mis-education. We engage in weekly exercises/tasks of self-observation to enable us to be in the state of self-awareness, of mindfulness, of witnessing, and the discovery of who we really are.

Study group textbook: Nisargadatta, I Am That (Acorn Press) 2012. Available on Amazon or at a discount from the Quest Bookshop (800) 669-1571.

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Wheaton-Olcott Theosophical Study Center

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Wheaton-Olcott Theosophical Study Center
Wednesdays, 7 – 8 PM

We are pleased to announce that the Wheaton-Olcott Theosophical Study Center, which meets at the National Center of the Theosophical Society in America, will embark upon a program of study open to members of the Theosophical Society. Attendance is free and can be online or in person. Visit the Study Center’s webpage to see the resources, topics we will begin to explore this year and how to register to participate from home. Send an email to info@wheatonolcottbranch.org letting us know the name under which you are a member of the TS in America, and we will e-mail you back an ID and password. Then click here and sign in the online room with the information we sent you.

Theosophical Teachings of Sri Madhava Ashish

Anthropogenesis in the Stanzas of Dzyan

Co-facilitators: Sy Ginsburg, Anand Jagota and Elena Dovalsantos

Mondays, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Central time (8:30 – 9:30 pm INDIA time)

Ongoing 

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The Stanzas of Dzyan, is a pre-Babylonian epic poem seen psychically and recorded by Helena P. Blavatsky. It is the primordial document upon which modern Theosophy is based. The Stanzas in Anthropogenesis describe the journey of the ONE into manifestation and then materialization for the purpose of self-knowledge. Man is the ONE in human form that has the intelligence and ability to discover who he/she is, and as the ONE to return to the state of Unity but with the benefit of all the knowledge and experience gained through the human journey and its series of incarnations. Ashish refers to the ONE as “Absolute Being.” Other Theosophists and Advaitists call it “Atma”. Jung calls it “Self”. Gurdjieff calls it “Endlessness”.

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The Dream Circle

An Online Dream Study Group
Wednesdays,  12:30 – 1:30 PM (Central Time) ongoing

Dream sharing has been an integral part of many cultures, helping individuals to recognize the symbolic language in which our dreams speak to us. As HPB wrote: “Knowledge comes in visions, first in dreams …”. The interpretation of the symbols in our dreams, helps us to access this knowledge of the Spirit (Self) that speaks to us from our subconscious.

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Practical Teachings of Gurdjieff: The Fourth Way

Ongoing program of study groups, “work” groups and reading materials

Gurdjieff was a Greek-Armenian mystic and spiritual teacher, living during the years of 1866-1949 – a time when Theosophical principles were coming into fruition. Gurdjieff traveled and studied ancient wisdoms, including esoteric Christianity, ancient Egyptology and ancient Greek philosophers. He called his discipline “The Work.” This discipline is about working on oneself in a practical way, also called the “Fourth Way.” Gurdjieff claimed that people do not perceive reality. They are not conscious of themselves, but live in a state of waking sleep.

If interested in further study in the Gurdjieff Fourth Way Teachings, please click this link for further information on all Fourth Way programs or contact Gwynne Mayer at gwynne.mayer@gmail.com.

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Importance of Inner Silence

While being at the beach during the New Year, I allowed myself the silence and meditative stillness that touches my spirit.  After long periods of silencing my mind (and it takes that long), I can find the ‘soul’ within my being that speaks to me from another space in time.  I would encourage all of you to find that space and allow yourself sacred times of the day to work on your spiritual/soul journey.  Have a peace filled New Year.

Working Together for Spirit

It is time for all of us to ‘listen’ to what the ‘human condition’ is saying is all regards, so that we may move forward and evolve.  Standing on our ‘resistance’ is not working any longer for all kinds of reasons and it is time to realize that there are higher forces at work around us and above our individual egos.  How do you want to do this in your personal life?  What kinds of issues will you need to address in order to move forward?  Does it mean that you need to be less stuck in your own beliefs?  We can criticize easily in this day and time however what if we have to find the positive where we can ‘act out of faith, hope and spiritual awareness?