Shadow Quotes

As you may already know, we place a lot of focus on exploring our shadow side in the Hive, as we feel it holds the key to unlocking our ultimate sensual, financial, and relational potential in life. Because of this, we thought we’d pass along our favorite quotes on the shadow, that most dastardly aspect of ourselves that we wish we could conceal, but once gazed upon fully, allows us to transform into a magnificent butterfly! Enjoy!!

“I must also have a dark side, if I am to be whole.” ~Carl Jung

“Once befriended, our shadow becomes a divine map that–when properly read and followed–reconnects us to the life we were meant to live, the people we were meant to be, and the contributions we were meant to give. ” ~Debbie Ford

“When we say “embrace your shadow side”, we are not encouraging you to indulge yourself with an orgy of selfish gratification, but rather we are encouraging a compassionate and intimate peek into understanding why you act and believe as you do. Instead of permission to jump head first into dark behavior, it is the freedom to understand the limiting beliefs that causes your dark behavior. In this way, we encourage you, embrace your shadow side.” ~Nathan & Aline

“Somebody I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.” ~Mary Oliver

“Before you can see the light, you have to deal with the darkness.” ~Dan Millman

“Such is our need to shower blame on some distant entity when it is we who lack the courage to face up to what is there before us.” ― José Saramago, The Double

“Reclaiming the parts of ourselves that we have relegated to the shadow is the most reliable path to actualizing all of our human potential.”- Debbie Ford

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” ~Carl Jung

“To the extent that we love the aspects of ourselves that we consider less desirable and broken, is the degree that we will accept the shadow sides of those that we love. Integrate that which we hate about ourselves, and we will experience greater love in all of our relationships.” ~Nathan & Aline

“We can’t fight darkness with darkness. We have to find compassion, and embrace the darkness inside of us in order to understand it and, ultimately, to transcend it.” ― Debbie Ford, The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self

“Behavior is the product of beliefs, which are unconscious patterns of relating to Self and others. When a person is fully conscious and understands why they behave and relate as they do, they no longer have beliefs; for them, the unconscious has become conscious.” ~Nathan & Aline

“No Darkness can resist Light, yet there is a hypocrite light, which resists Darkness, and this light is indeed darkness.” ~Franco Santoro

“No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.” ~Carl Jung

“Our deepest fears are the dragons that guard our greatest treasures.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke

“That I feed the hungry, forgive an insult, and love my enemy… these are great virtues. But what if I should discover that the poorest of the beggars and the most impudent of offenders…are all within me, and that I stand in need of the alms of my own kindness; that I myself am the enemy who must be loved? What then?” ~Carl Jung

“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.” ~Carl Jung

“Remember everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding about ourselves.” ~Carl Jung

“Both light and shadow are the dance of love.” ~Rumi

“When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside of you as fate.” ~Carl Jung

“To confront a person with his own shadow is to show him his own light.” ~Carl Jung

“Accept your dark side, understanding it will help you to move with the light. Knowing both sides of our souls, helps us all to move forward in life and to understand that, perfection doesn’t exist.” ~Martin R. Lemieux

“A man who is unconscious of himself acts in a blind, instinctive way and is in addition fooled by all the illusions that arise when he sees everything that he is not conscious of in himself coming to meet him from outside as projections upon his neighbour.” ~Carl Jung, “The Philosophical Tree” (1945). In CW 13: Alchemical Studies. P.335

“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… 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, “Psychology and Religion” (1938). In CW 11: Psychology and Religion: West and East. P.140

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle light in the darkness of mere being.” ~Carl Jung

“Emotion is the chief source of all becoming-conscious. There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.” ~Carl Jung

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  1. […] or the other as our primary experience, with the opposite side playing the role of our suppressed shadow; therefore in any particular issue, we will only value one or the other, but not both at the same […]



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