Winter Solstice Workshop – The Shadow Self
An Evening of self-exploration through introspective, meditation and chanting with Ania Hampton.
Dates: Sunday 19 June 2021
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
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Humanness has two sides. The first we show to the world: the ego, the façade which society approves of, which lets us fit in. The second we keep private: the shadow. Our unwanted impulses and emotions, those parts of ourselves we find shameful. Your true self, your inner nature – who you are and always will be, includes both ego and shadow. In every story, there is a hero and a villain. In your story, you are both.Ignoring the shadow self for too long allows it to rise up and sabotage our happiness, leading to everything from relationship trouble to mental illness. Fighting to escape the darkness, our shadows long for the light of consciousness. As we turn away, pretending to not see them, they silently control and manipulate our lives. When we’re weakened by anger, stress, temptation or tiredness, they overcome our defences and shine.The way to resolve this part of the self is not to keep pushing it away, it is to embrace it and perform the necessary shadow work. The goal is wholeness, not perfection. Wholeness only comes when we integrate all elements of our psyche, including those that have been repressed and denied.
In this workshop, Ania will guide you through the exploration of the shadow self. Utilising the powerful mantra and meditation techniques of kundalini yoga, you will open the consciousness to delve deep within. Through discussion, introspection and reflection, you will identify your shadows and acknowledge their influence in your life. Armed with this new awareness, you can begin the process of regaining control of your impulses and choosing if and how to act on them.
— When shadow-work is neglected, the soul feels dry, brittle, like an empty vessel. Then, people suffer depression rather than embark on a fruitful descent. When shadow-work is denied, the soul feels banished, exiled from its habitats in the wilds of nature … But when shadow-work is attended to, the soul feels round, full, sated. When shadow-work is invited into a life, the soul feels welcomed, alive in the gardens, aroused in passion, awake in sacred things. —
– C. Zweig & S. Wolf