For as long as we have told stories, we humans have been weaving tales about wicked witches, vampires, and things that go bump in the night. All of these stories contain archetypes that draw us into the realm of the shadow. In driving us to confront our fears, they offer a lens through which to view not only the shadowy nature of the villains of these stories, but of ourselves as well. These archetypes appear again and again in myth and fairy tale, and if we are willing to look deeper, they can give us valuable insight into our own Shadow and the way in which it motivates our own attitudes and behaviors.
What is Shadow?
In short, our shadows are those deeply ingrained parts of us that we don't always see, but that still somehow manage to take over when we're not looking and drive the bus. It is that place where our unacknowledged anger, fear, jealousy, greed, insecurity, and resentments live until something triggers them. And while we may not always completely be able to eradicate them, when we don't understand or acknowledge them, they can wreak havoc in our lives and relationships. And that is why shadow work is so important.
And it's important to understand that this is sacred work, just as sacred as light work. Carl Jung once said that "Shadow work is the path of the heart warrior." And Carolyn Myss says that living the spiritual life is traveling the path of shadow, because it involves pursuing the darkest parts of ourselves with our what she calls our lightest strength. And the truth is that the biggest transformations come not when we stick only to the light and sunny realms of the self, but when we are willing to travel deep into the wild woods of our souls to coax those parts of ourselves that we'd rather deny out into the light, so we can begin to understand them and to heal and release their emotional charge.
What will we do in this course?
In this course, we will journey with the dark archetypes, the "bad girls" of myth and fairy tale to explore and understand the darker sides of our own nature and the behaviors our shadows create within us. As in all my programs, we will do this work in a gentle and non-judging way that utilizes stories that are familiar and fun as a gateway to self-discovery.
As we travel together, we will:
Explore archetypes like the wicked witch, the evil step-mother, the dark queen, and the too good mother and partner with them to uncover and heal YOUR shadow
Work with Goddesses like Persephone and the Baba Yaga in our quest to understand and release unproductive behaviors and beliefs
Employ story, journaling, and other self-reflective techniques as a means of unearthing your voice and strengthening your authenticity and self-knowledge
How does it work?
Dark Queen is a virtual program, which means you can participate from anywhere in the world! The course is self-paced and opens on October 31, 2019. It consists of 13 lessons of content, which will be released weekly (with the week of November 25 off for the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S.), and you will get an email reminder as materials are released.
Who is it for?
Dark Queen is for those who are creative, open-hearted, and here to make a difference. It is for those, who are ready to make their lives a love letter to the world, because they know that when we nourish and heal our own selves, we are better positioned to create beauty, healing, and goodness not just in our own lives, but all around us too!
Ready to Sign Up?
Register for $149
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