Shadow Work

The waters of the unconscious can get rough, so use a good vessel!

Coming Out Again and Again

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in Shadow Work, LGBT | 2 comments

Just as popular celebrities like Jodie Foster and Anderson Cooper have stated publicly in the past year, I came out years ago to friends and family. It was pretty much a non-event. But as I reach an age where that date was 20 years ago I have to ask myself as a soul-searching man with some amount of integrity and authenticity; Do I need to come out as a gay man instead of just a man? In principle, I am against the idea of identifying as gay. It is an identity that is a social construction, one that was not created from gay people but by others...

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Gay Shadow and the Price of Isolation

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in Shadow Work | 0 comments

Gay Shadow and the Price of Isolation

“Not Waiting to Say Goodbye” by Jacob Bernstein was personally moving to me and many of my friends who read The New York Times and who knew Bob Bergeron. Handfuls of separate threads on Facebook were devoted to grief and anger about it. I believe the scope of the article left out some pivotal legacy pieces that are important to the gay community, pieces that are part of our history but often kept in shadow. Since Dancer from the Dance was published, the gay community has had to deal with the AIDS epidemic. Forty-somethings like...

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Men’s Work: Synthesizing the Yin and the Yang

Posted by on Feb 15, 2012 in Shadow Work | 0 comments

Men’s Work: Synthesizing the Yin and the Yang

Robert Bly writes in A Little Book on the Human Shadow “So a decision taken privately, as part of one’s inner life, to fight the dark side of oneself…can cause ‘the conscious’ and ‘the unconscious’ to take up adversary positions; and the adversary positions can quickly spread to foreign policy, and influence decisions.” How many times a day do we come to a moment in our lives where we feel conflicted about a choice put in front of us? Or, let’s say we’ve made a choice and when...

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A post about shadow work

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in Shadow Work | 0 comments

A post about shadow work

The waters of the unconscious can get rough, so use a good vessel

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