To live in the light, we must learn to embrace the darkness within. This means confronting negative thoughts, emotions, and experiences that have shaped who we are so we can be more intentional about who we are becoming.
We need to learn to live in the full range of human capacity, and to not feel bad about doing it. Every emotion and impulse is perfectly human. We must fully embrace the dark in order to embrace the light.
—The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, Debbie Ford
Our inner darkness is referred to as the shadow, id, or subconscious. From a young age, we are taught what is good and what is bad—and what is perceived as bad often gets repressed, resulting in inner fragmentation and psychological projection—these are the aspects of the self that make up the shadow. The shadow has plenty of gifts to offer us, though, and the purpose of shadow work is to identify and acquire these gifts in order to live a more fulfilling life.
Join YA librarian Paul on Zoom to put into practice some of the shadow work exercises featured in The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by personal transformation expert Debbie Ford.
This program is intended for teens 16+ to young adults in their mid-to-late 20s.
by Debbie Ford
Debbie Ford believes that we each hold within us a trace of every human characteristic that exists, the capacity for every human emotion. We are born with the ability to express this entire spectrum of characteristics. But, Ford points out, our families and our society send us strong messages about which ones are good and bad. So when certain impulses arise, we deny them instead of confronting them, giving them a healthy voice, then letting them go.
It is to these feelings that Ford turns our attention, these parts of our selves that don't fit the personae we have created for the rest of the world. She shows us the effects of living in the dark, of keeping all our supposedly unsavory impulses under wraps. We find ourselves disproportionately frustrated and angry at the selfishness of friends, the laziness of colleagues, the arrogance of siblings. When we are unable to reconcile similar impulses in ourselves, Ford explains, we waste our own energy judging others instead of empathizing. But most important, we deny ourselves the power and freedom of living authentically.
Through the stories and exercises in The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, Debbie Ford shows us not only how to recognize our hidden emotions, but also how to find the gifts they offer us. This is for fans of Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsch, and Deepak Chopra. The very impulses we most fear may be the key to what is lacking in our lives.