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Shadow Work for the Soul

Seeing Beauty in the Dark

Published by Findhorn Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

A comprehensive guide to identifying and reclaiming your shadow.

Throughout our lives, we repress and deny the parts of our authentic selves that our families, peers, and the world told us were wrong, unlovable, or “too much,” and from this repression our shadow is born. By the time we reach adulthood, much of our authentic self is shadow. The connection we once had to who we truly are has been severed, and we no longer feel vibrant and enthusiastic about life.

In this practical and trauma-informed guide to deep shadow work, Mary Mueller Shutan explains how to find compassion for your dark side, reconnect with the repressed and abandoned parts of yourself, and reclaim the resiliency and joy of your authentic, whole self. She reflects on the positive, protective role of the shadow and describes how it is composed not only of the trauma and darkness we have experienced, but also the light we have yet to absorb. She explains how your reactivity to specific people and situations—your “triggers”—reflects your own pain and the ways you project your shadow onto others and the outer world. Presenting a wide variety of shadow work tools and emotional intelligence exercises, the author teaches you how to identify your shadow projections and safely and skillfully work with the difficult emotions that may arise during shadow work.

As you discover and understand more of your personal dark places, the author then introduces the concept of collective shadows that are created by society yet affect us individually, including online shadows and relationship shadows. She explains how to identify and free yourself from the projections of collective shadows to promote individual and collective health.

Offering a self-directed process for healing trauma and reclaiming the eclipsed light of your shadow, Shutan shows how shadow work allows you to move beyond the restrictions you’ve placed on yourself and others and see the beauty inherent in the dark places of the self.

About The Author

Mary Mueller Shutan is a spiritual healer and teacher with an extensive background in Chinese Medicine, CranioSacral therapy, Zero Balancing, and energy work. She is the author of The Spiritual Awakening Guide, The Complete Cord Course, The Body Deva, and Managing Psychic Abilities. Mary lives near Chicago, Illinois.

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Raves and Reviews

“Shadow Work for the Soul is practical, experiential, and will be of great assistance to individuals seeking self-realization.”

– Peter J. Smith, M.D.

“Mary is down-to-earth and an excellent conceptualizer of complex ideas. She can put into words things that seem ineffable. I highly recommend her work on self-inquiry and the shadow.”

– Lawrence Wan, acupuncturist

“I find myself a bit lost for words in terms of what depths Mary’s work has taken me to and what it has given me. For me, Mary captures the grit and backbone of shadow work. The essential essence of something gifted to us with respect and understanding.”

– Kim Leyland, shamanic teacher and practitioner

“This book is extraordinary—each paragraph is just bursting with information and insight. It is a culmination of Mary’s vast knowledge that no one else could have ever written.”

– Kathy Tajik, entrepreneur, CEO of Tajik Home

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