Yes, I’ve been concerned about shadow work too. There’s much talk about spirituality, transformation, higher consciousness, philosophies, and all the rest but not much is said about shadow work which is needed for growing up.
I often get a emails from spiritual retreat centers that stress meditation, tai chi, and other practices but nothing, as far as know, about the means by which we can outgrow our unresolved inner conflicts, pent up unresolved feelings, and neurosis that prevent us from waking up. I would think that integral psychotherapy already has a specific kind of therapy but of what good would it be if most people can afford it? And while books and lectures about shadow work have their place, no amount of it will free us from that which binds us.
As most of you may know, among those on the spiritual path, some are prone to spiritual bypassing because they fear - consciously or unconsciously- that if they allow themselves to bring any repressed feeling into awareness -going as far back as childhood- it will be too much to bear. Well yes, it will hurt. That is inevitable.
However, by freeing ourselves from repressed unresolved feelings, it has a cathartic effect. Carl Jung refers to it as as legitimate suffering.. It’s the kind of experience you wish you had taken on long ago and while it can be painful, the psychological redeeming effects it provides you is immeasurable.