In the middle of the muddle of wrapping up Christmas/Solstice celebrations, reflecting on our past, and possibly setting intentions for the new year, I wish to draw your eyes to January 11th when our next guest speaker is coming to the valley to speak on “The Shadow” – a topic or experience that often shows up at this time of year!

One of C.G. Jung’s most foundational psychological concepts was that of the Shadow, both at the personal and the deeper, collective level. He held that to encounter and accept “the thing we have no wish to be” (CW 16, §470), is fundamental to the process of individuation, to becoming whole. However, if our shadow is not recognized, the despised quality that we reject as our own may be unconsciously and destructively projected onto the other.

Jung believed that “everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. Unattended, it may form an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions. But what does Jung mean by ‘the Shadow’ and why did he find it to be of essential importance to encounter and integrate our shadow? In what ways does Jung’s concept of Shadow relate to our present times, particularly on a collective level?

On January 11, 2019, at 7-9 pm, at the Stan Hagen Theatre, Jungian Analyst Judith Dowling helps us process these questions through “Encountering the Shadow: Bringer of the Light.” 

Judith will explain how the Shadow is formed, how it influences our lives, and how we may come to recognize the Shadow. She also shares how “Shadow work” can help us to integrate these aspects of ourselves in the service of individuation, both as individuals and on the collective level, by sharing the story of real life example of how one individual engaged her shadow and used artwork and images to come to terms with it, and how doing so opened up new creative vistas in her life.

Judith Dowling, (M.M., D. Analytical Psychology, AGAP, IAAP, WCAJA, RCC), is well equipped to take us on this journey. In 2006, after 20 years as a professional singer, voice teacher and faculty at the University of Victoria School Of Music, she made the life-changing discovery of the Psychology of C.G. Jung. In 2009, she moved to Zürich, Switzerland to train towards a Diploma in Analytical Psychology at the International School of Analytical Psychology (ISAP Zürich), receiving her Diploma in 2014. She has since moved to Victoria, BC, where she has opened a private practice (

Doors open at 6:30, tickets are $15 for members and students, and $20 for non-members (cash only)

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