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Is the shadow (of consciousness) personal or universal?

Deepak Chopra
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
To have a shadow -- a hidden place where we all repress things we feel guilty about or ashamed of -- is universal as well as personal.

Everyone harbors a unique pattern of shame and guilt. Simple things like nudity, sexual intercourse, anger, and anxiety give rise to enormously complex feelings. In one society, seeing your mother naked could be trivial, while in another it could be such a traumatic experience that it can only be dealt with by shoving it down into the shadow.

There is no sharp distinction between personal feelings, family feelings, and social feelings. They blend and weave together. The human psyche was set up with a hiding place, and for most people that place is totally necessary, given the enormous difficulty of facing one's darkest impulses and deepest humiliations.

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