Sometimes what we observe in our world could be a projection of our own fears and not necessarily what we consider negative, people can be fearful of failure as much of success. Furthermore, Carl Jung named the shadow to the suppression of our fears “the hidden side of the human psyche…Although many people use the word “shadow” to refer only to the darker parts of our nature, it contains also the golden selves that we find it too risky to see or to allow ourselves to manifest.”
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Not everything we see is a projection of ourselves, but to be clear we have to work on ourselves first. As Clifford Mayes reflects “Jung’s point was simply that until we face our own shadow we will never know if the evil we are “observing” is truly there or is just a projected problem in ourselves.”
A projection moves us emotionally, disturbs us somehow; we can’t be indifferent. However, Florence Scovel pointed out you have to become nonresistant and undisturbed by appearances. Moreover, a change in consciousness is necessary from a state of doing to a state of being, and this process is what Kyle Cease’s book I Hope I Screw This Up is all about.
Nowadays, Kyle Cease is one of the exponents of shadow work. He went from a stand-up comedian to a transformational speaker, so the mix of comedy and spirituality shows in his work and specifically in his book I Hope I Screw This Up, that means it is not a typical self-help book; it could be called irreverent.
The format of I Hope I Screw This Up is like a stand-up comedy script, between jokes, experiences, rambling, and shadow work. Through each chapter, Kyle Cease expresses his own fears that show up because of writing this book and the process to overcome them by finishing writing the book. Moreover, the main idea supports how to go from a fear-based, addictive mindset at first and move into a creative, free mindset in the end.
Something I would love to accompany I Hope I Screw This Up is a workbook or its equivalent to enrich the reader’s experience because it will help to get the most out of this book and a clear action plan.
Shadow work helps us to take responsibility to feel whole and complete and to overcome whatever is obstructing its accomplishment. An inner journey, going from a state of doing to a state of being, going from a fear-based to a creative mindset, going from the mind to the heart.
Suppressing parts of ourselves is not an option unless you want to have it as a projection in your life and befriend, marry or work with whoever you are avoiding in yourself, so there is no way out, it’s better to have the courage and deal with the situation for once. On the other hand, not everything that disturbs our lives is a projection, but we need to work on ourselves first to clear that out and protect ourselves if it’s necessary.
An entertaining didactic way of experiencing shadow work.
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Author Kyle Cease
I Hope I Screw This Up by Kyle Cease: How Falling In Love with Your Fears Can Change the World
Published by North Star Way (May 2, 2017)
ARC by NetGalley