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Not only is the shadow rude and crude, but it also contains the capacity for beauty, love and, counter-intuitively, great morality. It is this hidden treasure that motivates us to undertake the journey into our own personal Hades.

Engaging with and assimilating into consciousness significant aspects of the shadow leads to an expansion and revitalisation of the ego (conscious position) which has over time become stale and petrified.

The assimilation of shadow content breaks up this petrification by challenging the dominant ideology and identity of the ego.

The eventual goal of the work being the expression of a more balanced and more honest identity; one that is sincerely engaged with the vitality and internal ethic of the shadow whilst not throwing over the conscious ethos.

— Stephen Farah
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