It’s difficult to imagine how adoration and hatred could be two sides of the same coin. But think of celebrities and how adored they are by fans. It’s like the fan’s deepest wishes, desires, hidden talents, what they’ve always wanted to do are projected on to their adoration targets. And it can quickly turn into trolling when the fans are disillusioned or disappointed by the fact that celebrities are after all human just like them.
Adoration turning into hatred.
Shadow work has always fascinated me and as I delve deeper into it, reading and exploring it more, I’m finding more interesting stuff.
Here are some excerpts from Karla Mclaren’s course.
“Carl Jung, who initiated the understanding of the human shadow, pointed out that projection is sometimes the only way we can become aware of our shadow material. He even went so far as to say that projection is the only thing that gets us out of our parents’ houses. So adoring someone else’s talent is a safe way to move toward our own suppressed talents.”
“Hatred is the underside of adoration, where the intensity, the shadow projection, and the enmeshment are identical in intensity, differing only in the material being projected (and the emotions we attach to that material) Karla Mclaren
On SHADOW By Karla Mclaren ( Language of Emotions)
“In a nutshell, the shadow is the portion of the psyche we’re not aware of, not because it’s mysterious or hidden per se, but because we deny it. The shadow holds our squelched impulses, our unfelt emotions, our unacceptable behaviors, and our unlived dreams. Though many people see the shadow as containing only the “bad” parts of us, the shadow is not as simple as that. The shadow can also contain our artistic brilliance, our truest voice, our mathematical genius, our financial wizardry, and even our beauty, depending on which of our aspects we deny most ferociously. Each person’s shadow is a completely different animal.”