Although the Jungian model of the shadow is wide and deep enough to explain its nature and the general method of integrating it, we wanted more clarity and a more up to date picture.  Our preference is a systems based approach.  We can overlay many fields of study to get a deeper picture of the shadow and therefore take more effective measures to balance ourselves.  We have correlated the shadow with evil in philosophy and theology, with demonism in archaic belief systems, entropy in physics, parasitism in biology, malicious scripts in information systems, crime and conspiracy in culture, and with its role in the overall construct of duality consciousness.  In the book Shadow Tech, we examine the shadow through these lenses, and on this website, each of these lenses is summarized.  When all are combined, the reader may begin to see the shadow the way we do.  The psyche (mind), like the body and every ecosystem is a community of interacting organs organisms or complexes.  We have envisioned the psyche as a cell, where the ego constitutes the membrane, the greater cell body the unconscious, and the shadow as any unmetabolized energy in the cell body that needs to make its way into the ego membrane but cannot.  All shadow material, just like any psychic material organizes into systems or complexes.  Shadow complexes are unassimilated into the greater structure of the psyche.  They are not friendly to the overall functioning of the ego.  They are formed in several ways.      Shadow material -    - Is passed intergenerationally through our DNA    - Manifests as an effect of personal, familial and intergenerational trauma    - Manifests as a reaction to societal norms which block its integration into ego and society.      Shadow material is communicable in real time through human communication, body language, cultural media of every kind, and in all likelihood, other forms of communication we are presently unaware of.  The shadow can be seen as a form of psychic disease sourced in communicable energetic pathogens.  Jungian author,  Paul Levy  makes a similar case to ours.  Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle does as well with his very illuminating concept of the  Pain Body .  Even Jung himself alluded to the shadow being disease-like and communicable.   “The gigantic catastrophes that threaten us today are not elemental happenings of a physical or biological order, but psychic events. To a quite terrifying degree we are threatened by wars and revolutions which are nothing other than  psychic epidemics . At any moment several million human beings may be smitten with a new madness, and then we shall have another world war or devastating revolution. Instead of being at the mercy of wild beasts, earthquakes, landslides, and inundations, modern man is battered by the elemental forces of his own psyche.” – C.G. Jung   Shadow material is sourced in human archetypal energy and is made of the same psychospiritual stuff that all human energy is made of.  Jungian archetypes (which can be correlated to actual physiological states in the body) can be seen as the pure original form of shadow material.  But when that material is blocked or discordant with the greater psyche, it becomes cancerous.  Like criminals, elements that are shut out, ostracized and scapegoated become enemies that parasite off the greater community.  Shadow material, if undealt with, metastasizes and grows.  Like an unattended wound, a fracture in a developing child’s personality will become the site of infection.  If the parents and greater community do not recognize the infection, often because they are infected, it is forced down below the threshold of consciousness where it festers and lives “underground”.  Mythological correlations between the shadow and Hell, an underground lair of universal evil, are actually accurate when seen in this way.  Shadow complexes are parasitic to the greater community of the psyche.  They learn to trigger the personality to cause behavior which feeds their life cycle. They cause the individual to fall asleep so as not to recognize their influence.   We call this the victim-victor cycle.  It’s personal, relational and cultural.  When a shadow complex is powerful, it will literally “take over’ the personality and cause the individual to act out the destructive, addictive behavior as an effect.  We might assume that only highly pathological individuals are subject to being “taken over” but a close examination of any addictive or compulsively reactive behavior in any individual will reveal the tell tale signs of influential shadow complexes.  Below the threshold of ego consciousness lives an entire ecosystem of destructive complexes, programs, or as they would be called in earlier times “entities”.  Just as the 70 trillion cell community of the body harbors a wide range of pathogens and parasitic organisms, the psyche is similarly infected.  It’s not a matter of if we are infected, but only a matter of susceptibility.  We all carry any number of dangerous pathogens in our bodies, but we have immune responses to keep them in check.  To the degree we are not immune, we are diseased.  The same logic can be applied to understanding psychic health.  To the degree we have active and unassimilated shadow energy, we are incapacitated and thwarted from our highest purposes.  Treatment of shadow material is not dissimilar from the way we dealt with biological pathogens starting 150 years ago.  Hygiene and sanitation practices are responsible for the large majority of our societal resistance to disease.  This is a call for much greater attention to psychic hygiene and for dedicated practices to integrate shadow material.  Vaccination technology can also be applied to understanding psychic shadow hygiene.  When we are introduced to personal and cultural shadow material slowly, in a measured way we learn immunity and are from there capable of metabolizing its destructive effects.  As the reader views each of the slides and articles on this site, we hope a holistic and useful new view of the shadow will emerge. 
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