Episode 006: Growing Up – Working with the Shadow

The Journey of Integral Recovery Podcast
Episode 006: Growing Up -Working with the Shadow

Why you should listen:
When we’ve taken the critical first step of getting the drugs and alcohol out of our system, we come face to face with ourselves, our trauma, and our shadows. This shadow material, when left unchecked, can drive us back into unhealthy behaviors and thought patterns unless we do the work of “growing up”. But growing up and working with our shadow material does far more than return us to baseline. Along with the repressed trauma, we’ve often repressed the best parts of ourselves. Working with our shadow allows us to reconnect with, or to finally discover, the unique gifts and talents that each and every one of us has to offer the world.

In this episode:
[1:30] The gradual path of enlightenment … progress not perfection in returning
[5:31] Sudden and gradual paths and the willingness to show up
[8:26] Why “growing up” and working with psychology and shadow matter in recovery
[10:06] Addiction, spirituality, and trauma
[14:13] The light and the darkness: working with suffering to find Spirit
[18:47] Tempering our expectations of a magic bullet as we work through the challenges of recovery
[22:38] Moving our experience of the eternal now into our temporal awareness
[24:46] “Eating your shadow” – reintegrating our repressed material
[28:12] Avoiding overwhelm and other pitfalls through a measured approach to shadow work
[31:10] Recognizing unconscious material and its relationship to the ego-self
[32:41] Using brainwave entrainment for the somatic release of trauma
[34:00] The “golden shadow” – rediscovering and allowing our hidden talents and gifts
[37:35] Using art, writing, music, creation, and disciplined practice to work with our shadow material…and why Stevie Ray Vaughn practices the guitar
[42:23] Building skill through little victories, getting over the hump, and staying on the path
[43:37] Dedicating your practice: know your why


Episode Resources:
Spiritual Bypassing: When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters
A Little Book on the Human Shadow
The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.
Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment


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3/31/2017, 45:38, 31.34mb (Audio)


  1. Angela on April 3, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Thanks for another great podcast on Integral Recovery! Facing my shadow and working on healing trauma is one of the most challenging parts of my recovery. Hearing you talk about it gives me more courage to keep going. Especially the part about titrating…taking it at a pace I can handle. Much appreciation for making this available. Blessings to you three.

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