How Shadow Work Helped Me Find My Voice, My Path, and My Inner Gold
Alyce Barry & Cindy Kalman
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
Practically Shameless is the first book to explain the compassionate psychology of Carl G. Jung through one person's intimate experiences of shadow, including a riveting first-person account of Shadow Work processes. Practically Shameless reveals for the first time the real buying power of archetypes in daily life for creative self-expression, building self-esteem, getting your power back, letting go of destructive behavior patterns, and overcoming depression and the belief that life holds no meaning.
Many books say they will change your life. Practically Shameless actually will, by explaining for the first time the inner mechanics of change and offering an approach that has worked for thousands of people since 1990. Change is hard because there's a part of the self whose job it is to resist change. It does so for the best of reasons -- to protect us from something it considers worse than the change we want to make. Most of us think of our resistance to change as a problem. Practically Shameless reveals for the first time that our resistance is a good guy, not a bad guy, in our inner drama. It demonstrates the surprising key to turning resistance into forward movement: befriending that resistance by honoring the role it's been playing in protecting us. Once honored, our resistance becomes willing to stand down and to take on, with its treasury of information on risks we've faced in the past, a new role as valued ally as we begin to move forward. An exercise in Chapter 19 invites the reader to step into this inner protector to be honored directly by the author and begin making lasting change. An Appendix on the Shadow Work Model details the specific emotional wound underlying each of the 16 varieties of shadow, to help lift the shame enshrouding it and thus to help facilitate change. With a Foreword by Shadow Work founder Cliff Barry. Also available on audio CD, unabridged, with an illustrated booklet.
Whereas self-help books present a method and a few examples of how it works, Alyce Barry presents the examples, in the form of a story, which reveal the method. In Practically Shameless, Alyce boldly describes her own path through personal growth using Shadow Work. Her insight into her life experiences, behavior and emotions brings understanding and healing, allowing her to explore new ways of interacting in the world. She then passes this knowledge on to others who achieve similar growth. This easy-to-read book is a story of life, with all its pain and triumph. At the same time, it introduces Shadow Work as a successful method of healing. Congratulations to Alyce for taming her inner critic and sharing her life in such a beautifully written book.
This personal story about her own journey was insightful and helped me to understand the terminology & process of "shadow work". The book was easy to read for those of us who struggle with technical jargon. I found myself cheering for her as her personal growth unfolded right before me!
Having done Shadow Work training and facilitation for a few years and received great healing from doing so, I thought this might be a personal growth or Shadow Work "light" type of offering. Nothing could be farther from the truth. What I found in Alyce's book was her own powerful spin on the Shadow Work model written in a very engaging way. I could not put this book down and received great healing in the process. Others I have given the book to have reported similar results. I think this book brilliantly walks the line of introducing the Shadow Work model to someone who may not have seen this before and being a catalyst to those who have done a lot of personal growth work. All this was creatively woven through the vehicle of Alyce's story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about themselves and engage their world in a stronger, wiser, more joyful, loving way.