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The Shadow and Addiction November 12 2022

November 12, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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November 12, 2022, 9am PT / 12pm ET

The Shadow and Addiction

Carl Jung was instrumental in the founding of Alcoholic Anonymous (A.A.), even if Jung himself only learned about this at the end of his life. Jung thought that an alcoholic was searching for a spiritual experience and found that on a lower level in the spirits of the drink. In this session Jungian Analyst Ashok Bedi explores with us how the Shadow shows up in addictions. The dark Shadow almost completely overtakes a person who is under the spell of addiction. Bedi also shows how working with one’s Shadow is one of the ways out of the trap of addiction. A.A. is based on the 12 Steps program. Those working through addiction are facing deep Shadow work in the initial steps.

In this session you’ll discover:

  • How the Shadow appears in addiction
  • How the spiritual side of a person has moved into the Shadow
  • Doing Shadow work is a way to get and stay sober

Ashok Bedi is a Clinical Professor in Psychiatry and a Training Analyst at the Jung Institute of Chicago. Trained in India, the UK, and the US, he is interested in the frontiers of spirituality and healing and where the mind, body, soul and spirit meet. He is the author of many books, and regularly presents lectures and seminars on the topic of the spiritual and analytic dimensions of treatment, healing and personal growth. He is the International Association of Analytical Psychologists (IAAP) liaison person for developing Jungian training programs in India and travels annually to India to teach, train and consult with the Jungian developing groups at several centers in India including Ahmedabad and Mumbai. More information about his activities at www.pathtothesoul.com


November 12, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm