Scott London: Of all the metaphors that have been used to illustrate the shadow in recent years, my favorite is Robert Bly’s image of the big bag that we drag behind us.
Connie Zweig: Yes, he said that we spend the first half of our lives putting everything into the bag and the second half pulling it out.
London: What did Carl Jung have in mind when he formulated this idea?
Zweig: He believed that everything that is in our conscious awareness is in the light. But everything of substance which stands in the light — whether it’s a tree or an idea — also casts a shadow. And that which stands in the darkness is outside of our awareness.