The Whole Spectrum of Shadows - Level 1

Aug 22, 2020 2:00 pm EDT - Sep 26, 2020 4:00 pm EDT
Led by Michael Nelson (Doshin)

Registration for Level 1 is closed, but the Level 1 sessions are being edited and posted as part of our self-paced course here:  The Whole Spectrum of Shadows Level 1 Self-paced course

“For 14 years the Integral Zen Zendo was located 14 Blocks from Ken Wilber’s loft. I often reflect on my good fortune to have had the opportunity to study with incredible teachers like JunPo Kelly Roshi and Ken Wilber. I learned much of what I know about shadows from studying Carl Jung, Zen from the mind to mind transmission of JunPo Roshi, and Integral Theory from Ken Wilber himself. I am also most grateful for my brilliant students who have taught me the most important things and helped me see the practical necessity of looking more deeply into my own shadows and trauma in order to become a more effective Zen Teacher.” - Doshin

The simple definition of individual shadow is the “me” I can’t see. A simple definition of collective shadow is the “we” we can’t see. These unseen shadows and blindspots profoundly impact our lives and relationships in ways that are quite unseen by the modern and postmodern world views. They influence our states of mind and the structures of our personalities and cultures. Ken Wilber provides a more sophisticated definition of Shadows as addictions and allergies in states and structures and what drives them.

In this series of webinars, we lay out this whole spectrum of shadows as a wholistic context. Anything less seems to lead to misunderstanding and confusion. We begin with the karma that we inherit when we’re born as a human being. Then, we can move on to something that's a little closer to home, our family karma. When I'm working with a group, I always ask how many of you come from a family that has some seriously messed up family karma? Almost everyone raises their hand. After karma we move into preverbal, developmental and shock trauma, as well as the early childhood issues that are illuminated by attachment theory and parental bonding patterns. Then we begin to explore the subpersonalities that are split off and disowned in light of the capacities that are trying to emerge and stabilize at each specific level of ego development. We must also include Instincts, archetypes, and all karmic habitual patterns. The whole spectrum of shadows must also include demons, angels, benevolent and wrathful deities, collective shadows and state shadows.

Sessions are 2 hours, and are live and recorded for those who miss a session.

An Online Five Level Webinar

  • Level 01 – An Essential Integral Zen Framework - 6 sessions
  • Level 02 – The Scent of Wu – A Taste of Nothingness - 6 sessions (fall 2020)
  • Level 03 – The Problems of State Shadows - 6 sessions (fall 2020)
  • Level 04 – What Color are Your Individual Shadows - 6 sessions (fall 2020)
  • Level 05 – The Karma of Collective Shadows - 6 sessions (winter 2020)

Level 1 - An Essential Integral Zen Framework

The Bare Minimum to Grasp the Whole Spectrum of Shadows

The minimum requirement to begin this journey into the Shadows is a basic conceptual understanding of Integral Theory. There are essentially five elementary conceptual tools that can be taught, which will enable us to interpret our experience of the inner and outer universe in what can become a world-shattering way. It is however, important to understand and remember that a mere intellectual understanding of this theory will never be enough without actually developing the capacities to experience what the concepts are only pointing to. The significance of this will become more evident as each individual struggles to understand the material in their own way at their own speed. One size will not fit everyone. We all live in a different place. We each have a different Kosmic Address. The intention of this Introduction to what we call an Essential Integral Zen Framework, is simply to help each of us be able to understand and articulate what a Kosmic Address actually is.

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