Embracing Jekyll and Hyde
"To be who we are and to become what we can become, that is the sole purpose in life."
Robert Louis Stevenson
We’re so used to creating heroes and villains that we fail to recognise that the human condition means we're all a mixture of both. Stevenson's dramatic story The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde explores the consequences of the split between these two sides of the psyche.
In his work as a group psychotherapist, Malcolm has worked extensively with the shadow - our unacknowledged darkness, first identified by Carl Gustav Jung. In healing the division between our warring sub-personalities, we can begin to find peace in ourselves.
When we learn to recognise our shadow, we can also befriend it. The abandoned aspects of ourselves can wreak havoc in all parts of our lives – what we disown can sabotage us.
We can never totally exorcise our shadow, but when we learn to recognise and to honour it; it loses its power over us and becomes an integral part of awakening to wholeness.
Our dark, primal, passionate side can also be a force for good, when it is healthily integrated. This won't simply transform us as individuals; it's a necessary step in our evolutionary journey.
Tonight’s interactive talk will focus on ways of feeding the divine (Jekyll) inside us and of taming the depraved (Hyde) within. We’ll look at simple practices that can transform our lives.