“Here is a universal truth that everyone needs to know: Spiritual experiences, including near-death experiences, DO NOT perfect the human side of our nature. Spiritual experiences can, however, blind us and make us (and others) think we are more developed than we actually are. If we focus too much on the spiritual realities of life without focusing enough on the imperfect, growing, evolving human side of ourselves; if we discount, ignore or suppress the shadowy, undeveloped sides of our nature, these forces will eventually catch up with us and set our earthly lives on fire.”

Near-Death Experience Researcher & Author, David Sunfellow


“This chapter is about the shadow, what it is, how it got started, and how to take it back. But one thing is certain: the great wisdom traditions, for all their wisdom, have absolutely nothing like this. I know, I’ve spent thirty years checking with students and teachers, and the conclusion is unanimous: an understanding of the psychodynamic repression, as well as ways to cure it, is something contributed exclusively by modern Western psychology. Many meditation teachers claim that they offer something similar, but when you look closely at what they mean, it really isn’t this. Consequently, even advanced meditators and spiritual teachers are often haunted by psychopathology, as their shadows chase them to Enlightenment and back, leaving roadkill all along the way. The good news is that this is fairly easily remedied.”

— Ken Wilber, Integral Spirituality, Chapter Six, The Shadow And The Disowned Self



Preachers, Teachers, Experiencers, Enlightened Gurus & Their Followers
Who Ignored Shadow Issues

And Suffered The Consequences

A List of Yoga Scandals Involving Gurus, Teachers, Students, Sex and Other Inappropriate Behaviour

Stripping the Gurus: Sex, Violence, Abuse and Enlightenment (Book)

The Ego Is Alive And Well Upon Returning From A Near-Death Experience

Western Preachers, Teachers, Experiencers & Enlightened Gurus

Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath
Scientology (L. Ron Hubbard)

Rabbi Marc Gafni & Sexual Improprieties

Gabriel of Sedona (aka Gabriel of Urantia)

The Dark Side of Carlos Castaneda

Emissary of Light (James Twyman)

• The Exceedingly Dubious Tale Of Gary Renard: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3

1972 Best Documentary: ‘Marjoe’

Sun Myung Moon

Joseph Smith, Mormons, and Mormonism

Catholic Sex Abuse Cases

Western/Eastern Preachers, Teachers, Experiencers & Enlightened Gurus

• Tech Bro Guru: Inside the Sedona Cult of Bentinho Massaro

Andrew Cohen: How I Created A Cult
Andrew Cohen & The Dark Side of Enlightenment

• Integral Abuse: Andrew Cohen & The Culture of Evolutionary Enlightenment

NDEr Norman Paulsen: A Cautionary Tale

Eastern Preachers, Teachers, Experiencers & Enlightened Gurus

The Infamous Sai Baba

• The Enigmatic “Bhagwan,” Osho Rajneesh
Part 1 of 5: 25 Years After Rajneeshee Commune Collapsed, Truth Spills Out
Part 2 of 5: Thwarted Rajneeshee Leaders Attack Enemies, Neighbors With Poison
Part 3 of 5: Rajneeshee Leaders Take Revenge On The Dalles’ With Poison, Homeless
Part 4 of 5: Rajneeshee Leaders See Enemies Everywhere As Questions Compound
Part 4 of 5: Rajneeshees’ Utopian Dreams Collapse As Talks Turn To Murder

‘Kumare: The True Story of a False Prophet’

• Inside The Dark World Of Buddhist Teacher Sogyal Rinpoche

The Dark Side Of Buddhism




Shadow Work Resources

• Shadow Work: Insights From The Pathwork Lectures
• Robert Augustus Masters: Spiritual Bypassing
• Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature
• A Sobering Lesson: Real Mastership Versus Fake Mastership
NHNE Pulse on The Dark Side of Human Nature
Dream Basics (using dreams to uncover, heal and transform the dark sides of our natures)
Wikipedia on The Shadow
Carl Jung on The Shadow

• A Guided Tour of Hell: A Graphic Memoir
• Hellish And Distressing Near-Death Experiences

Near-Death Experiences On The Purpose Of Life


More Quotes

True Learning Happens In The Body

“True learning happens in the body. This is a big deal to me personally because so much of my life was about wanting to escape the body and wanting that for other people. I also grew up hearing that when you die you get to take off that glove; you get to be free and so I thought that here [in this world] is the more negative, that there [on the other side of life] is the more positive. The understanding in this place — as hard as it is to see and understand — is that true learning happens within the body because when we are in experience, in this form, there is something that evolves within us at the level of the soul that makes the body an important part of the whole. It isn’t that one is good and one is bad. The two work together in an important way. That was very healing for me personally, to come to a better understanding.”

— Near-Death Experiencer Amy Call (25:38-26:35)


The Other Side Is Not All It Is Cracked Up To Be

“God gave everything to us, everything is here — this is where it’s at. And what we are into now is God’s exploration of God through us. People are so busy trying to become God that they ought to realize that we are already God and God is becoming us. That’s what it is really about. When I realized this, I was finished with The Void, and wanted to return to this creation…”

“The other side is not all it is cracked up to be. There’s a lot you can’t do on the other side. There’s a perfect combination though. A body without spirit is a wasteland and a spirit without a body is a wasteland. And we are the perfect matrix of body and spirit. With body and spirit, you can have it all.”

— Near-Death Experiencer Mellen-Thomas Benedict


Return To The Oneness With A Greater Light And A Greater Understanding

“The separation from God began a journey of love. The individuating consciousness seeks, through the experience of human reality, to know itself fully and completely so that it can return to the Oneness with a greater light and a greater understanding. This adds to the reality of the Oneness for all things are in a state of continual expansion and creation.”

— From the psychic readings of Emmanuel as recorded in “Emmanuel’s Book”, by Pat Rodegast


We Get Perfection When Man Becomes God, Or God Becomes Man

“Perfection does not belong to God as God, nor does it belong to man as man. We get perfection when man becomes God, or God becomes man. The finite being who is conscious of the finite is short of perfection; but when he becomes conscious of being one with the Infinite, he is perfect.”

— Meher Baba, from the book, “God To Man, Man To God”


God Became Conscious As An Individual

“Some have said that the uniqueness of Christ as Jesus was that a man became conscious of God, that an individual became conscious of God. But we would now give a greater significance: GOD BECAME CONSCIOUS AS AN INDIVIDUAL! This is why you are in the Earth — not to become conscious of God, for you were that before entering the Earth. Not that, as many religions and people believe, but that God would become conscious AS MAN, that God would become an individual. There is a difference. One is a transformation, an amelioration, the purpose for which he entered. The other is, well, merely returning the pancake to its batter.”

— From “Creation”, a psychic reading by Ray Stanford


There Are Two Basic Approaches To Human Spirituality

“There are two basic approaches to human spirituality. The first one is to emphasize, concentrate, and focus on the divine possibility within until this possibility becomes a reality. Many movements exist that have practices, teachings, and exercises that help actively and effectively toward this end. All energies and concentration are directed toward cultivating and enhancing, manifesting and expressing, the divine reality within. However, this does not necessarily mean that the other fragmentary levels of consciousness are thereby automatically eliminated and incorporated into the divine center. It is quite possible and, indeed, a frequent occurrence that such practices genuinely bring out the real, Higher Self yet leave the underdeveloped aspects of consciousness intact.”

“Many entities have such an intense longing to realize their divine, inherent nature that they forget, while in the body, that they came to fulfill a mission in the universal plan. This mission is the purification and growth of undeveloped cosmic matter. In order to do this, the second approach must be adopted. And that is to shed the light of conscious awareness and experience on the inner distortions, the ugliness, the darkness, the evil, the suffering, as well as on the inner truth, the beauty, the love, the goodness, the joy.”

“It is necessary to attempt, again and again, to get in touch with the Higher Self, the divine consciousness that is ever-present, immutable, and immediately available within you. When this is done for the purpose of making distorted levels of soul substance conscious and in order to reorient them, so as to unify all split-off soul substance, meditation must take a different road from the kind of meditation that is used for the sole purpose of realizing the Divine Self while disregarding the dark aspects of the self. It is a current illusion and wishful thinking that this latter approach automatically deals with the dark side of human nature. This cannot be so. You cannot overcome what you have not consciously and fully experienced. This wishful hope with which you are all familiar is nourished by the fact that it is indeed possible to realize the already potentially present part of the God self. It is very important, my friends, to understand this clearly. This is why it is often true that entities once they shed the body who have led a difficult and apparently unspiritual life, do more toward the universal process of evolution than some others who have led an extremely spiritual life, who may even have been so-called ‘masters,’ but who have cultivated their beauty and disregarded their ugliness. They have thus failed to unify and so have unwittingly perpetuated the dualistic state of consciousness in which this earth finds itself.”

— From The Pathwork Guide Lectures of Eva Pierrakos, Lecture 193


Shadow Issues Are Revealed In Our Relationships With Others

“Relationship represents the greatest challenge for the individual, for it is only in relationship to others that unresolved problems still existing within the individual psyche are affected and activated.”

— From The Pathwork Guide Lectures of Eva Pierrakos, Pg. 93, The Pathwork of Self-Transformation


We Are Not Here For Any Purpose Of Escape

“When such a substance as LSD is taken into the system, through chemical stimulation relating to the glands, one is taken back in the activities of the evolutionary forces, the evolutionary forces of the body and soul. You may say that ‘I, some, have experienced a glimpse of God, of Christ, in this way.’ Have you? … You have experienced somewhat of an awareness related to the Universal, to God. But, as in the beginning, it draws the focus of the mind back to the deep-set history of the soul and bodily evolution, to the SUBJECTIVE state of mind rather than to the OBJECTIVE state.”

“Such experiences with these drugs hinder man toward the Christ consciousness. For while it is true that they attune him to God, they attune him as to the relationship of man with God BEFORE he was a spiritual being, rather than toward that which he is to become.”

“We are not here for any purpose of escape. Through the nature of the spirit and soul, the forces have been built in man where it is here a bit, there a bit, stone upon stone; not a jump into the infinite — even with a few hours or days or weeks of preparation… No, it is not well at these times that man return to his unresolute beginnings. It would be more important and better that a man flounder for years, striving with his own personal problems to apply what he even consciously knows of the Christ ideal of love.”

— “The Drug Dilemma”, from the psychic readings of Ray Stanford



The Pathwork of Self-Transformation
By Eva Pierrakos

The Pathwork Lectures of Eva Pierrakos provide an exceptionally insightful overview of personal growth and the spiritual path. Along with viewing and encouraging personal growth in a very well-rounded way, the Pathwork Lectures are unique in terms of how much, and how clearly, they deal with shadow issues. For a comprehensive overview of the history of these lectures, including their main teachings, go here. The Pathwork Foundation’s website is located here.


Spiritual Bypassing: When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters
By Robert Augustus Masters

Spiritual bypassing — the use of spiritual beliefs to avoid dealing with painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs — is so pervasive that it goes largely unnoticed. The spiritual ideals of any tradition, whether Christian commandments or Buddhist precepts, can provide easy justification for practitioners to duck uncomfortable feelings in favor of more seemingly enlightened activity. When split off from fundamental psychological needs, such actions often do much more harm than good.

While other authors have touched on the subject, this is the first book fully devoted to spiritual bypassing. Spiritual Bypassing provides an in-depth look at the unresolved or ignored psychological issues often masked as spirituality, including self-judgment, excessive niceness, and emotional dissociation. A longtime psychotherapist with an engaging writing style, Masters furthers the body of psychological insight into how we use (and abuse) religion in often unconscious ways. This book will hold particular appeal for those who grew up with an unstructured new-age spirituality now looking for a more mature spiritual practice, and for anyone seeking increased self-awareness and a more robust relationship with themselves and others.


Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature
By Connie Zweig (Editor) and Jeremiah Abrams (Editor)

Editors Connie Zweig and Jeremiah Abrams deserve congratulations for constructing this remarkable collection of illuminating looks at the hitherto inscrutable human “shadow.” This substantial volume brings together extremely diverse perspectives on this eternally timely topic, citing brief but pithy passages from luminaries like Carl Jung, James Hillman, M.L. von Franz, John Sanford; Harville Hendrix, Marsha Sinetar, Larry Dossey, W.Brugh Joy; M.Scott Peck, Rollo May, Ernest Becker, Sam Keen, Robert Jay Lifton; Ken Wilber, Robert Bly, Joseph Campbell and John Bradshaw. There is much distilled wisdom in these pages, organized in a meaningful, coherent, even entertaining fashion — with intelligent commentary by the editors, who scatter lovely little nuggets from Rilke, Nietzsche, Rumi, Shakespeare, Lao-Tzu, Blake, Dante and others throughout. Some reviewers have called this highly readable book the “I Ching” of the shadow, and for good reason: readers, even those new to the notion of the “shadow,” can pick it up, open to practically any page, and discover something valuable and essential to understanding themselves and others more deeply and more compassionately. In short, this compendium is a terrific introduction to Jung’s archetypal concept of the Shadow.


Stripping the Gurus: Sex, Violence, Abuse and Enlightenment
By Geoffrey Falk

“Stripping the Gurus is superb — one of the best books of its kind I have ever read. The research is meticulous, the writing engaging, and the overall thesis: devastatingly true. A stellar book.”

— Dr. David C. Lane, California State University

“Geoffrey Falk’s delightful but disturbing unmasking of religious prophets and preachers who command a vast following is a welcome contribution to the literature on the gurus and god-men of all religions.”

— Dr. Narasingha P. Sil, Western Oregon University