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Illuminating the Shadow:Transforming the Dark Side of the Psyche

(Book Review)

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Illuminating the Shadow: Transforming the Dark Side of the Psyche
by David Furlong

Reviews by Dr Fiona Bowie and Dr David McDonald

Book - Illuminating the Shadow David Furlong’s latest book, Illuminating the Shadow, is a wonderful, erudite account of the human psyche, particularly in its wounded and hidden aspects. First we are introduced to the concept of the Shadow in films, literature, myth, metaphor and Fairy Tales, before learning how it manifests at a personal, public and collective level. Finally, we are taught how to learn from and integrate this aspect of ourselves, and of the human condition. Illuminating the Shadow is full of practical insights drawn from Furlong’s work as a therapist, with exercises to help the reader explore and make peace with him or herself. It is the sort of book that deserves more than one reading; that asks to be borrowed and lent so that the wisdom contained within can be shared as widely as possible.

Dr Fiona Bowie, King’s College London & the Afterlife Research Centre
Author of the bestselling Anthropology of Religion (Blackwell)

Illuminating the Shadow explores a rich breadth of academic knowledge and everyday life experience with great depth and wisdom. Scholarly exposition of shadow through history, the arts and sciences provides far-reaching insights for human nature and global society. Story, myth and metaphor show how we express and try to understand our own complexity, divine mystery and the struggle between good and evil at personal and collective levels. And bringing dark psyche into the light shows shadow in relief, not to be eliminated but illuminated since, in its vital integrative function, it is both teacher and healer. Therapeutic examples and exercises in shadow work demonstrate the journey into light and compassionate love, with free will continuously informed by evolving consciousness, that points us towards full relationship with the living human God, and with our selves and each other. For the advancement of mental and spiritual health, this eminently practical book deserves a wide readership.

Dr David McDonald, Consultant Psychiatrist and Advisor in the Church of England’s Healing Ministry


About the Author

To order David's book from Amazon please click the link in the Background Reading section below.

David Furlong is the Director of the Spirit Release Forum, which he founded in 2011. He grew up in a family that practised spiritual healing and discovered, as a young child, how to access his healing skills. He has been a healer for more than forty-five years.

He is one of the founder tutors of the College of Healing and was the first Chairman of the Natural Health Network. He is the author of six books including The Healer Within, Working with Earth Energies and Healing Your Ancestral Patterns and has run workshops and training courses for more than forty-five years.

In 2002 he became Chairman of Education committee of the Spirit Release Foundation and is involved with developing its educational programmes. When the Foundation closed down he established a new organisation called the Spirit Release Forum, which he runs as director. His latest book entitled Illuminating the Shadow: Transmuting the Dark Side of the Psyche, was published in early 2016

Background Reading
The following books are recommended as further information to the above review.

Illuminating the Shadow

The Dark Side of the Light Chasers

The Shadow Effect

Transforming the Eternal Soul

The following link to David's website may be of interest:

David Furlong - http://www.davidfurlong.co.uk

Background Articles
The following articles are the process of development and will be added to and updated on a regular basis.

The Soul Journey

Soul/Body Link

Health Issues

Death & Transition

Copper Beech Tree
Stone head
Sunset - Egypt
The articles here explore the recent developments in understanding the journey of the soul through various incarnations as well as information about its sojourn in between lives in the spirit realms.
The Soul's Journey
In order to experience the Soul needs to be energetically linked into the body. The articles here look at various models that explains how this might occur, providing a further insight into the Soul/mind/body link.
The Soul/Body Link
Soul Fragments and Retrieval
Imbalances between the Soul and the mind/body can lead to a large range of health issues including mental and psychological problems. Mental imbalances include 'Dissociative Disorders' and 'Trance States'.
Causes for Attachments
Electromagnetic Pollution
One of the most challenging experiences that we will all have to face is the death of the physical body. The Near Death Experience or NDE tells us what should happen and provides insights into why spirits get trapped.
Death and Transition
Near Death Exp.(NDE)

Trapped Souls

Psychic Issues

Spirit Attachments

Spirit Release

Graveyard - Scotland
There appear to be many reasons why Souls fail to make a full transition and become trapped or 'earthbound' and still able to influence the physical planes. We explore here some of the issues involved.
Earthbound Souls
Sensitive people can be aware of a whole range of 'subtle' energies that can cause them considerable distress. The articles here explore these various states and the way that negative energies can be deliberately created.
Geopathic Stress
Individuals suffering invasions or spirit attachments claim a wide variety of different types of attaching entities, in addition to normal human Souls. We look here at some of the claims that have been made.
Spirit Attachments
Shadow Entities
We explore the processes that can be adopted to help release trapped or 'earthbound' spirits. The articles here also considers the differences between spirits that attach to people and those that are stuck in places.
Spirit Release
 - Background

 - Places Part1
 - Places Part2
 - People Background
 - People
 - Demonic Release Pt1
 - Demonic Release Pt2


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