The Human Shadow

By Jon Sievert

The Rev. Wayne Walder continues his examination of Carl Jung’s concept of the Human Shadow at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

UU Service
The Human Shadow
By Rev. Wayne Walder
Sun, Mar 29, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

In Jungian psychology, the shadow aspect describes how we repress skills and tendencies we had as children to fit into the culture and be loved by our family and friends. At some point in a human life these tendencies we repressed long ago, our shadow, begin to seep out. We find ourselves enacting ideas and emotions we thought were long past. Our shadow contains not only the repressed emotions but a great deal of energy and interest in the everyday world. Many find that if they again repress their shadow at later ages, they become depressed. The Jungian shadow can include everything outside the light of consciousness, and may be positive or negative. “Everyone carries a shadow,” Jung wrote, “and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.”

Rev. Walder is the founding minister of the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In his first career, he partnered a business that built and renovated houses in Toronto for more than 20 years. As a minister, Wayne helped begin the Neighborhood UU Congregation, which has its own building and has developed into a full service congregation in fewer than 15 years. Wayne likes to think of himself as an everyday mystic and was on the guru circuit for a few years. He has a master’s degree in religion from the University of Toronto, loves religious anthropology, and will often play the Native American flute at services. He has met and worked with many spiritual teachers, including Pir Vilayat, Carlos Nakai, Yogi Bahjan, Swami Rama, David Mcbride, Thomas Moore, Fool’s Crow, Sharon Saltzberg, the Dalai Lama, and Walter Bruggeman.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterwards. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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