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Shadows along the spiritual pathway

Humphrey, Caroline


Caroline Humphrey


Contemporary spirituality discourses tend to assume that a canopy of light and love overarches all spiritual pathways. Unfortunately, the dark side of humanity cannot be spirited away so easily, and aberrations of personal spiritual development, interpersonal spiritual relationships and new spiritual movements can often be traced to the denial, repression and return of our dark side. Transpersonal psychology offers a way of approaching, reframing and redeeming the unconscious depths of our psyche, with its metaphors of shadows and daimons on the one hand, and its therapeutic practices for symbolically containing and transcending polarities on the other. In its absence, any spirituality which eulogises holistic growth is likely to engender the reverse effect.


Humphrey, C. (2015). Shadows along the spiritual pathway. Journal of religion and health, 54(6), 2376-2388.

Acceptance Date Mar 1, 2015
Online Publication Date Mar 21, 2015
Publication Date Dec 29, 2015
Deposit Date Apr 22, 2015
Publicly Available Date Apr 22, 2015
Journal Journal of religion and health
Print ISSN 0022-4197
Electronic ISSN 1573-6571
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 54
Issue 6
Pages 2376-2388
Keywords Spirituality; Religion; Transpersonal psychology; Shadows; The daimonic; The demonic
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Additional Information Author's accepted manuscript of an article which has been published in: Journal of religion and health, 2015, v.54, issue 6. The final publication is available at Springer via


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