Facing the Shadow

Unify the dark and light aspects of your mind and emotions.

SELF-PACED ONLINE COURSE: 2 modules, 30 lessons, 1 master meditation, 3 CPD points

This unique study with Big Shakti is a rare opportunity to learn from a medical doctor, psychotherapist, and yoga master in the comfort of your home.

Our "Facing the Shadow" course offers a transformative journey into the depths of your psyche, combining Western psychological insights with Eastern yoga psychology and philosophical perspectives to reveal and examine your psychological shadow.

This course is designed to help you uncover and integrate the hidden aspects of yourself, known as the shadow, to achieve greater self-awareness and wholeness. This course takes you on an inward journey exploring darkness and light, and taking you from limited consciousness to blazing self-awareness, providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the shadow and practical tools for personal growth.


What You'll Learn

  • The force that separates you from wholeness
  • How the shadow operates in the world, society, and relationships
  • The shadow's role from both Eastern and Western perspectives
  • The shadow in relation to ego and identity
  • How an unexplored shadow hides your true nature, and tools to remedy this

You'll discover how to:

  • Engage with the disowned parts of yourself
  • Manage negative feelings like shame, resentment, and anger
  • Understand why you may project your shadow onto others
  • Establish a positive relationship with your shadow
  • Integrate the shadow into your higher self

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Western Psychology and the Shadow

The course introduces key psychological concepts such as consciousness, the unconscious, ego, self, identity, and the shadow. Carl Jung's theories on the shadow and its relationship with the ego are central to this perspective. You'll explore how the shadow forms through socialisation and the repression of unacceptable traits, and how it manifests in various aspects of life. Techniques for integrating the shadow, such as grounding and self-awareness, are provided to help you manage its influence.

Formation and Function: The shadow forms through socialization and parental disapproval, leading us to suppress undesirable traits and strengths.

Impact: The less embodied the shadow is in conscious life, the blacker and denser it becomes. This unacknowledged shadow can drive us to think, feel, and act in destructive ways.

Yoga Psychology and the Shadow

The Eastern approach complements the Western perspective by introducing concepts from yoga philosophy, such as the mahā gunas (sattva, rajas, tamas) and the four organs of the mind (chitta, buddhi, manas, ahamkara). In Yoga Psychology, the shadow refers to the psychic sheath connecting our ego to the universal self.

Certain yoga and meditation techniques help illuminate this psychic sheath and integrate its elements into our conscious mind. You'll learn practical techniques for managing the shadow, including relaxation, grounding, and meditation. The course also covers the integration of these practices into a daily yoga-tantra ritual to support ongoing personal growth and self-awareness.

Integration: Techniques taught enable awareness of the shadow in everyday life, helping us avoid being driven by it and developing psychic maturity to integrate these elements, moving from a divided self to a unified self.

Course Modules

Part 1: Unveiling the Shadow - A Journey into the Depths of Your Soul


To get started you'll be introduced to the fundamentals of the shadow, as theorised by Carl Jung. You'll learn the dual nature of the shadow—both the dark and golden aspects. You'll learn how the shadow forms and functions within your psyche, and begin the process of integrating these elements into your conscious self. Part one also includes a powerful meditation to develop relaxation, grounding, and witnessing skills, essential for this transformative work.

Overview: Introduction to Carl Jung’s theories on the shadow and its formation.

Golden vs. Dark Shadow: Explore both positive (golden) and negative (dark) aspects.

Meditation: Develop relaxation, grounding, and witnessing skills to support shadow work.

Part 2: Illuminating the Path - The Power of Self-Awareness


Building on Part 1, Part 2 focuses on self-awareness as a crucial tool for shadow work. You'll learn to navigate the challenges posed by the shadow's resistance to change and the ego's defence mechanisms. Through structured approaches and daily rituals, including a specific meditation technique, you'll cultivate the resilience needed to face your shadow. This section emphasizes the integration of self-awareness into daily life, guiding you towards a balanced and fulfilled existence.

Self-Awareness: Shine the light of awareness on the hidden aspects of yourself.

Overcoming Obstacles: Manage the shadow’s resistance, including inertia and restlessness.

Meditation Technique: The Ritual to Face the Shadow builds psychic and spiritual muscles, helping confront the shadow head-on.

Why This Format of Shadow Exploration Works


Has Your Shadow Hijacked Your Life

Many spiritual paths focus solely on transcendence and light, inadvertently causing practitioners to repress or reject their shadows. This fuels inner division, suffering, and the tendency to "spiritually bypass" unresolved psychological material.

By contrast, the Facing the Shadow course recognizes the shadow as an integral part of the spiritual journey. It offers a safe, gradual approach to shadow work and equips participants with both Eastern and Western tools to face shadow content with compassion and presence.

As you progressively reclaim and integrate your shadow, you start to experience the profound wholeness and freedom that comes from no longer abandoning parts of yourself.

Benefits of Shadow Work

Exploring your shadow offers numerous benefits including:

Self-Discovery: Gain deep insights into the hidden aspects of your psyche, uncovering repressed thoughts, feelings, and potentials.

Personal Growth: Develop the tools to integrate your shadow, leading to a more balanced and harmonious sense of self.

Emotional Resilience: Build mental and emotional resilience through structured practices and meditations.

Holistic Approach: Benefit from the integration of Western psychological and Eastern philosophical perspectives, offering a comprehensive approach to shadow work.

Enhanced Self-Awareness: Cultivate self-awareness and mindfulness, enabling you to navigate life's challenges with greater ease and clarity.

Spiritual Awakening: Embrace both light and shadow aspects of your being, fostering a grounded and authentic spiritual awakening.

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Big Shakti

“Jayne Stevenson and Swami Shankardev have the unique ability to present and explain what can be complex esoteric topics in simple ways that are relevant to everyday life. Their education programs are thoroughly transformative. Their use of meditation and spiritual awareness techniques from both Eastern and Western systems is so effective that I have moved from a fragmented state to a centered, focused state. ”

Sydney, NSW Australia

Big Shakti

“In "Facing the Shadow", by its nature, a personally challenging course, participants were supported and loved, and I, for one, was so much braver as a result. Each time, I enjoyed the classes and found them illuminating. The guided meditations have become a vital part of my daily life.”


Big Shakti

“Dr Swami Shankardev and Jayne Stevenson have an extraordinary ability to transmit deep spiritual truths in a gentle yet rigorous manner. He combines wisdom and a profound knowledge of the "shastra" with a genuine desire to help and heal. The online programs are meticulously designed to promote inner strength, greater connection and deep, authentic knowledge. I am deeply grateful.”

Indiana, US


Dr. Swami Shankardev Saraswati and Jayne Stevenson. 

Dr. Swami Shankardev Saraswati and Jayne Stevenson created the Facing the Shadow Course to address a profound and often overlooked aspect of personal development: the shadow. Both have spent their careers exploring the depths of the human psyche and the barriers to true self-awareness. They recognise that the shadow, the unconscious part of our personality, holds the key to overcoming internal conflicts and achieving a more harmonious and authentic life. 

By combining their extensive expertise in Western psychology and Eastern yogic practices, they have developed a course that not only identifies and examines the shadow but also provides practical tools to integrate these hidden aspects into conscious awareness. Their goal is to empower individuals to confront and embrace their shadow, leading to personal growth, greater psychological health, and a more unified sense of self. This course is a unique opportunity to gain insights and techniques from two leading experts in their fields, helping you to live a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Are you curious about the aspects of yourself that lie hidden in the shadows?

The Facing the Shadow course offers you a gateway to understanding and integrating these unconscious elements.
This course provides a deep look at the shadow from both psychological and yogic perspectives.

This course is suitable for individuals at all levels of experience with shadow work, offering a rich foundation and practical tools to catalyze personal transformation. By facing and integrating your shadow, you'll move towards a more authentic, fulfilled, and enlightened life.

Learn skills for greater self-awareness.

Big Shakti

“Big Shakti's online programs are planned with extreme care and knowledge, and they are valuable tools for self-study. They are easy to follow, and they always make me feel like the teacher is in my mind, knowing my needs and what I want to explore. Whether it is a meditation, a Yoga Nidra, or a program about facing our shadow or discovering our life's purpose, their quality and power are unique. My absolute trust in Big Shakti's team derives from all the benefits I've enjoyed since I started practicing its beautiful methods. It is very comforting to have the possibility of choosing a Grounding Meditation when feeling agitated or Facing the Shadow meditation when having the need to look deep into my soul. What I like most about Big Shakti's work is that they provide knowledge and experience in a structured way, with care, love, and, yes, empathy. It is like having a trusted friend who helps you when needed.”


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Course Components

  • 2 Modules, 27 Lessons, 2 Meditations
  • Video & Written Theory (3 hours of content)
  • Guided Master Meditations
  • Email Support from Guides

Continuing Professional Development

Earns CPD 3 contact hours with Yoga Alliance USA, Yoga Australia, & SYTA. CPD Certificate provided upon completion.

Cost: USD$97



Do I need shadow work even if I haven't faced major traumas?

Yes, everyone has a shadow. Even without major traumas, we all have repressed thoughts, feelings, and aspects of self that need integration for true wholeness.

How much time will I need to commit?

We recommend 2-3 hours per week, but you can go at your own pace. The shifts occur cumulatively over a lifetime, and you'll have ongoing access to the material.

What if I uncover something disturbing in my shadow?

It's normal to feel apprehensive about what you might find in shadow. The course is designed to give you a safe, gradual approach and equip you to meet shadow content with compassion. The mentoring calls offer extra support if needed.

Why do I need to explore shadow if I'm focused on spiritual light?

Focusing only on light creates imbalance over time. Just as nature depends on both day and night, wholeness requires integrating both light and shadow. Embracing your shadow is essential for grounded spiritual awakening.

Is this course suitable if I'm new to shadow work?

This course is suitable for all levels. You'll gain a rich foundation and practices to catalyze your wholeness.

Is it safe to do shadow work alone?

Yes, the course is designed to be self-paced and provides a safe, gradual approach to shadow work. However, it's important to proceed with self-compassion and patience. The course includes detailed guidance and support to help you navigate this journey. If you ever feel overwhelmed, you can reach out to the course instructors via email support.


Facing Your Shadow

Uncover the hidden parts of yourself that are holding you back.

If you feel a sincere calling toward wholeness, we invite you to honor that inner wisdom and join us on this journey. Enroll in this course now and take a profound step toward illuminating your path to a more authentic, fulfilled, and enlightened life.


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