The Fruitful Darkness – April 2017

The Fruitful Darkness: Gifts of the Shadow
April, 2017


In this seeker’s life, there is no awakening without looking at the contents of our shadow, those buried qualities in the psyche that we struggle to repress, deny, and keep off the record. These shadow parts may be shameful or brilliant; not only do we hide our guilt, shame, and fear, but we also sequester our gifts very often, those unique, original, unconventional callings that don’t fit into our safeguarded lives.

In this program, we’ll examine the gifts of the shadow – the latent potential in our fruitful darkness. What are we afraid to reveal? Which desires, secrets, and predilections do we conceal, and how can we start to retrieve this lost treasure? The poet Robert Bly said that we spend the first forty years of our lives stuffing things into the shadow bag – and the next forty years pulling them out. Until we do this, we cannot be whole; we cannot truly heal or become self-aware. When we learn to shine a light on our shadow, we discover a depth that we’ve been missing. It’s the doorway to to an integrated life.

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Program Content

Seekers Session Teleconference

Video Lessons

Guest Interview with Adyashanti


Adyashanti, author of The Way of Liberation, Falling into Grace, True Meditation, and The End of Your World, is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence.

Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. “The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.”

Based in California, Adyashanti lives with his wife, Mukti, Associate Teacher of Open Gate Sangha. He teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live internet radio broadcast.

“Adyashanti” means primordial peace.