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  1. Understanding this theory is an invaluable tool for some people because alongside accessing and integrating the shadow comes the insight that it's not just dark, it's also golden. Integrating the Shadow can also be seen as analogous to what some religions label enlightenment.The practical application of this understanding is what leads to access and integration.
  2. Here's something to beware of: 'spiritual bypassing': It's often said that spiritual practice requires virtues like grounding, courage, persistence, wisdom and compassion and there's why. I don't think the concept of spiritual bypassing is anything new, it's old wine in new bottles, but it is a good modern restatement of something that's always warned against but can get missed easily. As well as being symptomatic of misapplied practice these aspects can also be causes and spurs to spiritual practice too.