Self Inquiry + Shadow
Know your whole self
In this self-guided course, you will increase your understanding of what shadow is, learn how to recognize it in your life and begin the work to begin finding the sense of fulfillment you have been seeking. Our shadow is found in our relationships, families, teams and our organizations. Living without an awareness of how your shadow works is like living on autopilot – asleep at the wheel. Without cultivating a keen awareness of our shadow, we live in ways that can be reactive and disconnected from who we really are.
On autopilot you may feel like you’re doing all the right things but still have a sense of lack. Achieving goals feels incomplete or like you are missing the mark. Life without understanding shadow can be filled with emptiness or uncertainty. Not really feeling like the goals you have set for yourself matter or are meaningful to your life. Life can feel hollow. Knowing your shadow and working with it can help deepen your life and bring a sense of connection and growth.
Throughout our lives we learn to suppress, hide or adapt certain elements of who we are. This can lead to a disconnection where we eventually start to feel like the world is happening to us rather than seeing how we can show up and be present. We CAN “re-story” our lives and reconnect to the hidden parts of ourselves. Working well with shadow allows an elevated level of wholeness and vitality in all areas of your life.
Each day, for four days this course will provide you with guided readings about shadow and relevant exercises to expand your understanding of your shadow. You will learn to bring some of the most powerful parts of yourself into a more integrated way of being in the world instead of working against your self. Your more integrated way of being will not only lead you toward a greater sense of growth and connection but a broader sense of belonging in the world.
- Assistant Professor Business Ethics, UBC
"Your approach strikes a good balance between slowing down the organization so that it can become truly reflective and gathering up the threads in a way that gives it direction for going forward."
- Principal, Adaptive Capacities
"Jeff is a gifted leader with a wonderful ability to help others find order amidst chaos. His ability to create space for exploration and dialogue creates a rich experience for discovery and sense-making."
"Jeff was open and easy to work with. He took the time to listen and understand the specifics of what I was looking to accomplish and offered fresh ideas that helped organize and formulate a custom strategic plan that was easy to understand and implement. As a result, I was able to help my clients manage their defined goals and track progress."
- Manager of Strategic Initiatives
"Jeff created a coaching program that was uniquely suited for my development. Together we have engaged in some incredibly transformative conversations that have led to me taking significant and exciting risks in my leadership and ultimately my career. Through his support I trust myself more completely now and my career development has been accelerated because of this."
- Owner, Litehouse Consulting Inc
"Jeff helps make sense of complex situations to find ways to deal with perplexing social problems."
- Former President (retired), The Mentor Group
"Jeff is my ‘go to’ guy for strategy, insight and feedback on what it takes to nurture health and vitality into organizations. A refreshingly focussed listener, Jeff connects his client(s) needs with a wealth of relevant knowledge, insight and experience gained from on the ground experience. Jeff applies his gifts and the tools of his trade with little fanfare – almost matter-of-factly. The result for the client is a trust and confidence in the diagnosis and the process for moving forward."
- Executive Director, Sagesse
"Jeff’s approach encourages a deeper level of thoughtfulness. He is insightful in his thought process and feedback, supporting both myself and our agency to engage with greater intentionality and creativity."
- Director of Client Services, CWES
"Jeff has been invaluable to our teams as we have developed new strategies for violence prevention as an agency. Jeff is a very skilled and thoughtful facilitator. Drawing on a his expertise in issues relevant to men and boys and violence prevention, he was able to engage and lead our team members through a program re-design process that resulted in new, creative, and innovative approaches to the issue. I highly recommend Jeff"
- Director of Operations, HIV Community Link
“Jeff has an innate ability to engage people in a way that helps them discover their strengths, and see what's possible. He is an adaptable coach who sees the individual (or group) as the expert and uses that as the key foundation to build upon in his work. Jeff brings an excitement and energy to every interaction that fosters an environment where creativity, strategic thinking, visioning and problem solving can authentically emerge.”
- Director, Resource Development & Communications, CWES
"I have had the pleasure of working alongside Jeff and would not hesitate to recommend him. Jeff's facilitation abilities are stellar and time and again, he was able to engage and guide our leadership team through some difficult thought provoking issues and processes with relative ease. As a result, our team has launched new and exciting initiatives which will ultimately benefit the community as a whole.”