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Bringing Your Soul to Work by Cheryl Peppers, Alan Briskin

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image4Shadows of the Soul

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One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.1

—CARL JUNG

HISTORICALLY, ARTISTS of all types have tended to use movement from darkness to light as symbolic of growth, associating light with the divine. Light represents heaven, knowledge, good, that which is to be sought. The Great Canon, composed by St. Andrew of Crete around 700 C.E., celebrates the coming of Christ in the world as symbolized in the appearance of light in the morning and is still sung in monasteries at the break of day. Eighteenth-century artist William Blake chose light and dark figures to represent ...

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