ORIGIN AND HISTORY

Where did Urban Shadows come from

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The shadow creatures have been with us since the beginning. In ancient days when primitive humans had only just mastered fire, they were among us in the dark. They gathered around our tribes, soaking in our fears of the unknown, feeding off our constant fight for survival, and haunting our attempts to make sense of the world.  

As humans evolved they have evolved alongside us. We used to live in closer harmony with these reflections of ourselves. Even if we did not fully comprehend what they were or where they came from, we had an understanding and respect for their existence.

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So much so that they kept finding their way into our stories, culture, and lives.
Often they represented the darkest unknown parts of our experience. Often represented as - Devils, Spirits, Demons, and Monsters. We felt them as separate entities from ourselves, given form by our imagination. Through time our relationship with these shadows has changed. From understanding, to harmony, to vilification and everything in-between.

At certain points in time we lost touch with them completely as we focused upon issues of human enlightenment, progress, and modernization. The industrialization of humanity did much to shift our focus outwards. It was only after a period of turmoil and separation from our deeper selves did the need arise to reexamine our thoughts and feelings in a deeper way.

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In modern days we rarely acknowledge the existence of the shadows, despite having the tools necessary to understand them as well as ourselves. Terms like ‘Shadow Work’ and the ‘Dark Night of the Soul’ stemming from psychology and various spiritual practices can point the way.

In modern days we rarely acknowledge the existence of the shadows, despite having the tools necessary to understand them as well as ourselves. Terms like ‘Shadow Work’ and the ‘Dark Night of the Soul’ stemming from psychology and various spiritual practices can point the way.

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