The Journey Into Night , 2023
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"In the middle of the journey of our life, I came to myself, in a dark wood, where the direct way was lost. It is a hard thing to speak of, how wild, harsh, and impenetrable that wood was, so that thinking of it recreates the fear.

- Dante Alighieri, Canto I, "Inferno"

After a few good posts of Firenze, actual cool Florentines, and Frida, I'm back on my Dante bullsh*t once again �

One of the most striking aspects of Dante's journey in the Divine Comedy is its connection to the concept of what we now call "Shadow Work," as coined by C.G. Jung. Dante's descent into the various circles of Hell, and his subsequent ascent through Purgatory and Paradise, symbolize his journey inward toward self-discovery. This idea has been explored by many modern-day authors and theorists, most notably C.G. Jung, who used Dante's journey to illustrate his concept of "the Shadow."

The shadow is an unconscious part of our psyche - a portion that contains all the aspects of ourselves that we deny, repress, or are ashamed of. To move forward in life, we must first face and accept this obscured side of ourselves. This process - what Jung called shadow work - entails descending into our own depths and facing our most hidden aspects of the self.

In the Divine Comedy, Dante takes a literal journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise to reach his beloved Beatrice. The poem is actually allegorical; it serves as a metaphor for the journey we must take inward if we wish to know ourselves fully, and one he knew well as a Florentine in exile.

My own journey here in Florence, if you've been following along, has been, well, interesting. However, the irony of Dante's hometown and the contrasts Florence provides in its people, food, politics, and landscapes is not lost on me.

In modern times, our shadows are no longer represented by literal monsters - at least not most of the time - but rather by deep-seated fears and limitations that can only be conquered through courageous shadow work via an illuminating journey through the soul.

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