Robert Augustus Masters, PhD, is an American integral psychotherapist and author. Masters’ work centers on blending the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of our lives for emotional intelligence, greater intimacy, maturity in relationships, and authentic awakening.
"Our shadow," teaches Robert Augustus Masters, "is our internal storehouse for the parts of us that we’ve disowned or rejected, or are otherwise keeping in the dark." Everyone has a shadow, but all too many of us are unaware of it.
If you want more joy, get as intimate as possible with all of your emotions, illuminating and honoring the basic energy of each one. There is a kind of joy that sooner or later emerges from such exploration, the joy of simply being present at the heart of whatever we are feeling.
The passage from immature to mature monogamy is not only a journey of ripening intimacy with a partner but also a journey into and through zones of ourselves that may be very difficult to accept and integrate with the rest of our being.