In the 2009 documentary The Shadow Effect, three renowned spiritual teachers—Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson—come together to shed light on the shadow and encourage us each to “do our shadow work” to make peace with ourselves and the world; to acknowledge and embrace our past; and to free ourselves to live a new future. The film is complemented by a book and an online course to support individuals in drawing their shadow elements into the light of day.
As the film’s promotional materials explain, “The shadow exists within all of us. It is a part of us and yet we spend most of our life running from it.” Yet our dark side holds the promise of a better, more personally fulfilling life. Though hidden from our conscious awareness, our shadows make themselves known to us in countless ways. They are the reason we over-react to minor incidents; sabotage our success at achieving our goals; seem to repeat the same arguments endlessly with our spouses; and don’t feel fulfilled despite living conventionally “successful” lives. Until we are able to reclaim all the disowned parts of ourselves, our shadows will continue to limit us. We will live out a partial version of our unlimited potential.
The Shadow Effect is an engaging film that explains how repressed emotions and unresolved internal conflicts lead to behavior that unseats politicians, destroys celebrity careers, destabilizes the economy and affects the lives of millions each year. The film also features Mark Victor Hansen, James Van Praagh, David Simon, MD, Verdine White, Dr. Jason Deitch, Dr. Charles Richards, Brent Becvar, Dr. Daniel Bressler, Dr. George Pratt, Dr. Edith Eva Eger, Marita Wahl-Shedd, and Hector M. Escarcega.