Thank you so much for this article. It absolutely spoke to me. I’ve been suicidal myself and experienced all the horror and shame-upon-shame that goes with it, from professionals and family. I also know at a very deep level that my suicidal times were exactly as you say here – a response to seeing and feeling the shadow. These times in my life have indeed proved to be transformational. I now run creative writing workshops, often with ‘shadow’ themes, and I also love Leonard Cohen’s ‘There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in’ – and this poem by Michael Leunig… WHEN THE HEART When the heart Is cut or cracked or broken, Do not clutch it; Let the wound lie open. Let the wind From the good old sea blow in To bathe the wound with salt, And let it sting. Let a stray dog lick it, Let a bird lean in the hole and sing A simple song like a tiny bell, And let it ring.