Dark Gold: The Human Shadow and the Global Crisis

Dark Gold: The Human Shadow and the Global Crisis endeavors to educate, challenge, and most importantly inspire the reader to engage with the shadow as a necessary first step in both individual and collective healing. It emphasizes and elaborates on the abundant emotional and spiritual treasures that invariably issue from shadow exploration and transformation. Dark Gold challenges us to become courageous enough to be accountable and compassionate enough to love ourselves and the earth community fiercely, even when we feel it will make no difference.


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C. G. Jung wrote, “The future of mankind very much depends upon the recognition of the shadow.” In her new book Dark Gold: The Human Shadow and the Alchemy of Global Crisis, Carolyn Baker masterfully sheds light on the darkness of both the personal and collective aspects of the human shadow that, I imagine, would truly give Jung hope for the future of humanity. To my mind, there is no more important work that any of us could do at the present moment in our history.

—Paul Levy, author of Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil

Carolyn Baker has done it again; she has taken a familiar topic and opened it with startling revelations. Her book is filled with wisdom, shining a light on the many ways the Shadow manifests in our culture.  From war and racism, consumerism and New Age spirituality, Carolyn sees through our collective postures of superiority and invites us to do the hard work of redemption. At this critical time in our history, we urgently need her insights and guidance on how we may indeed, uncover the Dark Gold that awaits us.

—Francis Weller, author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief