Shadows and Deeper Shadows

Cards for telling our stories, owning our shadows and finding ways forward

ISBN13 : 978 1 920945 17 2

Publisher : St. Luke's Innovative Resources, 2005

SKU : 992SHA

Available for backorder

Shadows and Deeper Shadows is an invaluable tool for counsellors, psychologists and therapists, providing an emotionally charged set of 48 watercolour cards. This resource acknowledges that pain and suffering (such as grief, depression, loss and violence) often need to be storied before pathways to resolution can be found.

The cards invite viewers to reflect on their experiences-to identify and explore the meaning of shadows in their lives. The images in the cards offer sufficient ambiguity for people to create the endings to their stories that are true for them. Contained in the images are subtle suggestions for hope, but they are there only if the viewer chooses to see them as appropriate.

Shadows and Deeper Shadows has been carefully designed as a resource that human service workers can use to help others describe and deal with their pain and sorrow. The person using the cards should always be able to decide what they want to discuss and when is the appropriate moment.

Examples of way the cards can be used are presented below:

  • Exploring fears and sorrows: Can you pick one card that says something about what is making you anxious or fearful? Can you say where this anxiety or fear comes from? Is the fear always there or does it come and go?
  • Exploring the shadows in our lives: Is there a card that 'speaks' to you in some way? What does this picture mean for you? Does this picture describe or suggest events from your past? Are these events clear or hazy? Are they painful to talk about?
  • Creative writing: The Shadows images represent people, situations and moods, but what do you notice when you bring your other senses to the pictures? What are the sounds, the smells, the textures, that permeate the images? Choose a card and write a piece where you put yourself in the picture. Feel the breeze in your hair, smell the wet footpath, hear the screaming kids in the car!

Shadows and Deeper Shadows includes:

  • 48 laminated cards
  • 36 page instructional booklet