“Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.”
This is one of my favorite Dr. Martin Luther King quotes. It is remarkable, in part, because it was penned by a man whose vision for a more equitable society continues to illuminate the dark corners of racism and injustice 45 years after his death.
Yet he could also write about shadows, those things that are hidden, and those things that are unknown to us.
The places of unknowingness, those times when we cannot see — they are crucial to the practice of psychotherapy.