The Shadows tool box

Additional ideas, information and resources

Congratulations on purchasing Shadows and Deeper Shadows, one of our most visually engaging and reflective conversation-building tools.

Shadows and Deeper Shadows is a story-telling tool depicting a range of scenes from everyday life. Some images are hopeful and uplifting, some may be challenging or emotionally charged. All of the 48 watercolour images are designed to be thought-provoking.

As the cards have no words on them, they are non-prescriptive and can be interpreted in many different ways. This makes them perfect for having gentle conversations about a range of difficult topics, from grief and loss to family violence, and many other sources of pain or suffering.

While the cards were designed to explore the ‘shadows’ in our lives, they also encourage people to reflect on how they can invite more light and hope into their everyday experiences.

Now that you have the cards, you will be wanting some fresh and innovative ideas for how to incorporate the cards into your work, and perhaps your life.

In this Tool Box, you will find the digital booklet, which contains lots of information about the power of storytelling in healing, using images as prompts, plus loads of activities and suggestions for how to use the cards in different settings. (This can be printed as an A5 booklet.)

As a BONUS gift to you, we are giving you access to the digital version of the cards! The digital cards are interactive, making them ideal for building rapport and connection. And because they are digital, you can use them anywhere, anytime.

Feel free to browse this page and get inspired by stories from other people on how they’ve used the cards. And don’t forget to explore the range of other supporting materials and information, which is at your fingertips any time you need it.

This Tool Box is exclusively for people who have purchased the cards. We will continue to add additional resources and ideas so check in regularly to see what’s new!

Shadows booklet

Shadows digital cards

Blog- Shadows and the Shadow

Carl Jung was an exceedingly influential member of the early psychoanalytic movement. His ideas about the Unconscious have shaped how we think about ourselves. The ‘Shadow’ is also one of his ideas and he discusses it in a particular way…Read more

Blog- Reflections from the shadow side

As we enter the holiday period, we are often inundated with marketing imagery showing happy families celebrating together and children opening an extravagant number of gifts.

This made me reflect on a Christmas Day two years ago that introduced me to the shadow side of the holiday season…Read more

Blog- A Resource for Exploring our Darkest Moments

The stories of how people use materials developed by Innovative Resources never fail to inspire us with their practice wisdom. We received the following stories about using Shadows and Deeper Shadows in family violence situations…Read more

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