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[Excerpt from TT: 2016-02-07 Ask Michael Session] Question: Hi Michael, could you please go into more detail regarding "shadow" fragments as previously discussed with Maureen? We used the term "shadow fragments" to describe those fragments who tend to gravitate toward you across lifetimes and helps to "push your buttons" and "play the bad guy" in prompting true ownership of your own "shadow elements" that have become a pattern in avoiding. These fragments are not Karmically bound and are usually not in danger of generating Karma, but are provocative and triggering of your defenses in ways that invite self-reflection. Question: Do you mean "shadow elements" in the Jungian sense of the shadow self? Anyone can play a "shadow" in your life, but there are some fragments who get very good at it and tend to not mind the risk of rejection during the life. These fragments can tend to be mathematically or harmonically dissonant to your own dynamic. This is sometimes true on an Essence level, but it is the combination of core mathematics and the correlative mathematics of the Overleaves that can bring about this dissonance, particularly when the Negative Poles are in favor. In other words, if your life is being lived in a kind of chord or note and pace, and you come across another who is dissonant to this, you can tend to prompt one another's shadow elements and play each other's shadow fragments. To explore this concept further, it could be helpful to study consonance and dissonance in music to see how these work in musical terms, since it is not much different. Some fragments lean quite strongly toward dissonance and enjoy it and embrace it with a kind of surrender, while others fight against it at all costs. There will rarely be a life without shadow fragments and dissonance. Learning to appreciate this unexpected form of music and relationship in life can bring great breakthroughs. And, yes, there is relevance to the Jungian concepts. Shadow Elements as used by us refers to those emotions that are based in stories told to the self, imprinting, and any defensive or reactionary state that is not based in valid events. True Emotions are those that are reflecting the processes of consequences and effects. A Shadow Element is a dominant emotion that "runs things" even as it is unrelated to actual events. For example, if someone is nice to you and your Shadow Element is Shame, you might immediately wonder what hidden agenda that person has in liking you, since Shame is running things. We can elaborate on the range of Shadow Elements and how Shadow Fragments work in a life in a dedicated session with us.