The Shadow lives within all of us...
As the saying goes, "your pain has its own intelligence," and this intelligence is the shadow.
It is created when we reject, deny, or disown parts of ourselves, our pasts, or our true actions.
And the truth is, the more you try and reject or avoid these parts of yourself, the more they show up and throw you off course, sabotage your best efforts to change and hold your power hostage.
The first step to reclaiming your power is to face these dark and uncomfortable parts of yourself that make you the most human. Your pathway to feeling whole and complete can only be unlocked through understanding, integrating and learning how to work with your shadow.
Connor Beaton, the founder of ManTalks, has helped thousands of people around the world take their power back using this impactful and proven system....
And now he’s bringing that wisdom to you in his flagship The Shadow Course.
Over this 8-week journey, you’ll take the first and most important step to integrating your shadow and reclaiming control in your life.
You'll investigate the origins of your shadow, why it's there in the first place, and how it both protects and sabotages you...
So you can finally carve your path to self-mastery and actualize your potential… on your terms.
We Live In A Culture That Teaches Us Strength Through Suppression.
If you suppress your pain and sadness deep enough, avoid your fears hard enough and hide your insecurities long enough... you’ll achieve the strength and resiliency to actualize your potential.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Instead, suppression is what holds you back from moving in the direction that you truly want. It’s how your shadow takes hold of your life. It’s how it sabotages your career, your relationships, your health, your vitality, your sexuality, and your goals.
And the more you try to hide from it, the more it thrives…
- You can't seem to break out of self-sabotaging patterns and behaviours that ruin relationships and prevent you from growing.
- You lack boundaries with people and are afraid to break free from being a "nice person" but end up being passive aggressive or withholding from the people closest to you.
- You know there is a part of you that feels out of control...that may be destructive, manipulative or impulsive...
- You grow anxious at the idea of anyone finding out the truth and calling you out, because that’s going to destroy everything you’ve built.
- You get reactive and triggered whenever anyone or anything reminds you of a past trauma or situation that you’ve been trying to move past.
- You alienate or struggle to connect authentically with people that matter to you, and get nervous at the thought of receiving help or being seen.
- You have trouble with intimacy and integrating your sexual energy. As a result, you have the tendency to cheat, lie, or avoid commitment.
- You knowingly or unknowingly self-sabotage your career by remaining in a vicious cycle of procrastination and victimhood... because you feel like an impostor.
- You sometimes feel like you’re still a kid, reliant on others to set examples and make you feel safe... instead of neglected or abandoned.
- You still feel pressured by expectations set by your family or community... even though they go against who you’ve become or who you seek to become.
As difficult as these things are to look at, the truth is — your greatest potential is locked up in these deep, dark recesses of your psyche...
And so it is your duty to your highest self to unplug from the programming that has allowed your shadow to take over and wreak havoc in your life and relationships.
You cannot escape your shadow.
It's when you finally step in to do the work and move through its heaviness that you can expand your capacity for everything that matters to you… and everything you know you're capable of.
Facing your shadow is the first step to awakening your greatest potential.
It’s my mission to guide you as you turn towards the shameful, guilty and embarrassing parts of yourself that you tend to hide. By working with your shadow, you can prevent it from working against you.
In The Shadow Course, you’ll become aware of the ways you have felt rejected, avoided, denied and projected onto others. You’ll understand how the shadow is built in pain, and flip open your “hurt locker”... so that you can transmute that energy into empowered decisions and navigate life with clarity and conviction.
About Connor Beaton
Connor Beaton is the founder of ManTalks, an international men’s movement focused on health, wellness, success, and fulfillment.
For almost a decade, Connor has helped men and women from all over the world grow in the realms of mental clarity, relational communication, life purpose and sexual intimacy.
After apprenticing with a pupil of Carl Jung, Connor developed a revolutionary approach to healing the Shadow – the part of our psyche that causes us to self-sabotage – by drawing from experiential and training-based methodologies like Jungian psychology, somatic therapy, along with transformative breathwork and meditative practices.
Known for his no-BS attitude and compassionate understanding of our own human limitations, Connor has organized and facilitated many transformational workshops and retreats and has shared the stage with world class speakers like Gary Vaynberchuk, Lewis Howes, Mark Groves (of @CreateTheLove), Gabrielle Bernstein, Mastin Kipp and Danielle LaPorte.
He has also spoken on stage at TEDx, taken ManTalks to over a dozen cities internationally and has been featured on platforms like Forbes, Influencive, HeForShe, The Good Men Project, UN Women, CBC, CBS, and the National Post.
And for the first time, he’s sharing his powerful multi-disciplinary approach to shadow work and self-mastery in this 8-week online program.
8 Weeks To Self Mastery Through The Gateway Of Your Shadow
Part 1: Understanding Your Shadow
What exactly is the shadow, and how does it impact your life? When does it take control over you… and why? In this first module, you’ll be introduced to the concept of the shadow and identify how your past has shaped it. You’ll also discover how the shadow fits into your psychology and spiritual nature, based on the teachings of renowned psychoanalyst, Carl Jung. And more importantly — you’ll begin to understand why getting to know your shadow is critical to your ascension.
Part 2: Investigating The Origin of Your Shadow
Every shadow, including yours, has its own origin story. It may have sparked from a moment of rejection, the first time you felt abandoned, or your earliest memory of pain. One thing is certain — the shadow develops and grows within you over time. In this module, you’ll explore how the family systems and culture you grew up in — as well as the wounds that were created in that space — have shaped your shadow.
Part 3: Beginning Your Shadow Work
You know those periods of desolation, disconnection, and emptiness... in which you feel separated from yourself and your purpose? That’s your shadow doing its “best” work. In this lesson, you’ll be introduced to a concept called Periods of Nigredo. This explains how these periods of “deconstruction” are where the shadow is most active. You’ll also discover how surrendering to them — instead of demonizing or resisting them — can actually initiate you into who you want to become.
Part 4: Meeting & Disarming Your Inner Critic and Saboteur
The Shadow personifies as your inner critic. It knows you better than anybody else, and even more than yourself. The inner critic is birthed from childhood experiences that formed your limiting beliefs... such as being bullied, having critical parents, and any incident that triggered the feeling of “not enough”. In this module, you’ll learn how to confront your inner critic and have a constructive conversation with them... so you can move from harmful self-loathing, to healthy self-evaluation.
Part 5: Working With Your Anger
Anger is both a dangerous and effective motivator, and we have different ways of displaying it. In this module, you’ll explore the four primary types of anger: Explosive, Implosive, Fused, and Foreign. By understanding anger, you prevent it from hijacking you during heated moments or situations. Your goal is to move towards Embodied Clean Anger — a space where you’re able to have grounded communication, and honor your boundaries as well as others’.
Part 6: The Shadow In Relationships
In this module, you’ll identify the ways your shadow sabotages your relationships, through behaviors and tendencies such as shutting down, becoming avoidant, getting clingy or feeling dependent. You’ll also learn how to eradicate any sexual shame or disempowering fears that are blocking you from experiencing true intimacy and connection... so you can create relationships in which you feel seen, safe, and supported.
Part 7: Pulling Potential From The Depths
This program is not about eliminating or detaching yourself from your shadow. Your shadow is a space from which you can derive motivation, inspiration and empowerment. The trick is to understand how you can use its powers of disruption and self-protection to work in your favor... so you can heal your relationship with discipline and develop a devotion towards yourself.
Part 8: The Shadow Integration — Returning to Wholeness
To integrate and manage your shadow, you need to nurture your inner child. Your inner child is the part of your psyche that is still childlike and dependent. It’s also the gateway to healing any psychological trauma, dysfunctional patterns, and self-harming behaviors you may have developed growing up. Deep inside, your inner child is still reliant on the parenting that you received back then to guide them — and you — on how to safely function in life.
In this final module, you’ll learn how to parent yourself and resolve these issues of blame, shame and guilt that reside in your subconscious... so that you can integrate your shadow. ascend beyond its harrowing grip, and return to wholeness.
How This Program Works
A Online Program That You Can Complete Privately & At Your Own Pace
Once you enroll, you’ll receive an email to create your profile where you can instantly access the first module in your private members area. Content will be unlocked as you progress through the program. This gives you the time and space you need to fully integrate the tools and practices you learn each week.
Explore 8 Steps To Activate Your Awareness & Take Your Power Back
The program takes you along a journey of understanding your shadow, identifying how it was shaped by your past, how it shows up in your current life. You’ll learn how to confront and navigate it so you can begin to take back your power and become your own leader.
Downloadable Worksheets & Exercises With Each Module
In each of the 8 modules, you’ll receive worksheets and practices to integrate the tools and lessons on your own. You can revisit this program as and when you need to; you have lifetime access to all content.
Initiate Your Journey To Rediscover, Empower & Accept Yourself
Here’s what you could experience with The Shadow Course
- Continuously expand your capacity for everything you’ve ever wanted to strive for in any area of your life. This includes your career, your relationships, your self development and your mission.
- Learn how to navigate, manage, and carry your pain and scars with dignity — not in a way that holds you back, but rather propels you forward.
- Gain a deeper sense of confidence so you can take ownership of your thoughts, your emotions, and your actions so you can consistently show up... even in the face of uncertainty.
- Create romantic, platonic, or professional relationships that elevate you, and enable you to set healthy, empowering boundaries.
- Eradicate any sexual shame or disempowering fears that block you from experiencing true intimacy and connection.
- Achieve greater clarity, conviction, and purpose in your life as you establish a deep connection to your authentic self.
- Find equanimity as you navigate through life’s most challenging transitions... so that you’re the one leading the narrative, not your shadow.
What Others Have To Say About Connor's Work
“He challenges me to be a better man”
"I trust his genuine intentions, his caring nature, his methods and the ways that he challenges me to be a better man. I cannot say enough about the work Connor does, and would unequivocally recommend it to any man who has the courage to be a better man, husband, father, and professional."
“Undid over 30 years of darkness and beliefs”
“The time at the men’s weekend undid over 30 years of darkness and beliefs. I’m so grateful for the experience and how hard [he] pushed me to give 100% and leave the bullshit behind.”
“I have much more direction”
“Connor has a gift for asking questions that get to your core, and help you to recognize and uncover what it is that you really need. He pushes you and holds you accountable to make the positive changes, and decisions that need to be made to benefit your life. Through Connor’s mentorship and guidance, I have much more direction, changed careers (for the better), I found clarity in what I want in a relationship and I feel greater balance in all aspects of my life.”
“The initiation process into manhood that I never properly went through”
“Connor guided me through a process to accept, rediscover and love myself. In many ways, it felt like the initiation process into manhood that I never properly went through. I use the term "guided" because I never felt forced to think, act or do something in a specific way. Rather, I was confronted with possibilities and Connor left space for my brain and heart to do the rest. It is not easy work and that's exactly the point. I am writing this while I'm still on this journey and the tools and guidance that Connor provided me with are helping me grow myself as a man in ways I didn't know were possible before we started.”
— Brandon G.
Is The Shadow Course For You?
It is... if you want to get out of your own way and take the wheel.
It’s not... if you want to continue avoiding the elephant wreaking havoc in your own living room.
Shadow work isn’t about cancelling unpleasant emotions and skipping “negative energy” so you can fluff things up and stay positive.
It’s a no-BS approach to confronting the harder and more uncomfortable parts of yourself... because you know that deep down inside — the obstacle is the way. The only way out is through.
There will be resistance. And it will take many different forms as it tries to pull you back into your comfort zone.
The more you’re willing to overcome that resistance, the better control you will have over your shadow… and ultimately yourself.
I designed this program as a deep introduction to Shadow Work. You have the choice and free will to dive into it from any vantage point.
How deep you go and how real you get is entirely up to you...
But this is your invitation to come into the trenches with me. Give yourself the permission and space to share your struggles, your shames, and your desires. I want you to address what happened with mom or dad or anyone that was present in the dysfunctions that you experienced growing up.
You’re going to work on them so you can heal through them and let them go. And I’ll equip you with the foundational tools and practices you need to integrate your shadow after this program... so you can continue expanding your path towards self-mastery.
Stop waiting for permission. This is your call to show up.
I spent years diving deep into the concepts of Shadow Work, Jungian and Gestalt Psychology, Somatic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and other spiritual practices related to self-mastery.
I studied directly under a disciple of Carl Jung and became obsessed with understanding the inner workings of the human psyche. I went in deep to confront my own dysfunction and take back control of my life.
And as I began to open up about my story to friends, and even strangers — the more people started opening up about their own challenges. The more I spoke about my shadow, the more they revealed their own darkness.
That’s when I discovered that so many people yearned for the guidance and permission to share the struggles that they faced... around their careers, their relationships, their sexuality, and their confidence. They longed to finally be seen for what makes them the most human so that they too could finally face their own shadow.
Since then, I’ve developed a multi-disciplinary approach to self-mastery through the gateway of the shadow. For the past seven years, I’ve facilitated many workshops and conducted private coaching. I've guided thousands of men and women through the dark recesses of their heart, mind, and soul to help them claim their greatest potential.
And I’m here to help you do the same.
But I don’t want you to have to pay thousands of dollars for a private session or retreat just to start exploring shadow work...
I want you to be able to start your journey now, so you can access the right knowledge, tools and practices you need to integrate your shadow...
And finally begin to take your power back from the relentless cycle of sabotage and dysfunction that your shadow is feeding on now.
That’s why I created this 8-week program.
It’s the first time I’m offering the The Shadow Course in an online course that you can easily access and revisit completely privately, in your own time and space...
It’s my sole mission to help you face the parts of yourself that are sabotaging you from living the life you know you're capable of.
So stop waiting for permission. This is your call to show up, go deep, and do the work.