Western popular culture has always had a discordant relationship to its shadow twin in the “underground” arts.
"If you are seeking enlightenment, inner peace, your higher purpose, etc you can only get there through your shadow. You cannot go around it. There is no shortcut, side passage or angel escort."
"This process, this nigredo as the alchemists called it does not last a lifetime, but is a definable phase that has archetypal characteristics to it"