Staring into the face of our empty "monstrosity" Frankly, a lot of the talk about "monstrosity" seems to focus around it repulsiveness and our rejection of it. I think it's easy to forget that another form of our "monstrosity" stems from it's incredible attractiveness to us and our unconscious addiction to those aspects of - as we are. And that goes for actually uncategorizable people identifying with glamorous vampire / monster personas to plaster over the indescribable complexity of their actual situation no less than if they are in denial of their darkness potential and vigorously conform as much as possible to reject their own "shadows". After all while this article singles out the "irrational" as monstrous, I find that the ones who consider themselves absolutely rational can be equally monstrous, especially scientists that create inhuman experiments that corner unwitting subjects into realizations they were in no real position to have on their own or make use of, for some allegedly greater good and philosophical contribution to science of the nature of mind - expressed in meaningless statistics. I think that you give a trek-chod a glossing over as "arduous and impractical" for most people, and then offer instead an approach that you describe: Eating the shadow is slow, repetitive, and often unpleasant. You can’t go to a weekend workshop and get it. It’s like a restaurant in hell. You have to keep chewing, even though the pile the demons shovel in front of you is so vast you cannot see its edges in the gloom. It takes years. And it is disgusting. The shadow includes everything you have rejected because it is slimy and dark, embarrassing and terrifying. If that's easier, please let me quote the pithy instructions on the practice you find arduous and impractical, and let the comment reader decide (quoting one of your teachers ): The practice of meditation in the context of embracing emotions as the path gives us another option. This option is one in which we neither repress, express nor dissipate our emotional energy. But one in which we let go of the conceptual scaffolding and wordlessly gaze into the physical sensation of the emotion. This is what we describe as ‘staring into the face of arising emotions in order to realise their empty nature’. This is where meditation becomes an essential aspect of our method of discovery. The form of meditation we will discuss here comes from the system known as Trek-chod, which means ‘exploding the horizon of conventional reality’. Trek-chod involves finding the presence of awareness in the dimension of the sensation of the emotion we are experiencing. Simply speaking we locate the physical location of the emotion within the body (it may be localised or pervasive). This is where we feel the emotion as a physical sensation. We then allow that sensation to expand and pervade us. We become the emotion. We cease to be observers of our emotions. We stare into the face of the arising emotion with such completeness that all sense of division between ‘experience’ and ‘experiencer’ dissolve. In this way we open ourselves to glimpses of what we actually are. We start to become transparent to ourselves. Through this staring, the distorted energy of our emotions liberates itself. ~ Ngak'chang Rinpoche Personally, I am not interested in a "shadow" regimin, as if I go into the desire for integration knowing, in some preordained way what my integration requires. What my integration requires is not being separate from whatever I experience emotionally, and that does not have to come dressed in any particular style, be that the ornaments of monstrosity, or the ornaments of normalcy. If that is arduous, well, as you seem only too aware, with an equally arduous sounding option, then so be it. I don't know if anything is really accessible that is easier that is as valuable as what one learns from staring into the face of their own emotions to realize their emptiness.