Point of view
when an individual confronts the shadow within'
the first nigredo, that of the unio naturalis, is an objective state, visible from the outside only...
...an unconscious state of non-differentiation between self and object, consciousness and the unconscious
Here the subject is '"too conscious"
...in reality unconscious of the unconscious.
In the second sense: the nigredo of the process of individuation on the other hand is a subjectively experienced process brought about by the subject's painful, growing awareness of his shadow aspects
It could be described as a moment of maximum despair, that is a prerequisite to personal development.
confrontation with the shadow produces at first a dead balance, ...nigredo, tenebrositas, chaos, melancholia
a standstill that hampers moral decisions and makes convictions ineffective or even impossible
Here is 'the darkest time, the time of despair, disillusionment, envious attacks.
the time when Eros and Superego are at daggers drawn...
and there seems no way forward.
...nigredo, the blackening
Only subsequently would come 'an enantiodromia
the nigredo gives way to the albedo...
the ever deepening descent into the unconscious...
suddenly becomes illumination from above.