Shadow Work

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The Shadow as defined by Carl Jung: Is the unconscious aspects of our personality which the conscious ego does not identify in itself. The shadow encompasses all the different processes of our mind that take place outside of our awareness. Shadow work, then, is the process of making the unconscious conscious. It’s the process of exploring our unconscious thoughts, emotions and actions. In doing so, we gain awareness of our unconscious impulses and can then choose whether and how to act on them.

First of all you have to understand that you are both light and darkness within one body which is the ancient symbol which you might have seen known as the Yin and Yang. However, the darkness is not the darkness as we are taught as in evil, it is really darkness in terms of ignorance. So when we talk about shadow work, we are basically going to those internal places within yourself to bring about those parts of yourself that you don’t want to acknowledge and shine light on them. Certain behaviours, certain ways we talk to people, certain ways we behave with people and mostly how we treat ourselves. Over the years we have cultivated certain habits and particular behaviours which are harmful to us. You no longer think thoughts but now those dark thoughts think you which means that now those harmful habits have taken over and we have to shine light on it.

One of my favorite practices for integrating the shadow on your own is journaling :

This exercise can help you learn what’s at the heart of your issue, what it is that wants to be released or accepted. 

Begin with any issue you’d like to resolve, though I’ve found that annoyances and insecurities as mentioned above are particularly fruitful.

You’re going to be taking on two voices in this exercise. You’re asking the questions and giving the answers in order to learn some deep truths about what’s in your shadow.

Start by briefly describing the situation and how you feel about it. Then dive in.  You can ask questions such as the following:

  • Why do I feel this way?   
  • What am I trying to protect? 
  • What am I afraid might happen? 
  • (to your shadow) What are you trying to show me?
  • What is there to heal here?

Keep in mind that your whole being wants to heal, that is its natural trajectory. No need to force anything here.  Just relax and answer as best you can from the place of knowing within you. Do not judge what comes up. Journal away.   

Are you intrigued by shadow work? Would you give this practice a try? Let me know! And remember that this practice is here to help you reconnect with yourself in heart, body, and soul as self-awareness is the main key to open up your intuition and let the magic happen!

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