You’ve probably heard of shadow work – but what exactly is it?
Shadow work is the process of exploring your inner darkness, or the “Shadow Self.” The concept of the Shadow was originally coined and explored by psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Carl Jung.
“Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.”CARL JUNG
The Shadow Self is made up of the darker aspects within you that you may either be completely unaware of, or that you have refused to acknowledge. It contains every part of you that you have suppressed or have tried to ignore – which is so unfortunate because acknowledging the Shadow is one of the greatest pathways to healing and living in alignment with your most authentic life.
The shadow side of the Self was created to try to protect you when you didn’t know any other way. Unfortunately, it was created from a wounded place.
Where does the shadow come from?
- Generational trauma
- Personal trauma
- Societal conditioning
- Childhood experiences
- Past lives
How can shadow work help you?
- Supports healthy decision making
- Heals emotional triggers
- Create healthy coping skills
- Improves mental & physical health
- Improves relationships with yourself and others
- Gives your freedom over heavy emotions that have weighed you down
- Align with your true Self
A lot of people are fearful of shadow work, but it’s honestly not nearly as scary as people believe. It is not anything to be feared or ashamed of – It is something within all of us that is asking to be nurtured.
Where to start
- Meditation – I love the Insight Timer app!
- Journaling (check out these 25 prompts to get you started!)
- Write letters and then burn them
- Check out the Introduction to Shadow Work Workshop!
- Schedule a session!
When you start your journey into the depths, it is essential that you go into it with a sense of acceptance, love, honor and curiosity. Exploring your shadow will, without a doubt, bring up some uncomfortable truths. You can certainly do this work on your own, but this is often why working with a qualified person is recommended – because when you are down in the depths of darkness, it’s helpful to have another person holding the light when you’re having trouble finding your own.
Are you ready to get started? My instant access online workshop: Introduction to Shadow Work is a great place to start! You’ll learn all about the Shadow – what it is, where it comes from, where to start, and how to care for it.
Now go shine your light! I’m here if you need anything!