𝚗𝚘𝚞𝚗: 𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚍𝚘𝚠; 𝚙𝚕𝚞𝚛𝚊𝚕 𝚗𝚘𝚞𝚗: 𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚍𝚘𝚠𝚜
𝟷. 𝚊 𝚍𝚊𝚛𝚔 𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚊 𝚘𝚛 𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚙𝚎 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚍𝚞𝚌𝚎𝚍 𝚋𝚢 𝚊 𝚋𝚘𝚍𝚢 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚋𝚎𝚝𝚠𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚛𝚊𝚢𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚕𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊 𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚎.
𝟸. 𝚞𝚜𝚎𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝚛𝚎𝚏𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚡𝚒𝚖𝚒𝚝𝚢, 𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚘𝚙𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚜𝚜, 𝚘𝚛 𝚜𝚊𝚍𝚗𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚐𝚕𝚘𝚘𝚖.
𝙄𝙣 𝙥𝙨𝙮𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙡𝙤𝙜𝙮, 𝚝𝚑𝚎 '𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚍𝚘𝚠' 𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚜 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚍𝚘𝚗'𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚊𝚍𝚖𝚒𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚒𝚗𝚐. 𝙸𝚝 𝚒𝚜 𝚊𝚗 𝚞𝚗𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚜𝚌𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎. 𝙸𝚝 𝚒𝚜 𝚘𝚗𝚕𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑 𝚎𝚏𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏-𝚊𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚠𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚌𝚘𝚐𝚗𝚒𝚣𝚎 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚍𝚘𝚠.
It’s always standing right behind us, just out of view, our dark side, our shadow self. The part of our personality that was caused usually by a childhood event or trauma that has created limiting beliefs and negative behaviors that we some how can not stop.
The term "shadow work" or "the work" represents exploring your shadow self and can lead to greater authenticity, creativity, energy, and consciousness.
This self analysis process is essential for reaching mature adulthood, which is rarer than most realize since most adults wander through life in autopilot, a slave to their thoughts and fears.
Our shadow self consists of everything we deny in ourselves. Everything incompatible with our chosen personality resides in this dark side of ourselves and prevents us from being who we are truly meant to be.
When we are born, all we know is love, kindness, compassion, generosity, and gratitude. But through our experiences as we develop, we learn anger, greed, jealousy, hate, criticism, and other negative reactions.
We are told things that are self defeating, we experience things that destroy our self esteem and our views of love, kindness, compassion, generosity, and gratitude...
We then bury these new traits and carry them around as our personal baggage. This repression of unwanted parts creates what psychologist Carl Jung called the personal shadow.
When we go through life and do not make any attempts to work on ourselves, we remain unconscious of the shadow self and it hurts our relationships with our loved ones, family, and friends. It impacts our ability to love and be loved, to be successful in life, to be happy.
Doing "the work" isn't easy, after all who enjoys admitting their flaws, weaknesses; being a liar, or a cheater, being selfish, nasty, envious, bitterness, racist, and so on...
We can only hide our shadow for so long. In time, all of our ego’s tricks become less effective. What we’ve been hiding from begins to bubble to the surface. It will begin to manifest in everything we do. Our life will become more and more stressful. We will ruin relationships with people we truly love. We begin to hate ourselves and our lives...
Authenticity is the most positive trait of humanity. It leads to a pure life filled with love, happiness, truth, honesty, and self love.
There are many benefits to doing "the work" here are a few:
1️⃣ - You let go of limiting beliefs that have lowered your self esteem.
2️⃣ - You improve your relationships with others by becoming more accepting of the behavior of others by recognizing the same characteristics in yourself.
3️⃣ - You raise your vibration by letting go of stored negative energy.
4️⃣ - You become more self-aware and learn more about who you really are and who you are meant to be.
5️⃣ - You become more authentic and get on track to fulfilling your life's purpose.
6️⃣ - You learn to let go of limiting beliefs and fears that keep you from loving yourself and your life unconditionally.
7️⃣ - You open your heart and creativity. This allows you to stop being so analytical and overthink every possible failure.
8️⃣ - You learn to let go of destructive habits that prevent you from changing the things in your life that no longer serve your greater good.
9️⃣ - You learn to strengthen the relationships with those you love by recognizing the things in yourself that cause you to push them away when you want to pull them closer.
🔟 - You learn how to live the life you truly desire to live.
Shadow work is painful, it is dirty, it is necessary to grow and become who we are meant to be.
If you would like to learn more about shadow work and how it can benefit you, your relationship with yourself, with others, and with your life... Schedule a free discovery session with me today!