What is Shadow Work?

Shadow Work Plays an Integral Part in One’s Spiritual Progress 

“Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions.” - Car Jung 

To truly understand shadow work, we have to discern what the shadow represents in relation to the self. Our shadows, defined from a psychological perspective, are the part of ourselves that we choose to repress. These shadows are often hidden in the unconscious and considered to be the “dark side” of one’s personality --- the part  of ourselves that we see as evil or inferior that does not agree with the “chosen conscious attitude about ourselves.” 

Shadow Work simply means that we need to face the “disowned self” even when we perceive that these are our negative qualities. Our failure to examine and acknowledge our shadows is equivalent to denying ourselves to experience deep healing

Why is Shadow Work Important? 

Where there is light, there is the shadow. One cannot exist without the other. Hence, we need to take a look at shadow work as an important process of purging, growth and knowing the self. 

Shadow Work brings to the light your inner strength equipping you to take on life’s challenges with a sense of balance. By integrating your shadows that lie behind the scenes into your conscious experience, you are allowing the positive side of the shadows to express themselves in the light.  

As you work with your shadows, you are opening the doors to love and kindness towards yourself and others. Allowing these aspects of yourselves to the surface is an act of compassion by accepting what was once rejected. How we treat others negatively is part of these shadows and by listening to the shadows of the self, we heal ourselves from within instead of projecting onto others. In the process, you reclaim the projections you throw at others by turning inwards. 

Shadow Work is a continuous process. As we unearth one limiting belief of ourselves, we discover another. Layers of our “dark side” unravel as we peel one after the other. However, by owning our shadows, we gradually practice acceptance and compassion towards ourselves. Working on our shadows liberates us from the enormous energy that we unconsciously use to repress the darkness.


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