Beneath the social masks we wear every day is the wounded, inner child that wants to be seen, heard and loved.
Carl Jung stated that we never truly “see” others; we only see ‘aspects,’ and these are often “shadows, illusions and projections” of ourselves that fall over them. We are mirrors dancing around each other, reflecting light and darkness” facets of our multi-dimensional being.
To understand what shadow work is, we must first become conscious of our shadow. Shadows aren’t ‘evil’ as we’re taught to believe. They are simply injured parts of ourselves that need tending to. The healing work begins when we can accept our shadows and seek the gifts inherent in our wounds.
Our shadows are always with us. Since we are ‘light’ beings”— without shadows, we would never know ourselves to be light. The emotions that surface in these dark spaces are like spirit gurus that help us navigate our wounds.
Fear becomes an opportunity for courage. Pain, a catalyst for strength and resilience. Envy, an invitation to come back to Self. Desire, a reminder to cultivate more gratitude. Pride: the practice of speaking less, to feel more in humility.
Today we begin to explore the shadow self through writing and inquiry. Allow yourself to sit in a safe space, allow yourself to feel uncomfortable and vulnerable… for it is an invitation to be free.
Shadow Work Journaling Prompts
How does the feeling of envy show up in my life?
Where does the feeling envy come from?
What traits are in this person that causes envy?
Do I feel like I lack these traits? If so, how can I cultivate them within myself?”
I hope this serves you today.