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The Art of Shadow Work

Shadow work - the art of integrating the repressed or disowned aspects of yourself. Of not pushing down anger, sadness, jealously, desire, power hunger and in many cases, sensuality.

I love that kid's movie Inside Out, the one where you meet the characters Sadness, Anger, Joy, Fear and Disgust who run the main character's brain and throughout the movie you get to see how important each of these are to survival and ultimate happiness. It's a great movie for teaching children the importance of not suppressing emotions.

And this is something I am still journeying with. Unlearning previous habits from my youth as the good, don't make ripples, be nice to everyone, don't have boundaries type of girl.

Whilst I have a million tools at hand that I actively use to shift out of anxiety and depression and teach my kids many tools to manage the highs and lows of emotions, on the flip side, we also do a lot of work on acknowledging and working with the shadow.

For example:

1. Getting curious about the why and examining this with journaling and communicating this/talking it out e.g. 'I'm feeling angry because ...' or 'I don't know why I'm angry but I am and I'm going to go have some quiet time to reflect'.

2. Being thankful for the shadow. Anger/frustration show us where we are out of alignment or where change is needed, jealously shows us limiting beliefs, sensuality is a gift of nature, sadness shows us what we or others are missing.

3. Being non judgemental and not trying to pull someone prematurely out of their shadow. This is something I have to keep an eye on for myself in particular. Rather than saying 'Don't be upset etc. because of XYZ' saying 'It's ok to feel X. Would you like a hug or would you like to talk about it' etc.

4. Remembering that it's important to feel and see into the shadow (or it will remain even on the brightest day). But also knowing that after an appropriate period of time, it gets to be released. If you choose to centre yourself around shadow permanently, this will change your set frequency and what you attract accordingly.

Both light and dark get to have their beautiful place in our world and that only elevates everything 🥰


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