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Shadow work

Updated: Dec 12, 2021





What is the shadow?


In Jungian psychology, the shadow is either an unconscious aspect of the personality that the conscious ego does not identify in itself; or the entirety of the unconscious, i.e., everything of which a person is not fully conscious. In short, the shadow is the unknown side.

What is shadow work?

Shadow Work is how you integrate the aspects of your unconscious psyche into your conscious experience and allow the positive aspects of the shadow to express themselves. When properly used and channeled, the shadow-self has traits that you can use to further your own personal development.

Shadow Work is the process of exploring these aspects and is an endeavor you enter into on your own. There are various means to do this, but you must first acknowledge your shadow, and then embrace and befriend it. It is only by bringing these aspects to the surface that you can begin to live authentically, discover your inner wisdom and life purpose, and gain access to your Soul or Higher Self.

•Some symptoms of an unintegrated shadow !

Unconscious living (the opposite of mindfulness)!

Refusal to acknowledge negative actions (overly defensive)

Small events erupt huge emotional reactivity

We all part angel and part devil inside. This is a fact of life that we must face and


As spiritual beings having a human experience we have developed two faces. The first face we show to the world – this facade is called the ego. The second face we keep private – it is called the shadow. In fact, our shadow selves are so private that usually, we are not even aware of their existence. We only glimpse them during fits of rage, nightmares, pettiness, revenge, paranoid thoughts, drug and sex binges, and anything that verges on the edge of “insane” behavior.

There is a good reason why our shadows remain anonymous and locked away within the dark depths of our minds. Our shadows contain everything that is considered ugly, bad, shameful, weird, taboo or socially unacceptable. Our shadows contain the parts of us that have been shunned, denied, rejected or otherwise negatively condemned by our parents, family members, and societies growing up. In order to be loved and accepted, we learned as children to hide away those parts of ourselves that were not met with praise and approval, and adopt only those traits and behaviors that were met with open arms. Cutting off and burying certain parts of ourselves was a necessary part of our survival.

But there is one very significant downside to repressing parts of ourselves: they begin to fester and amplify, sabotaging our lives. Like hungry monsters clawing to get out of a dark basement, our shadows want to be brought into the light of consciousness. The longer we put off facing our shadows, the more they stealthily control and manipulate our lives. Like puppets on strings, we become vulnerable to the control of our dark side in moments of anger, stress, temptation or tiredness. Instead of learning to meet, acknowledge, and befriend our wounded parts, they become our mortal enemies. If you have ever felt at war with yourself or like you are your own worst enemy, it is because your shadows are controlling you, not the other way around.

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Yeppers! This post rings true through and through to the deepest part of me. This work is crucial in order for me to become whole and okay with being me. I have been going in but I must continue to allow things to surface so that I can face them and not hide from them, examine why certain feelings come up around each issue. I have to do this more than ever now. I know better now that I have been going in deep on some things that were making me mentally, spiritually , and even physically sick. I can't hold things like I used to when I was drinking

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