The Shadow Work Series
A collection of blog posts exploring, facing and transforming the Shadow from darkness into the light:
- Shadow Work: Transforming Anger
- Shadow Work: Admitting Shame
- Shadow Work: Free from Judgement, Free to Love
- Shadow Work: From Resistance to Energy and Purpose
What is the Shadow?
In Jungian psychology, the Shadow or Shadow Aspect is a part of the unconscious that holds the denied parts of self.
Our shadow parts are the darkest parts of our being that we hide away from the world in the hope they will stay hidden and we won’t be judged. These are the parts we perceive as bad (such as anger, jealousy, judgement, resentment, bitterness, guilt, shame, hate, lies, intolerance, impatience, manipulation), when in actual fact these are qualities within us that want to be acknowledged and released to the light. These are the parts of us that want to be owned, not shoved down in the deepest depths of our being.
Read more about the shadow and how to recognise it here.
The shadow aspects are pieces of us that we refuse to own right now but eventually will, as part of our soul’s destiny. The pieces will remain in the Shadow until we are willing to acknowledge, accept and integrate them. Part of our soul’s purpose is to retrieve these hidden and lost parts of self and bring them to the light.
This Shadow Work is a necessary part of our spiritual growth. It may not be pleasant or easy, but it can be very rewarding.
In facing and embracing the Shadow, you will gain more freedom, come to know yourself more wholly and you will find that life experiences, opportunities, relationships and breakthroughs that you have not been able to reach will suddenly become available to you.