Psychologist Carl Jung coined the term ‘shadow self’, which is comprised of the repressed traits, emotions, and beliefs that are considered unacceptable, unworthy, or somehow wrong about ourself. It could be that these have been rejected by our parents, family, teachers, or society in general. Thus, throughout life we learned to shove them into a box deep within us and pretend like they don’t exist.
A large part of personal growth and finding ‘wholeness’ within oneself is by dusting that box we’ve so desperately tried to hide and face its contents through shadow work. By doing shadow work we can shine light onto the dark and begin healing the wounds and limiting beliefs that lie within us. Engaging with our shadow can be very emotional, uncomfortable, and potentially even scary, because, let’s be honest, most of us don’t want to see our ‘ugly’ side or become aware of our deepest, darkest desires.
However, shadow work can bring about numerous benefits from better self-awareness and -compassion, improved relationships and greater creativity to name a few. So, if you’re ready to get down and dirty, below are 4 ways to begin exploring your shadow already today.(more…)