The shadow is needed now more than ever. We heal the world when we heal ourselves, and hope shines brightest when it illuminates the dark.
November is a wonderful month for Shadow Work. Have you heard of this before? Shadow Work is any work that helps you to see the side of yourself that is unknown, shunned or disowned. It helps you connect to what is ready to be seen, heard and healed, and what is ready to be expressed or integrated. These can be old woundings and limiting beliefs, but they can also be suppressed hopes, dreams, abilities and longings.
Here is a simple way you can explore your shadow side this month:
- Pull some cards. Shuffle your deck, asking What do I most need to understand, heal and integrate about myself right now that has been hiding in the shadows of my consciousness? Use the cards to guide you in identifying and going deeper into these areas.
- Use your journal to make notes and to write stream-of-consciousness work that can help you know yourself more clearly.
- Look for strong emotion, reluctance and triggers. Use your journal to keep exploring these things, and pull more cards for clarification if you need to. Above all, be honest with yourself.
If you find that big things get uncovered, or if you feel stuck and don’t know how to proceed seek the support of a good therapist. When we bring what is in darkness into the light it can be healed, and we can free ourselves from what weighs us down and holds us back.
Brene Brown’s books: Atlas of the Heart and Rising Strong
Don Miguel Ruiz’s book The Four Agreements
Tara Brach’s Radical Compassion
Glennon Doyle’s Untamed
Wishing you greater Lightness of Being, Nicole xx
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