Many of us spend a lot of time avoiding our shadows. Those places we don’t want to talk about. Those places we don’t want anyone to see. Those places that sometimes get so triggered. It’s easy to be scared of these places. They’re distressing, and they hold all sorts of uncomfortable feelings.
But, what if, at the same time we’re scared of our shadows, our shadows are scared of us?
Think about it. Think about all the judgement and criticism we throw at our shadows. Banishing them into exile, under lock and key. Demeaning them, belittling them, refusing to accept them.
How would you feel if you were treated that way?
Imagine instead, that your shadow, or shadows, are eager for your attention. Just like a child who yearns for parental love and acceptance. The more you push them away, the more they act up, or the more they shy away. They show up in our lives in a variety of ways — from unhealthy habits, and relationship problems to issues with career, happiness, success, and more.
A shadow, simply, is a part of ourselves which we avoid or push away. It can be anything from a hidden gift or talent, to a painful memory, tucked away into the subconscious mind. Because they live in the subconscious mind, shadows hold enormous power in our lives. Even when we’re not aware of them. Experts have reported that our subconscious mind is responsible for more than 90% of what we say, think and act.
Learning about our shadows is paramount. And, we can’t learn about them if we’re busy avoiding them. When we approach our shadows with compassion and curiosity, we’re able to discover the origins of our limiting patterns, so we can begin to unravel them.
Our shadows hold potent information, waiting for us to tap in. Tapping in helps us soften the pain that keeps us stuck. Embracing them allows us to harness long-lost gifts, talents, and power.
If you’re scared of looking into your shadows, it’s completely understandable. It’s important to feel safe when you do any type of shadow work. Because shadows live in the dark, it’s helpful, and sometimes necessary, to do shadow work with a healing professional.
Below I offer a few suggestions on reducing fear around shadow work.
- Imagine your shadow is actually a younger you. As much as you can, summon compassion for this younger you. When you see your shadow this way, it can feel a lot less frightening.
- Understand that your shadow is simply a part of you that has been pushed away for some reason. So often it’s not the shadow that’s scary. It’s typically the feelings of judgement surrounding the shadow that feel scary. Ask for assistance from a healing professional if you need help navigating your feelings.
- Use EFT Tapping to reduce fear surrounding shadow exploration. No need to start with the shadow itself. Simply notice any fear you feel about exploring your shadow, and tap through the EFT acupressure points. For more information about tapping, click here. Again, reach out for help if you need it.
May your shadows illuminate your way forward.
To learn more about shadow work, and how it can help you transform your life, contact me.