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Part #4 of the Reclaim Your Wholeness Self Guided Program focuses on the topic of "Embracing Your Shadow". The information below is a sampling of this topic.
As we move through our lives we have witnessed or interpreted experiences that we may label as unsafe or choose to not have in our lives. If we think of these experiences as rooms in a mansion, we are metaphorically closing the door to different ways of being. The more situations we encounter, the more rooms we close. Eventually, whole wings of our mansion become inaccessible. We may have a door called anger, or a door called sadness, shame, joy or even or a door called love. We end up limiting the broad range of ways we can show up in our everyday life and we limit the experiences we are able to digest. While some of these shadows can be black and white and easy to reveal, others can be more tricky to uncover.
Simply stated, Shadow Work is about taking responsibility for the doors in our mansion and re-opening them. Some doors can be re-opened by you with some knowledge of shadow work, while others need to be opened with support.
Ultimately, everything relegated to the shadows is an aspect of your essential self that is longing to be expressed in healthy ways, loved, and even respected. Until we do this work, these aspects tend to grow in intensity, often bursting out in unhealthy, destructive ways in our lives, then stuffed back into their closet. Reclaiming and integrating all of aspects of ourselves is vital to living a vibrant life of authenticity.
"What you don't own, owns you." ~ Debbie Ford
A Video About Shadow Work
Working With Shadow
The PDF worksheet below follows the process described in the above video. It can be used to bring awareness to a shadow that may be surfacing in our relationships and interactions with others.
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“Your life will be transformed when you make peace with your shadow. The caterpillar will become a breathtakingly beautiful butterfly. You will no longer have to pretend to be someone you're not. You will no longer have to prove you're good enough. When you embrace your shadow you will no longer have to live in fear. Find the gifts of your shadow and you will finally revel in all the glory of your true self. Then you will have the freedom to create the life you have always desired.” ~ Debbie Ford