Get ready to experience the soul-deep healing of connecting to your inner child and work on your shadow self with this powerful guided meditation by Psychic Lacey.
Shadow Work Meaning - How Do We Define It, Mentally, Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually?
Deep within our souls, we have a connection to our own being. But few of us are ever taught the truth or the reality of what we are as human beings. We are a human spirit and soul living within a physical world. We accept our thoughts, our emotions, our feelings because they feel tangible and relatable. Unless there is a major change, we are happy to stay in our comfort zone, cut off from deeper aspects of ourselves. When we have no connection to our whole selves, we feel disconnected from the world and other people. That affects our relationship with ourselves and others.
Our Shadow self is often depicted as our dark side. Our ego side, our evil side, and the inner child are examples of other names for the shadow self or the part we seldom acknowledge. Unfortunately, most people misunderstand how spiritually important our shadow self is. We are spiritual energetic beings who have manifested on this earth to experience all the parts of ourselves. This includes our shadow. Once we realize that, we don’t fear our shadow self. It’s simply one aspect of who we are, a balancing aspect of our surface self.
After researching all aspects of the shadow self, I feel the spiritual aspect has been forgotten. Most research only focuses on the psychological aspect of shadow work while ignoring its spiritual aspect. When we make changes in the spiritual world, we manifest changes in the physical realm. There also needs to be a bridge between the spiritual and the physical. A true example from Traditional Chinese Medicine is the theory of Yin and Yang. Change is inevitable but the equilibrium of balance is always desired.
Our ego side or inner child is also seen as our shadow self which can often overtake our experiences. The shadow's perception of those experiences forms the foundation of our childhood. This in turn alters our future path. Our ego side becomes our protection, an invisible wall we proclaim as truth or as reality. Much like the soul and spirit, our ego and inner child need to be loved and acknowledged. Shadow work meaning holds the promise of healing to help us to find our truth beneath the pain and trauma.
Carl Jung and the Shadow Self
Famed psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Jung did extensive research on archetypes and the shadow self. According to that research, we have two parts—one we love and acknowledge and one we don’t accept or acknowledge, let alone like. That second part is represented by the Shadow archetype.
We all have two sides. One is the external part, which encompasses how others view us and the image we project. The second part is internal. This is the Jungian Shadow, and it mirrors our experiences and the connections we attract as a result, both positive and negative.
What are the Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, and Mental Manifestations of the Unacknowledged Shadow Self?
- Spiritual: disconnected, negative, unbalanced, unrooted, fearful, negative projection, trauma.
- Physical: internal pain, disease, illness, injury.
- Emotional: sadness, grief, fear, worry, anger, hate.
- Mental: judgment, resentment, depression, control, manipulation.
Why Is Shadow Work Important?
To heal our shadow self, we need to honor every part of our being. This includes honoring the past, the present, and the vision we have of ourselves for the future. Doing shadow work teaches us to honor the person we have become. Shadow work meaning teaches us that every part of our journey brings in growth and learning. When we acknowledge all facets of our being, much like a diamond, we shine so beautifully. Our light can then be seen and appreciated by others.
We are gems, yet we do not always see that we are rare, unique, and perfect in every way. We are taught to look at imperfection and to down grade ourselves to fit into the vision or view of others. In most cases, our parents and childhood influence the foundation of who we are as human beings. We are disconnected from who we are meant to be, while still craving acceptance, love, and acknowledgment from the world around us.
What Does the Spiritual Body Have to Do with Our Shadow Self?
Our spiritual body is made up of our soul, spirit, and our auric energetic field. Those carry our thoughts, feelings, and emotions. This includes our childhood memories and the images we view or receive, consciously or subconsciously. When we acknowledge that this part of us exists, we truly connect with the shadow side. This part is rarely acknowledged by us as humans. Unless we intentionally walk a spiritual path, we can overlook it. Our spiritual journey can lead us to our shadow self, the balanced equation of what we see, view, and acknowledge.
In this space of acceptance, we can heal our shadow side. Ignoring or pretending it doesn’t exist will not help. Instead, we should change the energetic field around it. Energy is forever changing. Humans are the ones placing unnecessary constraints on negative emotions that cause blockages. In return, those blockages will manifest in our future path. The shadow side is not separate from you, but part of you, whether you acknowledge it or not. Embracing this spiritual truth is an important element of shadow work meaning.
How to Heal the Shadow Self
The shadow self can be healed as energy is never stagnant but forever changing. As humans, we need to learn to flow with energy. Once we do that, we can remove the blockages of our thoughts, feelings, and emotions around our memories.
When we flow with the energy, we alter the past energy for the future to change. When you recognize that, it is as if you’ve been handed all the keys to set you free. You finally can be who you were meant to be and love every part of yourself.
Benefits of Shadow Work:
- We are often looking at others to fulfill us. As we feel incomplete, as we deny a part of ourselves. When we heal, we learn to acknowledge our whole being and learn to love ourselves. You become you and all that you are meant to be.
- You can change and alter the future. When we work on ourselves and heal and connect to our whole being, we change the timeline and path we follow. We have so much power over our existence but often at crossroads, we take a route or path that limits us. This inevitably leads to a difficult path. Every action has a reaction. This is why we need to look at every part of that choice when we make decisions, as it affects our whole life.
- In shadow work, you quickly learn and see how the changes you make manifest positive outcomes in your life. As energy starts to flow you learn that you have altered the future.
- You attract what you want and not what you do not want. Our focus changes as we learn to see every aspect of ourselves. When we heal, we no longer attract what we do not want. Healing allows us to be free from the past and to choose a new path with a new view.
- You connect to your soul and spirit and this beautiful being that you are. You finally learn who you are in this world and what your destiny is.
- You grow your weaknesses into strengths and discover a whole new you.
- You learn to trust and love yourself.
Can Anyone Do Shadow Work?
Anyone, at any time in their life, can start doing shadow work. Shadow work is very personal. You can choose to start this journey by yourself or connect with a healer to guide you on your new path of self-discovery. A healer will help you to move through the energy and guide you step by step. If you do choose a healer to guide you, it is important that you feel in alignment with the energy of the healer.
As shadow work is so personal and so deep within your core, you need to know you can trust, let go, and be yourself which will allow you to accept the healing. It is best to work with someone that will focus on the root of the energy and not just the external part, as this will only cause temporary healing. You need to heal the core, the root, and bring in love to heal all. Shadow work is also a great healing tool for children.
Can I Do Shadow Work for Healing and Trauma?
Starting shadow work will bring in healing. Trauma, even if it’s stored deeply, can be released. We learn to let go so that past experiences do not predict our future. Once it is open, the shadow self releases the stagnant energy of the traumatic feelings, images, and emotions trapped inside.
Meditation is an excellent tool for shadow work. When the mind calms down, the heart opens, and we can work so much deeper. Mediation bypasses the conscious mind and helps us to be in a safe space to allow healing to manifest. The ego, the shadow self, steps aside and allows the healing. As humans, our shadow self is often seen in our fight and flight experiences. When we relax, we allow flow, hence why healing can remove deep-seated experiences and trauma.
This is a very rewarding experience, a gift from your soul and spirit. Meeting your shadow makes space for you to be free and be who you are meant to be in this lifetime.
Please enjoy this guided mediation to help and assist you in exploring shadow work meaning and healing your shadow self. Be open and ready for healing to manifest in every part of your being.
Much Love and Light.
Psychic Lacey x3635