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Friday, June 10, 2011

Working with Shadow One Step at a Time

The purpose of working with your shadow is to discover what you have buried in your life that is preventing you from being your most authentic and creative self living your soul's purpose. Empower your waking life and find the gold within the shadow that leads to integration and transformation with these simple steps. Living without excavating your shadow is the equivalent of sleep walking through your life.



The shadow qualities peeking out can be:

Dissatisfaction; always feeling like something is missing
Unfulfilled dreams
Depression
Negative self talk
Envy/jealousy
Anxiety
Perfectionism
Obsessive behaviors


If any of the above resonates with you the following steps can help you on your discovery journey to finding the gold within your shadow.

1. Keep a notebook with you at all times and write down any negative thoughts, and the situations that they are based around, for a week. At the end of the week take a look at any patterns that you can see. Are you putting yourself down every time you even think of doing something new or different? Are there things you are talking yourself out of doing?

2. Who does it sound like from your past? Someone, maybe many, from your past has told you (and usually with the best of intentions) the words that you have taken on as your truth or belief. Take each person that comes up and say out loud with empowering conviction, "That is not my truth or belief. I forgive you for (insert their truth or belief here), I forgive myself for believing that was my truth and/or belief and I let go of it now. My truth is I am (create a positive statement for your truth and/or belief to replace it)."

3. Choose a few of your favorite music pieces, dance and move out of your body the old truth and beliefs. Then dance in your new truth and belief. Writing in your journal after you dance can help you discover further insights.

4. Now take a look at the situations that the original negative thoughts were around. Such as wanting to do something creative, or a different career choice, or wanting to live somewhere else. Pick one and journal a day in the life as though you were doing it now. Then choose another and write a day in the life. Do at least three of them. As you are writing, do you find yourself feeling excited or passionate about what your day would look like?

5. Choose the one that excites you the most and make a list of steps, from small to large, that you can take to move in the direction of your new choices.

6. The final step is gratitude. It is important that you feel gratitude for all the blessings in your life. Even if it is hard to see them at the moment there is always something to be grateful for. Thank your higher power/divine spirit/god/goddess for all that you have.

You can do these steps any time you feel the shadow qualities returning. There may be occasions that you can skip a step or two and go right to what you really need in the moment. Only you know what is best for you. If you don't know then it is time to find out.


As seen in my original article Excavating Your Shadow One Step at a Time - Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6084558

1 comment:

  1. I love these suggestions Morgan! It's so easy to feel overwhelmed and negative with all that we have to do (and all that we WANT to do), but these can help ground us and put us back in our joy--the most powerful place to be!

    Thanks so much!

    Stephanie
    www.WiseLifeWellness.com/blog/

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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