Why do shadow work ?

People come to Shadow Work for many reason's, there is no right reason...

REASONS TO DO SHADOW WORK MAY INCLUDE WANTING

the list below is some not all of the reasons people are attracted to doing Shadow Work...

  • to have something change in your life
  • to have something happen differently
  • to understand why you behave in a certain way
  • to get help or support in unfolding more of yourself
  • to work with feelings like fear, grief, anger and shame
  • to break through old patterns of behaviour
  • to regain your confidence and self esteem
  • to come to terms with a major life transition or crisis
  • to become the mature adult you want to be
  • to improve your quality of life to clarify your deeper purposes and goalse


In fact you don’t need to know, before you come to a session or workshop, specifically what it is you want to have happen - just that you want to have something happn!

In Shadow Work, we believe it is fine and useful to have a shadow bag, and to keep some shadows inside it. But when the weight of the bag slows you down and prevents you from being who you really want to be, it is time to open it up. It is time to find a safe place to look in the bag, examine its contents and see what needs to come back out.

It was appropriate to put parts of yourself in the bag when you were a child while you learned about other things, but now you can take them out piece by piece, and use them to mature into the fullness of your whole personality. You won’t ever become a shadow-free person, but by working with it in this way you can learn a great deal about yourself and exercise more conscious choice over how you live your life

Links to further reading

There has been a lot written about working with the Shadow, and about Shadow Work in General

About Shadow Work

This is the main Shadow Work website in the US
Lots of info and articles about the Shadow and Shadow Work on the Soulful Living website
Connie Zweig talks about Shadow Work
A good article about Shadow Work by Mark Walstrom
German Shadow Work website One & Two
French Speaking Shadow Work website
Russian Shadow Work website
Consulting with Shadow Work

Regarding working with the Shadow

A very good talk by Debbie Ford on the Shadow
Here is a link to Robert A. Johnson's excellent book, Owning your own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Shadow.
We love Robert Bly's Little Book of the Human Shadow
Excellent article by Debbie Ford on the Shadow Beyond The Blue Snow: Finding the Gift of the Shadow
Befriending the Shadow, an article by David Richo
 An article called Me and My Shadow by Sally Kempton 

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