The ‘Shadow’ is defined in Psychology as that part of ourselves that we cannot see.
The shadow reveals the opposite to our gifts in life through mismanaged behaviour. Everyone has a shadow side. Working with the shadow can reveal authenticity, creative energy and personal awakening. This dark side of our personality reveals emotions such as ‘anger, jealousy, greed, selfishness, desire and power’. We deny this part within us. They are a part of our repressed mind, our unconscious.
These disowned parts of our psych come back to haunt us. For example, when we examine our reaction to someone, what we say about them, how we respond to them – we realise this says more about us than them. We are expressing, actually, our shadow self. For example, if we are irritated because someone is abrupt with us, have we looked at our own abruptness. If abruptness didn’t bother us then it would not be in our shadow.
We unknowingly project our shadow selves onto others as a tactic to defend ourselves. We are reluntant to face our own shadow. But if we were to face our demons, there would be many benefits …
Our relationships will improve, accepting our own shadow helps us to accept others. Integrating our shadow creates a more authentic self, we become further self aware, and perceive others and situations more accurately. We will suddenly have more reserves of energy. We will feel a sense wholeness and balance through the integration of the conscious and the unconsious mind. The mind becomes more creative. If you want to learn more check out the link below:
By Anita Lennox