Are you looking for the benefits of embracing your shadow? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
But first, let’s first quickly go over what shadow and shadow work is.
What is Shadow Self & Shadow Work?
Your shadow self, or shadow, is the side of yourself you have no awareness of. It holds all the qualities you disowned during your formative years.
Although you learned to repress these qualities and push them outside of your awareness, they still live underneath the surface.
They unconsciously guide your actions and are the unseen cause for many of the troubles in your life.
Shadow work is the intentional practice of becoming aware of your unconscious shadow and integrating these neglected qualities into your being—becoming whole.
This is a process of building self-awareness, self-acceptance, and universal Love.
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”Carl Jung
5 Benefits of Embracing Your Shadow
Let’s take a look at the benefits of embracing our shadows;
1. Improved Relationships
As you incorporate your shadow side and come to better know your darker self, you will be able to see yourself more clearly. You will become more grounded, more human, and more complete.
When you accept your own darker side it will become easier for you to accept the shadow in others too. This will make you prone to other people’s behaviors and you won’t get triggered easily. You will also have an easy time communicating with other people.
As a result, you will notice an improvement in your relationships with your spouse, siblings, family members, business colleagues, and friends.
2. Clear Perception
When you see others and yourself as the way you are, you will have a clearer vision of the world around you. When you incorporate your shadow self you are appreciating your authentic self. This will give you a more clear perception of the world. You won’t either inflate or deflate yourself. Your self-awareness will increase your ability to assess the world more precisely. You will see others more clearly, precisely, and with greater understanding.
3. Increased Energy and Better Physical Health
Carrying this invisible bag of repressions behind you is quite draining. It is suppressing to continuously carry parts of ourselves that we don’t want to face in our adulthood. Exhaustion and weariness can literally plague our adult life. Moreover, mental repressions can lead to physical pain and trauma as well.
Acknowledging your shadow can help your mental health, bring inner peace and bestow you with a greater sense of balance, which in turn better equips you to take on life challenges.
4. Psychological Maturity
When we keep denying our shadow and repressing parts of ourselves, achieving a sense of wholeness is intangible. How can wholeness be achieved with a divided mind? Incorporating your shadow with your real self will bring you one step closer to achieving wholeness and unity of mind and soul. This is very vital to attain psychological maturity.
5. Enhanced Creativity
One of the biggest benefits of embracing your shadow is unlocking more of your creative energy and talent. Creativity is more of a spontaneous feeling which is boosted by mentally active individuals.
Here are some resources I recommend:
Shadow Work for Beginners is based on my in-depth research and personal experiences with shadow work, projection, sadomasochism, inner child healing, triggers, and all things shadow. This resource gets updated at no additional cost.
A Light Among Shadows is a guide on self-love and being. This series goes over consciousness, spirituality, philosophy, and makes sense of why people are the way they are. Recommended for anyone dealing with resentment and self-hate. Learn more here.
Shadow Work for Relationships teaches you everything you need to know about attachment theory, practical inner work, and your dysfunctional behavior. By the end of this, you will have developed your earned secure attachment style so you can put an end to your cycle of bad relationships.
Shadow Work Journal: 240 Daily Shadow Work Prompts contains inner work exercises related to relationships, anger, anxiety, self-love, healing trauma, abandonment issues, depression, forgiveness, etc.
Self-Love Subliminal for self-hypnotism that will help you change your behavior and gain self-love, self-awareness, better relationships, greater health, and improve your creativity.
Shadow Play (or “DsR”) is a sister website that goes over “sensual” shadow work through BDSM experiences. If you are 18+ and are interested, go here.
Mindful & Mending is a small website that’s about self-hypnosis, affirmations, auto-suggestion, and more techniques & tools to help you shift your unconscious mind. Check it out here.