Are you wondering how to do shadow work journal exercises?
Before we get started, let's go over a few quick things.
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
What are shadow work prompts?
Shadow work prompts are a popular method of doing shadow work, where you journal and self-reflect on a set of thoughtful questions.
By putting your emotions and thoughts into words, you are "feeling" through and processing your past experiences.
These prompts help you work through your triggers, heal your inner child, gain perspective, build emotional maturity, and so on.
How to do Shadow Work Journal Prompts
The purpose of shadow work journal prompts is to try and reach the most profound truths about yourself, even if it goes against what you'd typically expect.
This means you need to trust that you can tap into your inner resources to bring these answers to the surface.
The best way to do this is to go someplace in solitude that is quiet enough to hear yourself think.
Sit down and take all the time you need to answer the question.
Sometimes the answer will come very quickly. At other times, writing any meaningful response will seem impossible.
When this happens, you will need to rely on your instincts to fill the page.
Instinctual writing means you will give yourself permission to "let your hand think faster than your head."
Put the pen on the paper (or hands on the keyboard). Then let the words mindlessly flow out of your fingers.
The result may reveal something you didn't know about yourself.
This is similar to using the active imagination technique through art.
For example, a patient is given a paintbrush and an empty canvas. Without any prior idea of what to paint, the patient starts painting and lets the unconscious express itself through the patient's hands.
The result is a painting that reveals a symbolic commentary by the unconscious mind.
You will know you've reached your most profound truths when you feel sensations within your body.
This is because the truth is sensational, and the words you have written resonate with you deeply.
However, it's not all sunshine and rainbows.
People new to shadow work can get emotional since they haven't come to terms with their other half.
If you get emotional or have any surprising sensations, be sure to feel them through.
Remember, this is a process of building self-awareness, compassion, understanding, and self-love.
The Shadow Work Journal: 240 Daily Shadow Work Prompts contains the following:
- 30 Shadow Work Prompts for Relationships
- 30 Shadow Work Prompts for Anger
- 30 Shadow Work Prompts for Anxiety
- 30 Shadow Work Prompts for Self-Love
- 30 Shadow Work Prompts for Healing Trauma
- 30 Shadow Work Prompts for Abandonment Issues (Codependency)
- 30 Shadow Work Prompts for Depression
- 30 Shadow Work Prompts for Forgiveness (Letting Go)
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Here are some resources I recommend:
Shadow Work Course is based on my in-depth research and personal experiences with shadow work, projection, sadomasochism, inner child healing, triggers, and all things shadow. This course is updated every year and gets new content at no additional cost. Learn more here.
A Light Among Shadows is a guide on self-love and being. This short course goes over consciousness, spirituality, philosophy, and makes sense of why people are the way they are. Recommended for people dealing with resentment and self-hate. Learn more here.
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.
Manifestation Manual: The Path of Least Resistance bundle teaches you some holistic and systems thinking along with how to mend your inner child wounds so you can align with your higher self and move forward in life. This includes 20 video clips as a free bonus.
Shadow Play (or “DsR”) is a small sister website that goes over “sensual” shadow work through my BDSM experiences. If you are 18+ and are interested, go here.