In this energetic world, light and dark energies are what play the entire plot. Where light represents love, the dark energy is about negative thoughts, ego, fear, and everything that is unwanted and doesn’t serve a higher purpose.
Lightwork Vs Shadow Work
Just as lightwork is the craft of working on the light to emit zest and radiance in the world, shadow work is about working through darker parts of one’s reality such as fear, insecurities, unwanted thoughts, or any other painful parts to recover the inner self.
While lightwork is about making people come to terms with their light and their positivity, shadow work is about making them confront the parts they’ve been hiding from themselves by tucking it in their shadow. Shadow work is a spiritual practice on hidden old traumas, mental wounds, and bringing forth traits that have been suppressed or overly expressed due to these past scars.
Shadow work is about making an individual confront their darkness to induce harmony, cleanse the past, so they can develop into their best self. It curates a safe space to heal, navigate and work through these darker aspects that have been subdued for so long.
An absolute contrasting concept from light work, shadow work is stepping into one’s shadow to transform the dark aspects, which results in enormous growth and purging.
“Sometimes the universe turns off all the lights so we have no choice but to find our own.”
― Rebecca Campbell
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.
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.