This is part 9 of our series: Higher Self vs Shadow Self,
Shadow Self Vs Higher Self - Two Different Parts Of The Same ‘You’
While the beings in this world are blessed with the highest, wisest self that comes in to help them when times are rough, help navigate through the intricacies of life, they also have a part of them that is on the opposite spectrum, their shadow self.
Though the shadow self is often misinterpreted as something evil or negative of sorts, it is the preconceived part of themselves that the individuals find ‘weak’, ‘unacceptable’, or anything that they think needs to be hidden from the world as well as themselves to find acceptance.
While your Higher Self guides you to find your virtues, powers and find your true self through experiences that lead you to an ‘awakening’, your shadow self gets you the healing you need to get ready to experience this higher vibrational journey.
Think of the highest self as the light at the end of the tunnel and the shadow self as the darkness while you’re passing through the tunnel. To get to the end of the tunnel and get into the light, regardless of scary it may seem, you have to step into the tunnel, similarly, to experience your Higher Self, you need to embrace all aspects of yourself, shed your skin, and regain your power.
Your shadow self is what develops through early wounds and experiences, whose primary goal is mere survival, while the highest self is the authentic ‘you’ that you can embody whose only goal is to show you the limitless power that resides inside you.
You begin the journey of spiritual upliftment first by accepting and healing your shadow side and then connecting with the energy of your highest self. As you step into this chapter, you experience a shift of energy, you see your world transform, you begin to heal and embrace yourself, fall in love with yourself and the world, and begin a life that truly brings in abundance and self-growth.
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.