What are shadow beliefs?

Are you wondering what shadow beliefs are?

Before we get into that, it’s important that we briefly go over inner child work.

What is Inner Child Work?

Inner child work, or inner child healing, is becoming aware of what aspects of yourself you’ve denied and redeeming them via conscious integration.

It’s doing the griefwork to digest and process emotions that you carry from the past.

While becoming conscious of the underlying beliefs that have been driving your existence.

By doing this, you become more emotionally mature and experience universal Love.

Inner Child Wounds & Shadow Beliefs

A child who experiences emotional trauma and isn’t given adequate love and time to process it will develop an inner child wound.

An inner child wound is a moment in time where a person’s psyche is stuck due to an undigested emotion.

These emotional traumas from the formative years are commonly feelings of:

  • Betrayal
  • Abandonment
  • Disappointment
  • Humiliation
  • Isolation

Over time, these unprocessed inner wounds evolve into an existential belief of the child’s own existence. Otherwise referred to as a “shadow belief.”

Shadow beliefs are typically dysfunctional and initially unconscious. Nevertheless, they are why many people find themselves in unsavory positions in life and involved in unhealthy relationships.

This is because you will unconsciously seek to fulfill the existential position that gives you the validation you’re used to:

List of shadow beliefs examples:

  • Nobody can be trusted
  • I’m blameless & you’ll always forgive me
  • I’m always wrong
  • I am pure
  • I am helpless
  • The world wants to dominate me
  • I’ve always been a loser
  • Everyone is ungrateful

You will unconsciously live out these positions in your relationships—even when it’s against your self-interest.

Until you become aware of this, your psyche is in arrested development.

By going to therapy or performing “self-therapy,” such as shadow work and inner child work, you will be able to mend your psyche’s wounds and live a healthier life.

Check out Shadow Work Journal Prompts for Healing the Inner Child, Self-Love & Relationships.

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.

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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.

Inner Shadow Work on TikTok and Instagram.

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