I also chat about the possibility of massive changes to the personality and behaviours through doing shadow work. I sometimes feel concerned that people may see shadow work as a 'perfection project' - a way to get rid of all the flaws and yucky bits, emerging resplendent and ascended with none of the prior characteristics which made them uniquely human. If you're approaching shadow work as a way to become someone else, stop. If you're hoping that you'll be able to leave all the things you're ashamed of behind you, stop. The 'carve all the nasty away' mentality is actually self-critical and not in alignment with the intention of ultimate self-acceptance which must lie at the heart of each shadow worker. If we can understand that shadow work is about accepting the psyche in its entirety rather than choosing which parts of the psyche are acceptable, then we are on the right track. Of course, once we shift into that mindset, positive change is highly likely, if not inevitable!
Finally, I offer some thoughts about shadow work as a lifelong commitment and as something to which we can return as we evolve and learn. For this entire lifetime that you are now experiencing, the possibility of trauma, loss, unexpected change or a deep unmet need is always on the horizon. Shadow work is an important tool to have at your disposal in the aftermath of such internal and external events.
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