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People’s spiritual journey is an internal undertaking going outward to develop a profound understanding of the world. Everything starts within. In spiritual journeys, the first step taken is through shadow work.

Shadows reflect people’s true nature yet contradict their appearance. In the physical sphere, they are perceived as standing behind everyone whenever light shines upon them. But from a psychological perspective, shadows represent everything people can’t see within themselves.

How pitch-black shadows are in reality reflects the nature of people’s being in the dark about some aspects of themselves. While people can claim to have their identity, able to recite every fact they’ve established for themselves, certain things will remain unanswered.

It can be easy to list down favorites. However, people must practice shadow work to recognize and face the answers when identifying triggers and grudges.

The Conscious and Unconscious Self

Think of the self as a puzzle that needs multiple pieces affixed to each other to be complete.

When it comes to their identities, people experience a delineation of the conscious and unconscious, parts of themselves they’ve grasped and those they still have to unravel. Everyone has attributes they can easily perceive and those they must dig deep to discover.

However, both already profoundly influence how people live their lives, regardless of whether they’re recognized or not. This is precisely why it’s important for people to practice shadow work to better manage their lives. Their conscious perception of themselves can immediately alter how they behave and perceive the world. On the other hand, exploring what lies deep within themselves will lead people to greater internal strength and an absolute understanding of life.

When parts of the self need unraveling, how can people reach deep?

What must they do to make the unconscious conscious?

Finding the Self Through Shadow Work

Everyone is on a journey towards spiritual connection and purpose. What happens within this expedition may differ from one person to another, but the end goal is universal: fostering a deeper understanding of the self and the world.

This journey can be confusing. Most people can’t even fathom the process. They’re typically in the dark about what it entails and the experiences that will take place throughout.

Brenda Gatliff has bared some truth about this enigmatic journey in her book Wait… The Reality Is That We Are Never Alone. The author documented some spiritual encounters that she believes weighed the most in her transformative journey. Her book reassures everyone that their experiences, regardless of how difficult they may seem, have been orchestrated to their benefit.

A significant part of her journey included tapping into her unseen sides. To challenge her perception of reality, she first had to do some shadow work to understand herself fully. This ensures she stays resilient no matter life’s mysteries, and her increased awareness presents for her to handle.

The Importance of Making the Unconscious Conscious

More than anything, her story is proof of the importance of shadow work, of finding pieces within oneself that might’ve been repressed or disowned to conform to society. Before completing their spiritual journey, people must complete themselves to have better chances of breaking through every hindrance and attaining the goal.

Shadow work pieces the conscious and the unconscious identity. It works people through their unresolved conflicts and desires, opening themselves to accepting denied wishes and needs.

While the process may seem negatively driven in a way that it digs out people’s unconsciously repressed identities, shadow work wholeheartedly makes peace with the self. It’s a move that integrates the human to become whole again, accepting flaws and working on becoming the best version despite them.

How Do People Work Through Their Shadows?

Recognizing one’s shadows requires effort. It’s as rigorous as learning to love them, for this dives deep into the crevices of one’s self they’ve long shut down.

People begin their shadow work by recognizing aspects of their lives they lack or flaws in their perceptions. Humans, as they are, may find this quite challenging to face, given that it brings forward matters they might avoid addressing. Shadows have to be comprehended. It’s breaking down the situation that triggers the reaction to get to the root of the problem. This builds consciousness of what triggers people and what they need to address to diminish these reactions.

Hence, shadow work is a crucial part of not only psychological development but also the spiritual journey everyone undertakes. It aids in helping people actualize and identify who they indeed are.

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