Here’s how you can use the lockdown to understand your Shadow Self
It is a frightening thought that man also has a shadow side to him, consisting not just of little weaknesses and foibles, but of a positively demonic dynamism. The individual seldom knows anything of this; to him, as an individual, it is incredible that he should ever in any circumstances go beyond himself. But let these harmless creatures form a mass, and there emerges a raging monster. – Carl Jung, On the Psychology of the Unconscious.
In the course of our lifetime, we all go through various experiences, and they shape us into the people we become. Experiences good and bad, pleasant and traumatic, some memorable and some that we do not want to go back to. It is the bad, traumatic and painful experiences and memories that we often repress and shun to the dark recesses of our psyche, and this is what forms our Shadow Self. The Shadow Self is made up of all our repressed ideas, habits, impulses, fears, ideas. We often ignore our Shadow Self, because it represents all the darkness we have experiences and are capable of. But once you understand and embrace your Shadow Self can you truly heal and harness it into something useful and creative.
Now that we all have the virtue of time, why not use it to understand and embrace our Shadow Self! Many of us have chosen to not just become a part of collective reset but also use this current time of mass awakening as a fuel to right our own karmic learning. All that we have dumped inside is beginning to surface. Our own deep personal fears, limiting beliefs, shadows and insecurities are now floating in our conscious waters. We don’t need to drown you here, rather, by all means, the intent should be to create ripples of self-introspection and use it to change the ways we lead your life, says Hitest Vashisht, Author of the Best Seller Book, Sundaram Speaks – Conversations to Awaken Your Soul’s Wisdom, and a Consciousness Coach
Here are a few ways you can use this time to learn and understand your Shadow Self.
- Art is a very powerful medium when it comes to expressing the deepest emotions, even the ones that we don’t wish to actively acknowledge. In psychology, art therapy is used as a medium to understand the psyche of the patients. For you to acknowledge and understand your Shadow Self through art, here’s what you should do. Find a peaceful place and sit down relaxed. Have your art supplies with you. Start thinking inwardly and ask yourself, what does your psyche want to tell you. Do not filter your thoughts, and let it flow through the art you create.
- Writing is another way you can look into your inner self and understand your psyche with better clarity. You can start writing a story, with the characters embodying your ‘dark’ characteristics. As the story progresses, your own deeper truths will unfold for you. Another way is to journal your emotions, good and bad, without any filters.
- Another way is practicing the Projection Technique. We often project our feelings and traits in other people and situations. It is a way of escaping from the facing reality. When we approach people and situations with mindfulness, do we really understand them, and us, better. When interacting with people and the world at large, focus on what you like and what you dislike. Look for triggers that make you happy, and the ones that make you feel agitated or sad. This way you will understand your emotions better.
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