EVERYTHING THAT YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOURSELF
Beautiful Gifts of Shadow
It is always standing right behind us, just out of view. In any direct light, we cast a shadow. The Shadow is a psychological term for everything we can't see in ourselves.
A common mistake people make when thinking about the Shadow is to think that it is made up entirely of ‘negative,’ shameful aspects of ourselves that we are trying to repress. Learning to allow shadow elements of ourselves to come into the light and be recognized is a large aspect of the healing journey.
As an archetype, the Shadow basically represents everything that we do not know about ourselves, both positive and negative, including instincts, beliefs and ideas that we have for some reason kept from the light of consciousness. We may have learnt as a child for example that our strengths and individual gifts were unacceptable and a threat to a society, adults or other children around us, so we have hidden our strength in the personal Shadow and are unconscious of our own abilities. There are hidden treasures in our Shadow.
Understanding the Shadow Archetype
The problem with the Shadow is that if we do not recognize it as existing and work on bringing it into the light, it controls us much more and the only way it can manifest is through projections. What we do not accept as part of ourselves, we tend to unconsciously project onto others.
When we are able to accept and assimilate our Shadow, we accept ourselves on a deeper level, we can forgive our shortcomings and liberate the creative energy that was blocked in repressing the parts of our Shadow that are ready to be integrated.
If we stop trying to be perfect and recognize that becoming whole is more important , than we move one step further on the journey towards individuation.
The Shadow is bottomless, like every archetype. The idea is not to eventually rid ourselves of every aspect of our Shadow, which is impossible, but to integrate the parts of the Shadow that are nearest to the light and through our projections acknowledging them. This is one aspect of the conjunctio, the alchemical equivalent of ‘enlightenment:’ the sacred marriage between the conscious ego and the unconscious Shadow. Neither must dominate, but each must be honored.
Shadow blend is formulated as a healing tool and has its own healing potency. It is best used in complex with other healing modalities such as in-depth self-development inner work, journaling, psychotherapy, therapy programs for emotional release, yoga, massage, energy work.
Why Work with Shadow?
The shadow isn't a popular topic. Who enjoys owning their flaws, weaknesses, selfishness, nastiness, hate, and so on? Focusing on our strengths is more enjoyable and life-affirming. Exploring the shadow, however, gives us tremendous opportunities for growth and development.
Improved Relationships: As you integrate your shadow and come to terms with your darker half, you see yourself more clearly. You become more grounded, human, and whole. When you can accept your own darker parts, it is easier to accept the shadow in others. As a result, other people’s behavior won’t trigger you as easily. You’ll also have an easier time communicating with others. You may notice an improvement in your relationships with your spouse, family members, friends, and business associates.
Clearer Perception: In seeing others and yourself as you are, you’ll have a cleaner lens with which to view the world. As you integrate your shadow, you approach your authentic self, which gives you a more realistic assessment of who you are. You won't perceive yourself as being too big (inflated) or too small (deflated). When you're self-aware, you can assess your environment with more accurately. You’ll see others and evaluate situations with greater clarity, compassion, and understanding.
Enhanced Energy and Physical Health. Dragging around this invisible bag of stuff is draining. It is exhausting work to continually repress and suppress all of the parts of ourselves that we don’t want to face in our adulthood. Fatigue and lethargy can plague the unexamined life. Mental suppression can also lead to physical pain and disease. Dr. John Sarno has healed thousands of patients of chronic back pain by helping them acknowledge the repressed rage in their unconscious. In working with your shadow, you liberate a tremendous reservoir of energy you were unconsciously investing in protecting yourself. This can improve your physical, mental, and emotional health. It can bring you inner strength and a greater sense of balance, making you better equipped to take on life’s challenges.
Psychological Integration and Maturity. As long as we deny our shadows and repress certain parts of ourselves, a sense of wholeness and unity is elusive. How can we feel a sense of wholeness and balance with a divided mind? Integrating the shadow brings you one step closer to realizing a sense of wholeness. It is a critical step to achieving maturity.
Greater Creativity. One of the greatest benefits of integrating your shadow is that it unlocks more of your creative potential.
The above information was adapted from in-depth, self-development guide that you can download for FREE: "A Definitive Guide to Shadow Work: How to Contact, Get to Know, and Integrate Your Dark Side’ by Scott Jeffrey.
Moroccan Rose oil’s fragrant nectar and hypnotic lure are legendary been used for thousands of years for health and beauty and during times of stress, particularly while experiencing grief, and to soothe the anxiety associated with grief. Rose is a high vibrational spiritual oil with a frequency of 320 MHz. Physicians and healers have used it to help open the heart center and to strengthen the heart. It works miracles on balancing and charging the heart chakra energies. Rose otto is helpful in times of stress and grief as it can have a sedative quality to help soothe nerves, ease meltdowns from grief, encourage emotional recovery, and ease emotional withdrawal.
Elemi has a harmonizing effect, resulting in body, mind and spirit joined in harmony. It relieves stress, burnout, tones, stimulates vitality. Elemi encourages contentment, calm, soothing stillness, compassion and peace. This oil helps to unify the upper and lower chakras, and show us how to balance our spiritual lives with our worldly existence. Elemi is great for meditation, and visualization. When used with other modalities and tools (like crystals) it has been noted that deeply hidden emotions may arise. During meditation, elemi oil does not act as a hypnotic, and gives a sense of deep physical and spiritual peace, a sense of peace and strength.
Cypress offers great direction, helps connection with the wisdom of the universe. It empathizes with suffering and is helpful in for moving on. Considered a symbol for life after death it was burnt to cleanse the atmosphere and has been used since ancient times for ritual cleansing and to promote health. Cypress essential oil’s effect upon our human energy system is decidedly Yang. It has an ability to stabilize, give direction and purpose during times of confusion and has a reputation for strengthening the heart energies.
Spikenard is an ideal meditation oil and has traditionally been used in incense formulas for spiritual enhancement. Psycho-emotionally, Spikenard promotes emotional healing. It may be useful for releasing old fears and anxiety stemming from past trauma. Spikenard is considered a spiritual aid for contemplation and clarity of mind. It was the aromatic oil in the foot balm that Mary Magdalene used to anoint Jesus's feet in the New Testament.
Lemongrass has regulating and tonic action on body, mind and spirit making it excellent for cleansing and renewal of life energies on all levels, as well as clearing energy from a home, or letting go of negative energy you might be holding onto, which may help those feeling stuck, heavy, or low. Lemongrass is good for times when the emotions are embedded in misery and one is unable to escape from it, and in need of help.
Patchouli is used for relieving feelings of emptiness or emotional disconnection – when you’re feeling disconnected from yourself or your community. Patchouli helps people become fully present in their physical body, tempers obsessive personality traits by bringing us ‘down’ to reality, and teaches us to stay grounded in the present moment rather than stress about things that are beyond our control. Patchouli helps calm fears and nervous tension, stilling the heart and mind to prepare them for a greater union between the body and soul.
Patchouli helps release patterns of shame or ‘not being enough’ about our bodies, and enables us to feel more love and acceptance towards our physical self. It does this by acting as a grounding support, helping to reconnect with and settle into one’s body. It is primarily used to align the heart chakra with the root and sacral chakras. Patchouli does this by releasing obsessions, insecurities and jealousies and enhancing our desire to live a fuller life.
Opoponax, also known as sweet Myrrh or opobalsam, is a precious sacred resin that energetically connects an embodied experience with higher planes of consciousness. It belongs to the family of sacred scents that facilitate spiritual development. The Opoponax scent is emotionally balancing, expansive and grounding.
Nagarmotha is an element of the ancient art of Vashikarna, a ritual rooted in magic that is meant to bring long-lasting love to the person whose forehead is anointed by the oil. It is also used to help strengthen hair by improving the health of the scalp. It is used for meditation, as its nature-infused aroma is both soothing and grounding, good for finding peace, serenity, and relaxation during a meditation session or a sense of calm after a frenetic day at work.
Labdanum oil is used to help deal with a range of emotional and mental issues. It is known to relieve stress, to exert calm and tranquility on the mind, and to effectively deal with anger and mood swings. Earthy, green, and woody, its complexity is one of the reason for Labdanum's strong affect on the subconscious with its grounding, warming, and sensual aromatherapeutic actions.
Pink Lotus is a sacred flower symbolizing the sun and creation, thereby possessing regenerative powers; it was often depicted in the hieroglyphics and art of Upper Egypt, and is a scared flower in Hinduism and Buddhism. The lotus flower is revered or its ability to rise from the dirty, murky waters to bloom into a beautiful unstained pure flower. This process symbolize attaining enlightenment. Pink Lotus is a wonderful oil to use during times of stress; it gives comfort, support and peace, is hypnotic and magical.
The Shadow toner includes flower essence of Black-Eyed-Susan: an integration of perceived and hidden aspects of the consciousness that can help you gain insight and clarity by shining a light on your shadows. Awareness is key in shadow work. With awareness, we can make different choices, choose a different path. And we can offer love and compassion to the wounded parts of ourselves.
Owl symbolizes the feminine, the moon and the night and the link between the dark, unseen world and the world of light. It is a bird of magic and darkness, of prophecy, wisdom and dreamwork. As humans we are able to block out that which we don’t want to remember or deal with: memories with negative emotions attached to them, traumas, and accidents. We deny that about ourselves which we do not wish to see. When dreaming, sometimes our unconscious mind becomes conscious. Call for owl’s guidance, assistance and help to gain wisdom, to see behind the masks, to discover what truly lies below the surface and to gain comfort in working with a shadow self.
Crystals & Gemstonesnes
Every Shadow roll-on bottle comes with a chip of a Snowflake Obsidian. The Limited Edition roll-on comes with a roller ball made of Hematite. Snowflake Obsidian integrates our shadow aspects as it helps draw emotions to the surface – stuck or blocked emotions can flow free and be released. We will never be free of our wounds if we don’t bring them to the surface. This can be frightening, but whatever it is, you already lived through it. Do yourself a favor and let it go.
Hematite is known for protection and stabilization, bringing balance to the body, mind and spirit. Its grounding power nails us to reality. Hematite is a stone of integration – Light and Dark, Highest Self and Shadow Self, Male and Female, Spirit and Body. With Hematite, we can bring all these divergent selves into a unified manifestor.