Most of us grow up in a society and environment that imposes a certain status quo. This status quo includes values, rules, beliefs and often unspoken expectations about how to live one’s life.
Within this predefined structure, numerous taboos define what is acceptable to do, to be, or what aspects of ourselves are considered to fit in. One of these taboos is our shadow parts, which often include challenging and unwanted emotions such as sadness, anger, fear, shame, guilt, and addictive behaviours. Within this predefined structure, numerous taboos define what is acceptable to do, to be, or what aspects of ourselves are considered to fit in. One of these taboos is our shadow parts, which often include challenging and unwanted emotions such as sadness, anger, fear, shame, guilt, and addictive behaviours.
The ability to identify and heal these shadow parts that no longer serve us and prevent true fulfilment is rarely taught. Yet one of our greatest strengths lies in becoming aware, accepting and healing these aspects, leading to profound transformation. Empowering us to embrace all emotions and feelings wholeheartedly and engage with them rather than fight them.
To lead an empowered life that aligns with the calling of our heart and our inner guidance, we have to address these shadow aspects. This requires a willingness to engage in a journey of self-exploration and awareness of recurring destructive patterns controlled by the ego mind and inhibit our personal growth.
These patterns are linked to old wounds, fears, adapted beliefs and archetypes. These have been created by the ego mind, our immediate environment, the collective consciousness or life experiences.
As our personality constantly seeks recognition and security, often found in familiar patterns of behaviour and habits, letting go of these conditioned programmes can be challenging. The ego-self often repeats the same responses to triggers that remind it of past wounds, experiences and narratives to protect itself from being hurt again, stay in its comfort zone, and create a sense of self, control and security. These repetitive patterns often lead to feelings of being stuck. They can lead to anxiety, avoidance behaviours, inability to move forward (fight, flight or freeze responses) or depression, disassociation and numbness.
Yet, when recognising how these beliefs and behaviours served the purpose of feeling safe, fitting into a specific system or dealing with traumas and experiences, the clarity often allows for healing the shadow parts and moving out of these limiting patterns and beliefs. Freeing ourselves from these cycles leads to a profound transformation towards living an authentic, heart-centred, fulfilled life.