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Exploring Shadow Work – Embracing Self-Acceptance And Personal Growth

Written by: Skye Louise Baxter, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

 
Executive Contributor Skye Louise Baxter

Shadow-work is a transformative concept that involves integrating and accepting the disowned or rejected parts of yourself. Delving into the depths of shadow work, I would like to emphasise the importance of embracing all aspects of your being for inner balance and harmony. By shedding light on the shadows, we can embark on a powerful journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

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To identify your shadows, examine the areas where you judge or criticize others, as these judgments often reflect disowned parts within yourself. I would also like you to look at pedestaling which sheds light on our golden shadow. triggers in others mirror your disowned traits and patterns. Furthermore, the people you attract to your life can serve as mirrors, reflecting aspects of yourself that you have disconnected from.


Societal conditioning and childhood experiences contribute to the formation of shadows. During your formative years, you learn to adapt and suppress certain aspects of yourself to gain love and acceptance, leading to disconnection from your authentic self. Emphasizing the importance of self-awareness and the willingness to explore and heal these shadows.


I would also like to address the fear and resistance you may have towards shadow work. It dispels the misconception that integrating the shadow means becoming a "bad" person, clarifying that it is about bringing balance and acknowledging the positive aspects of the so-called negative traits. The transformative changes experienced through shadow work, such as increased confidence, setting boundaries, and attracting healthier relationships based on self-love and self-worth, are highlighted.


the importance of self-compassion and self-growth for individuals seeking fulfilling relationships. All relationships are designed to trigger certain aspects of yourself, and healthy relationships involve mutual support, self-exploration, and growth.


Shadow work is a powerful tool for self-acceptance, personal growth, and breaking free from past conditioning. By embracing all aspects of ourselves, including the shadows, you foster inner balance and harmony.


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Skye Louise Baxter Brainz Magazine
 

Skye Louise Baxter, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Skye is a healer specializing in shadow work, healing the generational trauma, after growing up with a family that abused her, mentally, physically and sexually leaving her growing up feeling like she had no self worth and continuing the cycle by entering into many abusive relationships before she had a complete mental breakdown at the age of 21 , finding out she has C-ptsd, depression and a serve anxiety disorder. skye made the choice to begin to heal so she could break the cycle and love her life. Skye has always had a strong calling to help others and now she hears the call to guide others to heal through 1;1 mentoring and coaching.

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