This article is part 3 of the series “Anger Held Within The Body Brought Me Arthritis - My Healing Journey ”. If you haven’t yet read the last one, you can find it here: Shadow work releases pain, bringing in the light. Let's dive in!
This is just one puzzle piece in the process of this healing, releasing and clearing, and here I start with forgiveness. I have to forgive myself. What took me so long to realize within all of the work I’ve done on myself throughout the years, (silly me) is that although there are others who have hurt me, I was the primary person that hurt me and I had to forgive myself in order to help bring the light back into my bones and especially my hip with arthritis. Fear does crazy things to a person and because I was truly fearful that if I don’t release it all before my surgery, I may end up in a worse predicament physically at some point in the future.
This article is part 2 of the series “Anger Held Within The Body Brought Me Arthritis - My Healing Journey”.
Now let’s dive in! What is shadow work? The shadow is a psychological term for everything we can’t see in ourselves. It’s the “dark side” of our personality and is called this because it consists mainly of primitive, negative human emotions like anger, envy, greed, selfishness, and things of this nature. And make no mistake, the dark side of you, will most certainly wreak havoc within the physical body like it did with me. So shadow work is digging through the trenches of the dark side in us and working to release it so that we can bring that side of our personality back into the light.
If you are looking to dig more into the dark side, here’s a great article by Carl Jung, Aion (1951). Carl Jung and the Shadow: The Ultimate Guide to the Human Dark Side
“The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.”
— Carl Jung, Aion (1951)
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