- Decide if you’ll seek therapy or do shadow work on your own.
- Practice spotting your inner shadow.
- Think back to your childhood.
- Avoid shaming (or being ashamed of) your shadow.
- Meditate to observe your triggers.
- Keep a shadow journal.
- Express your inner shadow artistically.
- Start an inner dialogue.
What do you write in a self journal for healing?
- How do you feel about yourself today, at this moment?
- Write a letter of encouragement to your body.
- Write a letter of encouragement to your mind.
- What feelings and emotions do you experience most often?
- What do you wish you would remember on your bad days?
What are some shadow work questions?
- What are your triggers and what caused them?
- Is there anyone you hold a grudge against?
- Do you feel misunderstood?
- What do you dislike about yourself most?
- What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done and why did you do it?
- Are you happy with where you are in your life?
Does shadow Work heal trauma?
One of the main ways shadow work helps is by allowing for catharsis – or a release of pent-up emotions. This can allow people to heal their emotional trauma and pain, which in turn may lead to improvement in other areas of life such as relationships and careers.