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Shadow Work: Get To Know & Integrate Your Dark Side

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We need to be whole to live a fulfilling life. Yet, our shadow work represents the disconnected parts of our psyche, hindering our spiritual journey. And, at the spark of the moment, our unflattering past may emerge to tarnish this picture-perfect view of ourselves because, our shadows can go on autopilot mode, operating behind the scenes and impacting our relationships.

The Shadow: Home for Our Suppressed Traits

Did you grow up knowing that men are not supposed to cry? Or, do you view outspoken people as nosy? Well, as a human being, when you are overcome by grief or sadness, one quick release is to cry. It relieves the tension in you. Plus, those around you appreciate that you feel their grief too.

Likewise, an outspoken person can be a great leader if they use this trait to command authority for social justice or development. But, if you are born an outspoken person, and you relegate this positive trait, you lose out on living a fulfilled life.

The two examples above demonstrate what happens when we relegate any trait, whether positive or negative, that we disassociate from our ego. These traits never go away. They lie dormant in our shadows and may crop up in your life when you least expect them. More so, others can pinpoint those traits in you even without you doing anything to provoke it. For example, you may portray yourself as a composed person, only to throw tantrums at the slightest provocation. That shows there is unresolved anger lying dormant in your dark side.

Origin of the Term Shadow

The term “shadow” originates from the Jungian psychological model. According to Carl Jung’s theory, we all have an ego, which is the center of our personalities. Anything that you disassociate from your ego ends up in the shadow or your dark side. Similarly, if there is a trait that you dislike about yourself, chances are, it is suppressed in your shadow.

So How Do You Embrace Your Shadow?

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At a point when the shadow is working against us, it may destroy us. Hence, there is a need to embrace our dark side and use it to nourish our lives. But how do we achieve that?

Past vs. Present Approach to Embracing the Shadow

Now, history has records of ancient Greeks worshipping the shadow as an autonomous goddess or god. The Greeks used this approach to integrate the dark side into their egos. Not so with the 21st-century modern person. Today’s pressures from social media, family, and friends make us neglect our past wounds or negative impulses.

Many of us are too concerned about protecting our self-image. In the process, we deny that the shadow exists in the first place. Yet, cyberbullies and close friends are quick to pinpoint these shadows in others but never acknowledge their own. An issue of seeing a splinter in another person’s eye and not seeing the log in your own eyes, right?

Other Quick Tips to Embrace Your Shadow

  1. Have a calm mind. Life stress interferes with our attitudes towards the shadow. Yet, a collected person will find reason even in the most brutal aspects of their lives. Yoga, meditation, and crystal healing can help in achieving the right mindset for shadow work.
  2. Practice self-love. It will prepare you mentally to deal with the demons.
  3. Seek the truth, not validation. The dark side may have aspects of your life that are too painful.  Seek to understand the truth instead of wanting to feel special.
  4. Journalize the process.

Benefits of Shadow Work – Eliminating the Projection Defense Mechanism

When we repress our shadows, we project those feelings unto others. For example, if you view an overweight person as lazy, or find an outspoken person irritating, chances are you are struggling with weight management or a level of rudeness in your life.  Otherwise, if you were okay with your current or past weight, someone else’s oversize will not bother you.  See, this projection happens unconsciously, as a way to defend your ego.

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Shadow work unmasks our dark side and integrates it into our current life. It is about working with your disowned parts to bring out the creative, authentic, and energetic side in you. And, the benefits are tremendous.

Here are three key benefits: –

#1: Better Relationships

Integrating your dark side will ground and make you feel whole. Once you embrace your shadow, it is easier to embrace that of your spouse, child, friend, or workmate. In turn, you are less triggered by other person’s unpleasant behaviors. Even so, the grounding effect opens up channels of communication, hence improving how you relate with others.

#2: Clarity of Perception

Our perception of self determines how we view the world. If skewed, you will use the same lens of perception to sieve ideas, thoughts, and feelings from others. In contrast, integrating our shadows gives us a whole, true picture of ourselves. This realistic assessment of self results in self-awareness crucial for spiritual growth.

#3: Raised Energy and Better Health

For as long as you ignore your shadow, it becomes a burden that you carry each day. You know, you are cautious with the way you look, what you say, or how you conduct yourself, not to reveal those suppressed traits.

Integrating the dark side frees us from this daily struggle.

We discover a reservoir of energy that we never thought existed. In turn, we can focus on self-care routines that lead to better physical health.

Conclusion

We all have a dark side that we often want to ignore. The dark side could be the skeletons in your closet that you never want to admit. Or, positive traits like empathy, gentleness, humility that you feel make you look weak. Worse still, it could be demons from your past traumas, lingering in your present life like a shadow. We avoid these demons so as not to feel ashamed, guilty, or fearful. Yet, accepting and integrating this dark side into your current life could unlock a life of fulfillment and self-enlightenment. It is never easy to confront our shadows. But, it is worth your effort.

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9 Ways to Identify Your Soul Purpose

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Our soul purpose refers to our mission or vocation in life. It relates to finding the true meaning of life and your contribution to the universe. Think of the times you contemplate where your life is going, or your natural yearning to grow.

This has nothing to do with buying a house, getting married and having kids, or building a business empire.

Instead, it can be your yearning to create, feel, care-take, achieve, or lead. Hence, once you know your soul purpose, you can align your thoughts and goals to achieve it. That way, you attain a sense of fulfillment and live a longer, purposeful life. 

How Do You Identify Your Soul Purpose?

There are many ways to identify your soul purpose. They include: –

#1: Look Inwards

We all have what it takes to achieve our soul purpose. Yet, many of us have limiting beliefs or inner child issues. These are setbacks that make us feel that our lives are a mistake. Like we should be doing something else right now.

Yet, annoying as it sounds, we are where we need to be.

However, we should now pay attention to the soul when it speaks to us, giving us the urge to pursue a career, write a book, or go to a place. Identifying your soul purpose begins when you overcome these limiting beliefs and inner child issues and listen to your nudge to grow. Hypnotherapy and guided meditation are excellent tools that can help us in this.

#2: Practice Self Compassion

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Are you living with a disability or a chronic illness that forces you to change your career path or live away from your loved ones? You can still find your soul purpose by first accepting such limitations. Indeed, looking beyond your restrictions allows you to be an observer and not a victim. Next, you express self-compassion and divert your goals in line with your constraints. This self-awareness helps you to notice opportunities available to you for being where you are at the moment.

#3: Focus on Purpose not Goals

Whatever goals you set should align with your ultimate purpose in life. Otherwise, once you accomplish these goals, you start feeling empty and seeing the grass is greener on the other side. In addition, anytime you set a goal, ask yourself what contribution it makes towards your true passion. For example, maintain a journal where you scrutinize what you plan against your desired purpose in life.

#4: Know Your True Needs

Do you know what you need? Are these your true needs? Often, we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, not realizing what we truly need. It could be the need to be significant, loved or connect, grow or contribute, or certain.

These are not materials needs like food, shelter, and clothing.

Then discover your true needs by attuning to yourself. Here, use such practices as Kundalini meditation and crystal healing to follow clues that your body gives you. That way, you can determine your true needs and improve your wellbeing.

#5: Have an Abundance Mindset

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Having an abundance mindset is about focusing on what you possess right now to achieve your soul purpose. You see the beauty in your current circumstances. That way, you overcome your fear of lack and begin living with a positive attitude.

An abundance mindset shifts your perspective to see your current circumstances as an exciting journey rather than a stressful life beyond your control. Focus on what you have by practicing gratitude, volunteering your skills and time to a worthy cause, and choosing your words wisely.

#6: Take Charge of Your Life

Are fear and anxiety the driving forces of your current life choices? For example, do you pursue a career to please your parents? Or, are you in an unhappy relationship to portray a successful family person as per societal norms?

Any decision you make out of fear or anxiety drives you further away from your soul purpose.

Such options make you a victim of your circumstances. Yet, your circumstances are a result of your choices. Break this vicious cycle by focusing on solutions instead of short-term quick fixes. Also, notice your tendency to blame others or complain about your circumstances. Next, hold yourself accountable to others to overcome difficult situations.

#7: Focus on What Makes You Happy

Take stock of your life so far. What past experiences brought joy to you? It could be the time you secured that all-important client for your employer. Or, the moments you spend away from home with a loved one. That is where your true passion lies. Now, focus on turning that passion into a profitable career.

#8: Create a Personal Vision Statement

Your life vision statement summarizes your values, strengths, and goals. It is an inspiring declaration about how you see yourself in the future. It can be something like, “To help others overcome their limiting beliefs by overcoming my own and reaching my goals”, or “To inspire others in nurturing their creativity.”

#9: Have Some “Me Time”

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Finally, you can identify your soul purpose by spending quality time away from the crowds to reflect on your life. As you do this, take deep breaths, seek more knowledge by reading books, listen to inspirational audios, exercise, and maintain a healthy diet.

Practicing self-care helps you appreciate yourself. It focuses on developing the best version of you that is fit for pursuing that soul purpose.

Conclusion

We all feel a force that pushes us towards a particular life direction. If this is the direction that you choose, then you are living your soul purpose. Otherwise, ignoring or assuming this nudging feeling may mean you are pursuing goals that leave you feeling empty afterward. Identify your soul purpose and the necessary life changes to achieve it.

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Spiritual Empath: 10 Signs You Could Be One

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Picture this: Your daughter spends a lot of time away from her peers, preferring to play with her imaginary friend instead. Or, your son says he talks to his late grandma every night when he goes to bed. What can you make of this? If this child is a highly sensitive person (HSP), chances are, you are raising a spiritual empath. The same applies to adult empaths who have unique abilities to connect to the world of the spirit.

What Is a Spiritual Empath?

A spiritual empath is a highly sensitive person who senses an angel, spirit guide, or any other spiritual being nearby. And, these spiritual beings can channel their messages to the physical realm using words or actions by this spiritual empath.

However, as an empath, this heightened sensation and interaction with the world of the spirit can be overwhelming. So, discover if you are a spiritual empath by examining the following tell-tale signs: –

The Signs of a Typical Spiritual Empath

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#1: Is a Compassionate Person

A spiritual empath has profound feelings towards others, especially those in need. In turn, they find it easy to connect to both people and spiritual beings. They show kindness to all, including animals and nature.

#2: Has an Approachable Personality

Do your friends, family members, and colleagues find it easy to share their problems with you? For example, do you find yourself soothing a crying child in an airplane? Or, are you always mediating quarrels amongst your peers at school? It could be that, as a spiritual empath, you have a welcoming aura around you. Hence, those near you feel calm and trust you with their deepest fears.

#3: Hates Conflict

Do you give in to arguments for the sake of making peace? If so, you could be a spiritual empath. See, spiritual empaths are in-born peacemakers. They avoid heated arguments at all costs, even if it means losing something in the process.

#4: Feels Like an Emotional Sponge

If you find yourself aware of what others are feeling to the point of experiencing their pain, joy, anxiety, or worry, you could be a spiritual empath. Here, you absorb the negative and positive energies in your surroundings without uttering any words.

#5: Has Their Intuition Always on Point

A spiritual empath is in tune with what is happening in the immediate surroundings. In turn, they rely on how they feel about different situations to make decisions. For example, the spiritual empath may have a gut feeling that going to the shopping mall today is not a good idea. Only to switch on the news and find out there is a blizzard coming that way.

#6: Can Sense New Vibes Right Away

Do you walk into a room and feel a rush of new energy entering or leaving it? It gets complicated when you are in a crowded place because, you get bombarded with all these conflicting energies, hence, draining your mind.

#7: Treasures Their ‘Me Time’

Note that a spiritual empath has little control over what negative or positive energies to absorb. Hence, this empath feels at peace when away from the crowds, conflicting energies, or any disturbances.

#8: Is an Introverted Person

Spiritual empaths like to reflect on all the emotions and thoughts for the day. They do this by isolating themselves from the crowds, spending quiet time to think things through. In turn, they take longer to make up their minds about everything. And, they express their emotions through poetry rather than verbal conversations.

#9: Feels Exhausted in Public Places

If you are a spiritual empath, you find commuter trains, airports, shopping malls, and other crowded public areas draining. Here, negative energies from all around you get you anxious, to the point of getting sick.

#10:  Wants to End Human Suffering

Spiritual empaths sense when negative events are about to happen. For example, their intuition kicks in when a child is about to fall and hurt themselves at the poolside. And, they may notice a serious illness by looking at a pimple or a mild skin discoloration. In response, spiritual empaths try all they can to prevent or end this suffering.

Coping Mechanisms for a Spiritual Empath

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If you suspect that you are a spiritual empath, practice coping habits that protect your mental health. These are day-to-day routines that keep you in control of when to open or close those channels of communication with the spirit world.

Here are some quick tips to get you started: –

#1: Practice Self-Awareness

If you suspect that you are a spiritual empath, take time to understand yourself. Practice self-awareness to know your surroundings and identify what triggers feelings of depression and anxiety. Likewise, set healthy boundaries that ensure you only deal with situations that you can handle.

#2: Channel Your Emotions Towards Positive Activities

Did you know that spiritual empaths become spiritual teachers and professional mediums, helping others through their unique gift? So, if you have a child who shows signs of a spiritual empath, nurture these abilities.

#3: Meditate Daily

Daily meditation helps in cleansing negative energies. Likewise, it is a grounding technique that assists spiritual empaths on how to manage their thought processes. That way, they have control over how they react to others.

#4: Crystal Healing

Crystal healing taps into the healing powers of Mother Nature. For example, wearing a Rose Quartz bracelet can ground, soothe, and heal the heart chakra. Likewise, Black Tourmaline redirects negative energies away from you, grounds and calms you, and helps in activating the root chakra.

#5: Support System

Who do you run to when you feel overwhelmed? Ideally, a spiritual empath should have a supportive family and circle of friends with their best interest at heart. Likewise, seek professional help if you are going through depression or anxiety.

Conclusion

If you are a sensitive person who often connects to the spirit world, you could be a spiritual empath. Instead of suppressing your vivid dreams or thoughts, use them to help those in need around you. Still, adjust your lifestyle to cope with the overwhelming energies coming your way.

Take our 2-min quiz to find out what type of empath you are (CLICK HERE).

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Divine Masculine Awakening: Achieving Balance Through Spiritual Maturity

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We all have divine masculine and divine feminine archetypal energies. The divine masculine is direct and represents the giving nature. In contrast, the divine feminine is cyclical, expressing a receiving nature. When working together, these two energies dance to form a spiral similar to yin and yang or SO and CHA. Indeed, the dualistic nature of the universe exists because of these two opposite energies. Think of day and night, hot and cold, light and dark, yin and yang, and so on.

Anyone seeking spiritual maturity must nurture, honor, and balance the masculine and feminine energies. When these energies come into harmony and balance with one another, they begin to express divine qualities. Though they exist in everyone, women awaken their divine feminine nature more often, and men are encouraged to activate their divine masculine energies. Here, the individual proactively embraces a healthy way of expressing the side they wish to cultivate. For example, a man can seek to learn all of life’s lessons about masculinity.

So, this guide will focus on divine masculine energy. More so, we will define it, identify signs of its awakening, and share tips on how to awaken the divine masculine energy within you.

What is ‘Divine Masculine’?

The divine masculine is an energy of expansion. It refers to focused strength and action in a manner that is in harmony with beauty and wholeness. This energy is not gender-sensitive, hence, manifests in both men and women. It is believed that the divine masculine energy is connected to the left side of the brain.

What are the Signs of Divine Masculine Awakening?

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When you awaken your divine masculine, the following things happen: –

#1: You Develop Great Confidence

Divine masculine awakening provokes healthy confidence and belief in your actions, not to be mistaken for arrogance. It stems from having that diving masculine energy within, giving the person confidence to face any task because they know they are guided by spirit. You no longer see hurdles as stumbling blocks but as stepping stones to success.

#2: You Become Loyal and Trustworthy

When your divine masculine awakens, it brings out commitment, understanding, and faithfulness in you. It places value on the bond you share with your partner. Since it believes in the revered union of love and the boundaries necessary for the relationship to flourish, your loyalty and self-control come naturally.

Faithfulness becomes your way of living rather than an imposed behavior. Hence, when a man who labels himself as a womanizer starts to show loyalty and trust toward their long-time partner, it is a clear sign of the divine masculine awakening in them.

#3: You Become Protective

While masculine energy drives us to protect what we like, divine masculine energy drives us to protect the innocent and righteous path of life. Hence, you feel drawn to show unconditional love towards everything and everyone in your care. That way, your spouse, child, sibling, parent, friend, or colleague feels safe and protected when close to you. And, the energy will attract more people to you, for they feel safe with you.

#4: You Practice Self Care

Anyone undergoing a diving masculine awakening owns their actions. This energy helps you identify your needs. In turn, you get proactive with self-care routines as you work towards your happiness. Likewise, you are in control of your actions. Hence, you know when to exert your divine masculine power to help others.

#5: Show Responsibility

The divine masculine energy makes you responsible enough not to be a victim of those that need rescuing. More so, when you make a mistake, this energy gives you the courage to reflect and acknowledge your wrongdoing. Anyone whose divine masculine is awake sees the blame game as a waste of energy.

#6: You Are More Active

Does your comfort zone seem not comforting anymore? If you are the kind of person who felt content and seemed to settle in their career, relationships, or studies, a divine masculine awakening will push you from a passive to an active lifestyle.

Now, you find it automatic to take the initiative to go out and pursue new and higher goals. And when you rest, it is only to review and strategize your next course of action. The healthy confidence you have assures you that you can reach your goals as long as you never give up on them.

5 Ways to Awaken Your Divine

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Are you seeking to awaken the divine masculine within you? Here are 5 ways to do so: –

#1: Heal Your Father

Do you have any grudge or unresolved issues with your father, grandfather, or any other father figure? It could be anger or hatred you have for the trauma, abuse, or neglect you went through as a child. Or, it could be a sense of betrayal when your father figure gave you up for adoption. Whatever the source, strive to let go and make peace, even if this father figure is no longer alive.

#2: Heal Your Sexuality

If your sexuality revolves around seeking instant gratification or body pleasures, you need to change this perspective. By learning everything about the relationship between sexuality and divine masculinity, you will discover that your sexuality can be a great source of creativity and inspiration. Hence, you can create whatever you want from a powerful perspective. Start by reading more about the sacredness of sex and how you can practice what you learn.

#3: Physical Movement

Divine masculine awakening requires you to be a person on the move. For example, you can take part in martial arts to build your physical and mental power. Or, enroll at the gym. Your divine masculine energy gets outlet through these physical activities.

#4: Care for Others

As mentioned earlier, divine masculine energy has a giving nature. It wants to serve and share with others. Therefore, to awaken it, find a course that is bigger than you. Share your skills with those who need them.

#5: Lead a Purposeful Life

Embark on a soul-seeking journey to figure out your purpose in life. Ask deep soul questions about your existence, where you come from, and why you are here today. By doing so, you learn to live truthfully without fear of taking risks. Hence, your divine masculine energy will follow that direction to fulfill your life purpose.

Conclusion

The divine masculine and divine feminine energies work together in a balanced way to create a powerful dynamic in our lives. However, you must awaken them. We hope this guide helped you understand better what divine masculine energy is and how to awaken it. May it help you attain spiritual maturity and balance in life.

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