Working with our Dark Side.
We all have a dark side. Many of us run from it, we shy away or we are raised and taught not to feel it or show our emotions. We push it down, please it up and at some point in our lives, it starts to come out. It’s that rotting smell coming from somewhere in the house. We try to mask it with oils and incense and make it go away, but the smell is still there until we find what’s causing it and take care of it.
Our dark side can be a lot harder to deal with than old rotting food in the back of the fridge. It’s painful to face the parts of our self that we have surpassed. It hurts, it can be scary, and often times we need professional help to get through it all. We’re never told that it’s okay to need and seek help. We never seem to talk about the importance of a good cry or embracing those negative voices and loving them until they start to sing a different tune. Instead, we are told to cut it out, stop crying, stop thinking so negatively.
Something that I love about the moon, among many things, is that the moon shows it’s dark side every single cycle. It goes away, and it comes back to shine at the full moon each month. There’s no stopping it, it is just the natural beauty that this cycle holds. I see this as a great reminder of how we all should live our lives. We should all take time to check in with ourselves. It’s important to introvert and tap into our dark side, heal it bit by bit and then give ourselves the opportunity to start a new cycle. We don’t have to heal everything all at once, but we do owe it to ourselves to take the time to work on what it is that keeps us from living in our highest vibration.
The first step to working with these shadows is identifying what they are. Since I am in love with journal prompts, here is one you can use to help you get started.
The list of Shadows.
Make a list of everything you can think of that represents your dark side. What do you notice about yourself that you may not fully love? What are the things that you have battled with emotionally, or maybe have pushed to the side?
This may not be an easy list to write but know that bringing all of the shadows to the light is the best way to eliminate the effect they may be having on you. If it brings up tears, cry. If this brings up anger, be mad. The only instruction you have with this writing prompt is to feel what you feel.
After writing this list, you may wonder what you do with it.
It’s recommended to seek professional assistance with the deeper items on your list that you feel you can’t fully face on your own. For the items that seem to be more approachable, consider doing yoga, meditation, or taking time in nature. Do some yoga or go for a walk or a hike. Plan a camping trip. Take some time to self-care, and feel your feelings, then reward yourself with a healthy meal or some time to do something that makes you feel good. Self-massage may be a good way to nurture yourself to a good place, so consider doing abhyanga, a therapeutic Ayurvedic self-massage.
We don’t have to be afraid of the dark side of the moon, we just have to know that we all have what it takes to face it.
Love and moonlight!
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