Shadow Work is the process of exploring your inner darkness or “Shadow Self.”
Shadow Work uncovers every part of you that has been disowned, repressed & rejected. It is one of the most authentic paths to enlightenment
What can we acheive with shadow work?
Your shadow self is your unconscious side of self. It’s where all the negative aspects you perceive you are or are not reside. We all have a shadow self that changes and evolves as your personality and growth evolves. The key is facing it, seeing it and meeting that side of ourselves. We often see our shadow self reflected in others. When we recognize and face our shadow, we can become more whole and balanced. But we ourselves can’t rid ourselves of our shadow self. This is something only time, retrospection, and evolving can heal individual aspects of the shadow self. But the shadow self itself will always be there hiding the things we aren’t as yet ready to face.
Before deciding to do any shadow work, it’s a good idea to prepare yourself emotionally. Try to center yourself. This means bringing yourself to a calm state, so that you can tap into your psyche and feel more alert and aware. Do something good for yourself like a relaxing bath. Give yourself a hug. After all you are doing something very brave. Shadow work can be accomplished in many ways, from simple to lavish. You don’t have to spend money. You can do breathing exercises, go for a walk in nature, yoga, meditating, having a cup of tea and just being still, or lighting a candle.
I want you to imagine roots in the soles of your feet buried deep into the earth… feel them really sinking down and down deeper and deeper… you feel the earths energy coursing upward through your feet.
You may notice a color with it, browns and greens, deep earthy colors. It flows into your body, from your feet up and into your legs, your hips, and up your torso… filling you with warm earthy energy. Your hands and fingers may even feel the sensations of warmth, tingles and may even feel dry.
It slowly fills your body making you feel warm and comfortable… finally entering up into your neck and head, you feel the warmth at the back of your neck, easing up to your head and even around to your cheeks and face. Your whole body is aglow with this slow warm earthy energy. You feel strong, powerful, part of the earths energy and feeling connected to everything that is. For just for a couple of moments stay with this warm feeling that is allowing and helping you to relax
We now stand with an open door behind us. It’s a very heavy oak door. As we walk through, we are at the edge of a woods and the birds are singing and its a warm and beautiful autumn day. The trees are alive with golds, yellows and reds. Just stand for a minute and really see all you can. What you are wearing?
Flashes of color as we watch the birds flit from branch to branch. You wait as you begin to feel coming through the undergrowth, totems, animal spirit guides are coming…if you cant see them clearly, just ‘know, they are there. but if you can visualize them, what are they? Make note of it.
You begin to follow your guide into the forest as sunlight streams through the trees reflecting their vibrant colors. You may see things along the path, make mental not of what you see. Flowers, branches, streams? What do you hear? Birds, crickets, frogs?
Breathe regularly and gently, bathe in the sunshine to warm you. The sounds and breaths of the forest surround you… the birds singing… the colors… the smell of dew…
Very soon we come to a large clearing. Meadow flowers and grasses swaying in the gentle breeze.. Birds dipping and diving in the meadow grass… we walk into the center of the grass…the center of the woods… carefully watching where we tread…
No sounds other than the rasp of crickets… the swish of the grass in the wind… and we notice in the tree line in front of us… and as we do… a shadow detaches itself from the tree line… it approaches… making no sound.. the grass not moving…
As it gets closer you see that it is a dark aspect of yourself… you stand still… holding your ground… as it stops just in front of you… stares at you… and with a sigh of relief… you realize its an aspect of you… you open your arms and hug it… pouring your unconditional love into it… pour this energy in through the center of your chest (heart chakra) or your abdomen (solar plexus chakra).. whatever feels right.
As this transfer of energy happens between the two of you, you feel the joy, happiness and love. You thank your shadow self for meeting and sharing with you.. Step back… take a breath… and turn away.. Back to the path… the colors and smells seem brighter and sharper.. The sounds clearer.
You sit for a moment.. in the sunshine. You take a deep breath, and slowly get up and make your way back to the door… the sunshine still warm surrounds you, with a final farewell to your animal guides, knowing they will be there whenever you need them, you step through and close the door behind you and with one more deep breath, you are back and open your eyes.
Take a sip of water to help you ground yourself.
Kabocha or Carnival squash is a Japanese pumpkin. It’s sweeter than most squash or regular pumpkins. The skin is edible once it’s roasted. Kabocha contains iron, fiber, vitamins A, C, B and is lower in carbohydrates than other squash or pumpkins.
You’ll need a cleaver knife and carefully slice it by safely rocking the knife, this is a difficult squash to cut, so take your time. You can also poke the squash with a fork and microwave for 4 minutes to soften it for slicing. It can be baked whole for 15 minutes to soften for slicing too. Once the squash is sliced in half, spoon out the seeds. Slice each half into 4 pieces. The seeds can be saved and planted in your garden next year.
Place the squash on a foil or parchment lined baking tray. Brush the squash with melted coconut oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper or salt and ground cinnamon on each piece.
Roast at 400F for 35 minutes or until fork tender.
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Use a cleaver (it helps if you have a rubber mallet as well) to cut the kabocha squash half into a few large pieces. Scoop out the seeds and save them to roast like pumpkin seeds! and scoop out the stringy insides. Place the squash pieces on a foil lined roasting pan. Rub olive oil over all sides, and sprinkle with salt. Put the squash pieces skin side up on the pan. Roast for 45 minutes to an hour, until completely cooked through, soft, and caramelized at the edges. Remove from oven and let sit.
2. Heat olive oil on medium high heat in a 6 quart pan. Add the celery. Lower the heat to medium and cook until softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, cumin, and coriander and cook 2 minutes more.
3. Once squash is cool enough to handle, remove and discard the skin. Place the roasted kabocha squash flesh into the pot with the onions and celery mixture. Add the stock, salt and pepper. Increase heat to high to bring the soup to a simmer, then lower the heat to low, partially cover and cook 8 to 10 minutes.
4. Remove from heat. Use an immersion blender (or work in batches with a standing blender, only filling the blender bowl 1/3 of the way each time) to purée the soup. Add more salt to taste. Sprinkle with lime juice and chopped cilantro to serve.
Autumn Bucket List
Go apple picking
Make apple sauce
Go to a pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin
Go hiking once a week
Continue to downsize my wardrobe
Read the Vampire Academy series
Do a Halloween maze
Sip a glass at a local winery
Shopping a street fair
See family in Ohio
See family in New Jersey
Have a spooky/horror movie marathon weekend
Make a bat box
Work on an autumn themed 1000 piece puzzle while the fireplace is lit
Roast marshmallows in our fireplace
Volunteer at the Food Bank
Learn to knit or crochet
Run at least one Halloween themed race
Autumn Social Media Bucket List
300 Instagram followers (yeah I’m not on there much)
700 Pinterest followers
1500 Twitter followers
1000 WordPress followers
700 WordPress followers
Autumn Business Bucket List
Add 2-4 people to my Arbonne team
Help at least 2 people a week get started on a healthier eating/living path
Get my business cards made
Get all the supplies I need together to start having Sip, Sample & Shop parties
𝑺𝒆𝒓𝒗𝒆𝒔: 4 𝒕𝒐 6
1 𝒚𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒐𝒘 𝒐𝒏𝒊𝒐𝒏 (𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒑𝒑𝒆𝒅)
3 𝒄𝒖𝒑𝒔 𝒄𝒖𝒃𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒖𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒏𝒖𝒕 𝒔𝒒𝒖𝒂𝒔𝒉
1 𝒄𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒍𝒌
4 𝒑𝒆𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒅 𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒓𝒐𝒕𝒔
1 𝒕𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒐𝒏 𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓
1 𝒕𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒐𝒏 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒅 𝒈𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒊𝒄
𝒔𝒂𝒍𝒕 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒑𝒆𝒑𝒑𝒆𝒓 (𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒂𝒔𝒕𝒆)
6 𝒄𝒖𝒑𝒔 𝒍𝒐𝒘-𝒔𝒐𝒅𝒊𝒖𝒎 𝒗𝒆𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒃𝒓𝒐𝒕𝒉
2 𝑻𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝑮𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝑳𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝑪𝒐𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒖𝒕 𝑶𝒊𝒍
1 𝒄𝒖𝒑 𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒍𝒔 (𝒔𝒐𝒂𝒌𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒏𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒆𝒅)
1. 𝑪𝒉𝒐𝒑 𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒓𝒐𝒕𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒏𝒊𝒐𝒏.
2. 𝑯𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒑𝒐𝒕 𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒉𝒐𝒕 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒐𝒔𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝒄𝒐𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒖𝒕 𝒐𝒊𝒍, 𝒐𝒏𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒂 𝒇𝒆𝒘 𝒅𝒂𝒔𝒉𝒆𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒔𝒂𝒍𝒕. 𝑪𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒐𝒏𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂 𝒇𝒆𝒘 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒖𝒕𝒆𝒔 𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒍𝒖𝒄𝒆𝒏𝒕.
3. 𝑨𝒅𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓, 𝒈𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒊𝒄, 𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒓𝒐𝒕 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒄𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒓𝒚.
4. 𝑺𝒂𝒖𝒕é 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒖𝒕𝒆 𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒘𝒐 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒂𝒅𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒍𝒔, 𝒔𝒒𝒖𝒂𝒔𝒉 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒄𝒌.
5. 𝑪𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒐𝒕 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒂 𝒍𝒊𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒍𝒆𝒕 𝒔𝒊𝒎𝒎𝒆𝒓 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒙𝒊𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒚 1 𝒕𝒐 1½ 𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒔, 𝒐𝒓 𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒐𝒖𝒑 𝒊𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒄𝒌 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒗𝒆𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒔𝒐𝒇𝒕.
𝑺𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒄𝒆:𝑳𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒍𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑺𝒒𝒖𝒂𝒔𝒉 𝑺𝒐𝒖𝒑