Looking DeepPosted February 7, 2018
About a decade ago, I made a conscious decision to go deep and do my inner work. Since then, I’ve looked at my shadow and my underworlds, and have done a lot of inner healing.
Most cultures have myths about the need to walk into our wintertime shadow to find our light and our gifts. One of the most commonly studied myths is the Greek story about Persephone who was abducted by the god of the underworlds. The archetypes of maiden, mother, and wise woman are explored in this myth. I first explored this story in the version told by Clarissa Pinkola Estes in her book “Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype.”In this version, Persephone makes the conscious choice to explore the underworlds on her own rather than be abducted.
For me, exploring my inner depths was preferable to being a captive to the whims of society and others. In my experience, we choose to avoid looking at our flaws when we are blocked by fear, indecision, denial, judgement, procrastination, blame, shame, guilt, and grief. For some, the biggest block is a belief that we may get stuck there. That’s why I like being a guide on these underworld journeys. With a guide it is easier to find our gifts and come out the other side.
What is blocking you from identifying your strengths? Are you ready to consciously choose shadow exploration this winter? Our February workshop series continues delving into group healing of our inner shadow and our unconscious through shifts initiated in our waking and dreaming selves. I am looking forward to continuing this journey with you.