The Shadow Self

“…is an archetype that forms part of the unconscious mind and is composed of repressed ideas, instincts, impulses, weaknesses, desires, perversions, and embarrassing fears. This archetype is often described as the darker side of the psyche, representing wildness, chaos, and the unknown.” – Loner Wolf

The shadow is an archetype formed in the unconscious or subconscious coined by clinical psychologist and mystic Carl G. Jung. Working with your shadow requires confronting and embracing repressed feelings. Confronting one’s shadow can be done through divination, meditation, creative projects, journaling, therapy/counseling, and many other ways. If you find that you’re able to honestly express yourself through writing and journaling, you will love the Shadow Work Journal on Loner Wolf, a spiritual mentorship site run by Mateo Sol and Aletheia Luna. This year, I’ve decided to combine divination techniques with their shadow journaling prompts and have found it to be a very thoughtful collection of prompts that help you address what needs confronting and what self-care needs require more attention. My previous shadow work sessions focused on confrontation and I rarely gave myself self-care time. I wanted to give the journal a try because I was very impressed by Loner Wolf’s breakdown of the shadow self and all its potential.

So What’s The Point?

The point of shadow work is to work on the part of yourself that you have labeled as “evil” or “shameful” and instead of turning away from it, you see the shadow for what it is, starting with the fact that you are the shadow. Rejecting any part of yourself often develops into subconscious defense mechanisms, losing your sense of self, robbing yourself of autonomy, and even losing touch with reality. Psychologically, the repression of an aspect of the self creates a dissonance between one’s personal reality and reality as it is. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Repression in itself is a defense mechanism and defending ourselves is innate. However, defense mechanisms can build into unhealthy and unwanted habits.

Those of us who need to work with our shadow see ourselves pushing our loved ones away, having trouble connecting with others, struggling to see ourselves in a realistic light, believing negative and inaccurate perceptions without challenging them, hurting ourselves and others more than we meant to… the list goes on. The point of shadow work is to take that step towards understanding ourselves. Additionally, don’t believe that this is just for the “spiritual” person. The aspects of shadow work has appeared through works of art, philosophical discussions, scientific studies on humanity, and even in our particular day-to-day events where we have these epiphanies about ourselves. Shadow work in itself is a reflective process and I strongly recommend reading Loner Wolf’s article on the Shadow Self and take that step towards self-actualization.


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“Alchemy is a rainbow bridging the chasm between the earthly and heavenly plans, between matter and spirit… Alchemy, the royal sacerdotal art, also called the hermetic philosophy, conceals, in esoteric texts and enigmatic emblems, the means of penetrating the very secrets of Nature, Life, and Death, of Unity, Eternity, and Infinity.” – Stanislas Klossowski de Rola Alchemy: The Secret Art

This Klossowski de Rola quote is in the first chapter of Mark Stavish’s The Path to Alchemy, a book I’ve been reading/studying for months now. Although alchemy’s origins stem from many stories (many say Egypt, some say China, the list goes on), alchemy will always be more about inner transformation than anything else regarding the transmutation of metals or exploiting any kind of relationship between Earth and Heaven. Through processes that require patience and open-mindedness, much of what alchemy can teach you inevitably braids itself into your personal philosophies. Even the technical procedures, such as making sure you start and finish an alchemical process at a specific hour and day, challenges your level of respect for how forces outside of yourself affect your work, your mentality, and your aura. The procedures, prayers, and meditations learned by the alchemist create a more fulfilling understanding of the self and the world, emphasizing the act of “penetrating the very secrets of nature”. Overall, alchemy is a very interactive philosophy that demands your dedication, your honesty, and your resilience as a co-creator in life.

This is probably going to be one of the most goth-hippie things you’ve read today, but while meditating under the full moon with a black amethyst in hand, I’ve realized that my metaphysical research should be more on my Vocal.Media account and referenced on my website. This will help me financially and build up my platform. I’ve had such horrible writer’s block when it came to articles on Vocal.Media. Even though starting this WordPress blog helped me get some writing in on the daily, it drove me nuts that I was neglecting my writing goals for Vocal.Media. Blogging is natural for me. Article writing takes more planning and organization.

On Vocal.Media, which I feel is a reliable way to gain earnings if you’re willing to put the effort into it, I do my best to write in an informative, but also conversational sort of tone because I want to encourage anyone who comes across my writing to consider the metaphysical world whether it be for fun or in a more serious matter. I wish to write about my topics respectfully and transparently so my audience knows I’m being real with them as I explore these topics myself. There is such a vast paranormal/supernatural community out there and I really want to be a part of it rather than just a quiet outsider. Too many of us have had mystical experiences that we’ve tried to rationally explain, but haven’t yet and I think instead of leaning towards the idea of calling ourselves delusional or freaks, we can have a conversation about it instead. Discussing our experiences can lead to more rational conclusions and coping mechanisms or it can, as us metaphysical lovers like to say, expand our consciousness so we can delve into the unknown or unexplained without being harassed by doubt every day. I still run into people who go through so many things they just want to understand and I think if I were to write more articles about certain types of experiences, like meeting entities from other realms, having visions and dreams that turn out to be prophetic, etc., we’ll all just be more open about it and feel less alone. I know this community is already expanding in a more inclusive manner. I just want to keep the momentum going.

So, this is basically an announcement that the Metaphysical Terms page will soon link to my articles on Vocal.Media and I’ll make sure to announce new articles ASAP.

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1. “Identical with the Hindu Akasha and the fifth element in Western Magick, Spirit, which is believed to originate the other four: Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. Also called Astral Light, Qi, Odic Force, Orgone, Prana, Vril, the Force. It can be concentrated and directed by will, and intensified by breath,” – The Llewellyn Complete Book of Psychic Empowerment.

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Ether is the energetic essence of the planet Terrana. It flows through every Terran like blood allowing them to perform magic (active or passive).

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