Shadow is not bad. Shadow is the ego driven part of your identity that is scared of weakness, pain, and being forgotten, so it triggers your fears, your angry defensiveness, and your pride. Understanding this, and overcoming it, is literally an act of turning shadow into light. In Jungian psychology, the shadow can also be seen as the unconscious aspect of self - the unknown. It is the hidden parts of ourselves we would like to remain hidden. In shamanism, we journey into the lower world aspect of the Otherworld in order to meet our shadow self, face it, accept it, and conquer it. This is the hero's journey in every fantasy story (think of Luke Skywalker walking into that tree trunk to face the dark side of all he could become) but those stories are derived from this shamanic understanding that is as old as time.
As a shadow worker, what I strive to do is help people see their shadows in the "mirror", recognise it, accept it, love it as part of what makes them a whole, deep individual, and that's when miracles happen: the shadow is no more. The shadow becomes light because you have shone light on it. All shadows can be transformed from dark to light; some more easily than others.
Can angels help with shadow work? Hell, yes! I have a group of archangels I work very closely with in all my work, and they include Archangel Michael, Archangel Raziel, Archangel Azriel, and Archangel Jeremiel.
When I first started consciously working with angels, I had no idea who to call - I just called Archangels Michael and Gabriel - Gabriel because he'd visited me in the past, and Michael because I felt like I could and should. (And actually, the more I call on Michael, the more like an old friend he feels - he has a very loving energy.) Following that, other angels showed up more strongly (like the named three above) and I'm certain it's because of the shadow work that I can incorporate into my readings and channelling. For those who don't know (and this is only a summary) Archangel Raziel guards mystery schools, magick, and ancient, secret knowledge; Archangel Azriel is the gatekeeper of souls at death; and Archangel Jeremiel is the recorder and keeper of past lives and past life lessons.
One of the reasons I hesitated for years to work with angels was because of this stereotype of "light and fluffy" that seems to surround them. I didn't relate to it. There was never any talk of the importance of the shadow whenever I read about lightwork, and no lightworker ever seemed to mention the shadow - at least never in a good light. Yet, it's only by recognising it in a good light that it can be transformed.
Angels, to me, have never shied away from the dark spaces of our third dimension - why would they? That's where they're needed the most. Angels are the piercing hard clarity of light; steel; the edge of a blade; and they have definite warrior energy (in the sense that they have a mission that must reach its destination, which lies in showing is the way to the 5th dimension).
My first memory (at the age of one) was of a mix of dark and light: me, stumbling as a one-year-old through a dark, damp cave that smelled of earth and magic; that then looked like earth and magic when I saw the stalagmites and stalactites that protruded from every angle. It was stunning. From that moment, dark and light were not separate for me. When they merge in union, the most beautiful rays can be seen.
With shadow work we travel from the lower world up, just like the stalagmite, working through our darker energies to find out how we can transform our fears, anger, envy, and deep hurts into something peaceful.
With light work we travel from the higher realms down, just like the stalactite, wrapping love and positivity around our spiritual selves, which offer a guiding light for us to trust in as we traverse into the unknown of the future.
Where they meet in the middle is where we begin to heal.
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