Pride – From My Heart
Is doing shadow work part of your spiritual practice? You know, focusing on “healing” or integrating the parts of your personality that you don’t like, are ashamed of, etc.
I’ve been working on my pride lately.
I’ve found two benefits as I’ve been doing my own shadow work:
1) I get to have the experience of my shadow coming up in many different areas of my life over and over again. It’s persistent – the message is clear: It’s time to integrate your pride, Ken. Now that’s a special kind of treat! 🙂
2) Once integrated (yet to happen with pride for me) I find a new level of self love and acceptance. It’s as if there’s relief in facing the inner “ugliness” and once addressed, it becomes part of my beauty. LOL, at least that’s what I’m hoping when it comes to my pride!
Pride has shown up in my life in lots of different ways lately. In relationship with my sweetheart. With my parents and siblings. In a couple of vendor relationships in my business. And in my writing (as you may know, I’m working on my first book). As hard as I’ve wanted to hide from it and ignore it, it keeps coming up for attention and integration.
My strategy for working with my shadow has been simple, if not difficult to consistently implement. I remember and experience who I really am (I utilize the Beneath the Sand process for this). And then I surrender. The fact that it’s still coming up is telling me I haven’t surrendered completely yet. I haven’t let go of my pride and allowed Divine grace to flood in, in its place.
Has part of your shadow been coming up for attention lately? What strategies for staying present in the face of your shadow appearing do you utilize?
That’s it for this week…From My Heart.
“The Soul Archaeologist”
Internationally Recognized Teacher and Healer
Creator of the Transformational Beneath the Sand Process