In the Divine Pollination Hive, ‘Shadow Work’ is an important concept that stems from Jungian psychology’s Carl Jung. Jewish tradition calls shadow work ‘Teshuvah’, while Christianity translates it as ‘repentance’, however neither group has remembered how to use it to promote the deep transformational lifestyle changes that were originally intended.
Many people think they are doing Shadow Work when they scream into a pillow or have a good cry at a workshop, however, that is barely scratching the surface of Self-discovery. When we explore our shadow side in the Hive, we are speaking about digging into the innumerable layers of gunk and traumas programmed into us by our parents, society, and schools that make us act and feel the way we do. We become intimate with every aspect of pain within ourselves, by bringing each new layer into the light, no matter how powerless, ashamed, or afraid we may feel as a result.
It is about understanding each and every mechanism of why we do what we do, exposing every lie that we carry within with the light of the truth, and then allowing the consequences and feelings to be fully expressed and integrated. We do this through exploring our childhood as reflected by our current circumstances and feelings, and then taking the time to tap in and reprogram each limiting belief or pattern with new, better serving ones–ones that engender awareness and compassion for Self and others. Far from a single emotional event at a workshop, Shadow Work is the daily task of unlearning, which we continue on with until we either transcend or die; it is the process of Self-mastery and expansion of consciousness within this dimension. When we speak of Shadow Work and becoming more Self-aware, this is what we mean.
~Nathan Martin & Aline Van Meer