Shadow Work Series: The Shadow's Connection to Your Nervous System
Unconscious patterns and behaviors can trigger stress, anxiety, and other nervous system responses.
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OK, now let’s get back to the shadow…
Last week, we did a deep dive into identifying our shadow by learning about some of the signs that may indicate its presence, how the shadow can show up for you, some of the shadow’s common defense mechanisms, and how those defense mechanisms can manifest.
What can often become overlooked in this work is the physical ailments that can arise due to the unhealthy energetic systems in place.
While this holistic connection is nothing new to Eastern medicine, Western medicine tends to separate the mind, body and spirit, which is why a lot of our approach to healing in the West is surface-level relief and not actually treating the root of the problem.
(A great book that goes into this holistic view into more detail is Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith. She’s a thique read, but incredibly insightful and a go-to for anyone deepening their chakra healing work. I highly recommend.)
When it comes to internal energetic blocks creating external obstacles, shadow work is no exception.
The shadow can affect our nervous system in a number of ways, as it often involves unconscious patterns and behaviors that can trigger stress, anxiety, and other nervous system responses.
Here are a few examples: