For many people, the term ‘shadow’ brings up negative and dark associations. It is easy to assume that the shadow work is dark spiritual practice that involves negative aspects of our personality. The shadow is made of both light and dark aspects of who we are and why would we be afraid of who we are? Shadow work was coined by Carl Jung. In Jungian Psychology, this work involves getting in touch with the parts of yourself you’ve repressed. Every time you repress something the shadow grows. It involves diving into the unconscious material that shapes our thoughts, emotions, behaviors and actions. It leads to healing, growth, increased self awareness, clarity, kindness and compassion. There are some exercises you may find online that can be done at home depending on you and/or it is a privilege to have a therapist guide you through shadow work.