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Up From the Shadows and Into Your Power – Why Kings Kill Your Children

By Dylan Charles | Waking Times

I’ve been doing a great deal of personal work lately. It seems to be the best approach to beating back the insanity in this world, and no matter how many times I think I’ve gotten a handle on life, something comes up to remind me how much more growth I have yet to do.

My aim is to become fearless, strong, emotionally resilient, and exceptionally powerful, so that I may more courageously face the many present concerns and dangers which threaten our stability and security. And think about it… never before have the freedoms and liberties of so many people been under attack. We need our strength now more than ever, and I intend to be part of the solution.

This has led me to shadow work, which I would describe as the process of examining your unconscious behaviors and drivers in search of the areas in which you’re not living in your full power. It’s about understanding the primary archetypes which provide the blueprints for all humans, and asking whether or not you’re living into the healthiest expression of these archetypes. If you’re not, then you’re living into their shadows, the places where darkness and negativity lurk.

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” ~C. G. Jung

The key life process archetypes are the King/Queen, Warrior, Wise Man/Woman or Magician, and Lover. Each of these archetypes contains the potential for a mature or an immature expression of the energy they embody. For example, the immature expression of the King archetype is the child tyrant or weakling.

Shadow work is also about the distinction between child psychology and adult psychology, and when you examine the general quality of individuals in our world today, it’s easy to see that we are living in a world of grown children. It’s startling even. There are few paths for initiation into adulthood, and our culture loves to encourage us to live into our immature shadows. Furthermore, the powers-that-be know full well that a population of grown children who fear death and who fear their power are easy to exploit and control.

In the classic and excellent book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette, the authors ask what happens to a society if the ritual processes by which these identities are formed become discredited, as they have been.

“In the case of men, there are many who either had no initiation into manhood or who had pseudo-initiations that failed to evoke the needed transition into adulthood. We get the dominance of Boy psychology. Boy psychology is everywhere around us, and its marks are easy to see. Among them are abusive and violent acting-out behaviors against others, both men and women; passivity and weakness, the inability to act effectively and creatively in one’s own life and to engender life and creativity in others (both men and women); and, often, an oscillation between the two – abuse/weakness, abuse/weakness.” ~Moore & Gillette, King, Warrior, Magician, Lover

Without individuals who understand and intentionally operate from their highest selves, there is little hope of overcoming the force being projected onto us. We will crumble, falter and quit. We will lose.

Should we rise up, however, and seek expansion into our fully awakened, mature, archetypal power, the control system would collapse in on itself, and the world would again have the chance of experiencing freedom and unregulated prosperity. This is our only hope. For this, I feel that a sincere endeavor into shadow work and its archetypes is absolutely critical for all who wish to participate in the coming uprising.

For this, I think the following presentation by Paul Chek offers exceptional clarity and insight into these processes and how to realign your life with the highest manifestations of these energies. It’s titled, ‘Why Kings Kill Your Children.’

Here’s a comment I recently received from Paul, which I feel succinctly describes our current situation in relation to personal development. When I read this I am reminded of the fact that personal growth is a responsibility that all of us carry, whether we choose to engage or not.

“If we have not healed our survival archetype imbalances (victim, saboteur, prostitute, or (eternal) child), then we are likely to meet the repressed contents/judgments/painful incidents that led us into the lessons of these key archetypes so that we can be aware of  what is limiting our potential. Once we clear these perceptual distortions and imbalances within ourselves, then our vision expands because the “blinders are off.”

Jung makes a very profound statement in this regard when he states: “The Unconscious always meets you from the OUTSIDE until you meet it on the INSIDE.”

This is EXACTLY what is happening on a global level now.

We are meeting all the repressed fear, judgments, and the products of our programming (Kings and sorcerers) on a global level; the beauty of this is that now we can all SEE IT if we are mature and wise enough to “look.”

It is only through engaging the beliefs that lead to the choices that resulted in the situation we are in (world domination by a very few with negative, selfish, Huberistic intentions, and almost zero consciousness of the earth as a living being) that we can each own our part of the collective Dark Night of the Soul.” ~Paul Chek

Enjoy this presentation by Paul Chek, and please take a moment to subscribe to his channel which hosts an abundance of empowering information and inspiration. The time is now.

About the Author

Dylan Charles is a self-mastery coach, the editor of Waking Times, and host of the Battered Souls podcast. His personal journey is deeply inspired by shamanic plant medicines and the arts of Kung Fu, Qi Gong, and Yoga. After seven years of living in Costa Rica, he now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and enjoys spending time with family. He has written hundreds of articles, reaching and inspiring millions of people around the world. Follow Dylan on telegram here, and sign up for his weekly newsletter here.

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What? No religion, no politics and happy? How!

I’ve got no religion, I follow no politics. Yet, I am very aware and extremely happy.  JRP

When you relinquish certain holds upon your intellect, such as religion, politics, even science, then you can free your mind and begin trusting your own inner nature.  This is the beauty of living a life of higher consciousness. It foregoes the trappings of others, surroundings, events, past education to live on a plane of awareness that offers peace.  When one trusts their own inner being, then peace is soon to follow. There is no shock in glory or offense in those that disagree. This is the freedom walk!!

Certain practices help one maintain this sense of knowing. Why, because it reinforces the very important fact. You are connected to everyone and Source is LOVE. Living in this light is the very key to living a life of peace and ease. The opposite of this is to identify only as a body which has a limited and narrow scope. As we break free of the conditioned thoughts that we are limited and weak, we can have a sense of heaven on Earth. To most, heaven is a place of supreme peace and happiness, where  many of us desire to reside. We can experience this NOW. It is not a destination, it is a state of being. A state of knowing and recognizing who we really are. We are powerful creators, connected together as honeycomb.

I especially love Magenta Pixie’s three step process for reaching a level of high consciousness living.  I made a few notes about it, but it will serve you well to watch the video and glean for yourself.

Magenta’s three step process:

1.  Awareness

Be aware, understand the adversary, the forces that want to control humanity.  Deep state, Illuminati. Cabal. Globalists. The elite. The controllers. 

Understand the plan.  

Emotions that come up, integrate those feelings.  

2. Sovereignty

Taking this position and not accepting the control over you.  Not in an adversarial way, but acknowledgement. 

No hatred, revenge or retribution.  This is done energetically. 

3.  Unity Consciousness

This is a huge leap from step two. One can’t go from 1 to 3.

We are all One!

Individuals play a part in the polarity.  Same as shadow work for yourself.  

Love is found through forgiveness and gratitude.  This is not a 3D. 

I’m grateful that I can see this polarity so that I can see these emotions from this perspective.  

This is a basic template that can be taught to anyone: Awareness, Sovereignty, Unity Consciousness.

Much love to you my friends. Be well, be happy and live a heavenly life. Julia 

Julia Parsell is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor with an emphasis on the intersection of science and the sacred.  She writes from experiences and transformative understandings that have led her to an authentic and peaceful life. She goes by these names:  wife, daughter, grandmother, mother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. As home educator of her three children, she also developed/ran cafes, and maintained various leadership roles within her community.  Her greatest desire is to encourage others to live life fully.  Her passions are family, art creation, writing, and trail blazing. She is happily married in Western North Carolina.   




How to Fall in Love with Your Dark Side

By Anna Fox Ryan | FoxRyan.com

I spent a beautiful week in the red rocks of Sedona AZ and the Grand Canyon. Tea and coffee with sunrises. Painting with daylight. Smoke with sunsets. Colors crescendoed all around from subtlety to fanfare and back again.

While the golden mountains stopped me in my tracks, it was in the luminescent blues and purples of their shadows where I just lost myself. I just handed myself over and said “Take me.” What more could I do? The shadows were exquisite, as though the sky were reaching into the land to swaddle the rocks forgotten by the sun. Those dark nooks and crannies lured me into their mystery, and my own.

Shadow Work

In many spiritual practices, there is something called shadow work. Shadow work is a practice of facing, and transforming the parts of ourselves that are operating from a wound, a “dark” place. When we operate from a wound or trauma we are living through unsupportive patterns and dynamics. It feels awful, or at the very least, uncomfortable. It can feel like darkness.

The shadow is often misunderstood because it’s uncomfortable to face.  We cast judgement on our darkness. We call it bad or wrong, something that needs to be fixed or hidden. This judgement causes us to push this part of ourself away and ignore it because deep down we fear that if part of us is wrong, all of us is wrong. But the judgement that creates this wrongness is self inflicted (though societally perpetuated) and it’s a construct of illusion. If we drop the illusion we can cast our story in any way we choose.  We accept what is, and move forward from there.

Our shadow is a dark side of us and it will always present a choice. We can continue in the old predictable patterns (careful not to mistake predictability for comfort) or we can write a new, more aligned story for the person we’ve become today and the person we want to become tomorrow. The patterns we live in are not always aligned with who we currently are. What are yours? What we cannot afford to do, is to go on ignoring the mystery of our own darkness and thus ignoring the wisdom and ease (yes, I said ease) that comes from embracing the vulnerability and the wounded Self that hides in the shadows. Embracing the shadow is akin to voyaging the seas in search of treasure, and it’s the waves of emotion that you must navigate.

Dancing with My Shadow

I want to ride the waves of emotion in the spaces between, where water mists into air and light refracts into color. A rainbow showing every rolling nuance of movement. To surf the waves, I have to respect the power they hold. I have to humble myself to work with them and their natural movement. I have to acknowledge that I am strong enough to hang in there. And I have to accept that there will be times when the wave knocks me under, and I’ll eventually come up gasping for air. I will not drown.* I will rise again to catch the next wave. Because it’s when I ride the waves of emotion that I feel the most ALIVE.

My shadow has a consciousness the same as I do and it wants to communicate. If I resist I’ll become rigid and fall of balance. If I soften and listen, I find a voice of the true emotion every time. “I’m hurt, I’m sad, I’m angry, I feel forgotten, invisible, trapped, unloved, taken for granted, and what else?” These are just some of the shadowy parts that we ALL feel. At times we may even feel rage, violence and hate, and underneath it all is hurt, pain, sadness, and fear. What is underneath is delicate and gentle. Fear is complex, resourceful, and a ferocious protector – sometimes at any cost.

Knowing the Shadow Through Color

My darkness, my shadow, has gorgeous nuances of color to it. Today, my pain has a background of deep purples. Anger sends striations of red and yellow, softening to pinks. Loneliness, a green haze. Hope glows golden with green undertones of reluctancy. Doubt, a gray and black fog. Feeling taken advantage of turns a dull, icy blue. Desperation is a rainbow of chaotic color, seeking grounding and holding. And there is so. much. more… beauty.

There is infinite color in human experience, which includes both beauty and pain.

Each emotion holds a specific frequency. Each color holds a specific frequency. As I weave color  into the interpretation of my emotions I receive a more specific frequency and understanding of who I am and how I feel in this moment. Color lets me feel what I cannot put to words (because how often do we articulate our pain perfectly? Really.). Giving color to the nuances of feeling brings accuracy and puts us in harmony with our true and valid emotions. Feeling for color helps me to feel my truth more clearly and generate compassion and self love. Color brings more information, creates relationship, and gives a voice to the conscious shadow that, at the end of the day, just wants to be loved.

A Colorful Invitation

We all experience our shadow every day in small and large ways. No matter how hard you try to run away, your shadow will always keep pace. I invite you to feel for the color in your shadow. To acknowledge the hue of your vulnerability, your anger, your sadness and see it all as valuable. Ask yourself why this color has arisen,  and let it inform you of the emotions and memories it holds. Then feel for how it/you need to be loved by yourself to let this transform.  No matter what happens,  call it what it is, beautiful. And just love it. All color is beautiful.

Here’s to finding wisdom in the shadows and ALIVENESS on the waves.

*A note on not Drowning: in 2007 I was swimming in the Pacific and was swept out in a riptide. I was loosing strength and struggling to stay afloat. I remember locking eyes with a mountain as the fear flashed through me. “Is this really it? Is this how I’m going to die?” Another wave hit. I went under. Then emerged, choking on sea water. I fixed my gaze on the mountain and said, or maybe I heard, “No. I will not die here today.” (Perhaps it wasn’t so elegantly said, since I was busy drowning! but the same sentiment.) The mountain heard me. And in that moment jet skis pulled in behind me, a lifeguard appeared. I was pulled from the water and dragged to the beach where I promptly collapsed like a soggy noodle.

There is always a chance to choose something different. It’s not final until it’s final.
I will not drown. I will also not swim in the pacific again 😀 Sticking to emotional waves 😉

About the Author

Anna Fox Ryan is a professional artist with a background in evolving consciousness. Her paintings and drawings map the energetics of the human experience and the awakening process. View Anna’s paintings and writing on her website, and follow her on instagram.

Read more great articles at FoxRyan.com




Why You Should Befriend The Darkness Within You

“Love ‘n light.” That’s how a certain spiritual teacher I knew used to sign off on his newsletters, back in the day when people actually had newsletters. I’m pretty sure he was – and is – not the only spiritual dude/girl ending his communications with a flourish of Light. After all, the spiritual journey is all about love and light. Right?

Of course it is. In the end.

But it isn’t always about that. And this is something that many of we spiritually-inclined folks of this world need to understand.

Spirit may well be ultimately about love and light, but the planet you live on contains many a thing that is anything but cute and lovely. In fact, the polar opposite of the Light is also in interplay with us in this dimension.

The Darkness.

Sounds scary, doesn’t it. And that is why so many people simply choose to bury their head in the sand and pretend the darkness doesn’t exist.

So, what do I mean by “darkness”?

Here I am basically referring to two things which are separate but related. Both may be considered unpleasant. Both may be fearful to confront. Yet both ultimately lead us towards the Light. 

Suffering in the world

We live in a world where suffering is common. Frustration, failure, conflict, sickness and death are inevitable. You will experience all of these things in your life – both in the sense of experiencing your own, and in witnessing them happening to others. If you take the naïve approach and refuse to acknowledge their existence, you are setting yourself up for even more suffering.

Not all people are good. And none of us is all good (or all bad). So you had better learn to get to understand people and how they function. Expect the best, prepare for the worst.

You will inevitably also encounter within yourself feelings, thoughts and behaviours which are difficult to accept or understand. What are you going to do when it is YOU who is the bad guy? Because sometimes you will be.

One of the great weaknesses in the entire idea of “safe spaces” in today’s universities is that it perpetuates the idea that harm and evil are only found outside the group that one identifies with. And they are, it is assumed, only to be found outside oneself. In the other. There is thus little or no shadow work in progressivism today. The inevitable result is a polarisation of self and society, where evil is projected onto a “demonic”, dehumanised other.

All genuine psychological and spiritual work has to begin with an examination of one’s shadow. Ideally, this is done without the baggage of the idea of “sin”, where confession before the Deity is supposed to cleanse one’s spirit of darkness.

Instead a simple and gentle recognition of one’s “darker” impulses is ideal. You can think of this as a relationship between you (the observing mind) and the wounded child. Your own darkness. For behind most darkness lies the hurt and traumas of our past. 

Dark energy

I now move on to the most uncomfortable part of my post today. It is convenient to think of human evil as merely about bad behavior, about people and groups making mistakes because of their faulty desires, narratives or perhaps their human biology. These aspects of human badness are true enough. But the truth is that it goes to a more fundamental level that that. Right down to the consciousness of the Darkness.

Consciousness contains non-local properties. I came to see this clearly many years ago, when, at the age of 26, my third eye opened spontaneously. It was at this time that I began to perceive things that were not within my immediate spatial and temporal locale. These perceptions came through visionary and auditory perceptions, and also through an enhanced sense of feeling. It was both an exciting confusing time.

First, I had to work out if what I was seeing had any basis in reality, or whether it was merely all my imagination, or even mental illness. Then, once I saw that a great deal of it did correspond with real “events”, I then had to work out how I was going to integrate such information into my everyday life. After all, at that time I lived in 1990’s Australia, a modern western nation where the official philosophical doctrine was scientific materialism.

That was a journey of many years in itself, but even that was not the most difficult part.

By far the most challenging aspect of my Integrated Intelligence was seeing that my mind, and all human minds, are being constantly pushed and pulled by psychic forces which almost nobody has any awareness of. The non-local nature of mind means that many of our desires, fears and unconscious projections get played out in psychic space. In particular, anger and fear (which are intimately connected) produce dark fields of intention which can influence others negatively, or even hurt them greatly.

Later, I was interested to discover that NDE experiencers such as Anita Moorjani (author of Dying to Be Me) saw and experienced the reality of such dark projections while in the near-death state. I had the unpleasant and downright terrifying experience of having to deal with such perceptions on a moment-to-moment basis, in my normal waking and sleeping moments.

I do not have the space here to go into detail about how this tends to play out. And the truth is that even if I did, it would do you (the reader) little good to know about it. It is an incredibly complex and intricate web of consciousness, and even intimate knowledge of its functions does not guarantee one immunity from its effects.

But here’s what I learned in the end. In revealing this I am saving you many years of excruciatingly disciplined self-work (I wouldn’t normally give it away for free, but I need the good karma).

Dark energy moves within our consciousness field upon two waves: shame and ego.

The ego, the shame and the Darkness

Shame is the energy of self-diminution and worthlessness that becomes lodged within our pain body, as the result of prior trauma and projections from others. It typically contains messages such as “I am worthless”, I am unlovable,” and “I am dirty.” When an externally projected field of consciousness contains messages which resonate with our internal beliefs, they can become lodged there, for shorter or greater periods of time. In other words, our entire sense of self and well-being may be greatly diminished by the projections of others, until such time as that way passes (sometimes they never pass – in which instance it becomes a case of psychic possession).

The ego becomes involved when we have agendas for power and control over others and/or other situations. Projections from others which resonate with those agendas can become ledged within our psyches, thus elevating our egos and taking us further into power and control modes of behavior. If we are not careful, we can become trapped there. Notably, even though the ego may get what it wants, the “victory” cuts it off from the Light, as the initial ego agenda is always a convoluted attempt to avoid internal pain (or suffering in an imagined painful future).

Keep the child close at hand

Over the years I thus found that the best way to avoid both sources of dark consciousness projections is to keep the wounded child close. In other words, to work on my shadow and do my healing work. The desires of ego for power and control dissipate when “the wound” begins to heal; and externally projected shame bounces off us when the inner child no longer holds the corresponding beliefs about its worthlessness.

Therefore, to protect yourself against the darkness, you do not really need to be super-clairvoyant, nor to be able to see the murky world of psychic projections. Let me assure you that the latter is about as exciting as being a sewer diver. Better to work above ground, and get your shit together before it hits the fan. So to speak.

I use that crappy metaphor deliberately. The shame that permeates human psyches and which underpins the projection of dark energy fields is predominantly grounded in sexual shame, as well as in the shame associated with defecation and urination. They are associated with the sense of disgust. The physical site of these bodily processes is very close together at the lower abdominal region. It is also juxtaposed with the base chakra, which is associated with personal power. I don’t know why this is the case, but what it means practically is that the way human beings are (unconsciously) controlled psychically by each other is typically via the projection of shame projected at the base chakra.

In the end, integrating the shadow and the darkness (and embracing the Light) is mostly about being present to both, and having the courage to stay present rather than running. Yet to do that you have to allow a deeper awareness of both your own dark projections, and of the repressed pain that is almost always associated with them. And that is rarely simple or easy work.

Here I have not gone into any detail about how you might work with the inner child, nor with consciousness fields. But check out my book Discover Your Soul Template for some specific processes. You might also be interested in The Mind Reader, which is a fictionalised, dark-but-funny representation of my development as a practitioner of integrated intelligence. The book is based upon real-life experiences.

Finally, remember that whatever shadow work you do is not an end in itself. Being present in the body and finding peace and joy in the present moment should be your focus. Shadow work is only ever to get you to that point.

Marcus T Anthony




A Shadow Work Visualization to Heal Core Wounds

Image result for shadow healingI’ve been told that I am an awesome listener. I am supportive, kind and I really do appreciate what others bring to the table because I love to learn from so many different outlets. But, like everyone else, I can just as easily list out some traits that I often struggle with or am not always proud of. Those parts of me that have often held me back at times, kept me from taking a chance or have just always made me feel not so great about myself overall. One area in particular that I have often wondered about is how some people around me can speak in front of a group with such grace and ease, while even to this day it still makes me a bit nervous. What I’ve learned is that to be a great speaker, it takes confidence; a deep security in your own authenticity, along with a connection to who you really are allows you to speak so freely, and to do so in such an engaging way that others are drawn to you and willingly hand over their undying attention.

So, where did I miss-step on my path, that I didn’t gain this same amount of self-confidence? What happened to lower my self-esteem where I am not able to speak as freely with as much “oomph” behind my words? What creates the tip of the scale in the various “strengths” and “weakness” amongst the personalities within the human population? Perhaps it is so eluding because it hides deep within us; a manifestation of our childhood experiences. Perhaps we don’t often recognize the source, because of the fact that it is right in front of our faces…in our own reflections. And perhaps if we simply turn the light on, we can begin to illuminate these shadows to finally allow ourselves the growth and healing they are calling for.

I know it’s easier to put ourselves down for our shortcomings, especially when we compare ourselves to others that hold traits we wish we had further developed within ourselves, but it does us no good to belittle, as our flaws are just as beautiful as the qualities we admire and are perhaps our greatest teachers. They invite us to peer into areas of our lives that seek attention. These parts are like the little kid within us; tugging at our coattails, begging you to spend some time with them. And when we do, we can learn so much, and it’s been my experience with the process I like to call “integrating your shadows”, that I’ve never had more profound, personal growth and healing in such a short amount of time. This process not only has made me realize that we could not see greatness in others if it did not already exist within ourselves (lying dormant), but it has also allowed me to be so much kinder with myself when I am struggling to work through things; to be patient and allow myself to trust the process.

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” ― Mary Oliver

When we are children, we literally soak up the world around us. This is to help us form ideas about the world that will serve to assist us in navigating through life. And as children, we have no filters, we are pure authentic beings…free of societal constraints, living from pure heart and spirit expressing what comes naturally. That is until we are told NOT to. So, what does that do to us on a subconscious level? As we age, we begin to learn that just being “who we are” is not acceptable. That we must conform and change who we are to please those around us and follow rules set out by other people to live by. “Don’t do that, you’re embarrassing me!” (Could make one believe they cannot be themselves or they are not good enough as they are. That they must change to be accepted in the world). “You’re so wasteful; don’t you know there are kids starving in other parts of the world?” (Could make one feel as if their voice doesn’t matter, their opinions are stupid, or they are ungrateful or undeserving). Parents, who of course believe they are just “showing the way” and doing what’s best with some tough love, obviously do not realize that they are taking a proverbial hammer to a child’s self-esteem and implanting beliefs that they are not good enough as they are.

While there are some parents out there who truly would rather not be, and some that are so damaged they take out every one of their issues on their children intentionally, I truly believe for the most part that parents today want nothing for the best for their kids. And I think if they stopped to think about this a bit, they might also see how things they struggle with inside of themselves are even from their own childhoods and could also stem from beliefs implanted by their own parents or other adults that were in their lives at the time. It’s a cycle, and all it takes is a bit of awareness, a shimmer of light to illuminate the shadows, and then and only then the healing can begin for all.

So, we can identify what our shadows are, and we now know where they come from, but how do we use them to grow and heal? First off, I want to make it clear that you don’t want to look at your shadows as something to be ashamed of, or something you want to dissolve or get rid of. Your shadows are parts of you, after all. Rather, you want to bring them to light, find out what they want from you now, and what you can do to heal them, so they no longer hold you back in areas of your life, but instead propel you forward. The ultimate goal is to meet them with love, get to know and understand them, integrate them into your heart, and move onto another day lighter, more peaceful and stronger than you were yesterday.

Shadow Integration Visualization

  • Close your eyes and picture your sacred space. Imagine it is a quiet, peaceful place where you can sit in solitude and meditation. It could be a warm beach as you listen to the waves roll in, a fragrant garden, a forest waterfall; whatever you like. Once you find your sacred space and settle in, take 3 deep breaths.
  • Next, focus on one particular area of your life where you are struggling. An area that often causes you pain, anger, suffering, and/or sadness. An area that no matter what you do always seems to bring the same disappointing results. This is the shadow we will focus on.
  • Ask your shadow to show itself and come forward into your sacred space. Pay close attention to what it looks like; what form it takes. Invite it to sit down with you.
  • Inquire as to when you created it. Ask it to show you that moment in your life. Sit with this for a while if you need to as you go back in time as it may bring up some intense emotions.
  • Ask your shadow what it needs from you at this time, so you can grow and heal. Really connect with it here and make mental notes of what it tells you, so you have clear action items to work on.
  • Finally, sit with your shadow and tell it how much you love it. Thank it for all it has taught you and see it getting smaller and smaller so it fits in the palm of your hand.
  • Put the palm of your hand over your heart and feel your shadow integrate into your entire being, but no longer a broken fragment, but now as a stronger piece of you.
  • Take 3 deep breaths and sit for a moment in your sacred space.
  • When you are ready, open your eyes and take note if you feel more at peace, lighter and more confident in that area of your life.

tamaraTamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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Can You Embrace These 5 Shadow Qualities for More Authenticity and Purpose?

Hello Beautiful Soul, this week we’re going to look at the shadow qualities of your throat chakra. Click on the video above to watch now.

If you haven’t yet seen the other videos in this shadow series, you can access them here:

Chakra Healing with Shadow Integration

5 Shadow Qualities of the Root Chakra

5 Shadow Qualities of the Sacral Chakra

5 Shadow Qualities of the Solar Plexus Chakra

5 Shadow Qualities of the Heart Chakra

As you may already know (but just in case you don’t), the throat chakra is blue, its element is sound/vibration and it’s related to your truth, authenticity, purpose and personal expression.

It’s the first of the upper chakras (consisting of throat, third eye and crown), which are related more to the spiritual than the physical realm. For this reason, the “negative” or “dark” shadow qualities come from a different dynamic than the ones in the lower chakras.

In the lower chakras (root, sacral and solar plexus), the dark shadow qualities come from having too much of the energy of a particular chakra. But it’s the opposite with the upper chakras. The dark shadow qualities in the upper chakras come from having too little of the energy of a particular chakra.

Why? Because growing up, our caregivers and culture teach us that it’s bad to be in our lower chakras and good to be in our upper chakras (or the heart and above) where love and spirituality resides.

This kind of socialization causes us to relegate our strong lower chakra and our weak upper chakra qualities into the shadow realm and pretend that they are not a part of us. And this pretending causes us to lose a lot of our chakra power.

Shadow integration is the realization that all our energy comes from one consciousness (the Divine) and we need it all to be whole. When we don’t integrate the shadow aspects of ourselves, they come out in subconscious (leaky) ways. When we understand that we are everything, we can act more consciously and accept all of ourselves and others. Shadow integration creates true peace both inwardly and outwardly.

Here are the 5 Shadow Qualities of the Throat Chakra

  1. Liar (Gift = Imagination)
  2. Aimless/Lacking Purpose (Gift = Being in the Moment)
  3. Fake/Inauthentic (Gift = the Ability to Play Bigger )
  4. Inexpressive (Gift = Mastery of Listening)
  5. Crooked (Gift = Playful, Powerful, Irreverence)

To Integrate These Qualities, Work with These Five Healing Methods

  1. Find the gift of each chakra quality. What does each shadow quality give you?
  2. Tap on each shadow quality. You can watch my video on tapping to heal your throat chakra to learn the simple and powerful EFT technique.
  3. Elicit memories of times you’ve embodied each chakra shadow quality.
  4. Love yourself (as a child or adult) when you’ve embodied each quality.
  5. Take back your shadow projections. One easy way is to fill out Byron Katie’s Judge Your Neighbor Worksheet and then do the work.

Of course both of my lists — the shadow qualities and the integration methods — are not exhaustive. There are more that can be added to each. So please share any you come up with here on my youtube page (it’s the best forum for making comments and asking questions).

Thanks for being on this spiritual journey with me!

Love and blessings,

Vicki

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Seeing Your Darkest Desires in a New Light

Image result for desire quotesAll of us have those desires we keep to ourselves for whatever reason and I’m not referring to those that only come from the bedroom either. We live in a society where if we stray from “the norm” we are raised to hide certain aspects of ourselves and are taught that certain things are not OK to like, enjoy, etc. But regardless, no one has any right to decide what’s right for you, but YOU! In general, however, this tends to give us an impression that all of our wants and needs are perhaps “dark” in some way if something in the outer worlds rejects it, judges it, etc.

If we shift our perspective, we can see that those who make you aware of this, are actually bringing light to the situation, albeit in a sometimes inconsiderate way. And this will help us remember that our desires have nothing to do with anyone else, but ourselves. They are ours to have, change and add to as we wish.

When we consider the many facets of desire, we can see just how complex they can be and how they also can act as a driving force behind the actions we take or do not take, in our lives towards that which we want most.

Why we desire things can vary from person to person and while some of us might only consider our desires to be those naughty things we’d perhaps like to try in the bedroom someday. But desires go way beyond the bedroom and if truly pursued can seriously change your life in some majorly positive ways.

Now, it’s important to understand the difference between desire and infatuation. Infatuation is simply entertaining that part of us that thinks we are not good enough and so we project our insecurity onto someone else whom we’ve convinced ourselves is the epitome of all we’d like ourselves to be. When we are following that kind of energy, it’s coming directly from the ego, not from heart or Spirit and can often leave us feeling even more insecure as we form beliefs we must always be comparing ourselves to others, or living up to some proverbial expectation of perfection we’ve created in our minds.

When we are following our desires for the first time, it can be quite exciting! If we’ve lived a mostly reserved life where we always quieted that voice wanting us to take certain chances and risks when it came to love, work, etc. then the first time is something you will always remember. And yes I totally meant for that to sound cliché lol because it seriously can be as exciting as your “first time”. Your adrenaline is rushing through your veins; you’re in an almost altered state of bliss where time stops and nothing else exists but the moment…

Desire, the feeling, the energy…TRUE desire comes from the lower chakras and you can feel a pulling from deep in your Soul when you get that “gut” feeling that something was definitely meant for you. When you love doing something so much it just brings you immeasurable joy when you connect to in a loving, creative space. Desire, while it resonates with yearning and longing, is an outward expression of being open to connecting. It is not reaching a place of need but from a place of curious anticipation for raw experience. Image result for desire quotes

Desires themselves come from the various structures of life (love, finances, spiritual growth, health, etc.) and can look quite different depending on its area of origin. I think it’s safe to say that most of us would like to think that we are giving all areas the equal attention it deserves, but where our lives feel “out of balance” can give us the most clues as to where in our lives we are NOT following our desires.

You might think it’s impossible to have harmony in each area of your life simultaneously, however once you begin to act on your desires, which some people may even call “following your dreams” in certain circumstances, you will begin to see how the Universe actually strives to be in balance, and since you are a sliver of the Universe itself, your life is not excluded from this divine infinite intention.

The key is surrendering to the call of your heart. Tuning into the call is a matter of learning how you receive information. Some people feel warmth or cold, some hear actual words or frequencies, while others see colors or visions in their minds. It’s all a matter of being willing to ASK, and then perhaps the most difficult part; stepping back and letting go of “the how”. Instead simply trusting that you will get your answer, however, you MUST be clear when you are asking questions as there are no such things as cosmic innuendos or subtleties. You must be as clear and concise as possible and you will receive just as clear and concise answers. From where? The answers you seek always come from within you; it’s just a matter of how you connect with your Higher Self that determines how they are then communicated to your waking consciousness and even your Sub-conscious mind.

Acting on these feelings, words, visions that you receive will only allow your connection to gain strength and this will ultimately allow you to trust yourself in a way that gives you the confidence to shine and share your gifts with the world. You may even be inspired to teach or coach others to do the same because it just feels so good to live authentically that you seem to naturally “inspire the desire” within others.

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone & I hope you connect with your deepest desires!  There’s no time like NOW! <3

 

Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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The Art of Using a Shadowy Past to Create a Brighter Future

Image result for shadow workI think it’s pretty common to grow up in our society with guilt and shame as heavy motivators for doing things in our lives. Whether it’s cultural traditions and/or religious customs passed down from our parents or peer pressure from the media to conform to a set of ideas and beliefs to what you should look like, act like, talk like, etc. at certain stages of your life, fear-driven “encouragement” appears to be the norm.

So…what’s up with that? Well, I think much of it has to do with what I love to call “human amnesia”. Upon incarnation, we literally (well, most of us anyway) forget who we really are and what the hell we really came here to do. And for those “in the know” the temptation to manipulate, confuse, etc. those who are unaware has become quite prevalent all over the world. As the saying goes, “Knowledge is power”, however, it’s not the power that’s necessarily the problem here, but rather the intention, the initial reason behind wanting the power in the first place that changes everything.

For those who do recall what this fiasco of life is all about and remember their life plans, and that we’re here to learn, apply what we learn to expand and grow and to embody our personal truth to the best of our ability as that resonance, that literal frequency is what connects us all; the sound of knowing who you are literally “rings truth” and we ALL hear it, even if it is on a sub-conscious level that we may not initially be aware of.

And that is what separates those who have found their own power, or rather never forgot they had it in the first place from those who have no clue how powerful they even are. There are those who will be quick to convince us that we are weak and need to be ruled and governed and cannot make decisions for ourselves. This way of thinking is prevalent throughout our educational system and religious institutions.

We punish any children that may question authority and label them as “rebels” and we reward children for conforming to social norms and basically for sitting down and shutting up. And perhaps what makes me the angriest and sad at the same time is that we tend to measure intelligence by how much our children can remember and regurgitate random “facts” while we need to be looking deeper…at their talents, and their dreams and what they love to do. What makes them feel good and alive and start encouraging THAT!

Unfortunately, that is not common in our society and most of us adults are just big kids who are still hurting, confused and angry because we are not doing what we love to do and feel shorted in life. We may also feel guilty for how we feel and also pissed off because our feelings are yet again going invalidated. So, how do we stop this toxic cycle and break the chain of guilt and shame motivation?

I think it starts with changing our perspective on how we look at the past because if we can drop the labels of having to feel bad about things we’ve done and actually learn the process of healing through them (remorse, forgiveness, acceptance, tolerance, etc.), then we can allow the experiences to serve their purpose and let them play the important roles they were meant to in our lives. NOTHING is trivial and NOTHING happens on accident. EVERYTHING is as it should be and is in divine order.

Once we can tap into that frequency rather than always stuffing down things we feel shame and guilt over, we literally are folding time and space and creating closure. You will literally feel a shift in energy and lightness in your field, your body and ultimately your life.

When we give ourselves the freedom to actually BE human and make the mistakes we were meant to come here to make, we begin to see the bigger picture and stop getting caught up in the drama that duality often affords us. And the more we accept and embody who we are we naturally allow others to do the same, and when we all feel like being ourselves is not only OK but “enough” we can all focus on being the best US we can be for the US! (Which is honestly the only way we can ever have anything to offer anyone else; when we are taking care of ourselves.)

There is a sense of rejuvenation in surrendering to not only what is, but what has been. It opens your eyes to the possibilities of all that can be and reminds you that it is always you who is telling your story, so you might as well make it worth sharing. It also reminds us that while shadows can be scary sometimes, just remember that they always “have your back” and if we just take the time to face them, they will always lead us to our light.

Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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Forever Fixin’ to Fix: Why It’s OK to Be OK and How to Just Be OK With It

Who hasn’t worked at changing something in their lives? It’s kind of the point, right? Well, maybe ‘change’ is more the means, while ‘growth’ could be considered more like the end we are actually trying to get to. And yes, we should always have personal exploration and expression of our gifts, talents, and abilities as well as our quirks, flaws, habits, etc. be at the forefront of our game-plan, but what do you do when you reach a bump? A positive one we’ll call a milestone…Or a negative one we’ll call a plateau…

See, regardless of the bump being what we would perceive as a positive or negative thing, we always seem to immediately go for the latter and assume there’s instantly more to do the second you reach the marker.

The good old ego has us convinced our efforts up to this point don’t count and right now, something new is vitally needed to light a more inspiring, a more encouraging, and perhaps a tad hotter fire under your ass. Immediately, a next step must begin and the celebration (if it was a milestone) is over…

We, humans, are forever fixin’ to fix shit.

Yes, of course, continuing the path past the milestone is necessary to actually complete the goal, but what I’m getting at here is where the heck was the part set aside for YOU? For your rest and reflection? For your soul to absorb all the new found awesomeness you just gained from that new experience and hard work? Where is that time you set aside for yourself to stop focusing on fixin’ shit, and just be OK with being OK for a hot minute?

Many of us are not quite able to love the things we are trying to change about ourselves and I get that sounds rather odd and counter-intuitive. I mean, if we liked this part of ourselves, why would we want to change it, right? Well, yes…and no. As I touched on briefly, everything in this dimension of duality works in reflection and can often appear reversed or backward. We literally live in a world of paradoxes. This is why at the core of this teaching is the adage of As Above, So Below or Go Within or Go Without, which basically states the macrocosm is a reflection of microcosm and vice versa and that if you do not know thyself, you cannot know thyself in the world. And to KNOW thyself, you gotta be OK with thyself, ya dig?

Actually using some of this time to reflect, when the times does come, we can then more accurately gauge on how far we have come and re-adjust our sails if need be when we are ready to resume our travels on the goal path. We hit these bumps for a reason; to give us that new perception, that rush, that boost to push us a bit further than the norm, so it catches our awareness and put it back onto ourselves and what we are doing. It also reminds us what we are capable of.

But for some, it will never be convincing enough, no many how many milestones are passed, they are always seen as plateaus, even the goal itself sometimes! Some of us learn that the mere fact someone is trying to teach us something, or how to do something we already know, but perhaps in a different way, that there is something wrong with us; or else why would we need to change, right? What we weren’t taught was that it is not us that is imperfect, but rather behaviors and mechanisms of the evolving mind, which carry out the desires, and purpose of the soul.

With our consciousness forced to view the world outside of itself, literally never being able to set physical sight into its own eyes (windows to the soul), we have to rely on one another to reflect back to us that which lies within ourselves that we cannot see. Unfortunately, we humans tend to focus on the negative, but I’m here to tell you that we reflect ALL facets of ourselves to each other; the things we like about ourselves and yes, the things that we might not that we still carry some shadows around with.

When we can observe all parts of ourselves, those shadows we are bringing light to (representative of those things we are trying to change), with not even love, but a neutral acceptance, we have arrived at the moment. Don’t force anything, that is what is most important here. if you cannot muster up love for parts of yourself you’ve been hating on for years, who can honestly expect you to be comfortable beaming love over there? I get it. Ease on in…it’ll happen. The point is to stick with it…and stop trying to fix it! <3

 

Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

Tamara posts new original articles to CLN every Saturday.

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Me and My Shadow: A Look at our Other Selves

Barbara Platek | all things healing

The ancient Greeks had a word for it: pharmakon. It meant “healing poison” and carried the startling idea that the personalities humans find repulsive or even harmful might actually carry the seeds of their own healing.

Many are familiar with this idea from fairy tales. So often it is the ugly toad who becomes the handsome prince or the loathsome damsel who provides assistance or even wisdom. Psychologically, one might hear this as referring to aspects of himself that seem—from a habitual point of view—objectionable or even shameful, but in reality, need loving attention to show their true worth.

Carl Jung called the aspect of finding life and renewal in the very places one is least likely to look the “shadow”. Simply put, the shadow is everything about one’s self that makes one uncomfortable. Whether one considers weaknesses, vanities, irritations, or fears, the shadow holds those qualities that have not been allowed to see the light of day.

As children people grew as plants toward the sun—instinctively turning their “best” face to meet the love and approval of those around them. Those qualities that did not attract the acceptance needed to grow and thrive—or worse were ridiculed or punished—were pushed away, forgot, or buried.

If a family or community prized rationality, for example, one may have learned to play down an emotional side in order to appear more in control. Similarly, if one grew up in a family where anger or aggression was not valued, that person may have developed a calm, pleasing personality in order to get by.

Whatever the case may be, everyone has a shadow—a repressed, neglected side of ourselves waiting to be transformed and welcomed into the fullness of a personality. Most would prefer not to know about these aspects of themselves that do not fit their ideal notions of who they should be. Yet often these very parts can bring new life, creativity, or even healing to our souls. Our shadow sides, Jung suggested, represent our undeveloped potentialities—those parts of our personalities that are still “becoming”. These qualities take on a negative cast only because they have been so thoroughly disowned.

One of the ways in which people can catch a glimpse of their shadow selves is in our dreams. As Jung believed, the dreaming mind is more interested in wholeness and growth than in maintaining a self image. Our dreams dig up buried truths and lay them at one’s feet, forcing the person to face their unresolved contradictions and to take responsibility for neglected talents, feelings, or desires. Nightly, the dreaming mind portrays these aspects in vivid language. The shadow appears in dreams disguised as the characters and situations a person most most fears and despises.

When a person wakes from a dream with a feeling of disgust or a desire to forget the whole thing, it is worth remembering that the dreaded image might actually be a pharmakon—a healing poison inviting the person into a broader view of who they are. The image seems offensive or scary precisely because it is foreign. Humans have come to believe that acknowledging a shadow quality will cost them the love and acceptance of those around them. Even more frightening, perhaps, is the sense of shame or self-loathing that such attributes can cause one to feel about himself.

Yet there is true wisdom in these lost sides of personalities. In this culture, for example, many women believe that being selfish is a bad thing. Instead, they strive to be compassionate and loving in their relationships. Often they give so much that there is little left for themselves. The appearance of a seemingly selfish or self-centered character in their dreams can actually be a prescription for positive change. A little self-care may be exactly what is needed. What appears as an ugly toad—a shadow trait–may be revealed as a handsome prince or princess when allowed to show its real value.

Another manner in which one may encounter the shadow side is through projection. Because the shadow traits have been rejected and pushed away by the conscious personality, they often carry a feeling of “other.” People are more likely to recognize these alien qualities in someone else. When one encounters individuals who live out something of these unacknowledged qualities, one may find oneself overly reactive.
If one finds onerselves intensely irritated, angered, repulsed or even envious of another it might be worthwhile to pause and ask how that person might be carrying something of one’s own neglected self.

In “eating our own shadow”, as poet Robert Bly phrased it, we expand and enrich our notions of who we are. We may also find ourselves humbled by our own flawed humanity as well as that of those around us.

It takes a great deal of courage to meet one’s own shadow—to drink the cup of pharmakon that might allow healing and wholeness in our lives. Work on one’s shadow material can offer more genuine self-acceptance, based on a more complete awareness of who a person is. It can allow a person to feel more free of the guilt and shame usually linked to negative feelings and actions.

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