I went to the storage unit over the last week and dug out the shadow working books and resources I have that I will be using in this journey. I’ve begun re-reading one of those books, and am in the process of making a plan on how I want to go about the shadow work involved in this issue.
The picture of the books to the left are the three books that I dug out. I will also be working with a variety of sources from online, and some notes I have taken over the years from previous shadow work and methods I’ve come across and/or done. One (very brief but informative) site that I discovered recently and you may also want to check out to better understand some of what shadow work entails can be found here.
On Thursday, the question for the TarotforGrowthOctober was how to better connect with the shadow self. What I got from that reading was a warning that now is not the best time to do my shadow work, and I had to sit back and think about this for a while.
In all honesty, I think that the reading is right, and so I’m going to adjust my plan a little bit. The holiday rush is looming large in the very near future, and in order to do shadow work safely, I feel it needs to be done at a time when I’m less at risk for overwhelm than that time of year provides. I put a lot of strain on myself during those six (or so) weeks. Not just mentally, but physically as well.
So between now and the end of the holidays, I am going to spend this time not in shadow work, but in brushing up on techniques and creating a more thoroughly thought out plan of action. This will keep the task fresh in my mind without putting the extra strain on myself that very probably could exacerbate the stress that the holiday rush puts me under in the first place.
I AM still going to use a Wednesday post to keep me on track, though. I want to make sure I don’t just shove the planning and preparation task off into a corner and forget about it.