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Hi Alexander, is shadow work another way of talking about "letting go of the past?"
Margaret Indiana Fantastic question. From a certain perspective, there is no past. There is only the present. This doesn't mean, however that we are free from our history. Its just that the horrors and majesty of the last 14 billion years, barrels into the present moment and 'mixes' with our present context and sense of self, shaping who and what we are.

So, that last 400 years no longer exist in a living way, however 400 years of systemic racism and slavery lives within each of us and shapes us in various and unique ways; but in the present. This happens through memory, stories and how these are woven into our psyches and every cell. But in the present. 

This is a product of deep memory that shapes us in conscious and unconscious ways. For example, the book "white fragility" explores many of the ways white progressives are blind to what racism is and how they participate in it every day. It is in us, but its not the past anymore, because that has already happened. Its still alive in us now, in the present, through the ways we are psychically shaped. 

In this context, shadow work can't help us truly let go of the past, because there isn't one here, in the way I have defined it. However, there is a living present that contains all the things we have not extracted the wisdom from, all the things we remember, and all the things we have suppressed, including our individual and collective traumas, which are often called 'shadow'.

Shadow work, brings the pain 'memory' of the past to a place of healing in the present. So that the pain of the past, that lives in us in the present, can become liberated, integrated, owned, etc. Which one depends on the kind of shadow.  

At the same time, often some view shadow work as a process with an end point and there can be a hurry to get it done and over with. But it doesn't seem like the human experience is made that way and this stance comes down to a desire to avoid uncomfortable things, which is thee opposite of what we need.  It seems our traumas and places of suffering, are invitations to become more whole and most importantly, more able to be with intensity. 

I find this is one of the biggest issues of this era. Many of the people I have met or interacted with have a very difficult time having feelings while acting with integrity and responsibility at the same time. Again back to the book I mentioned. It seems that a huge issue presented in the book, is a major difficulty with white people receiving feedback (in this case about racism) without automatically getting reactive and defensive.

Shadow work, trains us to be with deeply difficult emotions and seeing very difficult aspects of ourselves. This trains us to notice our reactions, take responsibility for them, and still......wait for it, listen and reflect, instead of talk and defend. 

So, while we could say shadow work helps us let go of the past, in the traditional sense, it really helps train us to be in the present, under difficult conditions and be able to do so with more capacity. So that when someone points out a hard thing for us to face, we can meet this with love, ease, and also feel the contraction we have, in the face of something being pointed out. 

Hence, the focus can be on cleaning up how the past shapes the present in a way, but shadow work also has the function of equipping ourselves with deeper capacities in relationship. Our presence deepens, love gets bigger, and holding greater states of discomfort grows. 

This could be an essential tool for shaping a new future that is truly different from the horrors of our past. 
Love this - to sit with discomfort, to bring a light and allow it to dimly light the darkness, to create space where sitting in the darkness is ok. - This is the work, I think. 
I'm so excited to expand my essential awareness with the materials on this platform! As I dive deeper into my inner knowing I am finding that interphasing with the world from a conscious vulnerability is proving to be more worthwhile than from the closed, protected place I have been so comfortable cocooned in- in the past. To be vulnerable is to create a safe space for others to do the same. To surrender small personal morsels will allow others to feel good about sharing their inner turmoil and even move through it. 

Some people may read this and think... yeah big deal- I've been doing this for ages. But for me, I have not been vibrating at this place for long and I am starting to see as I navigate through my own grief and start to embrace essential (universal) love I am coming into contact with a belonging that has been at my fingertips the whole time! This shift is very cool and as I work my way through the info on this platform I am hoping to come into closer contact with the shadow work mentioned. Not just embrace my light side but allow for myself to understand the shadow. I'm starting the seven day transformation today. I'm going to keep a journal of my experiences and I'm happy to share anything profound I mine from that if others are interested in having a dialogue about the inner discovery process. :) 

Stephanie, thank you so much for sharing. It opened me up a bit and
Softened my guard and “posturing” to “prove myself and my value” in this space, something I wasn’t even aware of until I read this. 
Looking forward to our explorations. 
I notice my anger quickly dilutes into sadness, not always great as it takes on more nuances of victim-hood then action. I so grateful for BLM because it has unearthed more anger for me and kept me in more action lately. AND yet at the end of the day I am tired and overwhelmed and insecure, and sad and worried and puddle up... Here I am though, again, and again I will keep arriving. 
I have a wild passion for the wilderness and outdoor (mountainous) spaces. I remember coming to Alaska for the first time in the summer of 2011. Growing up in a place without mountains or expansive rural areas made me especially susceptible to the beauty here. I could never forget the crisp freshness of the air, the taste of pure water and how it felt to be walking amongst the Sitka spruce. I even cried a little- out of pure joy in finding a place I could finally grow into. 
I knew I was home. Which is strange because I had never been here. No family or friends here and literally couldn’t be farther from my Florida family whom I love. The time I’ve spent in Alaska have been some of the best years of my life. I was able to truly embrace my becoming and I love who that person is. 

I have a passion for healing work. Emotional, physical and mental healing. I am a massage therapist and have been doing that since 2012. It’s so fulfilling and really not like work in a lot of ways. I get to hang out with people I like and share healing light and words with them. What a gift. 
I have passions for making art and music with friends and alone. A totally fulfilling thing that I get to do often. I’m passionate about healing words and love to feel inspired by them. Healing words written beautifully, and spoken truthfully have always been powerful inspiration to me. It’s so nice to find the right words to resonate with. The powerful stuff is so good. 
EVERYTHING outside -rain or shine is my love. Climbing, hiking, running, bikes, skating Ocean swims, skiing and hopefully soon snowboarding! Movement therapy is cathartic- especially when there’s a little suffering involved. The best advice for kids?- usually the activities that involve a little suffering are the ones that have the best view!  Can’t wait to show them this in practice (when I have some of my own) :) I have the backcountry  pictures to prove this in action! 📸 I think this can be taken literal and figurative.

I have a feeling I am meant to do something great. I am so excited to find out what that is! Till then, just following my heart & paying attention. ❤️ 

Thanks for inviting me to talk about myself. 

Elayna Alexandra, MBA, NCC, ACC

Hello, I am Elayna Alexandra, I am a transformational coach, design thinker, strategist, teacher & facilitator. I am a connector, curiosity seeker, and builder who has owned my own business for nearly a decade. I have an MBA and am an award-winning creative and published writer. I am a survivor of a rare bone disease and have figured out how to thrive in the face of extreme hardship and limb function loss.
I collaborate with entrepreneurs who push the boundaries of what they can do. I coach individuals and businesses who want to transform their lives and organizations, to get past blocks and be the best that they can be. I work to create spaces to heal trauma & grief creating a greater possibility for resiliency and joy.
I also:
+ design beautiful websites, that are simple to use, and serve as a place where the world can meet you
+ design clean and powerful logos that represent the work you do and who you are
+ tell brand stories that engage audiences

I am a mama to two boys under eight. When I can, I doodle on my sons’ prolific paintings, addictively listen to audible and podcasts like On Being while cooking. Most mornings I get up early to meditate. 

** I am looking to connect with another 1-2 people who are building their own business and want to serve potentially as accountability partners.