If you feel like something is standing in the way of blocking you from manifesting, it could be that you need to do some shadow work.
If you’re not living your best life, have no idea what makes you happy, and just generally “blah”, shadow work could help you elevate to the next level.
Shadow work can help clear your energy for manifesting and make more room in your life for happiness.
Once you clear out the negative, you’ll have so much more space for positive aspects of your personality to shine through.
In this blog post, we will explore 11 shadow work journal prompts to get started with clearing out old energies from past lives and moving on!
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What is shadow work spiritually?
Shadow work is a way to release past demons, energies, and people from your life.
Shadow work isn’t just about the spiritual side, either.
Psychologists talk about how we live with our shadows all the time… it’s just that some of us are better at dealing with them than others.
Spiritually speaking, shadow work can help clear out old energies, including those stemming from past lives or other experiences that we may have even repressed.
The thing is, sometimes with spirituality and manifesting in particular, there’s a tendency to feel like we have to be positive and happy all the time.
We think if we’re not, then we can’t manifest.
But this couldn’t be farther from the truth!
The more you try to suppress or ignore your shadows, the stronger they become.
The more you try to live a life pleasing to others (and society), the less likely it is that any of your manifestations will come true.
Shadow work helps you clear these past traumas and darker sides of yourself in healthy ways.
Then you can manifest from a space that is authentically more joyful.
What is a shadow work journal?
So, we’ve learned that shadow work is honoring and accepting the less “bubbly” sides of ourselves and our histories.
So what is a shadow work journal?
A shadow work journal is a space (either digital or physical) where you write and reflect on the negative sides of life.
This can be anything from times when you felt guilty, angry, or ashamed; thoughts on how your body may not measure up to society standards; memories of moments where people weren’t kind enough to say something nice about you- whatever feels shadowed.
Anything that still holds a negative charge for you… you will work through this in your shadow work journal.
How do I start a shadow work journal?
Starting a shadow work journal is super easy!
All you need is a dedicated space to write, a pen, and an open mind.
You can make it a ritual, light a candle and some incense, play spiritual music and write — or not.
You can wait for a full moon, surround yourself with crystals — or not.
There are no requirements to start a shadow work journal other than the desire to explore your inner self.
Does shadow work help with manifestation?
Shadow work absolutely helps with manifestation because it’s challenging at best to manifest when you have lots of negative ideas, beliefs, and thoughts holding you back.
Let’s say when you were a child, your parents told you that people who are creative, intelligent, and strong-willed were “bad.”
In order to feel like a good person, you had to suppress those parts of yourself.
Maybe to some degree, to this day you still believe this. Yet, here you are trying to manifest a successful music career.
Do you think you will be able to manifest what you desire if these old limiting beliefs hold you back?
But simply doing manifesting rituals and spells to bring in money or business or favor with your music, without acknowledging and releasing the old hurt will lead you nowhere.
Once you get down to the root cause of this belief. Acknowledge it for what it is. Then say “okay, I choose not to believe that anymore.”
You can manifest so much easier and faster!
That’s how shadow work helps with manifestation.
Why is shadow work dangerous?
For some, shadow work can dangerous because you are dealing with dark emotions and thoughts.
Sometimes these thoughts and memories can make things worse.
If you have a history of depression or serious, deep trauma that you know needs professional help, it’s probably not a good idea to do shadow work all by yourself.
It’s totally okay to have help!
If you find yourself doing shadow work and things seem to be getting worse, please get the help you need.
Otherwise, shadow work is no more harmless than writing in any other journal.
Just have some grounding tools on hand, and know when to stop. You don’t need to do a lot of shadow work all at once to reap the benefits.
A little goes a long way.
Does shadow journaling work?
Shadow journaling works wonders if you’re up to it.
You have to make sure you are honest and dedicated to getting down to the nitty-gritty and sometimes uncomfortable truths of who you are.
It’s not always the easiest task, mind you.
But you can free up so much energy and release so much potential in your life if you take it seriously and give it your full effort!
Do you have to do shadow work before manifesting?
While shadow work helps with manifesting, you do not have to and actually should not do shadow work before manifesting.
You would want to perform shadow work on a regular basis so that you’re always improving as a person.
Keep your manifestation rituals and law of attraction practices separate for best results.
11 Shadow Work Journaling Prompts
Now that you know all about what shadow work is, here are ten shadow work journaling prompts to help you get started.
Just write one entry per prompt, and make sure you enjoy this process! It should feel pleasant, even if difficult.
And if it gets to be too much, take a break and come back later.
- What are the current and recurring problems in my life? How can I view these as opportunities instead of problems?
- When I think about my future, what frightens me the most?
- Who is my “higher self”? Without the labels of what society says I am, who am I?
- Something I have done in the past that I want recognition for but am either not getting or am too shy to ask to be recognized for is…
- What are the worst personality traits people can have? When have I exhibited these traits?
- What do you think are the worst character traits a person can have? When is a time you have demonstrated these traits?
- What events spark discomfort, anger, or despair inside of you? How and why do you think they do this?
- What do you most often judge others for? Do you do these things? Is there some part of you that wishes you could?
- When was the last time you felt let down? What did you make this mean about them or yourself?
- Who has the most power or influence over how you live your life? Is this a good thing?
- Are you jealous of anyone? Who, and why? What is this really about?
I hope this list of shadow work journal prompts helps you uncover and rewrite some of the stories and beliefs that could be holding you back from manifesting your best life!
Is Journaling STILL Not Enough For You To Manifest?
Finally, I know sometimes it feels like you’ve tried everything under the sun (including shadow journaling) and it still feels like your manifestations take forever or will never come.
Trust me, it’s really a thing — it’s not just you.
You’re not cursed, you’re not broken, and it doesn’t mean you’ll never get there.
In my experience, it just means that there could be one or more things blocking your manifestations.
You see, shadow journaling really can help you.
I’ve found that it’s moved mountains for me.
But if you’ve given it some time to work and you still can’t get where you want to go — maybe you should try to see what’s blocking you.
This 100% FREE Quiz is super fun to do, and it’ll tell you instantly your #1 manifesting block so you can get to work releasing all that stuck energy!
That way, all your efforts won’t go to waste!
Take this 60-second quiz right now (and keep the results in mind WHEN you’re journaling).
It’ll open a whole new level of understanding that’ll get you to your goal SO much faster!
With love, light, and most of all — magic,
P.S. Don’t let unnecessary blocks keep you from leveling up! Take the 100% FREE Quiz and free up some energy to let the Universe work its magic!
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