Each material has its own shadow. The shadow of stone is not the same as that of a brittle autumn leaf. The shadow penetrates the material and radiates its message.
Shadow work is an exploration of the self, a journey inward. Our shadows are the parts of ourselves we try to hide or negate. The parts that hold shame, guilt, anger, and fear, resentment. Carl Jung spoke of the shadow as a unconscious aspect of our personality that the ego wishes to deny. Shadow work turns the conscious eye into the darkness, facing the fear, embracing the anger, and learning to understand it so that it may be set free or simply accepted. My work in BDSM ritual incorporates shadow work, allowing for physical straining to break open the old wounds so that they might heal stronger with the safe light of acceptance. Shadow work can also be part of a personal rite of passage. I provide guidance, a safe, non-judegmental space, and my personal belief in animism, heritage, and grounding, but it is up to the subject which totems they choose to be their keys and to place on their altar. Shadow and Ritual work is not aimed at solving problems, but toward the progress of compassion for oneself and others.