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Apr 7Liked by Eliza Butler

I’m feeling the pull lately to embrace this shadow side. I’ve spent the last few years in particular trying to change my reservedness, my highly logic side that isn’t as feeling, the aspects of myself that have hurt other people. But I’m realizing I need to learn to be ok with this part of me and try to bring more kindness and understanding to it. I’m actually going to do autism testing as that might explain it more. But also I need to stop viewing it as a defect and accept. So thank you for sharing this.

I’m excited about this eclipse and thinking for now of just holing up in my backyard for it with two of my kids. We have pretty great views up on our hill.

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Thanks for sharing Kristi🙏🏼 I’ve found that the acceptance piece is key…instead of trying to change these parts, when we fully accept ALL PARTS of our Selves, we create more space for the growth and change we’re after. For some, a diagnosis can be a hugely supportive part of that acceptance process!

Happy eclipse viewing with your family💫

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Beautiful…I needed to hear this today. The densities are heavy right now! Thank you. 🙏

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Glad this feels supportive as you move through the densities, Beth🙌🏼

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Apr 8Liked by Eliza Butler

Beautiful. Love the thought that we are intuitively pulled to the shadows, and the reminder to meet them with reverence. Thank you 🌙

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Thanks Avani, so glad this resonated for you.

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Oh I love the idea that people are feeling the pull towards the shadow! I also love that quote from Jung (I used it in one of my own posts 2 weeks ago 😊) I've always been drawn to the darker side of life, it's where the healing and transformation happens ❤️

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Couldn't agree more, Vicki! It's funny, I've read that Jung quote multiple times over the years, but it seems to be floating so much more recently...even more reason to suggest that the eclipse is supporting us in this process of looking at our shadows :)

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Apr 8Liked by Eliza Butler

I’ve recently been doing inner reflecting on my shadows and by looking at them and acknowledging them directly it helps me see how bringing the shadows to my conscious I can use them to act on the light side opposing them to change certain behaviors. I feel like shadows, like mistakes, can help us learn and grow and see the positives to darker sides of ourselves and of life. Doing the work to heal, forces me to acknowledge the role I’ve played in certain situations even if i didn’t see it in the moment. Thank you for sharing another very introspective and thought provoking piece!!

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I love the comparison between mistakes and shadows, Hannah. We encourage learning from our mistakes and that the road to success is riddled with failures, but we often don't think of our shadows as ripe with the same sorts of learning opportunities and growth. And yes, often times our shadows are "driving the ship" when we don't even realize they are. Thank you for sharing and as always, for reading!

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I had never thought about the eclipse this way, but I’m so intrigued by the embodied symbolism here.

I’ve been thinking recently about the darker sides of our personalities (and actually wrote my most recent article about the importance of the ego, a part of us we’re normally trained to shun: https://open.substack.com/pub/rosetyler/p/a-brief-defense-of-the-ego?r=2p6dql&utm_medium=ios).

I like the idea that awareness of our darker aspects is the key to managing them, or at least not being overrun by them. I want to add an addendum to my post now! Thank you for the insight 🌙

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Looking forward to reading your post, Rose!

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If we personify the shadow, and someone happens to meet it, they will probably go crazy. Terror will come out of the most obscene, and hidden places of one. A story or poem about it will be horrifying if pulled off well, but it'll also bring a great deal of comfort to a lot of us if not all of us.

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