How Shadow Voices Heal Us
See Embracing Ourselves: The Voice Dialogue Manual
by Hal Stone and Sidra Stone
Underneath any physical or psychological condition, a part of you is ardently trying to make its voice heard. Our shadow voices hold energies, memories and information for us. Often we suppress, ignore or push away these voices because they don't express themselves in ways that are easy to hear.
Create a map of the messages that your inner selves say. Follow your emotions as well as your energy as you:
· Recognize strong “shadow” voices—parts of the unconscious mind that consist of repressed powers, needs, and instincts. For example, if you're angry or frustrated, this voice is a call to change what you're thinking or doing in response to what is happening.
· Identify the “gatekeepers”—those cultural and personal selves that protect us so well that they can also block our inner work. Notice any resistance you may be experiencing. "I don't want to..." is a clue!
· Discover the inner child who lies beneath many physical problems and who needs to be heard, understood or acknowledged.
· Name or label, then release unexpressed emotions. These sometimes represent our ugly underbelly that we don't want to expose because they make us feel so vulnerable or afraid that we'll be judged and rejected.
Once you have acknowledged some of the voices that need to be heard, you have a better chance of making a good decision.