Shadow work is a type of therapy developed by Carl Jung in the early 20th century. It’s used to heal aspects of the self that are split off and projecting onto others, or repressed because they’re not acceptable or unacceptable feelings. This repressed material has an effect on our lives; if it isn’t dealt with, it can cause psychological imbalance.
Shadow work is important for acknowledging what lies within the shadows of our consciousness. It can help us to accept all parts — even the disowned, “negative” ones — of ourselves, which helps us to become more integrated individuals in society. It’s also useful when working with other people in therapy or counseling sessions.
Below are some crystals you can use to help with your shadow work.
Black Tourmaline is often used to help ward off negative energy, black tourmaline is also helpful in grounding you when you are feeling unrooted. It can be used to release fear-based emotions such as sorrow and grief. It is also known to smother feelings of anger, irritation, and impatience.
Crystal Quartz helps one better connect to their spiritual self by opening the mind’s eye to intuition, psychic gifts, and communication with guides in the other realms.
Smoky Quartz is said to absorb negativity while still allowing love energy to pass through it, smoky quartz is another protective stone that helps keep out lowerational energies from entering your auric field. It can help with weight loss, and it can also reduce cravings for unhealthy foods.
Celestite ( Angelic Stone)
Celestite guards against psychic attacks, helps one to overcome shyness, and allows the mind to soar free of the body during astral travel or lucid dreams.
Black Andradite Garnet
Black Andradite Garnet is used to protect against self-destructive tendencies, both physical and emotional. It can be helpful in making changes in one’s life by helping an individual become more aware of what they are doing that is harmful to themselves or others. Black Andradite Garnet has a strength that helps the wearer face their fears without feeling overwhelmed by them, this can help with phobias, PTSD, and anxiety.
Black Star Diopside
Black Star Diopside helps with clearing away negative vibrations from a space or person’s energy field. It also aids in relieving self-imposed limitations that have been holding you back from achieving your goals and aspirations. Black Star Diopside is the perfect gemstone to wear when restoring balance between yin/yang energies on all levels of consciousness for yourself and others.
Obsidian (Soothe Stone)
Obsidian (soothe stone) is helpful in empowering oneself to make needed changes in one’s life while still dealing compassionately with other people who may be affected by these changes. Obsidian can channel higher spiritual energies into our three-dimensional reality, as such it can help us to become conduits of Divine will. Obsidian is helpful in bringing one’s shadow side to the surface so that it can be integrated and transmuted into positive energy which we can use in our daily lives. It is often used for dream recall and to discover unconscious patterns and behaviors that may be harmful or inhibiting.
Citrine ( Stone Of Protection)
Citrine carries a high-vibrational frequency that makes the environment feel lighter and brighter. Citrine encourages clarity of thinking, creativity, optimism, abundance consciousness, endurance, success in business ventures or other moneymaking projects, generosity toward others, courage, enthusiasm, joyfulness and an overall feeling of general well-being. It also helps to attract good luck, wealth, health and abundance.
Aventurine ( Stone of Opportunity)
Aventurine is said to help with mental function by refining thought processes and sharpening the mind’s focus, alertness, memory retention, analytical abilities, logical judgment capabilities. Aventurine also helps to release tension that has been built up over time due to thinking patterns that have become habit. Aventurine can encourage openness in relationships allowing for easier discussions about touchy subjects. It allows an individual to take more chances in life which may lead them down a path they may not have considered before.
Fluorite (Clear Thinking Stone)
Fluorite is an excellent stone for mental organization and analyzation. It can provide clarity of purpose by showing us the best way to utilize our talents, thus enabling us to gain greater satisfaction from our activities. Clear Quartz enhances energy flow and encourages a free-flowing exchange between the Crown Chakra and all of the Chakras below it.
Clear Quartz also dispels negativity by absorbing it into its super-charged crystalline structure where it transforms into useful positive energy that is then emitted back out into the Universe, having been charged up in the interim. This phenomena is known as crystal oscillation, whereby certain stones expose different aspects of reality to us through their energetic vibration which purifies and directs energy toward the Earth’s Schumann Resonance, also called the ‘heart beat of mother Gaia’. In meditation, Clear Quartz can be utilized to enhance one’s ability to make contact with higher realms. It is a wonderful tool for spiritually minded people as it acts as a tuning fork that can amplify thought-forms from our subconscious mind in order to stimulate spiritual insights from the superconscious mind.
Blue Lace Agate
Blue Lace Agate has a protective vibration that shields against negativity while transmuting lower energies into more positive vibrations. This stone helps us to develop emotional balance by reminding us that we are all part of Spirit and deserving of love, happiness, abundance and peace of mind. Blue Lace Agate aids in communication and helps us to be more open and honest when we speak. It can help in bringing peace and harmony into relationships, allowing both partners to express themselves freely without fear of intimidation. Blue Lace Agate also enhances communication with our spiritual guardians.
This stone carries a high-vibrational frequency that stimulates the Heart Chakra while allowing for an exchange of pure love energy. Green Aventurine is good for soothing negative emotions such as anger, irritation and depression by replacing such feelings with love energy so that healing can take place on all levels; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Green Aventurine allows one to release disharmonious patterns that exist within the self at a deep level which can help us to develop a sense of peace. It also encourages humility and the acceptance of life’s lessons as they come along, thus allowing for spiritual growth.
This stone provides protection from physical, emotional, mental and spiritual attacks by enhancing our energy field with red light that is dense enough to deflect any incoming harmful energies. Red Jasper balances the lower Chakras by instilling confidence and motivation into one’s life so that daily activities can be accomplished in an efficient manner without undue stress being experienced due to lack of will power.
Malachite is said to protect its owner from negative influences brought about by other people or environmental factors. This stone has been used traditionally for its detox qualities which can aid in removing toxins from the liver and kidneys as well as the lymphatic system which can help to improve one’s immune system. Malachite has been used to aid in relieving arthritis and rheumatism. Green malachite is particularly helpful for those who are experiencing problems with their glandular and digestive systems, while black malachite can be beneficial for increasing one’s psychic abilities and self-confidence.