My Journey into the Subconscious
How to love your shadow self to wholeness using breath, sound and guided coaching
Many of you might have heard of the Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Jung who developed influential theories in the field of psychology, including the concept of the Shadow Self. According to Jung, the Shadow Self is the unconscious part of our personality that we repress or deny because it contains our dark, primitive, and socially unacceptable impulses and desires. These can include anger, envy, greed, lust, and other negative traits. Negative to society that is. It is not uncommon for us to feel shame or guilt around these ‘dark traits’. Jung believed that integrating the Shadow Self into our conscious awareness is essential for personal growth and psychological wholeness. By acknowledging and accepting our shadow aspects, we can become more self-aware and better able to relate to others with empathy and understanding but even more importantly, we will gain mastery over our personal traits that, even though we know they do not serve us well, keep repeating themselves in our lives, getting us in similar situations over and over again. According to Carl Jung, the unconscious shadow influences our behaviour in ways that we are often unaware of. The situations it can manifest in can be recurring patterns of behaviour, emotions, and relationships. These patterns can be destructive and can prevent us from achieving our full potential. Mastery over ourselves implies getting to know these subconscious patterns and behaviours.| The shadow is formed from aspects of our personality that we have repressed or denied because they are seen as socially unacceptable or These negative traits remain hidden in the unconscious and can lead to the formation of patterns of behaviour that we may not even be aware of. For example, someone with a repressed anger may find themselves constantly attracting situations or people that trigger their anger. This can lead to recurring patterns of conflict in their relationships, which may prevent them from forming healthy connections with others. The unconscious shadow can also manifest as self-sabotage, where we unconsciously undermine our own success and happiness. For example, someone who has a fear of success may find themselves procrastinating or making excuses for not pursuing their goals. So, to break these patterns and achieve psychological wholeness, Jung believed that it is important accepting our shadow aspects, we can integrate them into our conscious personality and live a more authentic and fulfilling life.
Breathwork is a type of meditation that involves using breathing techniques to access the subconscious mind and promote healing and personal growth. There are many different types of breathwork practices, but they all share the common goal of using the breath to calm the mind and body and, if this is the goal, access deeper states of consciousness.
In the context of shadow work, breathwork can be a powerful tool for accessing and integrating the unconscious shadow aspects of our personality. By using specific breathing patterns, we can shift our focus away from the conscious mind and into the subconscious, where the shadow resides.
During breathwork, we can release deep-seated emotions, traumas, and negative beliefs that may be stored in the subconscious mind. This can be a transformative experience, allowing us to gain insight into our unconscious patterns and behaviours and begin the process of integrating our shadow.
Breathwork can also help us to connect with our intuition and higher self, providing a new perspective on our life and our place in the world. This can lead to a greater sense of purpose, meaning, and self-awareness, which can be invaluable in the process of shadow work.
Overall, breathwork can be a powerful tool for accessing the subconscious and promoting healing and personal growth. When used in conjunction with other therapeutic techniques, such as coaching or journaling or sound therapy, it can be a valuable tool for those seeking to integrate their shadow and achieve greater psychological wholeness.
Sound healing is a type of therapy that uses sound frequencies to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being. One of the ways that sound healing can aid in accessing the subconscious and aid in shadow work is through brain entrainment of the amygdala.
The amygdala is a part of the brain that is responsible for processing emotions, including fear, anger, and anxiety. When we experience stress or negative emotions, the amygdala can become overactive, leading to feelings of overwhelm and anxiety. this can help people deal with trauma. For trauma is stress (stress isn’t necessarily trauma.)
Sound healing, specifically through the use of binaural or monaural beats or isochronic tones, can help to entrain the amygdala and reduce overactivity. Binaural beats are a type of sound frequency that can stimulate different brainwave states, such as alpha, beta, and theta. These brainwave states can affect our level of consciousness and can help us access deeper states of relaxation and introspection. By entraining the amygdala through the use of sound and rhythm, we can reduce feelings of anxiety and fear and promote a state of calm and relaxation. This can make it easier to access the subconscious mind, where the shadow resides.
In terms of shadow work, sound can aid in accessing the subconscious mind, allowing us to gain insight into our unconscious patterns and behaviours. By promoting a state of relaxation and introspection, sound can help us to connect with our deeper selves and begin the process of integrating our shadow aspects.
Overall, using sound and rhythm and the process of entrainment can be a valuable tool for those seeking to access the subconscious mind and promote healing and personal growth. When used in conjunction with other therapeutic techniques, such as coaching, or above mentioned breathwork or with meditation, it can be an effective way to support the process of shadow work.
Bringing it together
When I was looking into exploring the depths of the subconscious mind and overcome deep-seated traumas and negative patterns, I decided to combine the elements of guided meditation and coaching with breathwork and sound. The result was a “Journey into the Subconscious” , a deep dive into the self that combines the powerful healing modalities of sound therapy, coaching, and breathwork to helps access and integrate the shadow self.
Through guided breathwork and sound therapy, many who have now tried it were gently guided into a state of deep relaxation, allowing them to access the subconscious mind and explore their innermost thoughts and emotions. Through the guided coaching they were enabled to identify and address any negative patterns or traumas that may be holding them back from living their best life.
This journey turned out to be a deep dive in an incredible short time by combining these elements together in one complete journey. A perfect first step for those seeking to overcome past trauma, release negative emotions, and gain a greater sense of clarity and purpose. By integrating the shadow self, they could experience greater personal growth, enhanced relationships, and a more authentic and fulfilling life. I decided to write this article and offer the link to this journey into the depths of your subconscious mind free from cost, and like myself and those who went before you, enable you to discover the power of sound, coaching, and breathwork in claiming mastery over your self and with it, your life, your reality. In Love & Sound Ingmar