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How can we best teach our children to embrace their shadows?


I think it was Gandhi who said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”, so first we start by engaging and accepting our own shadow. That will naturally give us the ability to contain and engage with our children’s shadows in a healthier way. When children face their shadows, they will seek comfort in the safety of their parents. If we are not comfortable with our own pain, then when our child is in pain we will react (instead of act) in a way that will teach the child how to disconnect from or avoid that which is rising within them. Children learn by observing the adults close to them. If a cockroach walks into the room minding her own business (it is a ‘her’ in my language) and the parent panics, guess what the child standing nearby will learn? Now replace the cockroach with any unwanted feeling or situation!


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“I envision people that can honor all aspects of their being, light or dark, freeing their souls to express and manifest while supporting others to do the same.”


How can shadow work help humanity as a whole?


First we need to remember that each one of us is part of humanity as we are part of all creation. Just imagine the actions of people who choose to own their shadows. Imagine what the world could be like if no one projected their shadow onto another. For me, this is paradise on earth, a human race in harmony. The work starts from the center of our universe, our own self. This universe expands as one’s light ignites another’s. Once the majority of individual consciousness changes, the community’s consciousness changes too, until the whole of humanity vibrates in a different reality. It is a possibility, if only we commit to the work within ourselves.


I envision people that can honor all aspects of their being, light or dark, freeing their souls to express and manifest while supporting others to do the same. In other words, for me balance is about presence and alignment with oneself, with others, with the planet, with creation. Just for a minute, imagine your life in a world like this and perhaps wonder: “How can I create more alignment and be more present in myself and in my life today?”


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.What is your vision of balance between the light and dark in one’s life?


THEODORE KYRIAKOS guides people the world over into the sacred flame of the heart with the passion and potent skill of a master. He holds a MA and an advanced diploma in integrative transpersonal counseling and psychotherapy, a postgraduate certificate in dreamwork, and years of personal and professional experience. He aims to help others unfold their true potential, and open their hearts to a life of eros.


Contact Theo through www.lightintobeing.co.uk.


SIANNA SHERMANis an internationally recognized and certified Anusara® yoga teacher who delights in the flow of Grace through the many paths of Divine Love. One of her main passions is assisting the sacred activation of community and serving in the way of collectively conscious gatherings. In 2008, she was featured in Yoga Journal as one of 21 talented young teachers who are shaping the future of yoga.


Learn more about Sianna at www.opentograce.com. Photo: Jennifer Graham OriginMagazine.com | 43


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