Shadow work is an important part of our spiritual journey and personal growth. It's not all love and light, but it's also not all darkness and shadow work. It's a balance, like all of life, we dance in the ebbs and flow of balance. Tending to our shadows while also embracing our light and having fun.
Shadow work can be such a great tool for unlocking true happiness and peace within the self, which is why we put together 66 Journal Prompts for Shadow Work.
66 Journal Prompts for Shadow Work
What are my strengths and weaknesses?
What past experiences have shaped my beliefs and values?
What beliefs and values are not aligned with my truth but have been passed onto me?
How can I reframe experiences to better support healthy habits and attitudes?
What self-care activities can I do to nourish my spirit?
Which areas do you tend to self-neglect?
What triggers you in your day-to-day life?
When does your cup fill the most full?
When does your cup fill the emptiest?
What emotion is the most familiar to you?
What emotion do you want to experience the most?
What personal stories do you have surrounding your worth?
How do you remember your childhood?
Would you say you got your needs met as a child? What was missing?
Did anything in your childhood/past make you feel unworthy?
Were you able to ask for what you need as a child? What were your caregivers’ reactions?
Were you allowed to express your emotions healthily as a child?
What habits do you want to release that were reinforced when you were a child?
Do you set boundaries?
How did you respond to your boundaries being crossed as a child?
How do you respond to your boundaries being crossed now?
Do you put yourself or others first?
Do you feel as though your needs are important? How do you show this?
Write down how your caregivers treated you vs how you treat yourself now. Are there any similarities? How do you feel about that?
How do you deal with your emotions especially negative ones?
How do you feel about your body? In what ways can you take better care of it?
Write down your triggers for when you have bad days and write a do list that will cheer you up.
How can you express your needs clearly to others?
What kind words can you express about yourself without guilt? Write them down and put them around your space.
How would your authentic self behave vs your people-pleasing self?
What makes your mental health better? When do you notice a decline in your mental health?
What are my biggest fears and how can I work through them?
What false beliefs am I holding onto and how can I challenge them?
What is the root cause of my anxieties and how can I heal them?
What is the source of my recent negative behavior and how can I change it?
What is the cause of my unhealthy patterns and how can I break them?
What triggers my feelings of unworthiness and how can I overcome them?
What are my unresolved issues from the past and how can I heal them?
What is the lesson I need to learn from my current struggle and how can I grow from it?
What is the cause of my self-sabotaging behavior and how can I overcome it?
What are the ways in which I have been avoiding my trauma?
What are the ways in which I have been protecting myself from feeling the pain of my trauma?
How have I been avoiding healing from my trauma?
What are the ways in which I have been numbing myself from my trauma?
What are the beliefs I have about myself due to my trauma?
How has my trauma affected my relationships with others?
What is the true source of my trauma(s)?
What can I do to create a safe space for myself to begin healing from my trauma?
What kind of support do I need to start healing from my trauma?
What are the triggers for my trauma that I need to be aware of?
What are the positive changes I can make in my life to help me heal?
What in my life do I need to let go of in order to move forward?
What beliefs do I need to let go of that are holding me back?
What emotions do I need to let go of to be free?
What relationships do I need to let go of in order to be healthy?
What patterns do I need to let go of to make space for new possibilities?
What judgments do I need to let go of to be compassionate?
What expectations do I need to let go of to be more content?
What resentments do I need to let go of in order to be at peace?
What doubts do I need to let go of to trust myself?
What unhealthy attachments do I need to let go of to be independent?
What comparisons do I need to let go of to be happy?
What parts of myself am I still denying or resisting?
How can I cultivate a deeper level of self-love and acceptance?
What limiting beliefs am I holding onto that are preventing me from manifesting my dreams?
How can I tap into my inner power and manifest my desired outcome?