We have reached a point in modern healthcare where something is gravely missing. The push toward integrative medicine and the influx of mind body and soul awareness has helped but the mainstream care that people are receiving is still lacking.
The shadow self is a psychological concept, a social reality, and a witnessed experience in serious meditation practices around the world. That which is living will always cast a shadow. Shadow selves are the fragmented and broken parts of ourselves that we do not claim, that we project on to others, and that interrupt our ability to live harmoniously in the world.
I came to acupuncture in 2006 when I was feeling very off about life. I was unhappy, lost and trying to set goals but couldn’t find my way. For months I was having trouble filling out an online application for a 6-month volunteer ship in Quito, Ecuador. After the first treatment, I came home, filled it out and clicked send! No lie. I continued treatment until I went to live in Ecuador for a year.