Becoming fully conscious of our shadows requires other disciplines that are necessary so that we don’t bury ourselves in our own conscious self. Jung once warned:  “If you imagine someone who is brave enough to withdraw all his shadowimageprojections, then you get an individual who is conscious of a pretty thick shadow. Such a man has saddled himself with new problems and conflicts.  He has become a serious problem to himself, as he is now unable to say that they do this or that, they are wrong, and they must be fought against.  He lives in the “House of the Gathering.”  Such a man knows that whatever is wrong in the world is in himself, and if he only learns to deal with his own shadow he has done something real for the world.  He has succeeded in shouldering at least an infinitesimal part of the gigantic, unsolved social problems of our day.” Carl Jung, CW11: p. 140.


Finding our deepest wounds is a journey we take when we hear the sounds of our own cries coming from deep within the psyche.  It isn’t an easy task, in fact it is a Herculean task for the most part as the ‘ego body’ is trying to insert itself constantly to keep our wounded shadow at bay.  However, we can see this phenomenon at work by the projections we scatter about on others closest to us, not to mention clients and people with whom we work.   These projections come from some of our deepest wounds and those that feel them are those who are ‘mates, lovers, children, teachers, employers, close friends, etc.’



Where We Sit in Service to Our Wounds

Being able to step into a different vibration, an outer ‘solar, spiritual world’ and keeping one foot in the ‘lunar, moon’ reality are the keys to our ‘shamanic ability’ and our ability to be healed by ‘shamans’.  Learning the ‘steps’ one has to take to get in touch with this level of ‘conscious and responsible thought’ demands discipline and attention.  Some of the disciplines we must follow to absorb the great tasks at hand are the following:

  1. A shared world-view that makes the diagnosis and naming process possible…being knowledgeable about the realistic professionalism of doctors, psychotherapists, and holistic healers.
  2. Positive personal qualities of the healer that facilitate the client’s recovery. (This is very important…if you as a healer are not positive and do not have a decent concept of SELF, you do not need to be healing others.)
  3. Be knowledgeable about the client expectations of recovery that assist the healing processes.
  4. Specific techniques, material and healing procedures and ethics that is appropriate to the illness and conducive to recovery.


We are born as innocent souls, pure in light and able to ‘re-member’ ourselves instinctively, not so much cognitively until we are three or four years old, however the conditioning or suppression of our natures often cause us to develop wounds around the lower chakras, the instinctive chakras.  These lower three have to do with ‘survival.  We will start med1our investigation through our own wounds utilizing the ‘chakra energy systems and Maslow’s hierarchy based on ages and our relationships to ages in our development in our chart. This will give us the ability to see where are wounds are out of which we learn to heal and work with others.   We do this naturally as our deepest wounds are also our greatest assets for understanding.  Our astrological charts follow our physio/psychological growth counter clockwise beginning with the ascendant.

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  1. ROOT or BASE CHAKRA  — Looking at aspects to the 1st and 4th house as well as Moon and Pluto aspects.                                                                       Self-preservation, personal survival and our identification with the physical world centers in this bottom most of the main seven chakras.

A healthy root chakra connects you with vitality to your family of origin, your immediate society and to the global community. If your 0-7 years were challenging and without love, then this damaged root chakra will function much differently. Issues of survival such as emotional dysfunction, stress, anxiety, and restlessness will plague you.

You’ll have fears of letting go, scarcity, poor boundaries, and more. It’s during the 0-7 years that we learn about where we fall in our relationships with siblings, parents, our community, and how we relate to them.  This also covers the first 3 houses of the natal chart.

1. List all the blessings that you feel came from your family?
2. What belief patterns did you inherit from your family?
3. What positive traits did your Father mirror to you?
4. What positive traits did your Mother present to you?
5. What negative traits did your Father & Mother mirror to you for your learning?
6. What negative traits have your mate/spouse/ partner mirrored?
7. What positive traits has this person mirrored?
8. Is there a theme or drama in your life playing out over and over again – something that appears through different situations, old fears or negative thoughts?
9. Do you have any unfinished business with your family members? If so, list the reasons that prevent you from healing your family relationships.
10. If you are now raising a family of your own, list the qualities that you would like your children to learn from you.
11. Describe the tribal characteristics within yourself that you would like to strengthen and develop.
12. Have there been people in your life who tried to control you and/or take away your power?
13. Are there any beliefs or thoughts that are keeping you from becoming your best and living up to your greatest potential?
14. What tribal traditions and rituals do you continue for yourself and your family?
15. Do you have a personal code of honour? What is it?
16. What superstitions do you have? Which have more authority over you than your own reasoning ability?
17. Which of those belief patterns that still have authority in your thinking can you acknowledge are no longer valid?
18. Have you ever compromised your sense of honour? If so, have you taken steps to heal it?
19. What makes you angry?
20. Have there been power struggles in your relationships?
21. Have you experienced a win – win situation whereby you presented your viewpoint while allowing the other person to express their own? Write these down. Did the experience give you a good feeling? What beliefs did you inherit or learn from your family?


Maslow’s hierarchy of needs also fits into this at the bottom of the pyramid.