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Hey there. I'm Christie Inge.

5/2 Splenic Projector | LAX of the Clarion 2

I’m a Master Energy Healer and Human Design Mentor. 

I’ll show you how to heal the blocks to living in alignment with the highest potential of your Human Design. 

What is “the shadow”?

Written by Christie Inge, 5/2 Splenic Projector, born in the LAX of the Clarion 2 (57/51. 62/61) and creator of the Human Design Map

NOTE: My Human Design content is my personal interpretation of mechanics and is always written through my heretical + alchemical lens. It often does not align with traditional HD perspectives. And this post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase after clicking one of my affiliate links, I may make a commission. 

Shadow is a term I often use in my work, and it’s a big part of what you’ll discover in the Human Design Map. It’s a concept I’ve been working with for over a decade and has been one of the most healing for me, my clients, and my customers.

Way back when I first learned about “the shadow,” it meant the same thing to most of the people I encountered who were using it. We were always on the same page about what we were talking about.

But, in recent years, especially as new age rhetoric and dogma has increased, the term shadow has taken on multiple meanings when discussed in spiritual and psychological circles. And, I’ve found it necessary to be more explicit about what I mean when I use that word.

So, to clear up any confusion about what I mean when I use the term shadow…

Shadows are not good/bad, positive/negative, or right/wrong.

They aren’t the parts of yourself that you hate, the parts you wish you could change, or the parts that others don’t like about you.

They aren’t behaviors, emotions, or personality traits that conventional wisdom might call “negative.” 

They aren’t your fears or grief.

Shadows are the archetypal parts of ourselves that live in the unconscious realm of our psyche. They are the aspects that you have rejected and hidden from your awareness in an attempt to belong.

This “hiding” takes an incredible amount of energy to maintain and prevents you from using it in conscious ways.  

As with anything, it is all just a spectrum of potential.

The energy of creation is the energy of destruction. The energy of focus is the energy of OCD. The energy of conflict is the energy of peace.

So, to put it as clearly as possible…

If there is self-awareness of an aspect of yourself, that aspect is not a shadow.

Once you are aware of a former shadow, you now have a conscious choice of what to do with that full spectrum of energy. 

My recommendation is that you recognize, love, and, most importantly, integrate it. 

When you do these things, you reclaim all of the energy you were (unconsciously) using the hide those aspects and you can use that energy for your conscious intentions. 

If you’d like step-by-step guidance on how to do shadow integration work, you’ll love my online course Shadow + Light. And, if you’d like to know which shadows are the most important for you personally to integrate, get your  Human Design Map.

There is so much more where that came from:

If you loved this post, you will love the Human Design Map & Portal where Christie will explain the most important parts of your chart (Type + Strategy, Authority, Profile, and all four gates of your Incarnation Cross). And, you’ll get unlimited access to Q + A with her and her team. Get your map here

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