Work of the Soul

Inner Child Work
Shadow Integration Work
Shamanic Healing

What is the shadow?

According to Carl Jung, our shadow can be said to consist of energy patterns, known as selves or sub-personalities that were disowned — pushed down into our unconscious in childhood, as part of our coping strategies. Unfortunately many people are unaware that they are operating out of these unconscious patterns.

What is the goal of working with the shadow?

To integrate and come to know and accept all of those parts that we have attempted to hide or run from. To find treasure, or make that which has been operating at the unconscious level conscious. Some may not be aware that these aspects exist. It is instinctive work which asks us to follow our own soul’s call and inward response.

How do we begin to integrate these shadow aspects?

We must first acknowledge, befriend and later embrace it. There are a variety of healing modalities to assist with the process. I typically use situations that are triggering someone and dialogue directly with that energy which allows the person to identify, heal and begin to reclaim those lost aspects. We must begin to shine the light of our own awareness on those parts of ourselves that we judge as unlovable or unworthy. 

Why work with the shadow?

Through this work one is able to slowly deepen and include all of the many interior aspects and learn to be loving and kind to that which was previously rejected. This eventually allows us to be more compassionate to both ourselves and to others. It asks us to change our views, perspectives and beliefs. It asks us to invite the other in and to embrace our weaknesses and turn them into strengths. When we work with the shadow we begin to reclaim the projections we put on others. We turn inward and begin to gently listen and heal those aspects within ourselves instead.

What does it mean to face or turn into the shadow?

By facing the shadow we begin to shine a light into the darkness and invite that which has been hiding to come out. It asks us to bring our secrets out from the corners.  It means to ask questions inwardly such as; Why am I so irritated or annoyed with that person? Where does that live within me? What frightens me about that person? Who do they make me think of?

Where is this work done?

We have the opportunity to do it anywhere if we are willing to look within. It can be done by simply considering the world as your classroom and every situation a potential teaching. If we decide to shine the light within we will eventually begin to shine our light on to those around us. We become more open and able to receive and to honor all people but first we must confront our own shadow. We are confronted with the collective shadow wherever we turn. Look around. Families all have their shadow, as do organizations. 

How do you know where you are on the path?

If you want to know how you are doing look around at the situations in your life. With just a quick glance into your exterior and interior mirror you should quickly be able to know where you are and how you are doing. What you notice as being out there, is a reflection of your inner life, your thoughts, it is a part of you. Listening to your body will also tell you how you are doing. If you were to ask me what the most important tool on the path of transformation I would say the mirror.

How do we locate and become aware of the shadow aspects?

Many people are unaware that they are operating out of these unconscious patterns. One quick and easy way to locate those unclaimed aspects is to look at where and how you are judging others.  We usually recognize and judge others before we are aware of how we are judging ourselves. I guide others through this process and help them to locate, transform and release these patterns of beliefs.


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I've done years of therapy and body work.. .and Mary's study of energy seems to take all that and Grounds it into the deepest and highest place for me. To honor the inner child and give her that FULL attention, compassion, loving ear...and have Mary be a Loving guide to parent her in a more Loving Light is unbelievable. She is truly GIFTED beyond words in her healing work and I am beyond GRATEFUL. ~Madison Christine MFT Santa Fe

Mary was right there holding the sacred space in a way I have never experienced with any other healer. My heart opened immediately and I felt safe to drop into the difficult places. Her presence alone is healing, and I wanted to cry out of joy just for finally feeling safe enough to let my heart speak. Andi Starr Singer, Songwriter, Musician

Before meeting Mary, I walked down many avenues of healing trying to find something that worked. Traditional therapy, body work, EMDR, Yoga, Pranic healing, psychic readings, angel cards, and of course books like the Law of Attraction, The Mastery of Love, and other books with messages about how to heal and live a full life. The problem was, I still felt miserable most of the time.Mary's work has taken me to the source of these triggers Thank You Mary! Your gift has changed my life. Suzanne Elizabeth Artist

Mary Elizabeth is by far the most enlightened and gifted healer I have ever met. I have worked with many different healers throughout my journey here, but Mary is in a league of her own. She works effortlessly between the worlds to help us heal our core issues. She works with the most compassion and loving light that I have ever seen or felt. She has got to be an angel sent from heaven to heal all that come into contact with her. She leads, guides, and nurtures you while helping you to find and reconnect to your true essence. Pat LMT, Reiki Master

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