Here's something I don't think I've ever seen anyone say in reference to talking about shadow work. Don't forget to come back up for air and see the light. Sometimes shadow work isn't pretty, or kind, or even legal. Sometimes healing wounds gets a lot messier before it gets better. That's okay.
But don't forget the light.
I recently found myself in a bit of a hole. Exploring the deepest and darkest desires and parts of the self, and granting a few, lines get blurred in your head sometimes. Confusion and anger took over. "Why shouldn't I?" was a question I asked myself often and more and more frequently responded with "I should, because I can." Without looking around me and asking if it served a purpose or whether or not I could hurt others or even myself.
"An ye harm none" includes you, my friend! Self sabotage isn't for your greater good and often hurts the people closest to you to witness.
There may be paths you have to walk alone. I know there are parts of me that I would't share with anyone, but that doesn't mean it has to be lonely. You don't have to let yourself be consumed by the dark.
Take a break. Experience joy.
Shadow Work: A Caution