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Embrace Your Shadows, They Are Hiding Your Abundance
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If you have done any personal development work or followed a spiritual practice you will be familiar with the concept of embracing your shadows. It is our shadows which hold the deepest transformational power and not our talents.

If you learn to embrace your shadows you will open the portal to abundance. Facing your shadows, let alone embracing them is one of the most challenging things for all of us to do.

In the early years of my trading career I had the good fortune to become friends with a very wise , experienced professional trader. One day upon leaving his office in London he said to me: "The most difficult thing is being honest with yourself.

At that point I had already done some personal development work and studied energy psychology among other things. I was quick to agree with him. The concept seemed such an obvious one, or so I thought, I was one of those enlightened beings to whom self honesty was pretty much second nature.

Oh, well, the power of delusional thinking, since nothing was further from the truth. I was to find out in the coming months and years as this very successful and extremely aware trader took me under his wings and taught me invaluable lessons about myself, trading and the Buddhist teachings on the nature of our existence.

Nothing could have prepared me for the hard knocks along my trading career as I opened up to the truth of my self. I learned that the confident facade I had shown to the world was in reality covering up deep insecurities about myself and the thoughts, feelings, emotions and judgements I had learned to espouse as if they were my own.

I cannot begin to tell you how completely disconnected and scared I felt as the walls of my conditioning started to come tumbling down and I hardly recognised myself or what I had come to learn to see as my identity, crumbled bit by bit.

It took me several years to work through my shadows, since my conditioning, my delusional self image and the fear of letting go of long held beliefs threw up resistance pattern after resistance pattern.

When the break through came finally in the form of a big chandelier being switched on, I realised that I had validated my entire existence by other people's standards and their expectations of me, and I was doing that in my trading too.

I know that I am not alone and since my days of awakening I have worked with many traders and clients and it always comes down to the same old thing. We "think" we know ourselves. We think we are honest with ourselves. Everybody does, no matter where they are on the evolutionary path.

Once you learn to embrace your shadows, and I mean truly embrace your shadows, it is akin to stepping into the light after a long journey through a dark tunnel. I cannot possibly describe it any better, as everyone's path is different. You simply cannot imagine how you will recognise the darkness that locks in old belief patterns for sheer hell or high water as if your entire life depended on them once you have come out on the other side.

I know one thing though: If you can let go and be free, abundance, financial freedom, sound trading opportunities, or whatever else you are seeking will come your way as if by magic. It is a law of the universe.

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