Step into Your Shadow: Month One The goal of doing shadow work is to integrate the shadow self in order to find balance and become whole again. Shadow work and Self love are two of the most integral parts of a magical practice and ones that are often overlooked whether you fall into the spectrum of the “love and light” crowd or practice dark magick. I have personally found, even after decades of therapy and mental health treatments, that the most effective shadow work and integration came from doing 12 Step Work. While 12 Step Work tends to be directed towards the shadow of addiction whether it be alcohol, drugs, sex, love, food, gambling, etc. My goal is to take the framework of the 12 step work questions, removing the specificities to addiction to make it a more general way of providing journal prompts for doing your own shadow work.