698. Expert Interview: Finding the Gold in the Dark Side
With over 20 years of experience facilitating deep inner work, Craig Filek developed Purpose Mapping® to bring his own life into alignment, after walking away from a 7-figure business, and from what he thought would be his ideal life. Now, he guides high-achievers around the world to realize their full potential by clarifying their purpose, aligning with their flow state, and making a meaningful contribution every day. Executives, entrepreneurs, investors and professionals around the world seek Craig’s guidance when making life-changing decisions.
Finding the Gold in the Dark Side
“The dark side is what Carl Jung would have called the Shadow. It’s everything that we hide, repress and deny about ourselves. It’s tricky and enigmatic because we don’t really talk about it. We don’t know what the shadow is because we’ve pushed it out of our mind, out of our awareness. We use half of our power just pushing that negative trait away.”
Why Is This Important?
“The idea of finding and embracing the gold in your dark side is that when we bring all of ourselves to bear, including our dark side, on the things that we want to create in our lives—the families, the communities, businesses, clients and projects we want to create—we’re able to bring all of our energy, attention and power to these projects. Then, things start to hit what we call a flow state.”
What Are the Key Lessons Learned Here?
“What we want to do is simply put our dark side on our map. You know it’s there, it hasn’t gone away. It’s just that you’re not hanging out in that part of your map right now. We’re not trying to eradicate the ego, push it down, or get rid of the shadow. Instead, we’re putting it on the map so that you can use it to navigate. The way we go is through purpose, which is the very reason you exist. That’s how you get to your essence, strength, downfall and shadow, and it’s how you get the gold out of your shadow. Connect that gold to your strength, and that is your axis of purpose.”
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