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The Philosophy of Painful Transcendence : Making Pain Your Greatest Teacher

"I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, and torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage."...

The Upside of the Downside: Excavating the Good from the Bad

"Be confused, it's where you begin to learn new things. Be broken, it's where you begin to heal. Be frustrated, it's where you start...

Harnessing Chaos in a Risk-averse World

"Chaos, leave me never. Keep me wild and keep me free so that my brokenness will be the only beauty the world will see."...

Embracing Vicissitude: On Greater and Lesser Pains

"We don't so much solve our problems as we outgrow them. We add capacities and experiences that eventually make us bigger than the problems."...

Honoring Sacred Wounds: Transforming Demons into Diamonds

"These mountains that you’re carrying, you were only supposed to climb." ~ Najwa Zebian Just as the grain within the oyster can be transformed into...

8 Tips to Recover from Emotional Pain

“As long as you are unable to access the power of the Now, every emotional pain that you experience leaves behind a residue of...

Connecting with Pain: The Shaman as the Wounded Healer

"The analyst must go on learning endlessly...it is his own hurt that gives the measure of his power to heal." ~ Carl Jung The shaman...

Four Steps Toward Surviving a Dark Night of the Soul

In Seven Signs You May Be Experiencing a Dark Night of the Soul, we went into how we might know if we’re in the...

Existential Masochism: The Power of Transforming Pain into Wisdom

“The cure for pain is in the pain.” ~ Rumi Most of us cringe at the idea of masochism. Pleasure in pain? Seriously?! What could...

Why We Keep Making Decisions We Know Are Bad For Us

"Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace is transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully...

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