For most us, it takes a life and death moment to truly surrender. Everyone in recovery has hit that wall in one way or another. We were sailing through the sky knowing we could never be defeated. Like Icarus we were flying through our lives, warned of complacency and hubris…we flew too close to the sun and fell into the sea, barely able to come up for air. And here we are. Will we go back out and test the heat again … or will we take a deep look at ourselves … a deeper look than ever before…a painful, maybe excruciatingly painful dive into healing and surrender?
Dr. Carl Jung said, “There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” Again, “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” The new age movement has implied that we can smile our way to emotional health, and that positivity is the only path to a quality existence. But the smile is not always joy, it is often a mask to hide the pain, the anger, the fear, and the shame that binds us into a life of repeated patterns of destruction. We must descend if we want to arise.
-Dr. Bob Beare
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