Hopelessness—it hits most of us, one time or another. Sometimes I feel like most of my clients are trying to convince me that some part of their lives is hopeless. They have all kinds of reasons that they can't have the relationship, the career, the health, the money or the peace that they want. At the same time, a part of them desperately wants to know that it is actually not hopeless after all. It's like a clash of the two movies "Reality Bites" and "Field of Dreams". One part of them is despondent and depressed, and the other part is hoping beyond [...]
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I love this poem from Rilke: "Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love." I think about it a lot when I am working with my clients. So often we have strong feelings of pain, jealousy, disgust or rage that seem like awful feelings. In a way, those feelings are dragons. They seem gnarly and evil, snarling at us to pay attention to them. They also feel out of control and like [...]
Believe that with your feelings and your work you are taking part in the greatest; the more strongly you cultivate this belief, the more will reality and the world go forth from it. Rainer Maria Rilke