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Crisis and Transcendence: When the Worst that can Happen Becomes the Path to Growth. Dr. Linda Chamberlain Pasco-Hernando Community College New Port Richey, Florida [email protected]

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Crisis and Transcendence: When the Worst that can Happen Becomes the Path to Growth

Dr. Linda Chamberlain

Pasco-Hernando Community College

New Port Richey, Florida

[email protected]


The Nature of Crisis“You can only go halfway into the darkest forest, then you are coming out the other side” – Chinese Proverb

  • Crisis are

    • painful, difficult, and threatening situations

    • unexpected, unpredictable and unwanted experiences

    • unavoidable events and circumstances

    • emotionally, psychologically and physically challenging

    • opportunities for transformation


“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth” – Pema Chodron

  • Fear is a universal experience when faced with crisis

  • Fear provides us with the energy needed to travel through the crisis

  • Fear that is faced diminishes; fear that is avoided strengthens

  • All decisions are choices between love and fear

  • “Openness doesn’t come from resisting our fears, but from getting to know them well” -P. Chodron (2001)


Transformation

  • Adversity leads to diversity; diversity leads to choice; choice leads to freedom

  • Crisis affords the opportunity to be victim or victor

  • It is no longer possible to be who one was; it is only possible to become who one must be - “How can I be myself when I can’t do the things that maintain my image of myself?” –Rosenbaum, 1998


The Paths of Transcendence

  • The Path of Understanding

    • You can’t learn less

  • The Path of Action

    • Sometimes you hear the truck coming

  • The Path of Acceptance

    • Don’t just do something, sit there


For Therapists

  • See the client as they can be

  • Look for resources and strengths that can be useful in transformation

  • Normalize the fear, pain, sadness and sense of loss

  • Support discovery, risk-taking, curiosity, and newly emergent patterns that promote well-being and growth

  • “Look for the pony”


References

  • Chodron, P. (2000). The places that scare you: A guide to fearlessness in difficult times. Boston,MA: Shambala.

  • Chodron, P. (1997). When things fall apart: Heart advice for difficult times. Boston, MA: Shambala.

  • Epstein, M. (2005). Open to desire: Embracing a lust for life. New York, NY: Gotham Books.

  • Rosenbaum, R. (1998). Zen and the heart of psychotherapy. Philadelphia, PA: Burnner/Mazel.


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