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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

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]


Crisis and transcendence when the worst that can happen becomes the path to growth

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 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

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 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

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

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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