The Art of the Breakdown

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“I’m having a breakdown” is not a very commonly accepted thing to say in public. In self-improvement circles, you break down obstacles, not your own personality or beliefs. In business meetings, giving a breakdown is code for better understanding, not something that eliminates all understanding and places you in the midst of uncertainty and confusion.…

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To Face the Dragon Is to Seize Life Itself

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An old alchemical saying states, Opponere Draconem est prehendere Vitam. It means: “To face the Dragon is to seize life itself.” This in turn means: Walk straight into the chaos of your life, your mind, your identity — burn it to the ground, and remake yourself from the ashes like a phoenix. The Dragon Within The dragon…

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Meet Your Shadow

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What is the Shadow? The Shadow is an archetype that lives within all of us. It is the home for all the parts of ourselves we don’t want to look at or accept: our shortcomings, prejudices, or perceived negative qualities. The more we reject our shadow, generally, the larger it grows. The more we deny its…

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Embrace Rebirth

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You’ve probably heard it said: crisis brings opportunity. Not just any regular opportunity either — an opportunity for a profound rebirth. But what does that mean? And how do you do it? While you’re smack dab in the middle of a crisis, breakdown, meltdown, or time of loss by any other name, it certainly doesn’t…

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