“For the only therapy is life. The patient must learn to live, to live with his split, his conflict, his ambivalence, which no therapy can take away, for if it could, it would take with it the actual spring of life.” ~ Otto Rank
I would rephrase this to say “Therapy is a means of embracing life--triggers and all”. One very common trapping surrounding inner-work is placing the goal as the abolition of judgments and upsets. The notion is akin to planting a flag on a mountain and telling it not to move. What therapy does provide is a strong foundation to support me during times of ‘conflict’, and an adventurous attitude that adapts and adopts resistance as a means of flight.
Diederik Wolsak is program director at Choose Again