Soon you will rise like a phoenix

One of the most dangerous myths we have inherited from our superficial culture is that

healing is always supposed to ‘feel good’.

No. Sometimes our discomfort actually intensifies as darkness emerges into light, as

unconscious material makes its way into present awareness, as our old illusions burn up

into a fever of healing.

Perhaps our discomfort is not wrong, a mistake or a sign that we have lost our healing

path. Remember, the presence of pain today may actually indicate that our healing

process is intensifying, not stalling; that we are actually more awake and sensitive than

ever now, less numb, less willing to turn away, more in touch with our sacred


There is such a tendency in our culture to avoid discomfort of any kind, distract ourselves

from it, label it as ‘wrong’ or ‘negative’ or even unspiritual; meditate or medicate it

away. Much of our Western medicine is geared towards the removal of symptoms, the

silencing of disruption, the numbing of chaos and the journey towards some socially

acceptable ‘normality’.

But sometimes, friends, we no longer have any interest in ‘returning to normal’! The

‘normal’ was the problem, not the solution. The status quo needed to shift. It was

unstable and false. Our old conception of reality was keeping us trapped and we needed

to break free! Sometimes a deadening and soul-destroying ‘normality’ needs to shatter

into chaos and crisis; our pain and sorrow, frustration, exhaustion, fear and doubts need

to be felt more fully than ever before, and the heart needs to break open more completely.

So let the winds blow, let the tempests rage, let all that is false be purified, let all that is

dead remain dead, let life explode where you are! You are only being invited now to a

deeper healing, friend, even though it feels like you’re getting ‘worse’, even though the

heart is tender and raw, even though you cannot yet feel your tomorrows!


Soon you will rise like a phoenix

Jeff Foster

Be who you are. Always!

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