“Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson*
To overcome the fear of exploring the depths of the unknown. To come to know and accept oneself, and in the process to live one’s life to the fullest. To understand the past in order to move beyond it – this is a purpose of therapy.
To take that self, fragile as it may be, out into the world. To experience oneself in relation. To give oneself fully and freely to others – to another – to be and share oneself in connection – this is a purpose of living.
*with thanks to AEB
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