Support others with your presence

“The purpose of therapy is not to remove suffering
but TO MOVE THROUGH IT to an enlarged consciousness that can sustain
the polarity of painful opposites.”

— James Hollis

How do we support others who are suffering?

When we understand how soul works through us, we
begin to see how pain generates the impulse to change. We see that our
aim in supporting someone is NOT to get rid of their pain and
suffering. Instead, we want to assist them to understand what the pain
is trying to teach them — to find meaning in their distress.

Often, all we need do is be fully present to
them. It also helps to be present to our own experience and genuine in
our feelings. Living our own truth helps create the space for the other
person to live theirs.

“The first duty of love is to listen.”

— Paul Tillich


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