Earth’s crammed with Heaven,
and every common bush afire with God;
but only [they] who see take off [their] shoes.
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning

What makes us human is not so much our capacity to use reason, though that is a perk. Rather it is our capacity to create. We imagine. We make. We re-imagine. We re-create. We construct. We deconstruct. We re-construct. Imagine a world without story-telling. We create narratives to hold us, to give us meaning, to help us get rooted into something deeper. 

Some of us are actually called to help others connect to the deeper unseen energies and realities. While everyone feels these, not everyone is equipped to name them, put form to them, and offer them to others who then find their meaning. And that ultimately transforms another person, a community, and a nation. Often, this calling can come at a price. To experience these energies can feel overwhelming. "The world is not enough," you might say, when the burden is too great. Because of fielding these archetypal energies, often creatives struggle with depression and anxiety. It's the psyche's way of regulating the intensity. Psychotherapy can help increase resilience to safe-guard your vulnerabilities and help doing the job you were born to do. 


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— Lady Gaga
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