Dialectical Dealings: Problems That Are Solutions
Are failure and success two sides of the same coin? If so, what do we call that coin? Many philosophers call it the dialectic: the notion that opposites are intertwined and overcome one another in a sacred dance that’s difficult to spot; however, once spotted, one sees it everywhere one looks. It’s said that opposites attract but there’s clearly more to it than that. The theme of this issue is “Dialectical Dealings: Problems That Are Solutions” and our goal is to help readers reconceptualize their baggage.
In his article our editor Benjamin Eisenstein explores the ways in which people are self-destructive and how this tends to be unconsciously gratifying. There is only one type of person who does not take pleasure in sado-masochism but even they can be helped.
Heather Prince’s article discusses ancestral cords, specifically inherited shadows: problems embedded within one’s energetic DNA. It’s up to us to heal ourselves of ancestral issues in order to liberate future generations.
Lance Thompson believes that making peace with one’s problems comes to down to perspective. Oftentimes the issues one identifies as problematic are actually coping mechanisms. Even less useful symptoms can be seen as disguised solutions.
Brittany Bass looks at ostensibly bad situations optimistically. It’s usually very difficult but every possible problem can be viewed as a lesson and utilized as an opportunity to create something positive. Life moves on, with or without your complicity.
For a long time Sarah Wheeler had what many women dream of: no menstrual cycles. It was good while it lasted but maybe not as good as it could have been. What if natural cycling provides a sacred process of attunement if one has the right attitude?
Sheri Sayar’s experiences as a healer and daughter led her to conclude that the more strained our relationships may be, the more we should seek reconciliation. If this is true then if might be the case that suffering provides healing coordinates.
Juliet Ramos was in a dark place at one point in time. She survived thankfully, which is great because she went on to create many happy memories and has been there for those who needed her. Looking back, hitting bottom is what allowed her to heal.
According to Nina Welch, problems can often catalyze new desires that are more aligned with the soul’s true purposes. She also believes that our bodies communicate with us, when changes are needed, through physical symptoms.
Kathleen Nitting avoided a much-needed surgery until she gave herself permission to turn to Western medicine, which saved the day. However, if she hadn’t thoroughly explored alternatives beforehand she might not have become a healer.