Thursday, February 17, 2011

Reading for Achieve1dream

Achieve1dream's Question:  What should I do about my anxiety?

Card Pulled:  Out of Body (Transcendence, Dissociation, Surviving or Thriving?)

From Linda Kohanov's Way of the Horse:

"THE GIFT:  The ability to transcend normal awareness allows you to integrate paradox and to access innovative states of mind."

"THE CHALLENGE:  Sometimes dissociating from sensation and emotion is more about surviving than thriving.  Habitually 'floating above' uncomfortable situations can lead to disempowerment."

"THE JOURNEY:  We all dissociate to a certain extent, like when we're driving across town in heavy traffic and suddenly find ourselves at work with little memory of how we got there..."

The rest of the chapter gives some really interesting insights into how both humans and horses use dissociation to protect themselves.  The message is that dissociation from stress can be a gift, but don't take it so far that you lose your self.

1 comment:

achieve1dream said...

Thanks for the reading! I don't know how to dissociate. Maybe it would be a handy coping tool to learn. :) Thanks for taking the time to do these reading and to help all of us out.