Defense Mechanisms

From the moment we are born, we immediately begin the process of trying to make sense of our new environment and its seemingly paradoxical nature.

As we begin to journey through life, we build defense mechanisms that hold us back from experiencing our joy—and our pain—in their totality. We disconnect from ourselves and no longer embrace our emotions as part of our naturalness. Our potential becomes a distant dream, and we cope with our experiences by becoming a by-product of our culture, organized religion, image makers and our social peer groups. Our body learns to hold both pleasure and pain tightly under wraps, which eventually leads to imploding within or destructive outward explosions. Years of pain, addictions, depression, fears, resentments, suppressed anger, sexual repression and limited ecstatic expression of self is apparent in the fragmented state of our society today.

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