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THE PSYCHOLOGICAL JOURNEY

As adults, we deny our feelings about our death as we did as children. But if we seek to be "alive" rather than "happy", by feeling all our feelings, we find we can not only stand death-pain but transform it into love for life.

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1. Challenging Defenses
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True aliveness requires challenging our childhood defenses against feeling pain about our eventual death.
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2. Increased Energy:
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Facing death can release vast stores of energy previously used to repress our death-pain..
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3. Heightened Feeling

We cannot repress our pain without
reducing our joy. Facing death can create a new life of rich and intense feeling.
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4. Deeper Relationships
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Life-affirming death awareness brings a new poignancy to our relationships, deepening and transforming them.
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5. More Compassionate
Child-rearing

Life-affirming death awareness leads to more compassionate parenting, by reducin gour unconscious desire to live on through our children.
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6. Creativity and Wisdom
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Facing our mortality challenges conventional thinking- spurring creativity and developing wisdom.