Facing Existential Fears
Posted 16 August 2011 - 03:45 AM
Posted 16 August 2011 - 04:33 AM
I just think a real step that can be taken towards overcoming DP is facing all of your existential fears. I use to think this was impossible, as I use to conceive of them as truly insurmountable. They're too scary right?
exactly. even when you really decide like "im gon face all my fears dont matter what", when those terrible existential fears creep into your mind, there's always a moment when you really feel like if you go even more one step towards them, you either die or go totally insane.
"On the other side of your greatest fears lives your greatest life." - Robin Sharma
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Posted 22 January 2012 - 03:46 AM
Experiencing this . Nobody understands
Posted 22 January 2012 - 12:13 PM
I can absolutely assure you that this will pass. Not as a doctor or as a guru, but just as someone who has been through the exact same thing. For a long period during DP - the existential thoughts I had simply terrified me. I just felt lost. However, I will say that the longer you confront these thoughts the less they will concern you. I know this may seem like a played out answer. But, really understand what you are afraid of. Look the dragon in the eyes. I know this may be hard with concepts like infinity or death. But realise that they are just a concepts, ideas in our heads that we have attached meaning to.
My sense is these thoughts are like grieving - you said you were crying - I cried a lot in the thick of my existential DP thoughts as well. But the grieving is a process and it will most likely pass. I found myself very angry as I slowly emerged from sadness. I hope I have been helpful. let me know how you're doing katiej.
Posted 22 January 2012 - 03:20 PM
thanks for replying
Posted 22 January 2012 - 04:17 PM
Posted 22 January 2012 - 04:37 PM
Posted 23 January 2012 - 04:01 AM
Posted 23 January 2012 - 11:05 PM
yes, it is rough. I went through it. I think we sometimes turn to thoughts of death, when we are not sufficiently engaged in life.
Did anyone else feel like there's no point to anything like it's all too scarey and theres no way out of this way of thinking ? Just need some reassurence again really having it rough
But I think life is like a pocket full of money. The joy is in the shopping and choosing and spending. If you do it wisely, you run out of
money but have no regrets. I have to assume that you will feel completely different about death, once you are on your way to a life well lived.
Towards the end of your natural life, you will have very little concern about death. You will be more concerned about the lives of those being left behind. If you were to volunteer at a hospital, hospice or other institution, you would gain valuable experience about this part of life. Visit the sick, bury the dead, etc. Corporal works of mercy.
Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:47 AM
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