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#147170 - 03/26/07 11:42 PM from "I Don't Want To Talk About It"
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By Terrence Real.

The follwing is the closing of chapter eight.

Quote:
In the poem "Healing", D.H. Lawrence writes:

I am not a mechanism, an assembly of various sections.
And it is not because the mechanism is working wrongly, that I am ill.
I am ill because of wounds to the soul, to the deep emotional self
and the wounds to the soul take a long, long time, only time can help
and patience, and a certain difficult repentance,
long, difficult repentance, realization of life's mistake, and the freeing oneself
from the endless repetitions of the mistake
which mankind has chosen to sanctify.

Recovery from depression requires, in Lawrence's words, "a certain difficult repentance." The root of the term repentance is to return. Repentance, and its companion word, sin, were originally associated to archery. To "sin" meant to miss the mark, and "repentance" meant to return to it. "Recovery" seems a platry word for the mark depressed men set their sights on, their point of return. A man who is willing to drop down as far and work as hard as young Billy did is after bigger game than relief from an illness. A man willing to permanently alter the terms of his internal dialogue -to transmute the dynamic of the wounded boy and harsh boy, feminine and masculine, shame and grandiosity, inside himself- seeks nothing less than a transformation in the way that he lives, the values that he lives by. Such a journey goes beyond recovery. It is alchemy. It is a quest.


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"I am not a mechanism, an assembly of various sections.
And it is not because the mechanism is working wrongly, that I am ill.
I am ill because of wounds to the soul, to the deep emotional self...."
Healing D.H. Lawrence

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#147212 - 03/27/07 10:06 AM Re: from "I Don't Want To Talk About It" [Re: tartugas]
pietie Offline
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"long, difficult repentance, realization of life's mistake, and the freeing oneself"

What stands out to me is the part about Freeing Oneself.Nobody else will you have to do it yourself.

Thanks for sharing.

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Not Perfect, just forgiven

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