The first time I learned the term creative suffering was in reading Iulia de Beausobre's Creative Suffering*. In her first book The Woman Who Could Not Die she recounts the facts of what happened to her and others at the Lubyanka Prison in Moscow during the abdication of Nicholas the Second and of the Bolshevik Revolution.
In Creative Suffering, a talk she was asked to give to theology students in England, she is describing something else that many cannot understand. I use the term to describe a psycho-spiritual process involving ever-deepening phases of acceptance, discernment, and faith in what C.G. Jung called the greater wisdom.
My fascination with this greater wisdom that some call god emerged during childhood experiences of collective chaos, poverty and trauma. After decades of study and work in depth psychology, I now guide others in bending the egoic will in service to this greater wisdom in order to transform personal fate into destiny.
I no longer practice medical model psychotherapy. There is a place for it and many benefit from spending time with a trauma informed therapist or analyst.
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Since 9/11, I've worked internationally using various meeting platforms. I currently use Zoom.
* de Beausobre, Iulia. The Woman Who Could Not Die (Chatto and Windus, 1938).
* de Beausobre, Iulia. Creative Suffering (Fairacres Publications Book 88) . SLG Press.
Why Creative Suffering?