Your problems are your agents of growth.

by | August 21, 2022

Your problems are your agents of growth.
The psyche has two main interacting parts.

One, is our primary identity. It speaks in “I” statements. “I’m so-and-so, this is what I want, like, dislike, think, feel, believe, etc..

I call this our “First Mind” because it’s the first thing that comes into our awareness.

The other, contains all that strives to expand our identity, increase its scope, heal, and liberate it.

It does this by disturbing our First Mind with problems, errors, accidents, etc., as well as lucky fate and uplifting events.

I call this our “Second Mind” because it only comes into our awareness secondarily. We don’t intend it, it happens TO us.

Within these autonomous, positive or negative experiences lies our growth process.

For example, our First Mind might think, “I want to feel happy and successful” but our Second Mind ruins this by making us feel like a depressed failure.

It does so in an attempt to shake up our First Mind (including our concept of happiness and success) in order to expand it.

Connecting with this growth process not only heals our depression but broadens our entire sense of self, as well.

So, how do we become aware of our Second Mind?

A simple beginning:

Close your eyes, take 3 deep breaths, and come into the present moment.

Feel into your problem. Go right to the core of it; feel every detail.

Then make a picture in your mind of the agent of your issue.

For example, if you’re anxious you might see a tornado. If you’re depressed you might see a dark cloud.

There’s no right image—just whatever accurately portrays your feeling.

Then imagine Being the image. Be the tornado, the dark cloud, etc..

Inhabit and personify it. Bring it to life as a living force or character.

Don’t be YOU suffering its effects; Be IT—the force. IT isn’t suffering. IT has creative power. IT has a message for you!

Forget your problem and its injurious elements, and allow your experience of the image to unfold and take on a life of its own.

Let it speak through you as a wise messenger.

Look back at yourself, and tell your First Mind how you want it to change?

Keep returning to this process and you’ll eventually connect with the message in your troubles.

Dr. Zwig
©2023 Dr. Adam Zwig

Meet Dr. Adam Zwig—psychologist, musician, podcaster, author, and educator. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology, has had 9 Top Ten hit singles on the U.S Adult Contemporary charts, and is an internationally renowned workshop leader and lecturer. He has been featured on Billboard, SiriusXM Radio, CBS Radio, and many other stations, and in People Magazine, SPIN, Pollstar, and many other publications. Dr. Zwig has released 7 albums, and his music can be heard on National TV, including NBC, Fox, and Fuel TV. He has more than 160 million views on YouTube, over half a million social media followers, and has scored in the top 10% of rock artists streamed on Spotify in 2022. His forthcoming book, Your Problem Is Your Teacher, shows how life problems are not pathological but rather personal growth processes trying to happen. His podcast, The Dr. Zwig Show, posts new episodes every Wednesday.

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