Cognition & Reality

Friday, 22 October 2010

Figuring It Out

Filed under: Basic Goodness,Psychotherapy — drtone @ 4:32 pm

I suppose that it has been coming to me for a long time, but it dawned on me a couple of daze ago that I’m always trying to figure out the problem of ME. I have maintained a naive faith that, even as I understood that life cannot be lived from the intellect, I could position my mind in such a way as to answer every question all at once. Where I recognize that the mind won’t work, I nevertheless try to smuggle it in.

On Tuesday, my psychotherapist, Michael Sieck, said to me, with great impact, “Tony, you can’t figure this out. You can’t do this with your mind,” or words to that effect I can’t quite remember. From that moment for many hours, I lived in the sadness from which all my posturing is intended to protect me. It was a great release, as well as a great relief to know that I can’t do anything about it. Now I’m trying to recapture that experience with my mind.


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