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You Should... It Takes Courage

When you decide to enter into therapy the most important thing to remember is you are courageous.

Courage is the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. It doesn’t have to be all pain. It can bring triumph too. Spirit is courage or bravery, especially in battle with oneself. Physical courage is daring in the face of physical pain, hardship, even death, or threat of death; while moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, discouragement, or personal loss. [Insert] therapy of any kind, classical therapy, dream therapy, psychedelic therapy, therapy period is a beautiful and challenging way to heal.

I would like to specifically address the fact that courage can come in many different facets. Here are six ways that you can look at yourself and honor yourself in the way you face your everyday life.

So no matter what you are doing; be it scary as trying a new food, traveling to a foreign country, or going on your first psychedelic trip – it takes fucking courage and that I humbly bow to you for showing up with this feeling within you.

Ways courage can be expressed.

· Physical Courage – To keep going with resiliency, balance and awareness. When you put your body on the line be it skydiving, any athletic event or any expression of therapy you are expressing physical courage.

· Social Courage – To be yourself with true authenticity. In this age of social media… Fuck… Be yourself, not the follower. Wave your flag and be proud of it. Everyday above all else stay away from comparing to the world. It only hurts you.

· Moral Courage – Doing the right thing even when it is uncomfortable and unpopular. Stand in your faith, trust in your intuition and be kind not only to others but also most importantly to yourself.

· Emotional Courage – Feeling all your emotions (positive or negative) without guilt, shame or attachment. It’s not about repressing your feelings it’s about expressing your feelings. With compassion to yourself and patience with the process don’t shy away from exploring the entire spectrum or your emotional intelligence. And yes… Fuck is right between pain and elation.

· Intellectual Courage – I am a firm believer in books, “The Institution” of academia and yet I am irreverent in thought and moved by the need to challenge one to “unlearn” all that we have been told. I often wonder if anyone considers what we are teaching our children will probably is so out dated by the time they are… doing said thing… Who am I to say? I know nothing.

· Spiritual Courage – In a day when talking about spirituality or religion can bring on the pitchforks and torches, please stand in your spiritual power. The latest trend to ignore spirit and religion for that matter makes me so sad. Dive into your faith. Ask the tough questions and then sit with the thoughts that come up. Who am I? What the fuck am I doing here? What is going to happen next? And can I surrender to it all? These are some of my favorite psychedelic Sunday contemplation.

Where does your courage stand?

Dr. Ryan Westrum is the author of The Psychedelics Integration Handbook and creator of the podcast The Psychedelic Psychologist. He is attempting to integrate his life with courage by holding space, supporting and witnessing his clients, finding peace in the therapeutic process all the while trusting the process in raising a seventeen year-old going on thirty, learning Spanish from a seven year old, and always relearning the ABC's with his one year old; and of course never forgetting to question reality or taking a moment to simply get lost in his own thoughts.Please, never hesitate to email or make an old school phone call to ask about his services.

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