“Too many of us move through our lives with our true selves
buried below layers of repressed emotion. With so much
energy channeled toward sustaining the repression,
there is little left over for the deeper questions.
The consequences of our evasion are profound.
Our stockpiles toxify into a cache of weapons
that turn inward against the self:
quick fix, long suffering.
As Rumi said, “Most people guard against the fire,
and so end up in it.”
This is the power of then. If we don’t deal with our stuff,
it deals with us.”
― Jeff Brown, Soulshaping: A Journey Of Self Creation