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The Power of Befriending the Exile Within

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Exiles in the Psyche
I had a dream that there was someone else living in my apartment when I wasn’t there.  A friend turned to me and said, “Hey, did you know there is another woman living here with you?”  I shook my head.  If it was true, how was it that I had never encountered her? Gazing around my messy apartment, I realized it explained a lot.
When we are young, we all learn how to exile parts of ourselves. Life demands things of us before we are ready, before we know how to show up to them.  So, we show up the best we can. We improvise.  Spontaneously and instinctually we adapt, and because of this, we survive.  It’s brilliant really, a testament to the…