“Thus, with a kiss, I die.” The famous last words of Romeo, in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It’s widely agreed that Shakespeare created the character of Romeo (relying rather heavily on Ovid and Painter). And many actors have donned a costume, and stepped onto a stage, and delivered that line, as if they were Romeo. They’ve done their best to create the belief in the audience that Romeo stands before them, and Romeo dies. The play rolls to its conclusion, the curtain comes down. The actor who plays Romeo leaps to his feet, grasps the hands of his fellow actors
You might be inspired to help people feel better. This desire might even have become what you do for a living. And, indeed, there is a role for psychology in stabilising an unstable sense of self. There are non-dual therapists and counsellors that I’d have no qualms about recommending to anyone who was swaying from joy to despair and back again.
I received an email recently, titled, “Sitting with Our Sadness.” And it began: ”Sitting with our sadness takes the courage to believe that we can bear the pain and we will come out the other side.” Now, in many spiritual circles, there’d be a nodding of heads at this. Maybe you know what I teach well enough to expect the opposite response here? Indeed, I was shaking my head.