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Ostrich buries
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  • In psychology, denialism is a person's choice to deny reality as a way to avoid a psychologically uncomfortable truth. (Wikipedia, accessed 17 May 2020)
  • Question to self: Time to ask trusted others what I may be denying?
Ostrich buries head in sand
Ostriches don't really bury their heads in the sand, but may seem to do so
  • Bach Flower Remedies: Chestnut Bud [not learning from past experience], Agrimony [cheerful mask hides emotional pain], Willow [taking responsibility for your life situation, tendency to blame others], Rock Water [overly ascetic, excessive self-denial].
  • California Flower Essences: Self-Heal [denies inner healing power], California Poppy [avoiding self through psychism or hallucinogenics], Nicotiana [denial through drugs & addictions], Black-Eyed Susan and/or Scarlet Monkeyflower [denial of deep, hidden, powerful emotions], Angelica or Star Tulip [spiritual denial].

Coming out of the trance of denial is painful. But crises offer us opportunities to rethink our lives. The best thing about despair is that it wakes us up. We can see the world more clearly and be open to new possibilities... And we can find new joy in the ordinary.
(Mary Pipher, The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture, 2013)

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