Fascination with tragedy

It’s normal for humans to have a fascination with tragedy.

It’s built into us since it has helped our ancestors – whether human or much further back – to survive. 

This fascination can take a few different forms. Most commonly, it’s a fascination with tragic news, gossip, and stories of any kind. 

We do need to know what’s happening in the world, and in our local community and those close to us. And grittiness and tragedy is part of that. But a fascination with tragedy isn’t really needed. It’s something we can explore and invite to soften or fall away. 

Another form this fascination with tragedy can take, perhaps especially for some on a spiritual path, is a glorification of tragedy or general life difficulties as fodder for healing and awakening. It is true that the grittiness and challenges of life can be and are fodder for healing, awakening, maturing, and embodiment. But we don’t need to glorify it or seek it out. 

So what do we do with this tragedy-seeking in ourselves?

The first is to be aware of it. Notice. See some of the dynamics. See how it influences our daily life. 

It’s also good to see that it’s here for a reason. It has served humanity well. Without it, we may not even have been here. It is a form of love put into us through evolution. 

And then there are more specific approaches. Here are the usual ones I currently find helpful. 

Release some of the tension created by it in my body through therapeutic tremoring (TRE). 

Inquire into it (The Work, Living Inquiries). 

Change my relationship to it through heart centered practices (ho’o, tonglen). 

Clear conditioning and wake up the issue with Vortex Healing. 

Vortex Healing is by far the most effective and powerful approach for me now. Although more powerful is a combination of them all. 

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