The Allegory of Good Friday
Today is Good Friday, for Christians this is one of the most important days of the year. It is the day that commemorates the death of Jesus. Now, I do not want to debate the religiosity of the Good Friday story. This is not an appropriate place for that. I would however, like to look at the Good Friday story as an allegory for therapy.
For many people looking to change their lives and behaviours, there is an erroneous belief that this is possible whilst keeping things intact. The reality is that more often than not, the behaviour or issue needs to metaphorically die before change can actually occur.
This is a parallel with the Good Friday story in that if Jesus did not die, he would not be able to rise from the dead which was necessary to fulfil his prophetical role. Now, like I said, I am neither agreeing with nor disagreeing with the Easter story, but rather just bringing the notion that there are parallels to how therapy and change occurs using the Easter story as an allegory. For change to happen, often something radical must precede it and there is little more radical than death in this regard. So remember, for change to occur sometimes something in your life will have to go, but once it does transformation can and often will follow.