The Forest of Fear: A New Way to Relate to Transformation

Dr. Ava Pommerenk
An Idea (by Ingenious Piece)
8 min readNov 22, 2021

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Disclaimer: The process of growth and transformation looks different for every single person. We all come from multiple, overlaying contexts that create traumas, beliefs, limits, and ways of engaging with the world, that are unique to each individual! Please read this article as a suggestion for a new way to observe your process. If it is not helpful, so be it! I hope you find something else that feels more relevant. If it is helpful, I am happy to have helped you along in your process. But, please realize I am not at all blaming or criticizing anyone for the ways they are challenged growing- as I myself struggle with this every day, and I recognize some of us carry many more layers of challenge, than others.

What is The Forest of Fear?

Often in the process of growth and transformation, there is a step we all resent needing to go through. This step is not talked about in many Western cultures, around the world. I like to call this step, The Forest of Fear.

I have named this step as such, because it falls in line with John Heywood’s idiom created in 1546: “Can’t see the forest for the trees.”

In this experience, we are are so caught in realizing, observing, and feeling the fear that occupies us in…

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Dr. Ava Pommerenk
An Idea (by Ingenious Piece)

Coach. Psychologist. Writing about new perspectives, love, relationships, Narcissism, healing, transformation, & culture. www.avapommerenkphd.com