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If you are new to The Dragon of Personal Drama website, you might be wondering what is a dragon of personal drama. The dragon of personal drama is actually a personal story that unfolded over the course of many years, eventually leading to an unexpected exploration into the nature of my own personal reality, best described as an odyssey of self-discovery. Even more surprising were the events that followed afterwards that led to writing and publishing a book, then creating this website to help others explore the nature of their own personal reality, which truly is an odyssey of self-discovery.
The story unfolds...
The story of the dragon of personal drama began many years ago, when in the midst of a great deal of personal drama in my life I saw an image of a dragon towering over the path of my life. Although the dragon was only an archetypal image impressed in my mind's eye, its presence felt very real to me. This drama-wreaking dragon not only seemed to delight in my very dysfunctional life, it was the cause of the dysfunctions that wrecked my relationships, shattered most of my dreams and did not hesitate to block the achievement of my goals.
After years of doing battle with the dragon, I was mentally exhausted, emotionally drained, physically wore out and spiritually depleted. With my well-being at stake, I had to identify who or what this dragon was in order to understand why it had been wreaking so much havoc in my life and free myself from its ongoing personal dramas. So I set out on a quest to find the answers that would explain the entangled dysfunctions and dramas in my life that the dragon was all to happy to keep doling out at my expense.
The process of identifying and freeing myself from the firm grip of this drama-wreaking dragon began from the moment I embarked on a seemingly uncharted journey of self-discovery. The exploration into the nature of my own personal reality was an odyssey of unexpected discoveries where I learned things I hadn't ever heard of before and made some very startling discoveries about myself. Along the way, I gained a far more in-depth understanding about the nature of my personal reality, which I discovered wasn't quite so mysterious after all nor was it so difficult to unravel once I gained access to all the right information. More importantly is that I was finally able to identify the dragon that was responsible for wreaking so much personal havoc in my life and was able to free myself from its havoc-wreaking grip.
The journey of self-discovery led me straight into metaphysics, specifically the science of mind, a course of study that began with the words, "Welcome to the World of Practical Mysticism." Talk about being a fish out of water. I hadn't even heard of metaphysics much less know what practical mysticism was. This was to be an all new adventure. However, the path did not stop there, it led me to other equally unfamiliar fields of inquiry where I encountered quantum physics and discovered that I had a strong affinity for it, even its mind-boggling math. From there I traveled into eastern philosophy and psychology; explored the ancient wisdom (Wisdom Religion), and was even reacquainted with other fields of inquiry I was actually familiar with like psychology and western philosophy.
As I continued along the path of self-discovery, the exploration into many fields of inquiry made it possible for me to understand the nature of my own personal reality. Along the way, I connected the karmic dots of many causes and effects, discovered missing puzzle pieces that told the story of my life at that time and was able to make sense of all the drama I had experienced over the years. Since then, I have gone on to investigate many other fields of inquiry and courses of study that continue to broaden my horizons, expanding my scope of knowledge, wisdom and insight (see the My Bookshelf page).
When I first embarked on this path, I did not know that my quest to identify the drama-wreaking dragon would result in such an extensive journey of self-discovery. I did not know that the knowledge I gained from the experience would finally answer questions that had long been left unanswered, that it would put so many important things in perspective or that it would resolve personal issues that for years were left unresolved. Even more surprising was that I accomplished goals I did not know were there to be accomplished in fields of study I had not even heard of before that would actually change the course of my life.
About the book...
Realizing this was not something I should be keeping to myself, it came as no surprise that I was inspired to write a book, aptly titled, The Dragon of Personal Drama. The book is an autobiography in brief, it is an account of some of my personal experiences and the lessons I learned during that phase of my journey of self-discovery that was every bit an odyssey of surprising discoveries.
Although the book is just shy of 100 pages, the process of writing and publishing a book is no less a fearful but exciting undertaking; a journey that begins with an inspired idea giving way to a vision that eventually becomes a completed project. Not only is it a goal achieved, it is a bridge crossed over a gulf of uncertainties, insecurities, fear of failure and ultimately fear of exposure. But as is the case with many authors, there is the tendency to be our own worst critic, even to the extent of not finishing the project. In spite of my own fears and self-criticism, I pressed on and finished the project just as I was led. However, as I soon discovered, the self-critiquing does not end there. No sooner than the book is published, we straightaway see where we would write the entire book or parts of the book differently especially after the passage of time. As writing a book is a learning experience all unto its own, my writing and publishing experience was no different.
As it turns out, the manuscript I wrote and submitted to the publisher is not the same manuscript I would have written shortly afterwards nor is it anything like the one I would write today given the wealth of information, knowledge, wisdom and insight I have since acquired and the experiences that followed. Even if I were to rewrite the first edition, I would still be inclined to want to rewrite the second edition and probably even write a third in order to keep up with the ongoing changes in my life or perhaps just write a whole new book which I actually intended to do. Realizing that life itself is a never-ending journey of self-discovery, the real manuscript is never a finished project, it is an ongoing work in progress accomplished in stages.
About the website...
The next successive stage of the book was to create the website which is really the equivalent of the second, third, fourth, fifth and potential ongoing editions of the book. Thus, the website serves as an extension of the book, containing many parts in an effort to reach out to anyone who has or is blazing similar trails and is in need of many of the same answers I was seeking at the time, and still seek today, as different circumstances require different answers.
Creating the website took time, patience and quite a few edits, but as is the case with any artistic endeavor, there comes a time when we have to consider the job done otherwise our creation cannot bear any fruit. So as of November 19, 2010 the Dragon of Drama website, (its original name) went public worldwide. Since its inception, the website experiences periodic changes necessary to remain focused on its sole purpose, to explore the nature of personal reality from many different aspects of self-discovery. The creation of this website was indeed a labor of love and has more than proven to be a most worthy endeavor. I am pleased to say that the website has been visited by people from all around the world, and that the pages most visited are the Lessons and the Archive page, a testament to the website truly serving its objective.
Special Thanks ~
I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to introduce you to the Dragon of Personal Drama website. It is my hope that you will stay and visit all the pages. If I may be of any further service, please feel free to contact me (see the Contact Me page or simply contact me at the address below.
Dr. Linda Labertew, Mpsy.D.
The introduction to the website continues on the About Me page...