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JSST. 2023;14(1): 137-167.         doi: https://doi.org/10.12964/jsst.23004
Stone: The Stone Abandoned by the Builder Becomes the Cornerstone - The Self-appearance of the Stone Reborn as a Diamond -
Sunhee Gug
Korea Counseling Center: Professional
돌: 건축자의 버린 돌이 머릿돌이 되다. - 금강석으로 재탄생된 돌의 자기(self)의 모습 -
한국카운셀링센터 전문상담사
Corresponding Author: Sunhee Gug ,Email: gsh707@naver.com
Received: January 31, 2023; Revised: March 17, 2023   Accepted: April 22, 2023.  Published online: April 30, 2023.
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When intact, rocks can represent harmony and unity with oneself, but if shattered, they can symbolize death, extinction, and psychological weakness. Yet, the pain that a rock endures to be transformed holds numerous possibilities for change. Through perseverance over time, being eroded by wind and water, and tempered by high pressure and heat, the transformed rock becomes a pearl or diamond that embodies a sublime and exquisite beauty. This transformation can represent the ultimate integration of consciousness and unconsciousness. The existence of a rock that just rolls around on the street can symbolize trauma in our lives. Similarly, the stones shown in a client's box can represent more profound meanings, such as overcoming inferiority and finding confidence, or the beauty and struggles of motherhood. These symbols can serve as a reminder that the process of overcoming inner wounds can be painful and difficult. However, by facing our traumas and persevering through the journey, we can discover our true selves, transforming our pain into a source of growth and strength.
Keywords: rocks | trauma | pain | transformation | growth
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