Facing Fear - Finding Freedom with Carol Orsborn, Ph.D.

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Few qualities are more important to our health and peace of mind than resilience of spirit. Carol Orsborn was finishing a book about this very subject when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which gave her the opportunity to put into practice the very things she had been writing about. Now healthy and cancer-free, Orsborn offers her own experience together with the teachings of spiritual masters from both Eastern and Western traditions to help us all learn to rebound gracefully from the setbacks we inevitably encounter. One of the most inspiring discoveries in her darkest hours was that "the furrows pain makes in our soul allow the joy to run through that much more deeply." (hosted by Michael Toms)


Carol Orsborn, Ph.D. received her Masters of Theological Studies and Doctorate in History and Critical Theory of Religion from Vanderbilt University with post-graduate work in Spiritual Counseling at the New Seminary in Manhattan. Orsborn received her Doctorate in History and Critical Theory of Religion from Vanderbilt University, specializing in adult development and ritual studies, including intergenerational values formation and transmission. She has served on the faculties of Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount and Georgetown Universities. Dr. Orsborn lives in Nashville, Tennessee as part of an extended grand-family.

Her books include:

To learn more about the work of Carol Orsborn go to www.carolorsborn.com.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How to learn from pain
  • The freedom that comes from facing your worst fears
  • Allowing your difficulties to do what they're meant to do: change you
  • The difference between a cancer survivor and a cancer initiate
  • Why "What's it going to take for me to be happy?" is the wrong question
  • Creating teamwork between your will and God's will
  • Welcoming the limitless possibilities in the "void"
  • Positive viewpoints from "process theology"

Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 11/20/1997       Program Number: 2682

Music Included

From Album: Amber
Artist: Michael Jones and David Darling
1987 Narada #CD-61014
Tracks – Rainfall, Wu Wei

From Album: Narada Artists Sampler #2
Artist: various
1986 ND-61013
Tracks - Shadow Dancer, Mountain Song