Adversity Is The Mother Of Invention

Adversity Is The Mother Of Invention

I used to think “the truth” meant something ugly, an unwelcome adversity to be faced. Something shameful that we have denied about ourselves and the true nature of reality was harsh, judgmental and punitive.

Through my experiences, I have come to know a far different meaning of Truth and adversity.

It is profound and filled with gifts of knowledge and the reintegration of what power we once denied within ourselves. It is in unearthing – like an archaeologist or paleontologist, the remains of the past to piece together our story and return to our true power and Oneness with all things.

My own journey brought me through seven years of severe mental illness after leaving a cult. I originally came to that cult, in search of a spiritual community to help me grow and overcome the adversities in my life.

Over the years since leaving that cult, I have watched others on FB & social media succeed, get married – do great things in their careers & achieve things others said was impossible and honestly I greatly envied them.

Back in the deep recesses of my mind I did not believe I could ever really succeed the way I wanted to. I was living on the periphery, outside that world of success and happiness. I believed the success they attained was outside the realm of possibility for me. I felt like I was the one person left behind for the last ‘slow’ dance of the party who had missed out on life. Someone whose opinion really did not matter, who was selfish and could not really help anyone, including herself.

The beauty of all that is that now, as I look back on what I have accomplished this far in my life – and I have accomplished a lot. There are even bigger things coming over the horizon, I feel it in my bones. I have opened my eyes when I read about some of the most influential people in history, that they too overcame huge adversities and went on to make enormous contributions to the world.

They mattered.

They inspired others and they did it when everyone around them was telling them what they wanted, was absolutely impossible.

As I did research, I found more and more examples of people who had overcome tremendous adversity and achieved big things.

Comedian Jim Carey and his family at one time were so poor they were forced to live in a van.

Albert Einstein did not utter a word until he was four years old and his teachers all told him he would never amount to anything.

Abraham Lincoln’s mother died when he was very young. His father left him in his early teens and he had to make a living as a wood cutter. He managed still, to teach himself to be a lawyer, pass the bar and rose to become president of his country.

Phiona Mutesi rose from abject, poverty in a slum in Uganda (at one time unable to even attend school) to win #1 in the world championship in chess. An acclaimed documentary was made about her called, “The Queen of Katwe”. Her passion and perseverance boldly stand as an emblem of what is possible even in the face of tremendous adversity.

When I read about people who succeeded in the face of impossible odds – I began to look on my own life and experiences differently. They were not punishments for doing things wrong as I once believed, they were stepping stones across a river I was meant to cross. I was told by leading experts that what I wanted was impossible, but the love for my son drove me across that river and I did accomplish my dreams with the power of the ancient spiritual practice of Shamanic healing. I achieved my original goal of finding and growing into my path in life.

In looking back, I have come to see adversity simply as a catalyst for change. The great discomfort of adversity forces us to move past our limitations and surrender to Divine guidance in order to succeed. Often we do not change things in our lives we know we should – until it becomes too uncomfortable to remain that way.

It is especially in overcoming great adversities, that so many figures throughout history have brought huge inventions, inspiration and wisdom into the world.

Perhaps we could say “Adversity (rather than necessity) is the mother of invention.”

This blog post was written by Anja "Miraclewalker" Sagan. Catch Anja "Miraclewalker" at momondays Toronto, ON on 05/29/2017! Get your advance tickets here: Buy Tickets

Anja is a filmmaker, Shamanic Healer/Coach, published author, artist and storyteller who is a passionate believer that anything is indeed possible. Her first short film "From Ice Into Fire" was shown at the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival in 2016.
She is a mother, loves nature and world travel and is a deeply spiritual person, inspired by the philosophy of legendary comparative mythologist, Joseph Campbell and his belief in the unity of human consciousness & experience. For more about Anja "Miraclewalker", visit

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