The turning point towards healing is a mysterious and often exciting passage. Like the feelings before a rainstorm, a heaviness hangs in the air, then a sudden drop in pressure and a gathering of forces transforms the clouds into a chorus of raindrops. Our psyche resembles this process as it signals a readiness to cleanse itself. Sometimes a crisis is the catalyst for this healing opportunity, yet other times only one small painful event occurs in a long cascade of similar events. Somehow this particular moment triggers a feeling of imperative need -- the drive to break through the defenses and begin the journey of healing.
-- Eleanor D. Payson, The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists, p. 77