While energy healing should never be a replacement for psychotherapy many individuals find it a powerful adjunct to personal work, especially in healing a painful past. A psychic healer can step beyond the emotional or mental belief system of a client and help them see beneath the surface of their lives.
Much of popular psychotherapy makes three assumptions:
- Authentic emotional expression helps release repressed feelings and beliefs;
- Communication, and the empathic response by the other, can result in resolution;
- Radical honesty (i.e., telling the truth at any cost) will somehow lead to an improved outcome.
In other words, the biblical pronouncement of “The truth will set you free” (John 8:32) is applied to psychological healing. But many healers have discovered that uncovering the repression of an emotion or belief system does not always bring effective healing and transformation into a client’s life. Yes, it helps a great deal, but it is not enough. The missing factor for clients is often the exploration of how hidden agendas may be affecting their situation.
Hidden agendas may run many of the psychological and emotional issues that we struggle with, either our internal beliefs (e.g., low self-esteem that sabotages growth) or external agendas that affect the natural development of our lives (usually through some form of trauma). While the dynamics between internal and external hidden agendas are different the result they give us is the same: the motives of any hidden agenda co-opt the client’s life energy. The hidden agenda essentially hijacks a client’s life force, leaving them subservient to something – or someone – else.
Both Shamanism and energy healing are familiar with this issue, often discovering lower astral influences running beneath the surface of the client’s personal process, or addressing a relational connection that must be removed before the client can move forward with their life. But it’s not all bad news. People find that the struggle to break free of hidden agendas brings the reward of inner growth. When you do escape from bondage, you become a stronger person.
Hidden agendas run rife in our modern societies, with their enormous social (and media-supported) emphasis in conforming to an orthodox world view where dissenters are labeled as either dangerous radicals, anarchists, or “conspiracy theorists”. Many of us are concerned that we are entering deeper into territory immortalized by George Orwell in his dystopian novel, 1984: a world of censorship where history is doctored, or manufactured, and where meaning is reversed while being treated as truth.
The Orwellian fantasy illuminates the core of many of our current social problems. The truth will not set you free if the information you believe to be true is distorted, manipulated, or incomplete. Only the hard, transformational work of searching for hidden agendas can ever hope to remove any toxic imprint forced (or foisted) upon us by others. Energy healing (and Shamanism) are important tools to reveal to us the true impact of unseen worlds, and to help us look with new eyes at our problems. We must come to see where others attempt to make us subservient to their goals, often causing us suffering, while they remain in hiding. We must, like Toto in The Wizard of Oz, get curious, and go over to take a look at the man behind the curtain.
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