March 12, 2014
Have you been wondering, with all of today’s self-help programs, internet courses and life coaching opportunities springing up all over the place, what would anyone need psychotherapy for?
The following is an excerpt from the introduction to Celestial Psychology’s Guidebook for Co-Creating Miracles, Luminosity & Conscious Evolution.
“There are so many opportunities for self-help in what is being described as the New Age supermarket that one might be tempted to ask, “Why do we need psychology to improve our QOL [quality-of-life] when there are countless self-help opportunities in our New Age supermarket?” The answer to this question is peppered throughout this guidebook and is fully addressed in “Final Word.” Yet, nowhere is it as succinctly expressed as with these quotes:
“Psychotherapy and psychological theory give the spiritual seeker additional tools to mine the psyche for self-judgment, self-loathing, and self-blindness. They teach us how to have mercy on ourselves, how to heal, and how to open up.”
“The emerging systems of psychotherapy are some of the most hopeful and creative human disciplines to have arisen in our times. Basically, psychotherapy addresses the formation and the transformation of the personality. Psychotherapy helps us uncover the defensive mechanism of our own mind, body, and emotions, showing us how and why we acquired certain behaviors and belief structures, and ways in which those parts of our personality may no longer serve us. While many, many forms of therapy exist, most psychological schools of thought share the understanding that each individual carries into adulthood aspects of childhood that either serve or retard the maturing process. Going back and reviewing how we formed our basic attitudes helps us identify what parts of our conditioning contribute to our mental health and our spiritual search, and what parts haunt us and obscure our ability to enjoy life and discover peace.” “[Lesser, Elizabeth. The Seeker’s Guide: Making Your Life A Spiritual Adventure. New York: Villard Publishing, 1999, p. 65.]
My own personal experiences with talk therapy over the decades of my life have been immeasurable. Learning to see my self, or what I now call my egoic-mind with objectivity has helped me navigate life’s adversities. And the joy I get today from helping others to discover their Essential Selves is beyond description. Just today one of my clients who had never heard of the egoic-mind concept until beginning to work with me 6 months ago, reported that he is now able to quite the racing thoughts that he’d been tortured with all his life, without psychiatric drugs. He now gently reminds himself, “this is the ego talking” and I am not listening, anymore. His overall functioning has improved and his productivity is skyrocketing.
I would love to hear your experiences with learning to recognize the voice of the egoic-mind. You can blog here, or call me at 860-586-8700 and schedule an appointment.
Smiles & Blessings Abound