First Aid For The Soul
A Model of dysfunctional, unconscious human psyche. A way through, from confusion to consciousness.
Many people are lost and unhappy, with no clear sense of how to regain access to their true selves. Life seems too big, confusing and fragmented.
The following model of how our unconscious psyche works is based on extensive client-centered, therapy-based experience, backed up with years of personal research into nature of consciousness.
From very earliest time in our lives, we experience a range of situations and “inputs” to our experience of life. These experiences come in many forms: Positive and life enhancing, through to extremely abusive.
As this model is of dysfunctional psyche we will concentrate on negative ones.
Abuse comes in many forms: Physical, sexual, emotional, spiritual and, possibly worst, abuse of sense of wonder of miracle of life. Abuse includes lack of real attention and being “delighted-in”, barrenness of environment (physical, emotional and “spiritual), neglect and abandonment.
Much of this happens to us before we have any intellectual or verbal concepts or understandings of how world is and our place in it. So we create, totally unconsciously, “feeling-images” of world.
These feeling-images have no logic or rationality to them, but are what world is to us at this stage. These images are created very quickly, very early on.
If experiences that have created these images continue, they reinforce and bed-in imagery.
Belief structures (ideas of how world is) begin to gather and build in psyche, to make “sense” of feeling-images, and to bury them deep, away from our awareness, as they are usually too painful to leave exposed.
Our psyches isolate them in a way similar to an oyster isolating a painfully intrusive grain of sand. We suppress and forget them as completely as we can. (If we are willing, these feeling-images can be just as beautiful a gift-pearl to our intentions for personal growth, later in life!)
Our survival mechanism:
There is a part of our being that nature has set up to look after us. With complete and tireless diligence it follows instructions we gave it, unknowingly, from that feeling-imagery, long ago.
It doesn’t matter how old we are, or how “successful” we seem to be, this is place from where we operate our lives.