Healthy grief also bestows on us a tender heart of compassion for all beings, because our loss makes us vividly aware of their (and our own) fragility. There is another mental process that is also mistakenly labeled as grief. This kind of grief, however, hardens our hearts and makes us bitter. This is not true grief, and it is not healthy. When we experience such “bitter grief” we suffer unnecessarily.
When we say we are traumatized, we are speaking of this tendency of our subconscious to keep reproducing a traumatic event in the sophisticated virtual reality theater of our mind. Therefore, the cause of ongoing (chronic) trauma or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not the traumatic event itself. If it were, there would be no hope of healing that trauma. The true cause of ongoing trauma, or PTSD, lies within the activity of our subconscious mind.
The energy we access when we’re angry has tremendous creative potential. The problem occurs when we channel this energy into toxic thought forms and destructive behaviors. The basic capacity to access such powerful energy, however, is potentially a great gift.
With hypnotherapy it is possible to expose the root causes of most forms of depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. The root cause may be an unresolved, emotionally traumatic experience and/or an unfortunate habit of destructive thinking. In either case, once the nature of the problem is revealed in trance, it can be corrected through hypnotic communication with the subconscious mind.
In earlier posts I talked about The Religion of Fear (ROF). And it might as well be a religion; it seems like everywhere you go, you find believers! But it’s a serious matter. People can become incapacitated by mysterious fears and phobias, even though they may believe their fears are silly. “Why should I be afraid to step into a perfectly reliable elevator?” Sherrie thinks. Yet even when she’s late and doesn’t have time to walk up three flights of stairs to her doctor’s office, she takes the stairwell anyway.
“Fearful thinking does not fit with the universal law of cause and effect.”
Recently a student asked me to elaborate on what this means and on how the law of cause and effect works.
This is Part One of a series examining the nature of fearful thinking, how we become fervently devoted to it, and how to conquer fear. Using the art and skill of inquiry, mindfulness, and awareness, I have helped many students and clients to do this.