This story by Hans Christian Anderson, was sent in a card with a photo of a swan on the cover. The card was sent to a hypno-analyst taught by the same doctor who taught my therapist.
“But what do you think she saw when she looked down into the water? Her likeness, but how changed! She was no longer a dark, grey bird, ugly to look at, but a beautiful swan!…..The poor swan was so happy she did not know what to do, but she was not at all proud. She heard them say that she was the most beautiful of all the birds….I never dreamed of such happiness when I was an ugly duckling”
The card was sent to Dr. Scott by a patient, who was severely traumatized in childhood. After several years, she had finished therapy with him, and sent him the card with this note:
“Thank you Dr. Scott for helping me change from being a lost ugly duckling to a person of value and worth.”
The word “psyche” derives from the word “soul”
Simply put, psychoanalysis is the analysis of the soul. The conscious mind cannot effectively explore the soul. The psychological practice of helping patients to examine the history of their own soul is misunderstood by many people, even mental health experts.
Treating the mind superficially, with talk-therapy, cannot heal a person because the primordial factor is the subconscious mind. If the unconscious mind –which is the soul- is not at ease, then the conscious mind, as well as the body, will never be at peace.
Child abuse, childhood neglect, lack of love, betrayal, trauma, abandonment, and other external familial influences affects a person’s personality, their relationships, their own body, their reaction to employers and even their behavior when interacting with strangers and acquaintances. A history of child sexual abuse creates a need to overspend, be promiscuous, take drugs or abuse alcohol, and it affects the way some survivors treat their children. It also causes a great deal of anger in a person’s life.
Every human being is repressing childhood emotional pain. It is not always sexual abuse, but many times the pain is profound. Our mind is like a biological computer. Everything we have ever experienced that was emotionally traumatic is stored in our subconscious mind and we repress it because we have a need to be accepted, to please those who harmed us, and to “get along” with those who have betrayed, abandoned, abused us, or who created our guilt or shame. Ignoring childhood experiences is like leaving an infected computer virus inside your computer and saying, “I don’t know what good it will do to remove that virus.”
Society itself is proof that repression, dissociation, superficial harmony, conventional therapy, pills, herbs, vitamins, positive-thinking, new-age beliefs, religion, and behavioral modification therapy does not work. Modern society is more neurotic, blind, selfish, angry, depressed, disease-ridden, and dysfunctional than ever before in the history of history.
The word “secret” is used and re-enforced with death threats, and family codes of silence, in any given case of incest and child sexual abuse, but the one time when that word should be used is in reference to the secrets of the human subconscious mind.
The secret is that healing subconscious energies at the subconscious level can cure mankind’s ills and woes.
When a person gets to the root of their suffering and heals their childhood, they will automatically become healthier and more productive. They will have more loving relationships, they will be a better parent, and can excel in many areas of their life.
Through the use of hypno-analysis (quite different from hypnosis), a person can heal their body, and their mind, without the use of pharmaceutical drugs –drugs which can paralyze people with unnatural chemicals. Psychotropic drugs can negatively affect the nervous system, kill the empathy gene, and merely cover up on-going symptoms.
Prescription drugs will never cure the origin of the problem. The symptom is masked with a drug and the problem will eventually lodge itself in another part of the body, in the form of disease or illness, or it will cause severe emotional dysfunction, and in some cases, suicide or mass killings.
According to studies done by scientists at the University of Pennsylvania, psychotherapy is as effective for depression as drug therapy. Psychotherapy lasts longer than drug treatment, the cost of therapy is the same as prescription drugs, and when it comes to long-term treatment, psychotherapy costs less. The side-effects of prescription medication can kill a person, hypno-analysis cannot.
Positive thinking, talk-therapy, behavioral modification, and “reality” therapy also do not work. In fact, these forms of therapy will make a person worse because they essentially tell an abuse survivor to lie to themselves and the person will develop more serious symptoms and behaviors. Behavioral-modification and a change in one’s belief system are useful later on in a person’s healing, but until the subconscious is dealt with, behavioral modification is like trying to get a computer -that is infected with a virus- to operate correctly.
Depression has been “treated” with chemicals and has been labeled as a “mental disorder” far too long. Charles Whitfield points out that depression would be better understood if people didn’t consider it a mental illness. Depression is a typical reaction to trauma and other violations which stem from being abused, abandoned, unloved, or betrayed. People are not mentally and physically ill for unknown reasons; a history of trauma or some kind of abuse is what causes neurosis, and often what creates physical disease. We are only as sick as our secrets.
Keeping Family Secrets Only Help Those Who Have Harmed a Child, or Those Who Have Helped Cover Up Crimes
Family members have been known to ask an abuse survivor to stop having therapy, or to use anti-depressants, instead of working through their trauma. This request is made because it is more comfortable and convenient for the family, not because it is best for the person who is trying to heal.
Biological family members often don’t like the survivor’s changes because the family members are still emotionally unhealthy people. Most family members don’t want to face the survivor’s pain because this would force them to deal with their own buried pain, and anything they have done to another person, or a child, which was harmful.
It’s easier for family members to coerce the survivor to instead join the family again by asking them to recant the abuse accusations, by asking them to never speak of the abuse again, or to treat it with mind-numbing drugs.
When an abuse survivor begins to gain personal strength, their biological family can become so uncomfortable with their positive changes that they might even have a detrimental agenda to stop the survivor from making a healthy transformation.
Symptoms are a cry for help. Reality therapy, behavioral modification therapy, and pharmaceutical drugs are just another way of saying to victims of sexual abuse, “shut up; we don’t want to hear about that ugly topic. Get over it.”
Hypno-analysis: An Incredible Healing Tool (this is NOT hypnosis)
The analysis of the soul can only truly be done through the use of psychoanalysis.
Most people in society don’t understand the use of hypno-analysis. The misconception often derives from bias or uninformed media sources. People generally have a very unrealistic and comical idea of how hypno-analysis works, and people are usually afraid of, or attack, what they don’t understand.
Since the time of Pierre Janet, Jean Martin Marcot, and Robert Assagioli, hypno-therapy was considered a very important tool in uncovering psychologically driven problems because hypno-therapy is used to tap directly into the subconscious mind.
Most behavioral scientists feel conventional therapy is fruitless in treating sexual abuse survivors and that transforming the traumatic memories into benign remembrances is the only path to health.
Hypno-analysis was used during World War I to help war trauma victims with physical symptoms and amnesia.
Psycho-analysis was considered to be a “royal remedy” in treating serious neurotic problems, regardless if the neurosis resulted in organic symptoms or not. Psycho-analysis was considered by many, to be “the only method” for most cases, even serious cases with psychosomatic symptoms.
T.L. Brink, Ph.D. editor of Holocaust Survivor’s Mental Health feels that hypno-therapy is the best tool for helping those who have repressed trauma.
The conscious mind is our intellectual mind. In the conscious mind we criticize, analyze, and discriminate our experiences and thoughts. This is the part of the mind that we use for logic and reason. Emotions that are normally ignored or shoved aside in order to get along with, or to be accepted by others, end up accumulating in the unconscious. The subconscious is a powerful force and should not be underestimated.
Kubie, a pioneer in his psycho-analysis work, (1939-43) observed that the essence of all neurosis, was that a command had been repeated many times in the child’s mind by an authority figure. Experts feel this could be considered “negative hypnotic suggestion,” translating into “negative self-hypnosis.” I think this is what many children do when they are being repeatedly sexually abused over a period of many years, and repeatedly threatened with death to keep the secret. The child goes into this state of “negative self-hypnosis” and represses everything that happened, until something triggers it to be recalled in adulthood.
The recall usually takes place when the previous victim -now an adult- experiences life-changing events, and when their soul is ready to heal.
Elizabeth Loftus, author of The Myth of Repressed Memory, and backer of “False Memory Syndrome” says “the concept of repression presumes a certain power of the mind.” Of course the mind is a powerful organism! The human mind created aerospace-craft, motor vehicles, computer technology, and the human mind figured out how to split the atom! One might say the mind is the most forceful organism on the planet.
Scientists are beginning to discover the truth that I have known for years, and the truth that my therapist has known for decades: that the subconscious mind can heal disease in the body. Some day, the medical industry is going to have to bow down to the subconscious mind.
The emotional and mental energies which were developed in early childhood, affect behavior and mental conditions in all human beings and become strong motivational forces which act on the subconscious plane. If the conditioning was based in fear, trauma, betrayal, or shame, then the person will react with that same programming until it is reprocessed at the subconscious level. The conscious mind cannot heal these energies, nor can it heal deep-seated resentment and guilt –both of which have a powerful ability to make a person physically sick, even with cancer.
Charles Whitfield M.D. says eighty-eight percent of our lives and knowledge are in the unconscious. It was only through hypno-analysis that I discovered the truth of this. Hypnotherapy enabled me to tap into that other eighty-eight percent and helped me get to the root cause of many things which had previously affected me so negatively.
Most people think the conscious mind is in control, but in reality, the conscious mind is in the passenger seat and the subconscious is driving the car.
The subconscious mind can harm a person or lash out at others if it is not healed. In a sense, it is the subconscious mind where the injured child lives. If that child is ignored, it can drives the person to drink, use drugs, get fired, fight with their spouse and friends, and be promiscuous. That inner child can even create serious car-accidents, affairs, and self-inflicted wounds. If it is ignored, the subconscious mind can wreak havoc and sabotage relationships, and ourselves.
“Reality Therapy” teaches that no matter what someone has been through in their childhood, they can suddenly “choose” different behavior and focus solely on the here and now. This leaves the grieving child inside the adult survivor feeling unheard. Unless a person knows why they are suffering and are given the tools to transmute past trauma, then no amount of positive thinking will help them.
Human beings are not lab rats. Behavioral modification therapy is useless without first addressing the subconscious. When an authority figure rips a child apart physically, emotionally, and spiritually, then the effects will remain with the victim forever unless the pain is reprocessed. Behavioral modification and reality therapy can ultimately cause a person to become a robot of concepts taught in text books, and those concepts will never truly heal a person, and becasue the modification is like lying to the soul, it can create serious neurosis.
Ignoring the subconscious mind is like being trapped inside your home, and you put out a sign asking for help and someone comes along and throws a blanket over it. In frustration, you put out an even bigger sign, but the person comes and knocks it down. Finally, in desperation, you set fire to the entire house because you know that someone will finally come to help you. The subconscious mind is the one putting out the signs and the conscious mind keeps trying to cover them up. When the subconscious is ignored, it becomes angry and screams for attention by setting the fire.
Without reaching into the past, we cannot understand how to fix the present. Deep scars must be confronted. If you have a drawer full of unwanted clutter, you don’t want to fill it with new or better items until the drawer is cleaned out. The only way to clean up the disorder in the drawer of the conscious mind, is by removing the chaos from the subconscious mind.