The Freedom Trail: Accessing Body Wisdom to Free Ourselves
from the Oppression of Soul Trauma and Associated Core Fears
Guided Self Healing, founded by Andrew Hahn, Psy.D.
May 10, 2018
There is a certain kind of suffering that our clients experience which seems to not be so responsive to the standard work we do in body psychotherapy. In an earlier staging in our profession, this suffering was associated with what was called Personality Disorders. No matter how much we were able to help our clients experience the discomfort that was associated with life experience, still these problems hang on.
I would like to suggest that the reason for this is that these problems, called core fears, do not arise out of life experience, but instead are core lenses through which we see all life experience. Such fears as fundamental unlovability, badness, unworthiness, hopelessness, defectiveness, insufficiency, insecurity, unfulfillability, impotence are examples of such core fears about the self.
To compensate for these fears about ourselves, we compulsively have to try to be the opposite. As examples, someone who experiences themselves as unlovable has to compulsively create harmony, goodness,.. the Perfectionist needs to be perfect as a way to compensate for the fear of badness. So we can see that personality is an archetype, yet unlike other archetypes, it arises as a defense against experiencing core fears and not as an expression of universal identities (like the Exile, the King..).
The reason that our typical work is more challenging is the problem is not a Material level problem stemming from Material level trauma. Thinking about the challenges of personality as a Soul level trauma opens us to the idea that it’s root is in the misnaming of Essence/ emptiness as something totally unacceptable about the Self, and then avoiding being who we truly are for fear that if we become it we will cease to exist. For if we are who we truly are, which is everything, we cease to exist as something limited and separate. In philosophy, this is called the existential anxiety of non-existence.
We will examine:
1. how people come for healing both because of the trauma they experience and the way they protect themselves from experiencing it again
2. How material level trauma and soul level trauma have the same structure but on different fundamental levels of experience.
We will demonstrate how our deepest fears about ourselves are in fact the misnaming of the most Divine aspects of self.. we will explore core fears and teach you and have you experience (guided meditation) a simple powerful process that you can take home immediately so that both you and your clients can alchemically transform the deepest fears we have about ourselves into the most Divine aspects of ourselves.
Andrew Hahn Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of Life Centered Therapy (formerly Guided Self Healing), an energy psychospiritual mindbody framework for healing our deepest trauma. He also teaches workshops nationally on the Enneagram and the Essence Process (which he developed).