1. Liberate ourselves from the hypnotic trance of our surface identity conditioned by family and culture.
2. Connect to and live from who we truly are, in our innermost being.
Too much therapy fails to understand the calls of the soul, and so it works to make our conditioned surface identity satisfied and “normal.” But, in truth, the soul often calls to us through anxiety, depression and other negative states of mind. These are not just symptoms; they are coded symbolic messages containing understandings begging to come about. They often come from our unrecognized core identity, from who we deeply are, from the parts of us who are in exile.
Something in us knows that our soul has been exiled from our everyday consciousness. But we forget this. When we forget that we have forgotten, then all hell breaks loose. We fail to realize that our despair and anxiety are symbols of our exile, not signs that we are troubled or less than we should be. Unfortunately, we fail to recognize the real source of our discomfort and our longings. Psychology and psychotherapy have too often been associated with wrongheaded ideas about health and illness.
Is it healthy spending 30 years preparing for retirement, but little time living well or preparing for death? Is it healthy to view media shows developed by people manipulating us through a never-ending flow of vile sensational images for profit and power? Consider some recent CNN headlines: “Three-hour orgasm sends woman to ER,” “Complaint details boy’s torture and death,” “Where’s the sex drive drug for women?” “Ice Cube’s a pimp,” “Teen convicted of child porn.”
Is the anxious and depressed single mother who is having trouble finding work to support herself and her child — unhealthy? Is the angry and depressed man who often breaks into tears because of how fake, phony and empty life has become in America — an unhealthy person? The single mother and the weeping guy seem more sane and healthy than the billionaire who wakes up and goes to bed thinking mostly of money every day and who has five houses on three continents — but not one that ever feels like home.