Sunday, August 25, 2019
Getting in touch with painful unmet childhood needs
Most people, in my judgment, never become aware of their deepest unmet childhood needs. Repressing the feeling of these needs and the pain associated with it significantly interferes with the experience of the present moment and thickens one's walls against the world. Most people are not even aware that major parts of themselves got left behind in unbearable numbed-out pain. This is a major symptom of modern civilization. To feel through these needs and retrieve the parts of ourselves that got left behind is completely necessary to be fully human and fully enlightened. Unfortunately few wisdom traditions include truly deep “soul retrieval” processes and are thus incomplete in my judgment.