Imagine therapy as a tree with numerous branches connected to a grounded trunk with deep roots. You are the tree! The branches symbolize pain, depression, and anxiety which are symptoms of navigating in untreated trauma. Now visualize the roots of this tree as your childhood, particular relationships, and life changing events that has occurred in your life. It begins with patterns and irrational moments that keeps this negative cloud over one’s head that causes discomfort. Depression is common in everyone because to live life is to experience pain and joy so to eliminate depression is unrealistic. What can be done is to gain coping tools with self-exploitation as well as healing that untreated trauma which is attached to our projected personalities. The therapeutic differences between operating in survival mode versus healing will be explored in order to achieve your full divine potential:
The “Survival Mode” Approach:
Have you ever said on a consistent basis, “I can’t think about my problems right now because I don’t have the time?” There are times in life where it is hard to put yourself first especially when people are depending on you such as your children, family, and significant other. This mentality comes with the fix-it perspective to virtually every aspect of your life when you sit and think about it. The internal struggle with this pattern of thinking is that it comes with expectations of fixing everything which in turn creates a subconscious anticipation of it breaking/falling apart. From a therapeutic standpoint the work must be aimed at the core root of the issue not the things that shows through anger and frustration. Functioning in constant survival mode is a defense mechanism that can be positively used in fighting through the storms of life but also fuels this unwillingness to finish projects and properly end particular relationships.
The "Healing" Approach: The real work must be done internally so the soul can vibrate on a higher balanced frequency. True healing requires you to touch the root of your inner self in order to heal the branches that are symptoms of disruptive patterns and mental conditioning. These seeds that we perceive as negative and positive are both necessary for authentic growth to be the healthiest version of yourself. If the spirit is not healed you will roam in distress until action is taken which activates the healing energy. There is no point in getting mad at life experiences because without them we cannot be mindful of our energy or wise.
Therapy can be seen as a fearful ideation for some people that have been programmed to view it as being weak. The truth of the matter is the exact opposite when a person begins the self-actualization stage of realizing that one has an elusive problem takes honest strength. Curing the leaves on the branches implies that you may get sick again; Healing is where you touch the root within to heal the entire tree. Even if you are around toxicity their approval is not required for you to be healed. Knowing the difference between survival mode versus healing may activate that energy inside of them to take the first step to seek help. It can be as simple as sharing this article with them, finding a relatable therapist and/or restructuring your wise counsel. Healing is contagious!