…all I could do was every now and then direct the patient’s attention to what she was doing in her attempts to keep that stuff from spewing out–something she preferred not to watch. …The right way is just to point out to the patient how he keeps himself from thinking certain things, so that he becomes self-conscious and the evasion doesn’t work so automatically. That’s all. That’s the analyst’s scalpel. He can’t open up his patient’s mind and start tinkering. The only thing he can do is tell the patient, ‘Look there,’ and most of the time the patient doesn’t look. But sometimes he does, and then his automatic behavior becomes less automatic.’
“The truth will set you free.”
Moving From Head to Heart
- Have you adopted a practice (e.g., contemplation, therapy) that allows for God to reveal those parts of your life to you that remain hidden even from you?
- Are you aware of how ambition and unmet longings sabotage your attempts at loving well?
- Who helps you to “look well?” …to become aware of your unconscious life?
Abba, help me understand what’s happening beneath the surface of my life.
For More: Soul Making by Alan Jones
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