How is PSYCH-K different than popular self-help programs, and mainstream counseling or mental health therapy?
If what you need is a caring, compassionate listener with the ability to help you develop insights into the cause of your problems and create new strategies for improving your life, then a good talk-therapist is helpful. However, many traditional therapy clients have a great deal of insight about how and why they have become the way they are but are still not experiencing the satisfying lives they sought. There is an overemphasis on the process of psychotherapy, with so little attention being paid to achieving results. Using insight and willpower alone seldom results in real and lasting change. Willpower and determination are fine if they can actually move you through an obstacle to the freedom waiting on the other side. Unfortunately, most habitual thoughts and behavior patterns don’t change with more effort. Willpower and determination become a misdirected and often painful struggle. They become part of the problem rather than part of the solution. Mainstream psychotherapy has been looking in the wrong place for the answers it needs to solve the problem. Although insight may shed light on the origins of a problem and provide some constructive strategies for redirecting your life, it seldom changes the situation or the dysfunctional behaviors. Clients experience this when they set a goal and can’t seem to achieve it, because they keep sabotaging themselves.
By understanding some key differences between the conscious and subconscious minds, you’ll be able to see why the results you had hoped for by using these and other conscious approaches often fall short of your desires and expectations. Unfortunately, many therapeutic and self-help change processes depend heavily on facts, reason, willpower, positive thinking, and motivation. It is one of the main reasons so many attempts to change negative thought patterns and behaviors fail. PSYCH-K does not insist that you consciously revisit or relive past traumas in order to change their effect on your life in the present. By reperceiving the past, you are freed from it. You don’t need a new past, you need new eyes with which to see it.
A very important feature of all PSYCH-K processes is the Permission Protocol.
Many self-help techniques simply assume it is a good idea to “fix” a problem without first considering the possibility that the problem may be cleverly disguised as an opportunity to learn an important life lesson. By hastily killing the messenger, you may lose the message and miss the lesson! Furthermore, problems can simply be conscious or subconscious strategies for meeting important needs in your life. In other words, the problem you want to get rid of may actually be a solution to a much greater problem.
What may appear to be a disability to do one thing may actually be an ability to do (or avoid) something else. PSYCH-K recognizes the importance of considering the consequences of simply removing symptoms without being aware of the purpose they may play in the total picture of a person’s life. Removing symptoms by a medical, psychological, or self-help process, without considering the benefit the symptom may be providing in a person’s life, may be just trading one problem for another. Problems are a part of our meaningful experiences. They can be the bearers of important messages.
The change process uses muscle testing to get permission before making the change. Permission is requested from both the subconscious and superconscious minds to assure the safety and appropriateness of proceeding with the belief change process. The PSYCH-K permission protocols clarify your intention and make the necessary distinctions to ensure you are addressing that intention to the appropriate level of mind to accomplish the task at hand.
PSYCH-K is a vehicle for change. It’s like a car; it doesn’t decide where you should go, it just gets you there. PSYCH-K doesn’t choose what you should believe.