"Many adults who were traumatized as kids have never experienced their Self in consistent control. Such people (i.e. their dominant subselves) are skeptical that they have a gifted, reliable inner team-leader and a more serene and productive way of daily living available to them" - Peter Gerlach
I'm a hearty proponent of what Jung called Active Imagination and what this man here Peter calls Inner-Family Therapy. While my inner skeptic still scoffs at the wankiness of all of this stuff, I've done enough work in this area to know that that is only one part of me, who is in my particular case covering for and trying to protect one of the parts of me that's, well, still a little fucked up.
This process has become sorta precious to me. I've seen in myself the changes that come. I still have a so much understanding and sorting to do, but this type of process is like being my own therapist. It's empowering. I guess it's been a little helpful to me that I have had several people who I have practised this type of therapy with, both beautiful, gorgeous women who have provided a safe space for me to enter into this rather more different form of talk therapy and couch-lying. But I don't think it's necessary to have anyone else but you along for this particular ride. It's the best way I know to enter into myself and to listen to parts of me that are screaming without my ever knowing who they were before. And changes come, too. Not fast enough, that's a given. But they do. Changes come, and growth, and new parts discovered that I have not been conscious of before. New ways of being in the world.
Maybe this whole area of subselves is the story in action of the operation of different parts of our brains in action, as Peter Gerlach hypothesises. Not just the physical brain as a bunch of muscle and neurons. The brain as narrative, the brain as story. Just how I like it.
How about you? Have you ever done any of this kind of work? How did you find it?