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The Original Wound

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Jan 11, 2020
This article is a psychological explanation of what goes wrong in the early life of an addict . . . but there is no psychological remission without the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit.

Adapted from
Why You Get Sick: How You Get Well by Dr. Arthur Janov,

Edited by Susan Peabody​

"Painful things happen to nearly all of us early in life that get imprinted in all our systems which carry the memory forward making our lives miserable. It is the cause of depression, phobias, panic and anxiety attacks and a whole host of symptoms that add to the misery. We have found a way into those early emotional archives and have learned to have access to those memories, to dredge them up from the unconscious, allowing us to re-experience them in the present, integrate them and no longer be driven by the unconscious. "
“Repressed pain divides the self in two and each side wars with the other. One is the real [authentic] self , loaded with needs and pain that are submerged; the other is the unreal self that attempts to deal with the outside world by trying to fulfill unmet needs with neurotic habits or behaviors such as obsessions or addictions."

“The split of the self is the essence of neurosis and neurosis can kill."

“Our pain is the result of needs and feelings that have gone unfulfilled in early life. Those early unmet needs create what I call Primal Pain [Original Wound]. Coming close to death at birth or feeling unloved as a child are examples of such pain. The Pain goes unfelt at the time because the body is not equipped to experience it fully and deal with it. When the pain is too much, it is repressed and stored away. When enough unresolved pain has occurred, we lose access to your feelings and become neurotic."

“Repression is the hidden force behind illness." We can see how buried memories constantly activate the system, putting pressure on vital organs and creating disruptions which can eventually result in serious illness. The problem for too many of us is that suddenly we find ourselves with afflictions or obsessions [addictions], and have no idea how it all happened. We don't know why we can't sleep, why we can't find a mate, why we are obsessed with this idea or that or why we don't function as we want to, sexually. "

“Delving deep into the unconscious has allowed us to clarify the basis of adult behavior. We have a good idea what lies in the unconscious and it doesn't seem to be the mystical emporium so often described. We have learned that irrespective of whether the pain is manifest in the body or in the mind, the person is not himself; there is a dislocation of function which is global. Both emotional and physical pain deform cells and cause alterations which show up in measurements of vital signs, brain function and chemistry, the immune system, hormones, peripheral blood flow and in a person's behavior. Everything is askew."

"[One of my patients told me once he was] . . . was flooded with insights. He told me that his whole life seemed to have suddenly fallen into place. This ordinarily unsophisticated man began transforming himself in front of my eyes into what was virtually another human being. He became alert; his sensorium opened up; he seemed to understand himself."

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What I have discovered is that all this cannot be cured through psychology or gathering information or talking alone.The insights you have about your childhood come from the Holy Spirit. Then these insights can be treated by a combination of psychological methods and the healing of the Holy Spirit. I would love to say you just need psychology or you just need the Holy Spirit, but in my experience you need both. I believe that as God created medicine, he gave us psychological insights. Because he loves us so much he gave us the Holy Spirit.
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