When I’m working with a client we’re doing what is sometimes called “Shadow Work” in that we are reclaiming their power that they have lost access to. This is also what happens in a “Shamanic Journey” where you recover lost parts of your soul.
I do this in a conversational way - Like one of my teachers and mentors Stephen Gilligan I don’t like using the word “hypnosis” because it disempowers the client, you don’t want to be any more asleep than you already are, you want to begin to wake up to the possibilities that you could be actualising.
This takes awareness of what I call the “Social Algorithm” that we are fundamentally tribal people and react behaviourally in a programmed way following a set of rules - and whether you argue that is a genetically programmed way or memetically programmed way it’s still an unconscious automatic response.
So we naturally look for who is the leader and where our place is in the group.
We naturally look for what to do - what the rules are from those around us.
We want to fit in to the group that we identify with. Which could be the group that defines itself by not fitting in with a larger group.
This is the matrix that the Social Engineer lives within.
The Social Engineer has the awareness and power to move within this matrix and manipulate it through understanding the distinctions that they and other people make.
If you don’t have power - and I’ll define power here as simply the ability to get what you want.
If you don’t have the power to get what you want you will never get it no matter how much you struggle and try different routes, clever ideas, or buy products that guarantee that they have done it and now you just need to follow their guaranteed formula.
Because YOU can’t do it - the gravity of the social reality around you prevents you from taking flight.
Yet when you do have power and there may be times when you’ve had this experience in your life where life just works and there’s no effort required. The weight that has held you down just isn’t there.
Sometimes you may think this is true for you after a few too many drinks or when you are on the drug of your choice, whether that is caffeine or something stronger. But impairing your ability to think is the opposite of enhancing your ability to think.
So how come you sometimes get what you want?
That the obstacles just weren’t there.
That your astrology prediction actually worked for a change.
That your deity was listening and responded favourably.
That you were a winner, this time.
How can you do this intentionally?
You do this by regaining access to your power.
We give up our power to fit in with the social algorithm- the rules of our culture and society.
To be a good boy or good girl - to be normal - is the rule set we have to follow and the programming we are indoctrinated with.
Yet by definition being normal is not being successful. Yes you are successful at fitting in at being part of the tribe. But being “successful” as most people define it is stepping out of the role of tribe member to being a leader, having the power to go:
“I’m OK with being different."
"I’m OK with not everyone liking me."
“I LOVE my self because I’m unique, different, weird and strange."
This is defying the cultural programming - breaking the rules. And making up your own rules for how you define success, how you define what you want and going and getting that.
Your power - what I usually refer to as “Primal Power” you’ve hidden away from yourself both to keep it safe and because you are afraid to use it. But that doesn’t mean it is not still there, even if you only let it out to play on occasion or when you’ve sufficiently tranquillised your willingness to obey the rules.
You can’t access your power cognitively - it’s not: “do this technique and you’ll get a result.” You are too clever for that to work. You knew that wasn’t a safe place to hide something so precious and so valuable.
Your power is hidden out of your conscious access - it’s like it’s just out of reach of your conscious mind. You have an awareness that it there, but your thinking mind can’t grasp it.
Yet sometimes it’s there and you are living life like you were meant to - fully present, fully embodied in a peak experience.
This power is accessed through a shift in consciousness,
It’s extending your awareness further than society wants it to go - beyond the social algorithm to where you have a sense of truly being alive of being untamed rather than domesticated.
It’s accessing and feeling your living life force.