It sounds like a lot of you have had some success with meditation techniques - along those lines, I recently heard about a kind of meditation done with a psychic and was wondering if any of you had tried it or have an opinion on it. I'm still kind of skeptic and haven't tried it yet, but I've had some success with meditation and it makes sense to me that by meditating with the help of a psychic, who can put you in touch with, for example, the people you're angry with or the people that cause you anxiety (or their "spirit guides"), you might be able to get farther and resolve more than you do by just meditating by yourself. Has anyone tried this? What do you think about the idea of this kind of psychic therapy? I always thought they were kind of phony, but hey, maybe it works??
I don't think you need a psychic to do this. Castaneda describes a process called recapitulation where every interaction you had with a person is remembered down to the smallest detail, every emotion is re-experienced, and then the emotion is released. The point was to discover where in our past we developed kinks in our relationship with others that trapped energy we could potentially use now. If you got in an argument with your mother and she said "you'll never amount to anything" that experience traps a certain amount of your strength by making you doubt yourself. It anchors the thought in your experience so you can never be entirely sure that she wasn't right. By recapitulating that experience and recognizing how it has trapped your awareness (you will always have some energy expended by that thought, even though it's usually occurring in the background) you can release it and get back the energy that you're wasting.
Morty Lefkoe uses a technique which is similar in some ways and different in others. The Lefkoe Belief Process focuses on the belief, not the event that created the belief. Basically, if you have a persistent thought: "I'm never going to amount to anything" you try to remember some event in your past that caused you to believe that, then you "break" the train of thought that led you to that conclusion by supplying alternative interpretations of the event. If your mother always gives you a certain look that triggers that belief then you re-examine that experience of being looked at to see if the belief is actually a real thing that exists in that look or just one possible interpretation of the look. The power of the look is defused by the knowledge that the belief doesn't actually exist as a thing; it's just an interpretation. The look "means" whatever we want it to mean. For one person, the meaning will be: "My mother doesn't believe in me. I'm never going to amount to anything." For another person, the meaning will be: "My mother's a *****. She has no idea what she's talking about." For another person, the meaning will be: "My mother really loves me and is afraid that I won't live up to my full potential." For another person, the meaning will be: "My mother is really unhappy. Something must have happened to her that made her feel like she isn't living up to her potential so she's taking it out on me." ALL of these interpretations are true because we dictate the truth of the experience when we believe our interpretation. At the same time, NONE of these interpretations are true because the event in and of itself has no meaning. It only acquires meaning when we interpret it in a particular way and then believe that our interpretation is "true".
Mindfulness meditation is a way of short-circuiting this process of interpretation/belief formation. When we're mindful of our experience as it unfolds, we're not inside interpreting and believing; we're just experiencing. Most spiritual gurus will tell you to forget about the past because it doesn't matter and they are absolutely correct: it doesn't, because nothing that happened in our past has any intrinsic meaning. Going back and revisiting our past is, in their minds, just going back and reinforcing the original interpretations/meanings. But I think this is unnecessarily restrictive. Since most of our emotional responses are triggered by interpretations we made in the past that are constantly being re-triggered by things happening outside of our awareness (subtle situational cues, facial expressions, voice tones, etc., that remind us of that past event) if you are able to figure out why those triggers cause you to re-experience that emotion and you can "break" the learned response, those triggers will no longer recur so you won't constantly be having to observe them and let them go.
My personal opinion on psychics is that they are more or less hypnotists. It works for some people the same way that regular hypnosis works for some people. Some psychics believe that they are actually psychics, and some know that they aren't but use hypnosis to help (and/or grift) people. Shamans are more like intentional hypnotists who use certain imagery and mythology to explain things and get results but they'll gladly lie (or "trick") people into healing themselves without necessarily believing everything they say. I have mad respect for good shamans.