The Enemy Within

by Charles Wm. Skillas, PhD, DD, BCH, CI, FNGH, MCCHt

Walt Kelly, a cartoonist during the 50's and 60's had a character called Pogo Possum who was very wise. Pogo used to reflect on life and say that "we have met the enemy and he is us". How perceptive for a possum. Pogo was saying that our biggest and most profound obstacle in life was our self…that our problems do not come from the outside, but rather from within. You might say that is nonsense…why would we cause ourselves to be miserable. The answer is that we just don't know that it is happening and so we blame all our problems on stuff outside of us. Since we don't know that the sources of our problems are within us, then it makes sense to blame them on things outside of our selves. It is also much more acceptable to our egos.

All too often, I have clients who tell me that they keep making the same wrong choices and suffer terrible consequences for doing so. Women tell me they have been married three or four times to the same kind of men who are bad for them. Other women tell me that they keep getting into relationships with the same kind of uncaring louts that they cannot stand after a little while. The only good thing is that at least they don't marry them. This same kind of situation applies to men also, but I don't see them in this condition as often as women.

More men than women tell me that they keep making the same kinds of mistakes concerning their jobs and have difficulty getting along with people, particularly those who have influence over their career future. These men keep losing their jobs or stay in jobs they hate, making their lives miserable and unfulfilled.

Others, both men and women, have to take heavy doses of drugs to relieve pain and/or anxiety to make their lives bearable. There are few pains more acute or terrifying than the pain of unrequited anxiety. I know this from personal experience. Anxiety pain strikes at the very center of our being and becomes so unbearable that we may even contemplate suicide to get away from it. Some people do commit suicide. You must actually experience this misery to comprehend it. People, who have never felt it, think that we are over-dramatizing the wretchedness of this distress, but they cannot understand how bad it really is, never having felt it.

Many people come to me about their overwhelming feelings of depression and sadness, often accompanied by the horrors of acute anxiety. Not only do these poor sufferers experience terrible anxiety pain, but they also have to contend with the lethargy, fear and feelings of hopelessness accompanying depression. The desperation in these people often drive them to thoughts of suicide also to escape the despondency of their lives. They figure they have tried everything…drugs, counseling, psychotherapy and even prayer without respite for their despair and there is nowhere else for them to go to relieve their desolation and gloom. They feel like the sword of Damocles hangs over their heads and is about to fall on them.

Many men and women often resort to prescription drugs to help them bear their anguish, but all too often end up addicted to the medicines if they take them too long, particularly the pain medications. Look at what happened to Rush Limbaugh. Most prescription drugs are designed to be taken as a short term helping crutch to get over an acute condition and are not usually designed to be taken continuously for the long term. However, when the pain persists, what is one to do if there is no alternative to drugs for relief?

There is also the issue of tolerance to the drugs. After you take them for a while, you need to keep increasing the dosage to get any effect. After a short time, the drugs do not provide any more relief, but you must keep taking them to avoid the withdrawal symptoms, which can be as bad as the original symptoms that caused you to take the drugs in the first place. Many, spiritual people turn to prayer in these times of crisis and find help… but do not feel better, no matter how much or earnestly they pray.

We are all children of God, the Light, or whatever you might call the Creator. We are all created in God's image and likeness and the spark of God's love resides in us. All of us are expressions of God's perfection and love and therefore, our problems are not of our essence, but rather are demonstrations of discontinuity with the perfection within us. So, how then, if we are perfect expressions of love, do we have so much crap happening to us in life? Let me tell you how I think this happens.

No one in his right mind would deliberately mess up their own life. We would not consciously marry the wrong person, make ourselves ill, embark on the wrong career to make our living, or do the thousands of incorrect things that cause unhappiness in life. Many sages say that the difficulties we face in life are from karmic balancing and that overcoming thorny situations are learning experiences we must go through to achieve our potential, whatever that is. I also believe that we do learn from our mistakes and we do get stronger by overcoming life's obstacles. However, is it necessary to make the same mistakes time after time and make our lives virtual hells? I do not think so.

It is the enemy within us is that makes our hell. Our hell is being created within us albeit we don't know it is happening. We may set out to accomplish great things, achieve lofty goals and then fail repeatedly even though we think we have it all figured out and know how to make it work. Everything turns sour and we don't know what happened.

Why is it that nothing turns out right for us? Why is it that no matter how hard we try, with the best intentions, and it still doesn't work out? Could it be that something inside us is at the source of our failure and misery and we are not just victims of circumstance? It could be even though we don't like to think about it.

So, who or what is the enemy within that we don't even know we have? This inside adversary that apparently seeks to destroy us, no matter what we consciously desire. I believe the enemy is the negative forcing functions within our subconscious mind we have acquired and we don't know they are there. These negative forcing functions are negative energy generators, which install and support harmful programs within our subconscious computer and make us unhappy and sick. These energy generators are in our subconscious mind and they continuously sabotage our success. What are they and where do they come from?

"Bad things" that happened to us in: this life, past lives, harmful biological carryovers from our ancestors, unresolved internal conflicts or attached foreign energies cause negative forcing functions. These negative energy generators cause our unhappiness. Whenever we are unhappy, the flow of Chi life force energy flowing through our bodies is blocked and we can get sick in body and mind. When we are unhappy, we are negative and don't enjoy life much… if at all. Unless we have a strong wish to continue living physically, our subconscious mind will not try very hard to keep us well. Unless we are positive about life, our subconscious mind will not provide the necessary energy essential to achieve our goals.

The will to physically live or die is at the root of our subconscious mind. Life or death is directly tied to the subconscious mind's fundamental need to communicate and create. If this basic need is frustrated for any reason… the subconscious mind will kill the body. This seems like a dichotomy of the survival instinct and the death wish but it is merely a primitive reaction to the subconscious mind's denied essential purpose.

The will to live drives the subconscious to heal the physical body when it is injured or sick, but the subconscious only does this because it wants to go on expressing its creative facility. If this creative expression is thwarted, and it is when we are unhappy, then the will to live reverses itself and becomes the will to die. If this happens, the subconscious may assertively destroy the body by making the person accident-prone or by declining to support the body against assaulting pathogens by turning off the immune system or having it attack the body as in Addison's Disease where it destroys the adrenal cortex so that cortisol, which protects the body against stress, is not produced.

If you are unhappy and have no positive dreams for your life that is tantamount to rejecting life and you will die. Subconscious mind will see to it. It won't keep you around if you really don't want to be here. Subconscious Mind directly mirrors our will to live. If you don't like life and are continuously unhappy, subconscious mind will see to it that you don't have to live very long. A healthy body and mind reflect your High Self (our connection to divinity) and since health is supposed to be our natural condition … healing is, simply put, a restoring to our natural healthy condition.

The subconscious mind is an analog parallel processing supercomputer and like a computer, it has no ability for rational thinking or logical analysis. A computer operates on the programs within it and it simply does what the programming tells it to do. It cannot do otherwise. This programming determines our behavior, how we feel and how we respond to life. If there are harmful programs in the subconscious computer, put there by negative forcing functions, they will sabotage our quest for happiness, and we will be unhappy. If we are unhappy, we are in trouble. That is how it works.

I am not saying that we deliberately and consciously cause our problems. I am saying that the source of our problems is within us. The problem sources are the enemy. We have the responsibility to find this enemy and get rid of it if we want to positively change our lives. Since most of us cannot get outside of our consciousness to find and release these enemy programs, we must get outside help… but we must initiate it. There is no one else who will do it for us.

So, how do we rid ourselves of the programs that sabotage our lives and replace them with life enhancing programs that express the divinity within us? The answer is obvious. We must find the negative energy generators supporting the harmful programs… shut them off and replace the bad programs with good programs

The negative forcing functions can be found using hypnosis and their energy released. If foreign energies are attached, they must first be removed or you cannot get to the person's own problem sources. After you release all the negative forcing functions, the body's energy field is normalized and physical illness is healed by the restored Chi flow to the body's cell communities.

Once the negative forcing functions are gone, they can no longer support the harmful programs they created in your subconscious computer and therefore new positive programs can be installed and imbedded under hypnosis thereby changing behavior and response to life positively. This is permanent healing.

You are here on this earth to experience a wonderful life of growth. You have as much right to happiness, joy, love and prosperity as any other person in the world. You are a very important and vital part of God's creation and you are here because you are very special. You came from the same Creator that every other person came from, and you are here for a purpose. You can find your purpose by simply discovering what you love to do.

You don't need to measure up to anyone else's expectations of you. You are not on this earth for the purpose of being what someone else expects you to be… you are you and you are unique…there is no one else just like you. You are fulfilling the Creator's plan and purpose in your own individual way. You do not owe it to any other person or institution to be what they think you should be. Your main purpose is to be what you are… what you want to be.

To do this does not require that you be tormented and miserable. Life's learning experiences can be hard, but once you learn them, go on with your life in a positive and fulfilling way. You do not need to make the same mistakes repeatedly.

The enemy can be defeated if you know how to fight. Get rid of the bad stuff within and let your light shine!

Iroquois Prayer:
"Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind,
I seek strength to fight my greatest enemy…myself."


This article is intended for general informational purposes
and does not provide medical, psychological, or other professional advice.


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