Take a moment to think about the context in which your next decision will occur: you did not pick your parents or the time and place of your birth. You didn’t choose your race, gender, or your life experiences. You had no control whatsoever over your genome or the development of your brain. And now your brain is making choices on the basis of preferences and beliefs that have been hammered into it over a lifetime – by your genes, your physical development since the time you were conceived, and the interactions you have had with other people, culture, events, and ideas. You won’t even choose your next thought. It will just simply appear….watch. In fact, a series of events wildly outside of your control probably led you to this site, and now to this post. Where is freedom in this? It may just be the stroke of luck you have been waiting for. Something has brought you here and it’s an opportunity to have your life take a new direction by sheer participation in the process. It’s an experience that will absolutely affect your life in a positive way.
The debate on free will versus determinism is still out and whatever access we have to free will and to control our lives lies in the power of understanding ourselves. True self-understanding can’t be born purely in self-reflection. We don’t, within ourselves, have access to this information. Parts of us always remain hidden – an eye cant turn and see its own pupil. It can, however, be discovered in both the exploration of self and through the relational process of psychotherapy. Think of psychotherapy as a condensed method of self-discovery, giving you access to greater freedom in how you live your life by exploring, acknowledging, and owning all of who you are. Therapy is discovering the code underneath all of your programming and expanding self-awareness. Once known, we instantly have access to more choices. More choice produces greater flexibility and greater flexibility affords one a more skillful, authentic path in navigating the world.
Keil Psych Group