Recurring Stories Within
Up to this point, the body will have shown us various seemingly random stories. They may have appeared to be disjointed vignettes.
However, if one returns to the Inner World often enough, one starts to notice a pattern.
Our various internal heroes and villains seem to have the same underlying motivations. They deal with the same dilemmas. All the roads end up at the same place. Our Inner Stories have recurring themes.
sessions of expanded consciousness,
the Core Theme
Your Core THEMES are usually some dilemma
The kernel of all your visions will usually boil down to one or two essential dilemmas that you must reconcile within yourself.
Typical dilemmas are the fight between good and evil, or freedom vs. enslavement or control vs. submission or power vs. powerlessness, optimism vs despondency, vigour vs. exhaustion, justice vs. injustice, etc.
Once you identify it, you will notice your theme everywhere in your life - at work, in relationships, in society, in government. These few basic conflicts will be in the backdrop of all your life activities. After you identify it, It will seem obvious.
You'll suddenly see how you distill every situation in your life into "a fight between good and evil" or "the little guy against the Goliath", or whatever your theme might be.
You'll be able to see the root of what bothers you or scares you, or makes you angry in the things you observe in life.
Core Theme Example
To find the core theme of a person's life, we simply need to notice the common thread running through all the varied topics in their sessions.
In one expanded consciousness session, a person might see a very small child being chastised by a large man. In another session, they might see a frog fleeing in fear of being inevitably stepped on. In a third session, they might see a tiny light incapable of shining fully and fading into a dark abyss.
While all of these are very different scenarios, the client would nevertheless recognise the same feeling as they live out the scene - a sense of powerlessness, a barely there feeling.
In waking life, this person might feel powerless at their core. They might feel incapable of changing their circumstances. They might find themselves with a boss that feels overpowering. They might have a husband or wife who bullies them. Their children might feel unmanageable as they feel too small to handle them.
Their core theme is small powerlessness vs large powerfulness.
Reaching the Core
Working with the Core Theme is very deep work. We're touching bottom. We're at the place that makes you tick, the core of the ego, or the personality. We found your deeply entrenched, unconscious beliefs that trigger your habitual reactions to life's dramas.
It's what you walk into a room with, before you're even had the chance to experience an event. It's what gives you that sense in life of,
"Wherever you go,
there you are."
Because, until we reveal it, we have no choice but to keep playing it out.
Credit: The Wizard of Oz (1939 film)
So what do you do with a core theme?
The most important thing to do with a core theme is simply to identify it.
Once you identify what your core theme is, you can see how it shows up in your life over and over again.
You can finally see how everything you have been experiencing has been partly emanating from this deep theme. You have, essentially, pulled back the curtain, and revealed "the Wizard."
You made your world and you can change it.
When you realise that, in large part, you have been interpreting and colouring your experiences in accordance with your core theme, you realise how much of a hand you've have in your life events. You no longer feel at the mercy of a random world.
You understand that you also have the power to see with different eyes. You are not beholden to see the world through your core theme. You can author your life. You can flip the script.