We’re taught from birth to pretend to be happy. It suits our parents or caregivers desires for control and creating a perfect image that society will accept or value. We are trained to ignore problems, or worse, punished for acknowledging then. Therefore, the conscious mind believes itself to be happy and we carry on in the world, emphasizing our supposed happiness, while ignoring the problems that are subconsciously making us sick.
The problems are the karma!
This means that most people will never get to the pain that signals to what actually needs to be resolved in order to finally be and feel free. They remain trapped and imprisoned.
Think back to the healings Christ performed. Those he healed with his “miracles” (aka energy work) were often societal outcasts or every day lay people who did not deny their pain or problems. The woman at the well, the father of the sick child, the leper. They came to him, or he came to them, but each admitted to the pain. They then placed their trust in his energy work and because they trusted it would work, they healed themselves — physically or spiritually.
Most would argue that Christ healed them. Of course in a great way, he did. But his efforts would mean nothing if they had not believed. If they had pretended everything was fine. It was a joint effort which first required admitting that they needed healing to begin with.
This is and always was the dichotomy between empaths and narcissists. One can admit to real pain. One pretends it is not there or falsely generates it to blame it on others. One can heal and one cannot.