How to Become a Professional Soul Hacker
This post is a culmination of a lot of ideas. In my essay Drugs: I'm Against Them, I discouraged drug use for spiritual growth use but I only hinted at the better alternative. In my last post A Series of Unfortunate Events, I listed all of the different healing modalities I had tried to cure my chronic fatigue syndrome and ended with some notes on what I had not yet tried and what I would still try. The gist of that one was that I wouldn't try any new modality, unless it was just for fun or I felt strongly guided to, because I think the modality I've stumbled upon is superior and looking back it is easy to see why.
I call this modality soul hacking, and it is currently the only thing I would recommend to people seeking top-notch healing/guidance/personal development, or that I would practice if I were to take up the healing arts professionally. On my blog and in my personal life I already practice a few aspects of soul hacking on behalf of others, and I practice many more on myself.
It is easy for me to say soul hacking is superior, because I'm a tough nut to crack, healing-wise, and it is the only approach that has truly worked for me or impressed me so far. I know others won't be so easily convinced. If you want to know more about why I feel I have some authority on this matter and why the other healing arts failed me read the posts: My Life as a Fairy Tale, and My Guru Kevin.
I don't know if soul hacking or “soul work” as guru Kevin calls it is something you could really call a modality, because there aren't necessarily specific techniques to learn, and it could take many shapes and forms. It is something everyone can put their own unique twist on. Maybe you can see auras or have an intricate knowledge of the meridian systems. Good on you. That isn't required for soul hacking but it could be part of your offering.
Then there is a difference between someone who acts as professional soul hacker and someone who practices soul hacking on themselves. Just like there are yoga teachers and there are people who do yoga. Soul hacking is also a practice for the people. Someone could be a soul hacking author or a soul hacking painter, or a soul hacking bike mechanic or business person. A soul hacker is really just someone who values their own self (soul) development and uses that to simultaneously bring light to the world: a lightworker/self-actualization enthusiast.
But I will argue that there are a collection of traits a dedicated practitioner of professional soul hacking would hold and they differ from almost everything currently out there in important ways. This is not to denigrate those modalities and the people practicing them, for they are helpful. I simply maintain that soul hacking includes and transcends what they have to offer. It is a more comprehensive meta-technology, and if a specific aspect of one of those technologies (acupuncture, herbalism, reiki...) is useful to you as part of your healing process or learning process, you can be sure through soul hacking that you will be guided there. For example, I use a dietary technology (candida cleansing) as part of my personal soul hacking.
Counselors, Psychics, Energy Workers, and Soul Hackers: A Comparison
Let me compare a soul hacker with a counselor, a psychic, and an energy healer in order to try and explain how it is bigger. I have seen many psychics and many counselors and many energy healers in my lifetime. The primary trait of a counselor or psychotherapist is that they listen attentively and gently nudge or guide a client into exploring their own problems, and solutions to those problems, with helpful questions and suggestions. Counseling has many benefits, since most people do not have someone trustworthy they can talk about their deepest fears and problems with without recrimination, someone who will be their champion and continue to encourage them and hold them in positive regard. One of the premises is that it helps people who did not develop secure attachment in their childhoods to experience such a relationship with someone.
But overall the work of therapists is excruciatingly slow and they are very hands-off. They do not give direct advice or guidance. They would never say something like, “Your marriage is a sham. It is in your best interest to leave as soon as possible.” If they gave that kind of direct advice they would lose their license. In other words, a counselor usually avoids admitting that there is such thing as a right or wrong choice for an individual, or if they do believe so, they obscure that fact under a cloak of professional non-judgement.
Psychics operate quite differently than counselors. They often call it as they see it, and have no problem saying things like, “This man is bad for you,” or “It will be a disaster if you take that job,” Because of their more robust worldview, they develop a confidence in their perceptions that a counselor is encouraged to write off as mere personal preference or projection. They are able to learn to discern their ego from their intuition and give more specific, pointed advice in good faith.
When I was obtaining my master's degree in counseling I sometimes had difficulty wrapping my head around the subject because my interest was first and foremost in healing mental diseases. It seemed to me that must be most people's primary interest, that no matter how much they liked listening or talking, they wouldn't feel ethical just being a counselor if they knew there were more effective techniques out there, even if those techniques completely obliterated the need for the field. Luckily for those with that aptitude, I do think talk therapy is important. But so is nutrition, energy work, and many other things that are not hard to add to a counseling repertoire if one is not constrained by the legal system. I don't know how hard it is in most states, but in Oregon I worked with a licensed counselor who did use these principles freely, so it is possible.
A counselor might say, as I did in the past,"but I'm not psychic". I disagree. Everyone is psychic to some extent. Not everyone sees visions or hears voices, for many people their intuitive impressions appear to be normal thoughts and feelings that they are not giving the credence they deserve. It is generally accepted that counselors have a greater degree of empathy than the general population which is why they are drawn to the field, and it is highly likely that they tap into such intuitive guidance during sessions, especially because of the "sacred" atmosphere invoked when two people come together for healing. Many counselors report the feeling of a third presence in the room: the presence of spirit.
In other words, we have a bunch of closet psychics hindering the development of their skills because they are not supposed to. Then, we have many more hushing or downplaying their spiritual beliefs out of fear of losing their jobs, or worry that their clients will reject them. Counselor-ish roles like life coach give one a little more freedom on this level.
But I'm not saying psychics are more effective. They are simply different. I feel the strength of a psychic is that they acknowledge spiritual concepts like “divine guidance”, “energy”, and “life purpose” that are real and important but tend to be off-limits to most counselors because they are too esoteric.
I speak here of your stereotypical storefront psychic, not an intuitive healer or coach. Most people do not go to psychics just to process their traumatic past, or delve deeply into their psyche, or for serious self-development coaching. They typically visit on a whim, infrequently, and with specific questions about love or money that the psychic is more or less obliged to answer regardless of if there are more pressing matters. A psychic does not necessarily take into account the full picture of someone's life and guide them to make the best of it, let alone teach them the skills and principles necessary to guide themselves. They often focus on a very narrow bandwith.
They also tend to do a lot of guesswork, speaking of likelihoods as if they were destined to happen without revealing the exact probability of such a thing happening, and so they tend to be, in my experience, 50% wrong when speaking of the future, because few things are that set in stone. The fortune-teller aspect is one of the least helpful abilities of the psychic, and misleading unless they can guarantee their words. The most helpful aspect is probably validation in the form of telling people things they already know about themselves, and already believe about their situation but have been unsure of or afraid to admit. They can be quite good at reading the energy of past or existing situations or relationships, and give you that extra edge when it comes to making major decisions. Mediumship is another skill that really seems to put people at ease in a way counseling cannot.
Energy healers and shamans have all the spiritual traits of a psychic, and work on root psychological traumas like a counselor, but they are typically lacking in the verbal guidance department. Energy healing tends to be quicker and more effective than psychotherapy, and more likely to facilitate a profound and life changing peak experience. The healer may circumvent that need for a prolonged personal relationship to fix someone's insecure/avoidant attachment issues by connecting that individual directly to the source of unconditional love within. The main problem with energy healers is that they often fix someone up, open their heart, and that someone goes back out into their shitty life and quickly gets misaligned and shattered all over again.
All of the energy healing in the world is not going to do you much good if you walk back into a dysfunctional or abusive household, workplace, or relationship and no one has informed you that is what really needs to change. Yes, change starts within, but at some point that means learning to say "enough" to unhealthy situations. At its best a strong energy healing might pop you into a heightened state of consciousness, boost your insight into what needs to change, and give you the strength to do it. At its worst it will raise your vibration, everything around you that was okay before will suddenly and dramatically start to fall apart (fall away), and you'll become very confused and think the healing failed. That has happened to me many times, and I had no one to help me discern what was going on because it was not part of the healer's package.
Soul hacking is like the best of these worlds combined. A soul hacker is sort of an ultimate healer for the world we live in today, someone who might function more like a dynamic, highly intuitive life coach or guide but who also has a proficiency in energy work. Like a counselor they facilitate emotional healing. Unlike a counselor they take a proactive and cut to the chase approach. Like a psychic they are not a moral relativist, they acknowledge that there is such a thing as the Truth, higher truths, and that it is okay to share that with people. But unlike the psychic they do not predict anything that isn't guaranteed, and they tend to work on bigger, deeper, more complex issues. Like an energy worker they are efficient and can quickly cut directly to a person's core wound, the root of all their problems. Unlike an energy worker they will attempt to instill a conscious understanding of how to maintain balance after leaving the office, rather than leaving the client dependent on the energy worker for repeated "boosts".
Characteristics of a Soul Hacker
I hope that I've made a solid, logical argument as to how each of those three modalities is missing a puzzle piece that could be easily incorporated into the existing skill set to create a new breed of flexible ultra-healers. Here are even more characteristics of soul hacking (many of these also apply to the home practitioner):
-The soul part refers primarily to the existence of a “higher self” which is more omniscient, conscious, and perfect than you and has a plan for your life. Understanding the wishes of this soul or higher self is what brings health, happiness, and abundance. Soul hacking helps a person get in touch with this guidance.
-It's called hacking because it involves learning the "secret" rules of how reality works in order to exploit them, principles like higher self, soul level, vibration, manifestation, synchronicity, alignment, truth, and purpose. It teaches people to apply these principles to their lives so that they can become their own soul-hackers.
-The proof is in the pudding. It seeks to prove itself by helping people achieve satisfying results in their own lives. A client need not buy into all the principles at once, but they should run experiments and come to see their wisdom and efficacy in due time.
-Express train. Soul hacking is fast and efficient. It doesn't take a lifetime or lifetimes for someone to become “enlightened”, if they are willing to do what their soul is asking of them. It doesn't even require any meditation, per se. Yay!
-Soul hacking is modern, sleek, and streamlined. Many systems of healing are ancient and entrenched in old ways no longer relevant to our society and encrusted in layers of yucky dogma. Soul hacking doesn't care much for outdated traditions. Soul hacking embraces the current economic system, and holds the highest standards for integrity and professionalism, like a doctor. You should not expect flaky or exploitative treatment from a soul hacker.
-Perennial philosophy. Soul hacking is cross-cultural and can be used to explain the essence of what is right with any modality, and identify that which is superfluous bells and whistles or, even worse, harmful.
-Batteries not included. Soul hacking is distinct from consciousness hacking because it is heart-based, not brain-based. Consciousness hacking tends to be the domain of tech dudes/dudettes who are focused on gadgetry and brain waves. At best these sorts of things may help bring a person into conversation with their soul, or capture the interest of the strict materialist and sort of weaken their denial of the higher realms. At worst it may not do much at all, or may perpetuate a shallow approach to spirituality or a misconception that such technology is necessary or the best or quickest route to enlightenment.
-Talking AND energy work (or as energy work). As described in the first part of the article, it can involve both conscious teaching/talking and non-verbal healing work in the proportion that each client needs it. It may be difficult to even recognize some soul hackers as healers because of the lack of stereotypical energy work, but don't underestimate the healing power of words, since words can hold light or energy and act as transmissions. Actual energy work is done in no particular order or fashion but will probably include some sort of boosting (or hooking up), some balancing, and some taking away (removing blocks).
-A moral compass.Soul hacking is all about healthy decision making. It focuses very much on teaching people to make good choices that keep them aligned. As discussed, other modalities often fail to engage the conscious mind in this manner.
-No bandaids. Soul hacking doesn't hold temporary fixes in high regard. When a person takes an anti-depressant or many other types of drugs we typically view this as a masking the symptoms, but with things like acupuncture we tend to accept that they are getting to the root cause of the problem because they are working on the energetic system as opposed to the physical system. This isn't always the case. Awareness practices and relaxation techniques can be brain-washing, convincing one to stay calm, detached, and unreactive in the face of real dangers. Bodywork can sometimes be “body-washing”, making a person superficially feel good while their life remains misaligned. In most cases I would choose alternative medicine over western medicine, but alternative modalities can still shove the symptoms under the surface. Negative patterns return, bad habits persist.
-Facilitates openings. It helps people connect directly to their own divinity, their own inner direct knowingness. It backs up the intellectual teachings with direct peak experiences during or as a result of the work that make these principles seem as matter of fact as the grass is green and the sky is blue, similarly to what happens to people taking psychedelics.
-Soul hacking strives for the truthiest truths, as Steven Colbert would say. If a client asks you if person A or B would be better to date, and the answer is “neither”, or “You shouldn't be dating right now because you have some major stuff to sort out first!”, then that is the answer you give. There is a difference between something being good for a person, and something being best for a person. A soul hacker aims for the very best.
-Breaking the law. Soul hacking encourages rule breaking (or exploring the rules in order to break them). Always wanted to cross yourself with your left hand and you're not even Catholic? If it works for you, go for it. The practitioner will develop their own personal style based on their own gifts and offerings. There are no formulas or sequences. It does not rely on a clearly defined procedure or highly technical processes. For example, there are types of energy medicine in which one might systematically go through of process of balancing the chakras or clearing the layers of the energy body, or they might do an “extraction” followed by a “soul retrieval”. You don't need to know the names of any of these chakras or layers, so long as you can articulate what you feel, just the same as you do not need to know the names of the bones of the body to know when one is broken. Soul hacking cuts to the essential experience and transcends cultural jargon.
-Doesn't look "spiritual". Soul hacking recognizes that the healer or healing may not look like our stereotypes. It may not involve a massage table or any hand waving. It doesn't rely on any props or gimmicks such as tarot cards, crystals, sage, herbs, candles, or drums. At best these things are useful tools or talismans for setting an atmosphere or prompts for intuition or carry a weak positive vibration, but are not representative of the core of the work. This may actually appeal to the general populace who associates such things with hippies and hucksters.
-Individuation. Soul hacking is not simply concerned with healing disease. It aims for nothing less than full self-actualization of the individual: mentally, physically, and spiritually, though the two are very closely related. Soul hacking posits that miracles, abundance, abiding happiness, and true love are available to all who choose to step into it, that we can create our own personal heaven on earth.
-Spiritual/energetic fundamentalism. Soul hacking transcends dietary, medical, and exercise interventions, placing a premium on the energetic, psychological, or psychospiritual. These physical interventions may be smart or necessary but which one to use and when is guided by the overall presentation of a person's life, in other words, by the requirements of their soul.
-Distance is not an issue. Soul hacking can be practiced in-person or long-distance unlike various bodywork modalities. The energy work portion can even be done off the phone if the person agrees to it.
-No certification. Soul hacking is largely free of bureaucracy and legal restraints. Anyone can be come a soul hacker. It doesn't require getting a license or having any formal schooling. It is not risky to obtain and does not require traveling to a foreign country to partake in.
-Pyramid scheme. Everyone slowly becomes their own soul hacker. Soul hacking encourages personal responsibility, if clients continue to work with the practitioner they will at some point become advanced enough where they are REQUIRED to process their own energy, for example, or it is downright negligent. They may also begin holding the light for those around them. People are always trying to strategize: who is it safe to tell the truth to and how much, and how can I influence the biggest audience even if I have to tone down my message? Part of soul hacking requires being honest and authentic, big and bright. How cool is that?
So How Do I Become A Soul Hacker?
If you are intrigued by what you just read, and are interested in learning more I would recommend getting mentored by a soul hacker. So where are all these glorious soul hackers? Well, to be honest I don't know of that many besides guru Kevin. I would consider myself a soul hacker though I haven't fully accessed my skillset and I don't offer professional guidance beyond this blog. I guess I might if someone really wanted it. We are a small set but growing.
If you are also a super sensitive human (empath) you may be practically destined to become a professional soul hacker. We do make the best soul hackers because our nervous systems are designed for acute and nuanced perception. But anyone who is already a healer or is feeling called to become a healer, can become a soul hacker or incorporate these principles to tighten and expand their repertoire.
The goal is not to make all the healing arts boring, or for everyone to look the same. Just as each artist who paints a tree paints it in a different way, there are many expressions of professional soul hacking. Everyone gets to retain their unique personality. Some people will excel at writing books and some at teaching workshops. Some people will find joy in working with troubled youth, others in working as high-end business consultants. Some people will rely heavily on their complex energy work training, others on their coaching training. Some will explain the principles in comic book form, and others in online courses. Soul hacking can probably cross-pollinate with just about any field.
And regardless of involvement in a healing profession, anybody and everybody can (and should, I argue, if they know what's up) apply the teachings of soul-hacking, like synchroncity and vibration, to their own life. The world needs conscious mechanics and firemen and surgeons. You're probably wondering more about the specifics of these teachings, these rules of reality and how you can DIY. Really that is material for a book, and several of such books are in the works, but I'll be covering more principles on the blog as my adventures around them unfold, so please consider subscribing.
-Emily, the Super Sensitive Human