I am happy to see that people are speaking out about Mental Illness. It really is a topic that has been taboo for far too long. I have taken this opportunity to express how I see both mental illness and its treatment.
I have come to learn that the human condition, is a mental illness. We are all taught so much from our crazy world around us, that when we accept it as true, we are crazy too. But you know what, this label "mental illness" is an umbrella for so many things, on the surface it looks different for all-- depression, schizophrenia, addiction, bipolar, anxiety, apathy, narcissism, fear in general-- even abusers or murderers or extremists fall under this category, but underneath it all, we are NOT these labels and this mental illness is NOT who we are. I have come to learn that there is a way to overcome what all the world experiences in varying levels and degrees.
We are not meant to just go on drugs, or talk until red in the face, or read and see so many spiritual or religious books and videos that we either think we know how to deal with it, or we just see ourselves as a lost cause. All of these steps the world has to offer to heal can be part of anyone's path for healing and advancement for sure, but it is not the cure and we should definitely not stop there.
Until we have fundamentally changed our minds about who we are, and what Life is really all about, we will be stuck in the human condition, and stuck suffering with mental illness.
We are NOT powerless against this disease. In fact, the way to BE powerful in the face of it, is to find the compassion and understanding for OTHERS who are going through it. We can be willing to heal and take steps towards its correction for you AND for others. Its about remembering we are not alone in this state, we are in this human condition together and we can heal together. When we open our selves to others, and help others; we are giving what we want to receive. This one, simple universal law, helps to release us from our selfish tenancies, and helps us turn to this still and powerful voice within that leads to the want and the desire to see others happy and healed along with us. When you want that for others, you will want that for yourself. When you give that to others, you will receive that for yourself. Everyone must be included in this circle of help and healing.
Lets talk ....TREATMENT
I was witness to my own mental illness, many times over, and it had to get exceptionally bad yet clear that I was sick, before I was willing enough to seek my own healing. I eventually sought to change my mind about my self, as to no longer be suffering or mentally sick. It happened when I finally saw value in my own healing; above and beyond the defenses I set up to hide my sickness from myself. We all have mental illness to some degree because again, we are part of the human condition. The only thing that differs is our cut off point for the amount of suffering/ illness one is willing to put themselves through. Where ever that bar is for us does not matter, the fact is, we don't have to suffer and struggle through life even a little bit. We can find new ways of dealing with our problems and actively seek out and FIND their solutions. If our minds are sick, we need a change of mind. Period. We can learn to be willing to be wrong about everything we think we think, and thus set our minds on a new path to learn anew. In this context, it is a good thing, no, a great thing to be wrong! Cause in all honesty, if we were right, we would not be sick or suffering. Being Right, is to have Right and accurate perception and thus be happy and healed.
We can change our minds from wrong perception to right perception, through mind training, forgiveness, and correction of our misperceptions with our inner teacher. We have everything we need within to truly see, understand and heal all kinds of crazy.
We must want to heal though.... and can no longer judge or discriminate "our problems" versus "others problems" and see ours as worse than or not as bad as, others. All illness IS mental illness, and we are all mentally ill until we are not.
Sickness in all its forms can be boiled down to one problem: separation from each other, separation from our Creator, separation from eternal LIFE, separation from our True Self.....separation....separation is sickness, mental or physical's, root cause.
When we are willing to no longer be separate nor label ourselves or others, but instead want to HELP others and ourselves, we WILL and MUST be healed. Until then we can explore:
All the reasons WHY we might be mentally ill or want to be separate.
All the USES our mind has for sickness.
All the REASONS as to what we might be using sickness/mental illness FOR.
Contemplating these ideas lets our mind rest from trying to figure things out; And hopefully, at the right and perfect time of your own choosing, learn that we are doing this to ourselves and pray for another way. This other way comes as a new vision of self, as love and gratitude to God, and a recognition of forgiveness both given and received. When we render our old ways as USELESS, it no longer has power over us, but we are placed in a position of power. It is here, in our power that is shared with all the loving universe, where we can decide to change our minds.
I am always reminded that God created us whole and perfect without an opposite; sickness and suffering is not His Will. Therefore, if I am sick or suffering, this NEED NOT BE.
I celebrate the love of LIFE with you all, where there is no illness or sickness or death.
This healed state is one to be grateful for, our Souls reside here for always;
and its time to realign our minds with our SOULS and not these bodies or this world.
Its time to bring forward a new world, as we change our minds from sickness to health inside our self.
Give your mind to your SOUL to lead, and you are healed.
Give your mind to be lead by the world or your body, and you will continue to cycle through sickness and "mental illness".
There is a way OUT brother and sister souls!!!
I support all of us in our release from collective bondage into total freedom today, and every day.
Every loving thought is true. Everything else is an appeal for healing and help.
- A Course in Miracles