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 confused, competitive and crazy world around us, that when we accept these things as true, we are crazy too. This label "mental illness" is an umbrella for so many things that signify a much needed mind shift. On the surface it looks different for all-- depression, apathy, schizophrenia, addiction, bipolar, anxiety, narcissism, fear in general-- even abusers or murderers or extremists fall under this category of "needing help" or "needing to shift out of their current state of mind". Underneath it all, we are NOT these labels and this mental illness is NOT what we are.
I have come to learn that there is a way to overcome what all the world experiences as mental illness in varying levels and degrees.
"Every loving thought is true. Everything else is an appeal for healing and help."
- A Course in Miracles
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.
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 and compassion for OURSELF. We can be willing to heal and take steps towards its correction for you AND for others when we stop judging the fact that we or others are going through something. This one, simple universal law, wanting to help others as we want to be helped, enables us to be released from our selfish tenancies, and helps us turn to this still and powerful voice within that offers the healing we seek to have and to give. 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 about what you think! 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 we have for sickness.
- All the REASONS as to what we might be using sickness/mental illness FOR.
Often, at the right and perfect time for us, we open to learn what we are doing and thinking about our self, we see the mistake, and then truly pray for another way. This other way comes as a new vision of self, as love and gratitude to God, Self and a recognition of forgiveness both given and received.
When we render our old ways and thoughts as USELESS, it no longer has power over us. Instead 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. The change of mind moves us from insanity to sanity. Prayer, true prayer is the ticket home to healing itself.
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 can pray for, seek for, ask for an answer that will heal my mind and all its effects.
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.
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.