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The Origins Of Mental Illness And Extreme States

Love this by Dr. Dan L. Edmunds. In a world where the majority are unable to see the bigger picture and therefore have little compassion for extreme states and mental illness, this is exciting. Gives me great hope for change.

SG x

What is termed “madness” or “mental illness” is for some the only means for expression of their being lost and confused in a world which has caused them deep hurt and pain. Such is not disease but behavior with metaphorical meaning. There has been received through life mixed messages and placement into situations where regardless of the option they chose they felt damned. They seek to break out from the reality which has only caused them distress. The development of hallucinations and delusions are all metaphors for the very real demons they have encountered in a disordered society.

The inner mind, the voice within us, becomes amplified and becomes “possessed” with the demons coming forward from the trauma and distress which has been encountered. Rebellion against the system of things becomes self-destructive as the person seeks to send a message to the world of their distress, but it remains unheard. Each coping mechanism that has been employed has often led to failure and not brought them out of the unlivable situation that is their life. However, the catharsis of this pain and grief can go in two directions – it can be misery and existential death, or it can be transformative.

Through the pain and struggle, through the breaking out of the “typical reality” one can journey through various modes of altered consciousness. Many deemed “mad” speak of the supernatural. They have sought every attempt to reach out and create meaning. If they can be helped by a loving, supportive network to navigate through this state of confusion and the various realms of altered consciousness towards rebuilding and reconstructing a life of meaning, then they can come forward to a recovery that gives them valuable insight about human nature, who they really are, and the reality of the impermanence of this life and the world around us. They will find that suffering is inevitable, and in that suffering is the state of the world that is mired in greed and attachment. The ones deemed “mad” have accomplished a rare task – they have completely detached. But this detachment is only from the typical standards of the world. They remain haunted by the visions of their previous life.

They cannot escape it, and thus they become anxious and paranoid that something or someone will pull them back to that painful existence. At times, rage comes forward as the reaction to challenges, but who would not be outraged if their voice was suppressed and they became the scapegoat for the problems of their families or those around them? Those deemed “mad”, feeling always alone, depart to a world where they remain alone from people, yet may create for themselves beings who give them comfort and solace. This is really the end of their search, to simply be accepted and loved. But here too lies a problem, for when their lives have been devoid of love and they receive unconditional love, it becomes like an overwhelming fire that consumes them. They have never been loved, so how can they respond to an outpouring of love?

When all they knew was that oppression and coercion was said to be because “we love you”, when “love” really was only about control, how can the person then understand genuine love? Once again, the confusion sets in. To reach the person who has been deemed “mad”, we cannot overwhelm. Our sincerity will not be enough, for their trust has been shattered time and time again. It is only through entering their world for what it is, by joining in, and learning to speak the language of madness, that we ourselves can begin to understand the experience of these individuals. It is only by this joining in that the person may have the chance for the journey known as “madness” to reach a transformative movement towards discovery.

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds.

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“Nothing can give us more pleasure than the sense that we are wanted and useful. Conversely, nothing is more productive of despair than a sense that we are useless and unwanted. “

~ M. Scott Peck “People of the Lie”

“Children do best when they belong.”

 ~ Alfred Adler, Psychotherapist

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Break The Cycle

“If we cannot forgive and release the pain, it pins us to the train track of victimization and we remain tied the emotional wreckage for however long we continue to carry the burden.
It is one thing to be victimized once, to carry the scars forward and another to suffer over and over in a mental nightmare that keeps us chained to the same pain throughout our lives. We must then, love ourselves enough to cut the cords.
We do not have to remain victims. We can become survivors. Overcomers. We can (and we must) rise up, raise up, take back our power and live with as much dignity as we can muster.
It takes an amazing amount of courage to overcome our pain and not return hate for hate, evil for evil, blow for blow. Only the bravest of the brave manage to do so. I hope that you are brave today, as brave, maybe braver than you know you are. And if you have children, do it not for your sake, but for the ones who look to you to understand how life should be.”

~ Victoria Cayce

 

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Hmmmmm…

I’m beginning to believe this..

Do you believe there is a plan for your life? Do you ever feel that there’s a force trying to make it very difficult for you to ever reach your highest goals?

Are you ever tempted when you’re in a vulnerable state to take the seemingly easier path? Maybe that’s a detour that will take you completely off track. Often what seems the easier option really isn’t..

SG x

The devil is a destiny blocker. His plan is to turn your life upside down and destroy your future.

When the enemy takes away the authority over your own life, that means he can control you. He can rearrange your plans. He can call the shots. He can set his own agenda for your life. Never put yourself in a position where you no longer have the ability to manage your life. Clearly, we see that obedience to the Will of God keeps you on a straight path to your destiny.

When you are in bondage, you cannot move freely in the plan of God for your life.

~ Dr. Angela M. Rucker

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Making Adjustments

Roadblocks To Our Destiny

I’m trying to create a new life and it often feels like there are a million blocks that are purposely placed in my path. It’s so frustrating! I’m continually having to adjust in order to keep moving forward.

Somedays it makes me down, some days it makes me tired, some days I feel defeated by the endless roadblocks, obstacles, walls, pit-stops, delays and detours. Wherever I’m trying to get to, it’s certainly not one straight line to getting there.

There really are roadblocks to our destiny.

I’m trying hard not to give up. I can make adjustments, climb over the walls, take detours even if they take longer and prolong my stress a little. I can figure out new ways to keep going..

I can’t afford to let challenges stop me or make me sink. I need to accept there will always be challenges and roadblocks.

Today I have felt a little defeated as my ex. is making my life difficult through the children, just when life was getting easier.

I pity him as he still has the need to control even though he has remarried and has another child..

I pity him but I refuse to pity myself!

This movie is a good example of roadblocks on your path and never giving up!

SG x

 

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You Are An Influencer

Dear Ones –

The artist Helen Boggess made this image recently, and posted it on Instagram. So lovely, Helen — thank you!

Please don’t forget, sweet friends, that you have tremendous influence in this world — because your energy has an effect on every single person you encounter throughout life. You have influence over people sometimes even if you don’t speak to them directly; they can still feel your energy, and your energy is a powerful and deeply contagious force.

My friend Shawn Achor speaks about this phenomenon, through his research on happiness. He’s done fantastic experiments in airports, where he placed one graduate studen in a long line of people waiting to get on a plane, and instructed the student to bounce up and down impatiently, sighing loudly, rolling his eyes, and checking his watch. Soon, the impatience had spread through the line, and everyone was tense and agitated. Not only that, hours later, after the flight had landed, the people who had stood in the line with the “impatient guy” reported having had an unpleasant journey. All it took was one person, to infect so many people with a viral sense of unhappiness…because everything is contagious.

It works in the reverse, as well — of course. A good way of living is to always try to bring the light, to share a brighter viral energy with the world — knowing that none of it is wasted.

I remember my friend the naturalist Eustace Conway (from my book THE LAST AMERICAN MAN) teaching me that every single person who approaches a horse contributes to the training of that horse — even if you don’t think of yourself as a horse-trainer. The horse is studying you and learning from you — either learning fear, or aggression, or trust, or suspicion. Your energy, your way of being, will influence the way that animal perceives the world.

We humans are just the same. After all, as Cole Porter wrote: “We’re merely mammals.”

You are not invisible, even when you feel like you are. You are shaping the way a person feels, every time you draw near. You are brushing up against hundreds or thousands of people a year, and THEY FEEL YOU. They sense you. Share something good with them, even if you never see their faces or learn their names.

It matters.

ONWARD,
LG ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

(And to see more of Helen’s beautiful work, click right here:http://www.lightandpine.com)

Elizabeth Gilbert's photo.
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PSYCHIATRY ALMOST DROVE ME CRAZY

 

Great article by Paul Levy (a pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, and a healer in private practice) regarding psychiatric abuse (psychiatry’s invalidation of trauma and protection of the abuser). Psychiatry makes the sane ones.. the sick ones, the invalids (the in-valids).

SG x

I am a survivor of severe psychiatric abuse. There was a year or so in the early 1980’s when I was in and out of psychiatric hospitals at least four times. During my visits to the hospital I was in the midst of a spiritual awakening that I was struggling to contain that was triggered and complicated by extreme psychological abuse at the hands of my father, who was a very sick man. I was suffering so deeply from the psychic violence perpetrated upon my mother and me by my father that it was making me “sick.” One of the most difficult parts of my ordeal in the hospitals was not being listened to by the psychiatrists, either about the abuse by my father or the spiritual awakening. Spiritual emergences/emergencies oftentimes become activated because of a deep experience of wounding, abuse, or trauma. In its initial stage, a spiritual awakening can look like and mimic a nervous breakdown, as our habitual structures of holding ourselves together fall apart and break down so that a deeper and more coherent expression of our intrinsic wholeness can emerge. The spiritual awakening aspect of my experience was so off psychiatry’s map that it wasn’t even remotely recognized. Instead of hearing me, about either the abuse or the awakening, I was immediately pathologized and labeled as the sick one. Being cast in the role of the “identified patient,” I was assured that I was going to be mentally ill for the rest of my days, as if I was being given a life sentence with no possibility for parole, with no time off for good behavior. The fact that I wanted to dialogue about this and question their diagnosis was proof, to the psychiatrists in charge of me, of my illness. The whole thing was totally nuts. Fully licensed and certified by the state, the psychiatric system’s abuse of its position of power was truly unconscionable. What the profession of psychiatry was unconsciously en-acting was truly crazy-making for those under their dominion. I was lucky to escape the psychiatric world with my sanity intact. Many others are not so fortunate.

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