Mental illness seems to serve the purpose of connecting the gaps between perceived and actual reality. The smaller the gap, the less problematic this system is. When there are huge discrepancies between what we want our lives to be, and what they really are, there are a myriad of mental defenses available for our brain to put into place. Even as the walls are built, it is always with the understanding that they can be removed in the future when the self is more secure, and ready to accept the difference between reality and perception.
OUR CULTURE ENCOURAGES US TO IGNORE THE REALITY. We cannot keep living in such a disconnect. Physically, emotionally and environmentally, we are headed for disaster if there is no intervention.
Our higher selves are moving us towards all things that will remind us of our ‘home’. I refer to a frequency in life where our needs are met, we are happy and secure, and moving towards reaching the goals we have set for ourselves.
If we stay close to our ‘path’, life begins to get easier and easier. Following our path means taking good care of ourself, listening to our body, and overriding the ego-demands of our mind when they are not in alignment with our true needs. This is the path to mental wellness.
If we continue to ignore the redirection from our higher self (in the form of thoughts, feelings and opportunities), we will find less and less clarity, and less fulfillment. We may begin to experience a loss in physical well-being as a reflection of our degrading mental health. Eventually, the evidence of cognitive dissonance will force the body and mind to get on the same page in some way or another.
I anticipate an epidemic of mental illness, increased stress and continuing pressure on people who have lost their center, and let their ego call all the shots. Ego without temperance is trouble.
Ego is like the bully who has been hiding his own secret fear and shame. It works hard to kick up lots of problems in other areas, to distract from the mess in its own back yard. It focuses on short term rewards, avoiding pain, and prefers to ignore discrepancies in fact. (This is very much like every DID alter that is created, btw)
There is going to be some very bad mental illness on the loose in the future. We have an epidemic of untreated mental dis-ease and a culture that rewards passive absorption of mental candy and glittering distractions.
One only has to traverse the mental health system as a patient briefly, to see how terrifying this possibility is. Forget Ebola. Mental illness will bring this world to its knees if we don’t start taking care of our minds. The people assigned to care for this population are burnt out, overworked, underfunded and feeling desperately hopeless. They are barely making a dent in the problem.
I had my head in the sand about how the medical community and the pubic react to mental illness. My initiation into the club was terrifying and shocking. People I knew virtually ignored me, or treated me with distaste. Nearly everyone ignored the implosion that was taking place in plain sight. No one wondered why I was making images like these:
I found out that you can cry in front of the whole world, and they will ignore it completely. I learned that you can get a whole bunch of other people to cry in front of the world, and they will ignore that too.
I knew I wasn’t crazy, but there sure as hell was SOMETHING very wrong, and no one wanted to talk about it.
It was a terrifying time for me. Nervous Breakdown vs Spiritual Emergency. I believe the outcome is directly reflected by the description of the problem. If you believe you are sick and getting sicker, you will be terrified. If you believe that you are having an evolution of soul, you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. What we know about mental illness, and how we treat it is going in the wrong direction. We need to give people hope and strategies for wellness.
Check out this post from The Mind Unleashed:
What A Shaman Sees in a Mental Hospital
It’s classic NLP. You see what you want to see. Our world needs to see people worth supporting, instead of giving up hope on a population that includes the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Michelangelo, Newton and Beethoven.