Redefining Mental Health
Having read a fair amount of Psychology, and having worked in the mental health field for a number of years, I can safely say that the western culture has a woefully inadequate approach to handling those we classify as suffering from 'mental illness' or 'mental distress'
Mental distress/illness is not well understood. With Psychiatry and Psychology being such young practices, it is not surprising that there is still much generalisation in diagnosis and not much actual non-drug based treatment directly available to the growing number of adults experiencing mental distress of some kind at some point in their life.
As far as I am concerned, we live in a culture of the mentally ill and those we call mentally ill are just the worst fall out from this pandemic of disembodied mind and self-attacking mental framework.
When you consider how most people talk to themselves, think about themselves, think about others, and then modify their behaviours around that, there is a thin veneer of social capability concealing a torrent of paradox and contradiction.
This is usually coupled with some form of self-medication or another - from drugs and alcohol, to obsessive exercise, yoga and meditation, to sport and escapist media indulgence.
These are usually 'coping strategies' to stop one having to deal with what is actually going on in their mind. Even meditation seeks to still the mind in most instances rather than to fix whats wrong with its oft-spasming behaviours.
My work is unique in that it delves directly into that arena of the conscious rational mind and 'fixes the program' rather than silencing, stupefying or avoiding it. It is fixed through reordering, disassembly and an understanding and education on its functional aspects.
I had been running my own events for a number of years and I was used to people coming to me who were both consciously willing, and consciously able to work on themselves.
I continue to work in that vein and my work is either greeted with incredulous wonder and excited love and interest in the potential and its immediate effects, to outright malice and venom.
I must say, the latter is usually from those who are so mentally fixated that there is little or no agility or nimbleness in their mental framework and they are simply not able yet to delve into the mystery of their own mind (they may be able to USE mind, but it is unable to 'look at itself' yet.)
Having worked with many social groups, I wanted exposure to some of those who were perhaps not so consciously able, or not willing, and to try to work with them so I sought work within the mental health industry.
I had originally studied Psychology at university and left in disgusted disappointment (no offence to my psychologist readers) at so many things - admittedly, I was young and arrogant, but do not regret leaving now, though I have had moments in my life. The point being, I decided to delve back into the field now I had some tried and tested insight and experience.
My findings were that many workers in the field, even graduate psychologists and psychotherapists, often made situations worse because of their own lack of personal insight and honesty. That lack excacerbated most peoples situations rather than making them better, and it is no wonder medication is still the favoured method of treatment in most cases.
Make no bones about it - medication is usually the Chemical Cosh. Unable to electrocute or baton them into docile compliance, medications are used to suppress emotional and mental energy so that a persons behaviour can be more manageable, and more socially acceptable.
I have seen some cases where this is appropriate during times of crisis, but the rest of the time, this is merely a poor substitute for proper care and a path to wellness - all borne from the fact that people don't really understand mental illness and its effects, even many 'professionals.'
I would say that the vast majority of mental health cases I have seen do not have their roots in the mind at all, but are rooted in the emotions/emotional body and that what we see behaviourally is emotional issues with mental effects. There is a small percentage that do demonstrate genuine mentally-rooted problems, but these are definitely the minority.
When fixations or trapped energies seek expression, they can come out with a measured balance of mind and emotion. Or they can come out unmeasured and undextrous.
These behaviours and fixations are what become judged as 'the problem' rather than effects of the problem. In truth, there is no 'problem,' it is merely a series of behavioural modifications as a result of certain fixations of mind and/or emotion as a result of past interest/curiosity or experience.
This, with the right support and guidance, can become a dextrous and mindful expression rather than spasmic, or, if the issue is fixation, the mind can be coaxed into releasing its vice-like grip on ideas, conclusions, fantasies or delusions - but but but: only with the appropriate guidance and support, often over very long periods of time.
There is no doubt in my mind that there are 5 factors that determine the potential for success:
1. The personal insight and honesty of the practitioner
2. Their skill and toolsets
3. The conscious willingness of the patient4. The conscious ability of the patient
5. The support group around both practitioner and patient.
I have worked with those that claim conscious willingness, but in truth, they are not willing. I have met those who claim ability, but they genuinely are not yet able. Those two factors: the conscious willingness and ability of both patient and practitioner are the main ingredients for the recipe of a journey to mental wellbeing, but second to that, is the support group in the community, professional and lay.
I am greatly saddened by the state of play in the arena of mental health, due to the massive misunderstanding that take place due to lack of insight (of the staff), and in the community because people are judged as being 'mental' or 'crazy.'
I can safely say that most people I have encountered all have 'episodes' where their dexterity of expression is utterly chaotic and damaging, sometimes maliciously so (tempers, jealousy, mind games, ego and arrogance) and fixations/obsessions of belief are no worse, just better managed.
When I say my work is mental healing - I mean it, because it address the root of fixations, the root of mental distortion, the root of disembodied mind and the root of perceptual fixation. It is as applicable and usable to the everyday person as it is to those who struggle with emotional and/or mental distress.
To make a start on this yourself, check out the following as a starting point to this huge subject area:
Understanding the bodies
Learning to SEE Again
The Wrong Shapes
(links to come) contact me if they are not live yet!