Mental ‘illness’, really?

The view of our hybrid infested reality from someone raised outside it. And Yes, exactly what I’ve learned. Thank goodness, I wasn’t ‘overly’ sensitive, though. Ideally these kind of women are the best oracles–but Celeste needed somebody tougher in these times.

The article: ‘What a Shaman sees in a mental institution.’

“What those in the West view as mental illness, the Dagara people regard as “good news from the other world.” The person going through the crisis has been chosen as a medium for a message to the community that needs to be communicated from the spirit realm.

Mental disorder, behavioral disorder of all kinds, signal the fact that two obviously incompatible energies have merged into the same field,” says Dr. Somé. These disturbances result when the person does not get assistance in dealing with the presence of the energy from the spirit realm.

The article: ‘What a Shaman sees in a mental institution.’

“What those in the West view as mental illness, the Dagara people regard as “good news from the other world.” The person going through the crisis has been chosen as a medium for a message to the community that needs to be communicated from the spirit realm.

Mental disorder, behavioral disorder of all kinds, signal the fact that two obviously incompatible energies have merged into the same field,” says Dr. Somé. These disturbances result when the person does not get assistance in dealing with the presence of the energy from the spirit realm.

One of the things Dr. Somé encountered when he first came to the United States in 1980 for graduate study was how this country deals with mental illness. When a fellow student was sent to a mental institute due to “nervous depression,” Dr. Somé went to visit him.

“I was so shocked. That was the first time I was brought face to face with what is done here to people exhibiting the same symptoms I’ve seen in my village.” What struck Dr. Somé was that the attention given to such symptoms was based on pathology, on the idea that the condition is something that needs to stop.

This was in complete opposition to the way his culture views such a situation. As he looked around the stark ward at the patients, some in straitjackets, some zoned out on medications, others screaming, he observed to himself, “So this is how the healers who are attempting to be born are treated in this culture. What a loss! What a loss that a person who is finally being aligned with a power from the other world is just being wasted.”

Another way to say this, which may make more sense to the Western mind, is that we in the West are not trained in how to deal or even taught to acknowledge the existence of psychic phenomena, the spiritual world. In fact, psychic abilities are denigrated. When energies from the spiritual world emerge in a Western psyche, that individual is completely unequipped to integrate them or even recognize what is happening.

The result can be terrifying. Without the proper context for and assistance in dealing with the breakthrough from another level of reality, for all practical purposes, the person is insane. Heavy dosing with anti-psychotic drugs compounds the problem and prevents the integration that could lead to soul development and growth in the individual who has received these energies.

On the mental ward, Dr Somé saw a lot of “beings” hanging around the patients, “entities” that are invisible to most people but that shamans and psychics are able to see. “They were causing the crisis in these people,” he says. It appeared to him that these beings were trying to get the medications and their effects out of the bodies of the people the beings were trying to merge with, and were increasing the patients’ pain in the process.

The beings were acting almost like some kind of excavator in the energy field of people. They were really fierce about that. The people they were doing that to were just screaming and yelling,” he said. He couldn’t stay in that environment and had to leave.

In the Dagara tradition, the community helps the person reconcile the energies of both worlds–”the world of the spirit that he or she is merged with, and the village and community.” That person is able then to serve as a bridge between the worlds and help the living with information and healing they need. Thus, the spiritual crisis ends with the birth of another healer.

The other world’s relationship with our world is one of sponsorship,” Dr. Somé explains.“More often than not, the knowledge and skills that arise from this kind of merger are a knowledge or a skill that is provided directly from the other world.”

The beings who were increasing the pain of the inmates on the mental hospital ward were actually attempting to merge with the inmates in order to get messages through to this world. The people they had chosen to merge with were getting no assistance in learning how to be a bridge between the worlds and the beings’ attempts to merge were thwarted. The result was the sustaining of the initial disorder of energy and the aborting of the birth of a healer.

The Western culture has consistently ignored the birth of the healer,” states Dr. Somé. “Consequently, there will be a tendency from the other world to keep trying as many people as possible in an attempt to get somebody’s attention. They have to try harder.” The spirits are drawn to people whose senses have not been anesthetized. “The sensitivity is pretty much read as an invitation to come in,” he notes.
Those who develop so-called mental disorders are those who are sensitive, which is viewed in Western culture as oversensitivity.

Indigenous cultures don’t see it that way and, as a result, sensitive people don’t experience themselves as overly sensitive. In the West, “it is the overload of the culture they’re in that is just wrecking them,” observes Dr. Somé. The frenetic pace, the bombardment of the senses, and the violent energy that characterize Western culture can overwhelm sensitive people.


With schizophrenia, there is a special “receptivity to a flow of images and information, which cannot be controlled,” stated Dr. Somé. “When this kind of rush occurs at a time that is not personally chosen, and particularly when it comes with images that are scary and contradictory, the person goes into a frenzy.”

What is required in this situation is first to separate the person’s energy from the extraneous foreign energies, by using shamanic practice (what is known as a “sweep”) to clear the latter out of the individual’s aura. With the clearing of their energy field, the person no longer picks up a flood of information and so no longer has a reason to be scared and disturbed, explains Dr. Somé.

Then it is possible to help the person align with the energy of the spirit being attempting to come through from the other world and give birth to the healer. The blockage of that emergence is what creates problems. “The energy of the healer is a high-voltage energy,” he observes.

When it is blocked, it just burns up the person. It’s like a short-circuit. Fuses are blowing. This is why it can be really scary, and I understand why this culture prefers to confine these people. Here they are yelling and screaming, and they’re put into a straitjacket. That’s a sad image.”Again, the shamanic approach is to work on aligning the energies so there is no blockage, “fuses” aren’t blowing, and the person can become the healer they are meant to be.
It needs to be noted at this point, however, that not all of the spirit beings that enter a person’s energetic field are there for the purposes of promoting healing.

There are negative energies as well, which are undesirable presences in the aura. In those cases, the shamanic approach is to remove them from the aura, rather than work to align the discordant energies


To test his belief that the shamanic view of mental illness holds true in the Western world as well as in indigenous cultures, Dr. Somé took a mental patient back to Africa with him, to his village. “I was prompted by my own curiosity to find out whether there’s truth in the universality that mental illness could be connected with an alignment with a being from another world,” says Dr. Somé.

Alex was an 18-year-old American who had suffered a psychotic break when he was 14. He had hallucinations, was suicidal, and went through cycles of dangerously severe depression. He was in a mental hospital and had been given a lot of drugs, but nothing was helping.

The parents had done everything–unsuccessfully,” says Dr. Somé. “They didn’t know what else to do.” With their permission, Dr. Somé took their son to Africa. “After eight months there, Alex had become quite normal, Dr. Somé reports. He was even able to participate with healers in the business of healing; sitting with them all day long and helping them, assisting them in what they were doing with their clients .

. . . He spent about four years in my village.” Alex stayed by choice, not because he needed more healing. He felt, “much safer in the village than in America.” To bring his energy and that of the being from the spiritual realm into alignment, Alex went through a shamanic ritual designed for that purpose, although it was slightly different from the one used with the Dagara people.

He wasn’t born in the village, so something else applied. But the result was similar, even though the ritual was not literally the same,”explains Dr. Somé. The fact that aligning the energy worked to heal Alex demonstrated to Dr. Somé that the connection between other beings and mental illness is indeed universal.

After the ritual, Alex began to share the messages that the spirit being had for this world. Unfortunately, the people he was talking to didn’t speak English (Dr. Somé was away at that point). The whole experience led, however, to Alex’s going to college to study psychology. He returned to the United States after four years because “he discovered that all the things that he needed to do had been done, and he could then move on with his life.” The last that Dr. Somé heard was that Alex was in graduate school in psychology at Harvard.

No one had thought he would ever be able to complete undergraduate studies, much less get an advanced degree.

Dr. Somé sums up what Alex’s mental illness was all about: “He was reaching out. It was an emergency call. His job and his purpose was to be a healer. He said no one was paying attention to that.”



Cult deprogramming…

I was doing my usual morning contemplation while dressing this morning, and started wondering why deprogramming cult ‘believers’ was sooo difficult and painful. If there was a breakthrough, the deprogrammed one was in so much anguish. In some respects, the whole realizing you’d been duped, lost of your new cult family, and awareness of how it had hurt your real family were good reasons, but it always seemed more than that.

Then I got a down load. I saw a higher self and representative image that I knew was the unconscious mind both basically doing like the hummers when I’d go bounding into that dark cave. No-No-No-Noing like crazy to the conscious mind, trying to tell it that it was mostly lies. ^Don’t do, it’s a trap!^ Doing their best to get the conscious mind to stop believing the manipulations, half truths and lies.

And the ‘elites’ turned that in to the ‘devil’ trying to deceive you. So having ‘faith’ really means not listening to the rest of yourself, where the truth actually is. Only the conscious mind can be fooled like that, and more likely men, with their fewer connections to the right brain.

Which is why everybody had to be convinced that women were the ‘weak’ ones, far more easily misled by the ‘devil’, because they are so much more connected to the right brain, and hearing both so much more clearly. Hence the need for the man to be the spiritual leader. He felt comfortable using his spiritual authority (blindness/deafness) to strong-arm her into shutting up, because she obviously couldn’t think for herself about such an important issue.

The ‘elites’ weren’t very smart in general, but 250,000 years worth of honing and fixing and improving proved long enough for them to figure this all out. I should hope so—otherwise I don’t know how they ever learned to breath. Think if humanity was given 250,000 years to enslave a population, it would be so done long ago. I’m pretty sure, although the hybrids insisted on themselves being the ones to make policy, and them only, most of the improvements were from their human flunkies that they grudging allowed to be implemented.

So the rest of the pain is from being re-connection to the higher self and unconscious mind. Think of your foot asleep, and waking it up. Blocked emotions are quite painful to experience. It’s like your regular emotions on steroids.

It makes them get concentrated and while that’d be fine if it was happiness, it’s all the negative ones that are repressed like grief, anger, fear, and then the flow to be back in touch with you higher self hurts because you feel all the pain of loosing that connection to begin with. Kinda like the sun in your eyes coming out of the theater, at an emotional level.

Which is why most deprogrammed folks tend to jump right back into another cult, aka ‘being reborn’ or what ever. It stops all that pain again, but for the same unhealthy reason. 😦

There’s always something to learn. Somehow folks are going to have to find their own way out—-even interventions are still failing if they just jump back into another more socially acceptable cult like a drinker switching to caffeine and cigarettes.

And I’m thinking it’s a bit less painful if they are ready to walk away on their own, even as recovering lost memories and all their repressed emotions is when you’re ready. Although, maybe it’s easier because they are preparing themselves to endure the pain versus it hurting less, knowing they’re coming. It’s definitely helps to know ahead of time.


A good counselor—not really an oxymoron…

Obviously, with a double masters in system counseling,  I have very definite view on what good counseling is. If you’ve been in therapy with the same one for years and feel a little better, hate to say it but they’ve just been milking you.

A truly good therapist is very determined to work themselves out of a job. If you don’t feel noticeably better after a month or two, move on.

A good therapist, like any relationship, isn’t necessarily the first ‘girl/boy’ you meet. It may take 5 or 6 with a couple sessions each, but don’t stop until it’s obviously working.

My observation from being in the systems counseling field with a double masters in both the organization focus and then the family focus (both are just systems), what I see is most of the traditional ‘psychology’ and ‘psychiatry’ degrees are really lacking in tools that actually get you more emotionally healthy.

I did that kind of therapy for 10 years or so before I got my degrees and saw how so much of that approach is basically useless, from my perspective of things that actually do work now.

I also found EFT which is an amazing tool for any kind of healing but since I already had my degrees, I knew how to focus my tapping where as a more untrained person might not be able.

So I’d look for a counselor, maybe EFT but most often they don’t have any training in a school sense (although most of the traditional ‘training’ actually would probably get in the way any way) But you will surely get more help from them, than wasting your money on the average therapist.

I’d go with someone who’s degree was from a fairly new school or program at a school, which wasn’t a traditional style. Something more like mine.

I know the hybrids absolutely don’t want us healthy emotionally because we would be far harder to manipulate and control. So I’m certain, they’ve corrupted any school that they’ve discovered that teaches any program that actually helps with that.

But if the program itself was less than 10 or so year old at the time they got their degree, there’s a good chance the hybrids hadn’t found it yet. But of course, still use your brain and discernment. There are plenty of frauds and charlatans in this field as in any other field where there’s money to be made.

But also be aware, even if you do find a good one, your unconscious mind may try to drive you out of therapy–it doesn’t want to risk change for fear that how you are right now is why you survived your childhood, and it doesn’t want to risk changing anything for fear you’ll change the thing that allowed you to survive.

It doesn’t know your an adult now. And it doesn’t know what was a real threat and what wasn’t. It is usually reacting to things it perceived as a threat to a 2 or 3 year old child. So now, you may not think there was any threat, but you’re looking at it from your adult perspective. Not the very different view as a vulnerable small child, which may actually have some lasting impact of how you make decisions about what keeps your world safe albeit dysfunctionally now.

I’ve found tapping for just that aspect has helped me be more likely to not panic and run–and a good therapist will actually trigger that reaction faster. They will be asking the right questions to help dig out the interfering beliefs and the unconscious mind for sure gets very afraid of that. But even tapping for fear or whatever emotion will often alleviate the reactivity enough to stay and get the help you deserve.

Another approach is go to the therapist and get information about what they see as problem areas for you. Then, take those home and use them as starting points for tapping. At least to get you started. 🙂 Of course if you find some of the really icky things, like sexual abuse and stuff you might have had buried under there, it does help to process those sorts of things out loud with a supportive person, which a good therapist should be.

Anyway, using those strategies ought to help start you on your path. It hurts like lancing a boil–but it makes it heal faster and feel better. Usually the only way to make it heal really.