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First, I want to say that I have been blessed late in my life with the God-given gift of writing.
Secondly, for the opportunity to share my gift with you, and the world.
Without you, my words would be lost in today’s shift in the translation of “meaningful” words and “mindless” dialog. Words with meaning that can be backed up with powerful examples of success.. that translate into powerful messages of mindfulness, truth, humanitarianism, hope, and a cure.
This subject is one of deep concern to me and hopefully to all of you who are reading this. My hope is that this message will spread to others who may not understand that they play an essential role in eliminating this provincial stigma of “mental illness”. I don’t like ‘labels”, especially that one, so at this point, I am going to refer to people like us as to some degree, “Emotionally Wounded”.
Everyone exists within the spectrum of a brain, that if not properly cared for, has the power to do more harm than good. Now if this brain is “fed” with the right nutrients, it will receive the voice of God and become your best ally. An ally that will help lead you to a life worth living.
The discussion about mental illness needs to be discussed at the dinner table, not just behind closed doors within hospitals and mental health facilities (with “understaffed”, and in too many cases, “uncaring” mental health providers). Not to mention the doctors who prescribe medications for their own experiment, lining their pockets with dirty money.
I don’t know how some of them can look at themselves in a mirror or sleep at night.
This is a subject very close to my heart and needs to take its rightful place in today’s mainstream dialog. It requires more than this blog post for a true discussion, so I have begun to write a book about this crucial subject, which I am hoping to have it available before Christmas. Please wish me luck!
When things get broken and we are provided with the right tools, they can be fixed. If we have the correct tools, and we use them for what they were intended for, we will reap the fruits of our labor over time. However, we are not just “things”.. we are humans with extremely complex brains (through situational trauma), which can blow a fuse.
We need to get proper help to people (especially our children) before their wired circuitry gets unraveled and disaster strikes. We need to raise a generation of young people with healthy brains. It will take a generation to do it, but it will be worth it as long as it can sustain itself for future generations.
What doctors have known for many years is that certain parts of the brain hold different types of cognitive responses. What they can’t see, is how the complexities of the everyday life of a person suffering from the spectrum of mental illness can cause abnormal behavior. So what are we supposed to do when some of the tools available are broken and ineffective as well? How do we fix the reality of worry and anxiety living invisibly inside of an unhealthy brain? While I’m at it, let me throw hatred, anger, and inability to love and trust into the mix. Worry is a component of anxiety and the proper tools to fix them and a host of other life’s complexities, lie within a wasteland of a shattered mental health system that is unwilling to fix itself. You can’t fix a brain until you fix the environment holding it hostage. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that if you or someone you know is suffering from this unrelenting malaise of symptoms, there is a cure. It just takes time, hard work, and success will only come in “stages”. Remember, the end result relies on a wide and diffused spectrum of determination. One thing to never forget. Start treating your brain like you would treat your dog, your mother, your children, and your friends. Fill it with love, hope, and kindness.
Medical providers leave out the most important “unprescribed” and easiest to gain access to medicine (that’s been available for centuries).. the healing power of God. He created the brain and he knows what it needs to heal itself, and he holds our genes, molecules, cells, and the receptors of life.
One thing to never forget. No two people are the same, and the cause for human connectedness is far greater than our differences. Until I finish my book, please start treating your brain like you would treat your mother, your family, and your best friend. Begin the practice of filling your head with daily thoughts of love, hope, kindness, and God — the great programmer of the infinite truth.