If you’ve been diagnosed with a mental illness (either by a professional or by Dr. Interwebs) – then I’ve got a secret to tell you that you didn’t know about yourself.
You’ve got a super power.
I know, I know. It sounds pretty ludicrous, but hear me out!
Back in the days of old, long before the Books of Face and the Grams of Insta…
There were roles in tribal style communities that relied on intuition, spiritual attunement, high levels of sensitivity to stimuli, and the ability to deeply feel.
These roles included medicine men and women, shamans, seers/prophets, herbalists, ceremonial leaders, mystics, lore-keepers/storytellers, dream interpreters, and artists of all kinds – just to name a few!
The root cause for much of the mental dis-ease prevalent today is not because there is something inherently wrong with or broken about you.
This form of illness comes instead from seeing the reality of the world we live in today, and not being able or willing to tolerate and/or fit into it.
Add underneath that the traumas we’ve all endured during childhood, gifts that we were taught are not valuable, and we’ve got the perfect breeding ground for the pandemic of mental dis-ease that we see today.
20% of people in America alone have some form of mental “illness”.
This isn’t because we’re all crazy or we just happened to inherit some fucked up genes.
It is because we live in a profoundly ill culture that has eliminated (or at the very least vastly inhibited) important community roles that utilize the function of the right brain – the creative, intuitive part of the brain.
To quote Krishnamurti – “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
But, who am I to be talking about mental illness and why should anyone pay attention?
As someone who has:
✅Been diagnosed with five different mental health disorder labels
✅Lived through the ins and outs of the entire mental illness system
✅Undergone 15 rounds of electroconvulsive (electroshock) “therapy”
✅Successfully tapered herself off of a cocktail of 8 medications
✅Self healed to a point where I am no longer defined by any mental health diagnoses
One could say I’ve experienced the world of mental illness very up close and personally.
And I’ve got some things to share with those of us who have been in a similar boat.
In honor of Mental Health Awareness month, for the month of May I will be sharing my own mental health journey, the insights and tools I’ve acquired along the way, and a gentle reframe of our current approach to and understanding of mental health.
As a coach, I extend the invitation to you to interact with any of the topics I’ll be covering this month and to reach out privately if you need a nonjudgmental, safe space to be seen and heard.
With love, may you remember that you are not broken. There is nothing wrong with you. And you are a gift to the world who has not discovered yourself…
Get at me privately by using my contact form at https://lotusawareshare.wordpress.com/home/contact/
Or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org