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Will the real soul healers PLEASE STAND UP 02/23/2011

Posted by ALT in Philosophy/Spirituality.
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 “A word is a promise; a failure to deliver a kind of betrayal.  What does the language of mental health promise?”

I said that.  I said that because we’ve been promised something by psychiatry – namely, soul-healing – and we haven’t gotten it.  We’ve gotten pain, poison, suppression, denial, defamation, and death.

To live here, in this Eurocentric, industrialized, dehumanized society is to be traumatized.  The soul wounding is inflicted, as a matter of course, on just about everyone, all to the mantra of for your own good.  For your own good.  Trust me – it’s for your own good.

Yanked from the womb with forceps or a vacuum (when gravity will do much better) * fed on soy and synthetic “formulas” (when mother’s milk was what our very souls craved) * rudely awakened by a clanging alarm clock at 5:40am every weekday morning so that we can go sit in windowless jail cells [aka schools] and be fed useless, oversimplified bits of information (not knowledge)… having the creativity and individuality in us slowly squeezed out, to be replaced with a gray uselessness (when the truth – that the pursuit of knowledge is the greatest and most joyful quest imaginable – was right in front of us) * to negotiate, as green, trusting, innocent, teenagers,  a culture tremendously oversexed by the media, steeped in the ideas of abusive, vampire love, women as objects, men as mere accessories to their penises (when what we wanted was to be held, loved, respected) * to go to college, to get more “education,” but mainly to be told that we all are destined to become “productive members of society” – all the while accruing soul-crushing, lifelong debts of unimaginable sums (these debts making the “productive member of society” path the ONLY choice available) * then, to enter the “job market” only to find that there’s no use for whatever shreds of self-respect, intellect, and purpose remain after years of intellectual abuse.  To find that what’s expected is inactivity, lack of thought, unprofessionalism… (when what we wanted was TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE) * Violence – everywhere, even in beautiful suburbia – a seemingly unavoidable scream echoing down the corridors of your life, only to be silenced with willful ignorance, copious amounts of alcohol, or perhaps a bit of both * Evidence of “lives of quiet desperation” all around us; a trembling hand reaching for Coca-Cola ™ in aisle 15 at the grocery store (slogan- “Life begins here”), a crumpled and forlorn cigarette package in a tarred pothole, a solitary figure clutching an illuminated cell phone; a poor substitute for the presence of another human being, don’t you think?

Is it really all for our own good?

Purely anecdotal: I’ve noticed that a common trigger for mental unwellness in children is school—disbelief that such a place can exist, that children are condemned to spend a great deal of time there (for no easily understandable reason).  And in adults, it’s a growing recognition of how anti-human our mad society really is.

The self-proclaimed and professionally certified “soul healers” (again, I am referring to psychiatrists here…) aren’t helping; instead, I would argue that they are making things infinitely worse, by suggesting that their patients wish it all away with chemicals instead of addressing that which causes them so much pain.

But to be anti-psychiatry is to be “anti-soul healing.”  No good; because soul healing is clearly what we need.

So here is what I propose:

Each and every human being dedicated to SOUL HEALING needs to STAND UP.  Online, in “real life,” in their communities, in their homes… to their families, to their friends, to complete and total strangers.  To politicians, religious leaders, even mental health professionals.

Stand up and say (or sing, or shout, or write): I AM IN FAVOR OF HUMANITY.  I am in favor of the soul (soul power).

I LOVE YOU!

And then to live that; every day.  Demonstrating it in each moment of your life.

Some technical considerations

You don’t need to be “certified” to be a soul healer.  It probably hurts more than it helps, actually, because certification is – in most cases – just another word for “industrial indoctrination.”  But here’s what you do need [taken mostly from Eduardo Duran’s excellent book Healing the Soul Wound]:

  • The soul healer must have a real and deep understanding of who he is; this means that he must know spiritually where he stands and where he comes from (who his ancestors are).  “The importance of spiritual identity starts to become clear as the soul healer begins to understand that a relationship with spiritual entities is an important part of the work of healing.”
  • “The soul healer must embody the healing energy in her life in all that she does.  Western healers have a way of compartmentalizing their role as a healer from what they do in ‘real life.’”  This does not work; soul healing is an all-or-nothing pursuit.

It’s time to take the very important business of soul healing back from the professionals; they’ve had their chance (and they blew it!).  Now let humanity take a new path – no longer “productive members of society,” let us be simply “human beings with SOUL.”

 
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1. Rossa Forbes - 02/24/2011

Yes, but . . . . I don’t recall that psychiatry promises to heal one’s soul. To begin with, no one knows where the soul actually resides and only God/Allah/the universal power heals souls if we enlist its help. As individuals we have to heal our own minds and bodies, nobody else can do it for us. They can only take us so far in the journey.

altmentalities - 02/24/2011

Dear Rossa,
When I invoked the language of promise, I was referring to the literal, Greek meaning of the word “psychiatry” – which is the “practice of soul healing.” I wrote a little more about that here. The profession has lost the meaning of its root metaphor, though it still employs it; to me that feels like a broken promise.

Ultimately, though, I think you are right – we are, each and every one of us, responsible for our own healing path, spiritual development, etc. We have agency in our lives. It is an undeniable fact, it is our birthright… and it is an essential part of being human (human-being).

2. Susan Pease Banitt - 02/24/2011

Already standing- in fact gave an interview about it to the Oregonian just today.

altmentalities - 02/24/2011

Dear Susan,
Thank you for your work! Just browsed your blog/website/articles and it looks fantastic. I especially enjoyed your piece about de-escalating violence in children by providing tramua-informed care (ie, not triggering traumatic memories, creating an environment of safety and non-violence). Last year in a town near me an 11 year old child was tased by the police for being “violent.” I was shocked! But even more shocking was the community’s response – “that’s ok; he’s a polieceman/professional and he must know what he’s doing; this kid was probably a ‘delinquent.’” The men responsible were allowed to retire with full honors without having to go through a review process.
Keep standing strong!

3. Donald Bruce Ellis - 02/24/2011

Thank you very much for those words,they resonate strongly with me,and strengthen my soul.
I have subscribed to your feed.

4. Juliano - 02/24/2011

The real soul healers are the sacred plants, mushrooms, cacti, etc which are the entheogens this mad culture forbids, and/or tries to undermine by ‘explaining scientifically’ that their effect is meaningless chemical ‘rides’ and ‘distortion’ of reality.
How many people fear entheogens? Most ‘normal’ people on the street would associate them with ‘drugs’—because that term is also part of the propaganda to denigrate sacred medicine/plant teachers. Indigenous peoples had special names of r these plants–one Mazaten name for their sacred mushroom was Teonanacatl ‘divine mushroom’

These so-called ‘anti-depressants’ and whatnot the big pharma profiteers have patented are basically chemicals ripped off and de-souled from these anceint plants. They are cynically lab-made to just address the ‘mechanics’ of the human ‘machine’–(because this paradigms myth is that we are machines, animals are machines, nature and universe are machines) to make sure that the ‘machine’ will lead a ‘productive life’ and contribute to the GROSS national product.

So I along with you stand op for us to to take away the power from the pseudo ‘soul healers’ who do not/will not even RECOGNIZE soul, and for us as individuals and community to see through this culture’s pernicious and toxic propaganda and reclaim our soul and its interelationship with the natural world.

5. Susan - 02/27/2011

Thank you for this. This is something – a term – that I can identify with and support. Soul healing, broken promises. Yes; I was in fact promised much by psychiatry and sacrificed my life and my children to this false god who deceived me, stole my mind and destroyed my family. I have much healing to still do before I can be a real advocate for change but this – soul healing – rings so true for me.

6. Christine (Blisschick) Reed - 02/27/2011

Oh, my, I was just talking about this, when I said to my partner, recently, “I AM GOING ROGUE! I can help people because of all that I have learned by helping MYSELF and it doesn’t matter that I don’t have a degree and I won’t let people tell me that that matters ANYMORE!”

7. Retha Burger - 02/28/2011

Oh my gosh I thought I was the only person who felt EXACTLY like that; exactly. So disillusioned.. Thank you so very much for this post.

8. altmentalities - 03/04/2011

Christine – ROCK ON!
Retha – you are welcome.

We all need to stand up and do what’s right for our fellow man.


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