A while back I wrote a post about mental health and non-traditional religious/spiritual practices, and I wondered if the ‘pros’ were correct in their assumptions that abnormal beliefs were a red-flag for many different classifications of disorder names that they could throw at you. It makes you question your beliefs, your sanity, and the things you experience that are outside the ‘norm’.
Recently though, I’ve had a few biggies that made a huge difference in the way I see myself and even others. mostly me though. I’m allowed to do that on my own blog ;)
The first confirmation was a huge section I wrote in my personal files. I keep them because I consider them to be more of a part of my work rather than part of my journey (which is what I tend to share on here). They don’t really don’t do me any good, they just help set concepts and new knowledge into my head, and act as a form of ‘thinking out loud’ without bugging my wife.
I was reading a week ago and I hit something creepy in a book. It was an entire chapter that sounded like I wrote it. The concepts were identical, and some of the explanations were almost entirely verbatim. These were things I know that I came up on my own through much trial and error, and TONS of meditation. I only acquired the book about two weeks ago, and the entry was many months old. Somehow I came to the exact same conclusion about things that someone had through my own methods. The person that wrote it isn’t even alive. Somehow that makes it better. I guess because you’re less likely to be exposed to it?
Another thing that happened just a few days later confirmed one of my favorite meditating techniques, and the way I do it. Throughout my journey with meditation I have always tried to find better ways of doing it, including trying different tools (no, not drugs. Ever.) to help the experience. I found binaural beats a while ago and really enjoyed the experience I had with it. I kept fine-tuning the frequency I used when I meditated to get the best results. After quite a long-stretch of experimentation I ended up at 7.6hz as my favorite to meditate with.
My wife’s Dr. told her (he’s a medical Dr. and a master of eastern philosophy) that the earth resonates a 7.8hz frequency (true) and that the body can too. He said that everyone needs to experience it at least twice per day. Certain activities, that can vary by person, can cause this frequency for a few moments, but it’s all the brain needs to get what it wants.
Do I even need to point out how close those frequencies are? Talk about confirmation from an outside source. My wife didn’t even know what frequency I used, only that I used binaural beats when I meditated. I’m definitely going to try 7.8hz the next time I do and see if that slight adjustment makes things just a little bit easier to achieve. Not to sound too shamanistic, but that frequency could really tune you into the Earth, which has some useful tools associated with it. Nothing against shamanism, I really enjoyed that portion of my training, it’s just not the bulk of my practice; although some of my experience with meditation could easily be described along those lines.
All of that rolls down to the original point I was making in the beginning: mental health. If you take someone who has a condition or two pop up in their life, mostly from genetic predisposition, but you add the non-traditional beliefs, it throws you into an entirely different category. Compound that with the primary problem being so severe that it can present itself as other conditions and you can get shoved into a bucket of psychiatric misery. Some of the things they say are wrong with you can only be treated by medication, especially if your beliefs and other behaviors don’t change.
I’m sure you can tell I’m talking about myself by now, so here’s the bucket of love involved. I have severe PTSD (not from the military) and a predisposition to bipolar disorder. The short part of it is that the PTSD was so severe that it presented as bipolar, etc, etc, etc… and all of the symptoms of that, anxiety, panic, social anxiety, and especially the ‘non-traditional’ beliefs threw me into the “Borderline Personality Disorder” category. Hit it up on Wikipedia, it’s not a pretty thing. But wait, what’s that? A year and a half of therapy for the PTSD by a therapist who respected my beliefs made a difference? Without the PTSD running around rampantly I don’t hardly present the symptoms of anything else?
Before my therapist moved last week (sad), I gave her privacy clearance to disclose everything about our progress and sessions to the new med lady. I saw her for the first time today and she wants to remove the bulk, if not all, of my medication because of what we did in therapy. So I guess that the non-traditional beliefs don’t matter any more. Nice.
So, between the outside confirmations of some of my beliefs and practices, and the confirmation that the medical world doesn’t care since I’m too far out of the bucket for them to use belief against me, I’m feeling pretty damn good about things. I’m not crazy in (some) of my beliefs in many different areas of my life. Also, the work that I’ve done for the last few years has meant something. Not just in the confirmed beliefs, but that the comfort I found in my studies was as therapeutic as it felt.
I’m not one to share emotions on here very often, but I just thought I’d share this little story with everyone. The moral of the story? If people tell you that you’re crazy for believing whatever it is you’re all about, just say something rude back and laugh at them. I know that as Chaotes we can adopt any belief system we want at any time, or even waffle and mix them if we’d like, but if you believe in them, it’s never wrong. It’s one of the fundamentals of Chaos. Believe it. Be it. Own it.