Thursday, 3 November 2016

Thought 375: The Long Road to Mental Health

While pharmaceutical substances are erroneously believed to be a quick fix for poor mental health, treating as they claim to do symptoms rather than causes, there is only one path to great mental health which is coming to terms with yourself (including what you don't like about yourself and negative personal history) and the world as it is

My philosophy of always choosing love over fear essentially means being aware and perhaps having experienced the polarity of fear which is behind a great many mental health difficulties - fear amounting to stress in the mind-body complex, blood flowing away from higher brain functions and the torso-stomach to the extremities (fight or flight mode) - but wilfully choosing consciousness expansion (the force of love) in full awareness of the world's darkest sides. 
"To look into the sickness of the world and one's fellow human beings is a terrible undertaking, but those who do will become well."
It is truth and the freedom that comes with truth, that which is, Heidegger having defined freedom as being able to 'let beings be', that ensures the overcoming of neurosis.
"You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free."
If you manage to make peace with yourself and others, i.e. let yourself and others be as well as act as you think and feel, no longer being in a state of internal division, you will allow yourself to be relaxed, in touch with the whole whilst being engaged in the now, and, as I've said before, if neurosis is the enemy, relaxation is the remedy (see Relaxation as Remedy, Means and Goal).