How to heal, not just cope with mental illness (Part 4): Know Yourself
Every choice we make is satisfying a need. The question is: Are we satisfying an innate need (Peace warrior) or a false need (Pain warrior)?
We’ve heard it said many a times, “be yourself”, but it’s impossible to be yourself when you don’t know yourself. There is nothing more frustrating than the feeling of being estranged from Peace, the calm energy within we all know and passionately defended when we came into the world. It’s the Knowledge of self that constantly calls to us in our innate language, and to which we’re constantly making choices to respond, but, because of its inaccurate translation in our nurtured languages that has hijacked our emotions, we are constantly chasing our tail, stuck in emotional cognitive dissonance, unable to heal from mental illness.
None of us made our body or the consciousness with which we use to make choices with our body. As I stated in my previous post, our personal body is our personal canvas of creation, thus our personal spiritual home, Church, Temple, Mosque, etc. Matter in the form of the human organism that can only survive in this form on Earth. Earth is the personal canvas, Church, Temple, Mosque, spiritual home for our species and every other species in all of creation. Our mindset, which I call our script, is a nurtured translation and satisfaction of innate needs, in the language of our environment. Our mindset is meant to be of service to seek validation in our #1 relationship, creation, thus our Source. But when our nurturing has burdened us with inaccurate translations and satisfactions, we have a mindset that’s in conflict with creation. We have duality of Mind.
An example of duality of Mind is when we knowingly eat food that we know is unhealthy for our Body. It's Impossible to claim we are mentally healthy when we knowingly say yes to laying foundations for disease.
Another example of a choice made from duality of Mind would be when I chose to start exercising in 1989 and it was to satisfy my false need to seek validation in how I look from others, when how we look(creation) is not up for judgment. It was no surprise that exercising in a healthy way was the last thing on my mind, which was symptomatic of my estrangement from Knowledge of self.
If I had made that choice from a place of Peace, seeking validation in who we are, the innate need is movement, and I would have been a student on how our body moves, which I wasn’t until I started training others professionally in 1998. The aesthetics would be a byproduct of being a Peace warrior rather than a Pain warrior.
After healing, I have a slogan that's constantly in my head: "Know yourself, heal from mental illness. As adults, Knowledge of self is our true badge of independence, and it’s no more the responsibility of our nurturers but ours. If the mindset we’ve been nurtured with is not working for us it’s our responsibility to change it, not whine about it. Healing is our choice to make.
There are two parts to healing from duality of Mind. The first is emancipating from our false needs, which brings us back to oneness of Mind. Setting boundaries and keeping boundaries in practice to Choose Peace, Be perpetually mindful and Not Judge brings us face to face with those enslaving habitual thoughts from our subconscious Mind to battle them in our conscious Mind, the domain of our free will, where we do our thinking. Healing comes by us disagreeing with those enslaving thoughts and agreeing with an accurate translation of our innate language, theoretically within and practically without. Going against most of the choices we’ve made all our lives is not going to be comfortable, but discomfort is not emotional pain, as the feedback within of the calm energy of Peace will always let us know. The second part of healing is the romance part of re-cultivating harmonious intimacy with creation by manifesting our innate creativity, which has been in chains, freely. Full of gratitude and celebration of life.
These 4 last posts are an extremely brief synopsis of my signature course, “Get Peaced with 6 Innate Needs”.
Next: Who is a Peace warrior? Who is a Pain warrior?