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#1 Slo2018

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Star sem 30 let in sem shizofrenik. Leta 2006 sem bil na zdravljenju v Psihiatrični bolnišnici zaradi poskusa samomora in od takrat naprej samo še trpim in mi ni več do življenja. Večkrat imam halucinacije, ki me zelo motijo. Ali bom zaradi njih prej umrl? Nikoli še nisem imel punce in sem še nedolžen. Rad bi spoznal prijateljico/punco za druženje zato, ker sem osamljen.



#2 domoljubka

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 Ojla, lepo pozdravljen !

 

En mal se bom odzvala, če smem na tvojo iskreno izpoved ...

 

Poznam tri zgodbe, ki se začnejo s to diagnozo.

Iz sosedščine znanec, zdaj že pri petdesetih je za to boleznijo zbolel še zelo mlad .

Vmes je doživljal različne faze.

Zdravljenje z zdravili, fazo brez zdravljenja z zdravili, ker je bil zaljubljen in je vse skupaj takrat opustil ...

Nato se je žal njegova ljubezenska zgodbica končala, pa se mu je zopet poslabšalo ... nakar je ponovno pristal na zdravljenju ...

za tem pa se je nekako stanje znormaliziralo v smislu tempa življenja.

 

Očitno uspešno razmerje med zdravili, terapijo v smeri privat terapevta s katerim se je veliko pogovarjal, obiskovanje in delovanje v društvu s skupino ljudi s podobnimi problemi ... lotil se je razvijanje svojega talenta - igranje instrumenta, veliko je hodil v naravo (s prijatelji iz društva in ostalimi s katerimi je v različnih priložnostih navezal stik ) ...

Zadnjič sva se srečala, se pogovarjala .

Iz njegove pripovedi sem zaznala urejeno in optimistično vzdušje ... tudi v smislu druženja z bližnjo skupnostjo.

 

Zgodba še enega znanca pa me sicer še danes bega .

Nekoč vesele narave, zdrav, družaben ...  je nekega dne pristal v bolnišnici na psihiatriji  ... in zelo iznenada se je vse skupaj zaključilo z diagnozo shizofrenija.

Sama sicer nisem klinična psihiatrinja ... in zato verjetno moje mnenje ne šteje preveč upoštevat ... nekako kot človek usmerjen v sociološka opažanja, pa si tako laično upam napisat, da je za moj uvid, na ta primer postavljena diagnoza bila pretirana.

Takrat, ko se mu je zalomilo sem ga slučajno tudi kdaj videvala in kar je ves čas odražal, je bilo 100% pregorjeno stanje zaradi delovnega mesta, veliko nezadovoljstvo, da dela v takšnem okolju, panika zaradi pritiska šefa na delovnem mestu,  panika zaradi domačih, ki so tudi pritiskali nanj, da mora vztrajati v takšnih delovnih pogojih. ....

Iz dneva v dan stiska, izžetost, napetosti, ki jih nenaspan ni mogel obvladovati, saj si je delo prinašal tudi zvečer domov ... kar je šlo precej na račun neprespanih noči - In je prišlo do "kratkega stika ".

Zletel je z avtom iz ceste ... in rečeno je bilo, da je se je to zgodilo namerno - kot nekakšen poiskus samomora.

 

Sam no,meni se je vse skupaj zdelo zgolj stanje pretirane obremenjenosti, izčrpanosti in nekakšnega stanja "brezizhodnosti".

In najbolj mi je čudno to, da to diagnozo v teh ustanovah očitno talajo že vsakomur, ki se tam pojavi.huh.png

Nato jih našopajo z zdravili in jih takšne totalno brezvoljne in prestrašene; ali zadržijo precej časa v bolnišničnih ustanovah ... ali pa jih z nekšnim kompletom zdravil pošljejo domov.

Z zdravili, ki so ena z drugimi baje velikokrat celo kontraindiktorne.

 

No, da dokončam zgodbo.

Opažal je, da so ta zdravila iz njega naredila totalni odmik od samega sebe ... velikokrat je ali vegetiral, ali pa se je tresel in pristajal na urgenci z raznimi motnjami v delovanju organizma ... dokler se tam en zdravnik ni zavzel zanj  in mu pomagal splavat iz te količine kemikalij.

Kot razumem čisto brez zdravil danes ni - nekako pa se je izkristaliziralo kaj je dobro za njegovo situacijo in primer.

Danes je ponovno zaposlen in zelo vesela sem, ko je omenil, da celo ponovno vozi avto.

 

Tretja zgodba, pa je prišla po pripovedaovanju moje bivše sodelavke.

Njena nečakinja je zelo mlada doživela neko osebno travmo dogodka, pa da ne razlagam kaj vse se lahko mladim puncam zgodi na žurih, naj tu povem le to, da bi se po mojem mnenju takrat ob dogodku z njo nujno mogel ukvarjat psihoterapevt, da bi moralo tudi družbeno okolje biti kos takšnim pojavom v družbi ... in ker je na tem področju pač precejšnja megla ... se je zgodilo, da je punca nekaj časa v sebi trpela,  nato pa je doživela po mojem mnenju živčni zlom ... ki pa je bil znova že na drugem obisku pri psihiatru v bolnišnišni ustanovi okronan za shizofrenijo.icon27.gif

 Mama in starši so nekaj časa zmedeno sledili tej napovedi ... nato pa so le vzeli zadeve v svoje roke in začeli alternativno reševati primer njenega zdravja in počutja.

Kar eno desetletje je trajalo, da se je zopet vse postavilo na svoje tire. Seveda je tudi ona uspešno opustila misli na to diagnozo .

Dokončala je šolanje, se zaposlila ... ima svojega partnerja s katerim danes živi.

 

Te zgodbe sem povedala malenkost na off topic ... zgolj zato, da se lahko vsak zase vpraša, kaj se zares dogaja s Slovensko psihiatrijo, ki očitno vsakemu v nekem podobnem problemu pripopa isto diagnozo, nekšna težka zdravila ... za tem pa je človek precej prepuščen svojemu naključju, v katerem uspešno ali neuspešno odigra svojo vlogo nato bližnje okolje in sistem pomoči.

 

Slo2018 -

Kaj je botrovalo tvoji prognozi diagnoze in zdravljenja težko sklepam, ker si za začetek vseeno premalo povedal ...

Nekako pa se mi celo dozdeva, da si s svojo diagnozo le sprijaznjen in na jasnem ... pa da ti morda predstavlja večji problem osamljenost in neizkušenost v odnosih z nasprotnim spolom.

Tu naj ti pa povem, da nedolžnost v ljubezni ni največji problem ... ko se imata dva rada, pač stečejo medsebojne energije, pripravljenost za odnos ... itak pa si še precej mlad ... tako, da tu ni za komplicirat ane ... smesko.gif


...Tako kakor ima vsak glas barvo in višino ... ima vsaka tišina register in globino.
Tišina enega človeka se razlikuje od tišine drugega ... in ni enako zamolčati eno ime- kakor zamolčati drugo ime ... (R.J)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoZ28PHarzM


#3 enStajerc

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kolikor jaz razumem med vrsticami, išče kakšno bejbo, da ga razdeviči ... ne pa psihiatra ...

in najbrž je ugotovil, da so tu na forumu fraj bejbe ... ločene ali vdove ... nima veze ... biggrin.pngbiggrin.pngbiggrin.png



#4 domoljubka

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No sej - karkoli   ...če se pa na forumu ne najde ... se bo pa morda v društvih in nevladnih organizacijah, kjer se kaj veselega počne. smile.png

Pomembno pa je, da se izgubi tisti strah glede same bolezni, ki ga je tudi med vrsticami zaznati ... kar se mi pa zdi, da je celo predhodnica vsega luštnega ... Včasih je najbolj pomembno selekcionirati prvi korak in imet dober fokus na pravem mestu ...

Potem pa lajf že nekako uredi želje ... pa potrebe ....


...Tako kakor ima vsak glas barvo in višino ... ima vsaka tišina register in globino.
Tišina enega človeka se razlikuje od tišine drugega ... in ni enako zamolčati eno ime- kakor zamolčati drugo ime ... (R.J)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoZ28PHarzM


#5 domoljubka

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Se je pri popravljanju tekst nekaj sfužil - bom poskusila še enkrat z objavo 3 ...

... đizus kolk posla s temi objavami ... zato se mi pa zadnje čase ne da lih pisat ...icon1_rolleyes1.gif

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Slo2018 se mi pa zdi, da bi si za začetek morda lahko pomagal po tem vrstnem redu;

 

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Si poiskal terapevta, s katerim bi lahko spregovoril o vsem kar te teži - tudi o razlogih strahu glede halucinacij .
Morda bi šel, če imaš možnost samoplačila v smeri privat terapije, ker tile v javnih zdravstvenih ustanovah so preveč usmerjeni bolj in samo v zdravljenje z zdravili in si za pacienta težko vzamejo več kot 15 minut časa, v takšnem kratkem srečanju - pa se ne more razviti zaupni pogovor in pomoč

2.
Glede na okolje v katerem bivaš;

Si lahko poiščeš najprej podporno skupino in društvo v katerem se dogajajo druženja s programom in v katerem si ljudje delijo svoje izkušnje, pomoč, prijateljska srečanja.

S tem bi se tvoja osamljenost verjetno precej zmanjšala, tu bi spoznal tudi svetovalce, ki bi ti pomagali premostiti kakšna vprašanja glede vseh težav, ki jih v sebi tako brez odgovorov poglabljaš ...

...  Spoznal bi prijatelje in morda tudi kakšno luštno, simpatično prijateljico ... s katero boš sčasoma poglobil stike.Kdo ve ... vse je možno ...smile.png
Nekje moraš začeti razbijat to osameljnost, vsekakor pa se mi zdi dobro, da začneš najprej s privat srečanji pri dobrem terapevtu, ki si bo zate vzel čas za pogovor.

 

Seznam samoplačniških psihoterapevtov
http://www.nebojse.s...d=911&Itemid=85

Seznam psihiatrov in psihologov po Sloveniji

http://www.nebojse.s...id=27&Itemid=84

Le obrni pa se za začetek še na društva, nevladne organizacije, ki ti pri vsem kar te teži z lahkoto lahko pomagajo.

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Naslovi in številke kamor lahko pokličeš;

Društvo Dam

http://www.prostovol...zation&uid=2705

 

Tu znotraj vidim tudi namig na branje knjižnega dela z naslovom "Shizofrenija moja sopotnica", avtorja Philipa Hilla,v katerem brez dlake na jeziku opisuje svoje spopadanje s shizofrenijo,ter z bralci podeli dragoceno izkušnjo okrevanja in s tem poudari lastno samoiniciativo za prevzem aktivne vloge do zdravja.

 

Prva stran Društva Dam
http://www.nebojse.s...ntpage&Itemid=1

dejavnost in odgovornost pri izboljševanju in ohranjanju zdravja.

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Ozara Slovenija - društvo za pomoč
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Delovanje društva je bilo sprva lokacijsko usmerjeno predvsem na območje Štajerske, danes pa obsega več kot dvajset enot in gostovanj razpršenihpo celotnem območju Slovenije

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kontakt

http://www.ozara.org/kontakt/

Pisarna za informiranje in svetovanje
Cigaletova ulica 5
1000 Ljubljana
Tel.: 01/ 244 51 20
Fax: 01/ 244 51 21<br />
Uradne ure: v ponedeljek in sredo, med 8. in 12.h

predstavitev
http://www.ozara.org...s/predstavitev/

preventivni programi
http://www.ozara.org...tivni-programi/

 dnevni centri,prostočasne aktivnosti

http://www.ozara.org...vne-aktivnosti/

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Šent- Slovensko združenje za duševno zdravje
thttp://www.sent.si/i...sebna_izkaznica

tel; 01 230 78 30
 

dnevni centri in dejavnosti društva

(na levi strani, ko se odpre link so naslovi centrov v različnih krajih po Sloveniji )
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Morda ti bo kaj od tega prišlo prav
Želim ti veliko sreče, zdravja in veselega druženja ...
L.p.


...Tako kakor ima vsak glas barvo in višino ... ima vsaka tišina register in globino.
Tišina enega človeka se razlikuje od tišine drugega ... in ni enako zamolčati eno ime- kakor zamolčati drugo ime ... (R.J)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoZ28PHarzM


#6 janko

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domy... še kar ne uspem prebrati tvojih postov do konca. jebi ga.

ne dvomim v tvoj dober namen.

niti ne dvomim v to, da imaš neki izkušenj.

niti v to, da znaš seštet 4 plus tri.

ampak...

ni problem da ti razmišljaš kot pač kot dobronamerni laik razmišljaš.

problem je, da tisti, ki naj  bi kaj vedeli, ne vedo, ali nočejo vedet.

namreč...

travmatizirani smo vsi. pika.

vsak na svoj način, v različnih oblikah...

samo....

čustveni šok (vsak, še tako mali, pa naj bo vožnja z avtom, obisk zobarja, vrtec, šola...da ne omenjam otroštev vseh nas v primarnih družinah... sicer na različne načine... .... ....)

torej... vsak čustveni šok pusti fizično blokado v telesu, ki se želi sprostiti, zato nam telesa s svojo inteligenco kreirajo okolliščine, kjer bi se lahko te travmice, ki so prerasle v travme sprostile.

skratka... delo na psihi (itaq bi se dal polemizirat, kakšno delo) je kr neki, če ni vzporedno podprto z energetsko in fizično  vzajemno relaksacijo oz. harmonizacijo.

 

avtorju teme nimam pa kej rečt. 30 let je star. že to, da se je pa oglasil, čeprav anonimno, a verjamem iskreno, je korak naprej. a jebi ga... še bo korakal, kot tudi jaz in še marsikdo.

howk. goworil sem.


sploh nimam besed... miiiissslllmmmmmm....

#7 domoljubka

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Janko;

... Vse drži  ... sam to pa nebi smelo, da se nam z leti marsikaj več ne da ... nč na glas govort o tem tongue.png  ...sej veš avtosugestija pa takele finte...icon1_blush.gif 

Poleg travm in opešanega vida so zelo pomembni še komolci ... ker kot praviš potrebno se je prebijat skoz lajf in razne đungle ... ehhhh pa tud do konca ... sam Buh ga vedi česa vse ... smile.png   ...

 

L.p.

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...Tako kakor ima vsak glas barvo in višino ... ima vsaka tišina register in globino.
Tišina enega človeka se razlikuje od tišine drugega ... in ni enako zamolčati eno ime- kakor zamolčati drugo ime ... (R.J)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoZ28PHarzM


#8 *glas*

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Star sem 30 let in sem shizofrenik. Leta 2006 sem bil na zdravljenju v Psihiatrični bolnišnici zaradi poskusa samomora in od takrat naprej samo še trpim in mi ni več do življenja. Večkrat imam halucinacije, ki me zelo motijo. Ali bom zaradi njih prej umrl? Nikoli še nisem imel punce in sem še nedolžen. Rad bi spoznal prijateljico/punco za druženje zato, ker sem osamljen.

 

Iskreno povedano, ni nekih dobrih napovedi zate..  Eno je da zaznavam, da je pri tebi nasploh velika predispozicija za samomor (imaš te zapise že od prej kot kaže..)..  Drugo pa je da shizofrenike (in tudi ostale) daje psihiatrija na farmacevtske zadeve, ki pa tako imajo kot stranski učinek samomorilska nagnjenja..

In če se gleda statistika, koliko takih oseb nato posledično naredi samomor, ti postane vse jasno..

 

Prvo je, da bi se moral spraviti iz tablet, drugo pa je, da bi moral se vzeti v roke, in začeti živeti prizemljeno življenje iz dneva v dan in slediti zastavljenim planom in jih plansko uresničevati..

 

Na tem področju v Sloveniji orje ledino Barbka Špruk!

Mislim da pomaga tudi z podporno skupino osebam, ki željo ozdraveti in se spraviti k sebi..

Poišči jo na fb ali na netu in jo kontaktiraj, če imaš pač slučajno iskreni namen se spremeniti, ozdraveti in začeti živeti..


"če te nekaj sili leteti, se nikdar ne boš plazil.."


#9 *glas*

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Barbka Špruk – Predavanje 26.4.2018 ob 17.00

 

TEMA PREDAVANJA : 
DEPRESIJA JE OZDRAVLJIVA

 

 

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Barbka Špruk bo na predavanju spregovorila o svoji izkušnji, kako je premagala depresijo in kako so mnogi z njeno pomočjo prišli do spoznanja, da je depresija ozdravljiva.  Predavanje je BREZPLAČNO in bo potekalo v prostorih Razvojnega centra narave v Poljčanah na naslovu Bistriška cesta 68, Poljčane.  Število mest je omejeno – zaradi velikosti prostora. Zato vam predlagamo čimprejšnjo prijavo s pomočjo spodnjega obrazca:

http://dogodki-poljc...u/barbka-spruk/


"če te nekaj sili leteti, se nikdar ne boš plazil.."


#10 rudi.rudi.

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Neverjetno kako so nekateri pametni ,ko rešujejo probleme drugih !



#11 enStajerc

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tokrat se strinjam steboj ...

nekoga, ki vidi in sliši več od drugih, razglasijo za norega in ga na vsak način želijo zdravit ...

naj raje sebe zdravijo ... spreminjajo ...



#12 rudi.rudi.

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tokrat se strinjam steboj ...

nekoga, ki vidi in sliši več od drugih, razglasijo za norega in ga na vsak način želijo zdravit ...

naj raje sebe zdravijo ... spreminjajo ...

Točno to 

Vsak človek spelje svoje življenje tako, da razmišlja z svojo glavo,če pa mu to ne uspeva si mora pripisati sam sebi.

Ko se rodiš in umreš ,si vedno sam ; 

Vsaka kastrola najde svojo pokrovko ,tako da človeku ni treba paničariti , vedno se bo našel nekdo ,ki ti ti bo prisluhnil in te vzljubil.

Vsi strokovni nasveti so odveč ,ker se situacija vsakodnevno spreminja in s tem tudi način,kako se človek loti problema ; zato le, pogumno.



#13 *glas*

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http://www.wakingtim...ental-hospital/

 

 

WHAT A SHAMAN SEES IN A MENTAL HOSPITAL

 

 

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The Shamanic View of Mental Illness

In the shamanic view, mental illness signals “the birth of a healer,” explains Malidoma Patrice Somé. Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born.

What those in the West view as mental illness, the Dagara people regard as “good news from the other world.” The person going through the crisis has been chosen as a medium for a message to the community that needs to be communicated from the spirit realm. “Mental disorder, behavioral disorder of all kinds, signal the fact that two obviously incompatible energies have merged into the same field,” says Dr. Somé. These disturbances result when the person does not get assistance in dealing with the presence of the energy from the spirit realm.

One of the things Dr. Somé encountered when he first came to the United States in 1980 for graduate study was how this country deals with mental illness. When a fellow student was sent to a mental institute due to “nervous depression,” Dr. Somé went to visit him.

“I was so shocked. That was the first time I was brought face to face with what is done here to people exhibiting the same symptoms I’ve seen in my village.” What struck Dr. Somé was that the attention given to such symptoms was based on pathology, on the idea that the condition is something that needs to stop. This was in complete opposition to the way his culture views such a situation. As he looked around the stark ward at the patients, some in straitjackets, some zoned out on medications, others screaming, he observed to himself, “So this is how the healers who are attempting to be born are treated in this culture. What a loss! What a loss that a person who is finally being aligned with a power from the other world is just being wasted.”

 

Another way to say this, which may make more sense to the Western mind, is that we in the West are not trained in how to deal or even taught to acknowledge the existence of psychic phenomena, the spiritual world. In fact, psychic abilities are denigrated. When energies from the spiritual world emerge in a Western psyche, that individual is completely unequipped to integrate them or even recognize what is happening. The result can be terrifying. Without the proper context for and assistance in dealing with the breakthrough from another level of reality, for all practical purposes, the person is insane. Heavy dosing with anti-psychotic drugs compounds the problem and prevents the integration that could lead to soul development and growth in the individual who has received these energies.

 

On the mental ward, Dr Somé saw a lot of “beings” hanging around the patients, “entities” that are invisible to most people but that shamans and psychics are able to see. “They were causing the crisis in these people,” he says. It appeared to him that these beings were trying to get the medications and their effects out of the bodies of the people the beings were trying to merge with, and were increasing the patients’ pain in the process. “The beings were acting almost like some kind of excavator in the energy field of people. They were really fierce about that. The people they were doing that to were just screaming and yelling,” he said. He couldn’t stay in that environment and had to leave.

In the Dagara tradition, the community helps the person reconcile the energies of both worlds–”the world of the spirit that he or she is merged with, and the village and community.” That person is able then to serve as a bridge between the worlds and help the living with information and healing they need. Thus, the spiritual crisis ends with the birth of another healer. “The other world’s relationship with our world is one of sponsorship,” Dr. Somé explains. “More often than not, the knowledge and skills that arise from this kind of merger are a knowledge or a skill that is provided directly from the other world.”

The beings who were increasing the pain of the inmates on the mental hospital ward were actually attempting to merge with the inmates in order to get messages through to this world. The people they had chosen to merge with were getting no assistance in learning how to be a bridge between the worlds and the beings’ attempts to merge were thwarted. The result was the sustaining of the initial disorder of energy and the aborting of the birth of a healer.

“The Western culture has consistently ignored the birth of the healer,” states Dr. Somé. “Consequently, there will be a tendency from the other world to keep trying as many people as possible in an attempt to get somebody’s attention. They have to try harder.” The spirits are drawn to people whose senses have not been anesthetized. “The sensitivity is pretty much read as an invitation to come in,” he notes.

Those who develop so-called mental disorders are those who are sensitive, which is viewed in Western culture as oversensitivity. Indigenous cultures don’t see it that way and, as a result, sensitive people don’t experience themselves as overly sensitive. In the West, “it is the overload of the culture they’re in that is just wrecking them,” observes Dr. Somé. The frenetic pace, the bombardment of the senses, and the violent energy that characterize Western culture can overwhelm sensitive people.

 

 

 

Schizophrenia and Foreign Energy

With schizophrenia, there is a special “receptivity to a flow of images and information, which cannot be controlled,” stated Dr. Somé. “When this kind of rush occurs at a time that is not personally chosen, and particularly when it comes with images that are scary and contradictory, the person goes into a frenzy.”

What is required in this situation is first to separate the person’s energy from the extraneous foreign energies, by using shamanic practice (what is known as a “sweep”) to clear the latter out of the individual’s aura. With the clearing of their energy field, the person no longer picks up a flood of information and so no longer has a reason to be scared and disturbed, explains Dr. Somé.

Then it is possible to help the person align with the energy of the spirit being attempting to come through from the other world and give birth to the healer. The blockage of that emergence is what creates problems. “The energy of the healer is a high-voltage energy,” he observes. “When it is blocked, it just burns up the person. It’s like a short-circuit. Fuses are blowing. This is why it can be really scary, and I understand why this culture prefers to confine these people. Here they are yelling and screaming, and they’re put into a straitjacket. That’s a sad image.” Again, the shamanic approach is to work on aligning the energies so there is no blockage, “fuses” aren’t blowing, and the person can become the healer they are meant to be.

It needs to be noted at this point, however, that not all of the spirit beings that enter a person’s energetic field are there for the purposes of promoting healing. There are negative energies as well, which are undesirable presences in the aura. In those cases, the shamanic approach is to remove them from the aura, rather than work to align the discordant energies

 

 

Alex: Crazy in the USA, Healer in Africa

To test his belief that the shamanic view of mental illness holds true in the Western world as well as in indigenous cultures, Dr. Somé took a mental patient back to Africa with him, to his village. “I was prompted by my own curiosity to find out whether there’s truth in the universality that mental illness could be connected with an alignment with a being from another world,” says Dr. Somé.

Alex was an 18-year-old American who had suffered a psychotic break when he was 14. He had hallucinations, was suicidal, and went through cycles of dangerously severe depression. He was in a mental hospital and had been given a lot of drugs, but nothing was helping. “The parents had done everything–unsuccessfully,” says Dr. Somé. “They didn’t know what else to do.”

With their permission, Dr. Somé took their son to Africa. “After eight months there, Alex had become quite normal, Dr. Somé reports. He was even able to participate with healers in the business of healing; sitting with them all day long and helping them, assisting them in what they were doing with their clients . . . . He spent about four years in my village.” Alex stayed by choice, not because he needed more healing. He felt, “much safer in the village than in America.”

To bring his energy and that of the being from the spiritual realm into alignment, Alex went through a shamanic ritual designed for that purpose, although it was slightly different from the one used with the Dagara people. “He wasn’t born in the village, so something else applied. But the result was similar, even though the ritual was not literally the same,” explains Dr. Somé. The fact that aligning the energy worked to heal Alex demonstrated to Dr. Somé that the connection between other beings and mental illness is indeed universal.

After the ritual, Alex began to share the messages that the spirit being had for this world. Unfortunately, the people he was talking to didn’t speak English (Dr. Somé was away at that point). The whole experience led, however, to Alex’s going to college to study psychology. He returned to the United States after four years because “he discovered that all the things that he needed to do had been done, and he could then move on with his life.”

The last that Dr. Somé heard was that Alex was in graduate school in psychology at Harvard. No one had thought he would ever be able to complete undergraduate studies, much less get an advanced degree.

Dr. Somé sums up what Alex’s mental illness was all about: “He was reaching out. It was an emergency call. His job and his purpose was to be a healer. He said no one was paying attention to that.”

After seeing how well the shamanic approach worked for Alex, Dr. Somé concluded that spirit beings are just as much an issue in the West as in his community in Africa. “Yet the question still remains, the answer to this problem must be found here, instead of having to go all the way overseas to seek the answer. There has to be a way in which a little bit of attention beyond the pathology of this whole experience leads to the possibility of coming up with the proper ritual to help people.

 

Longing for Spiritual Connection

A common thread that Dr. Somé has noticed in “mental” disorders in the West is “a very ancient ancestral energy that has been placed in stasis, that finally is coming out in the person.” His job then is to trace it back, to go back in time to discover what that spirit is. In most cases, the spirit is connected to nature, especially with mountains or big rivers, he says.

In the case of mountains, as an example to explain the phenomenon, “it’s a spirit of the mountain that is walking side by side with the person and, as a result, creating a time-space distortion that is affecting the person caught in it.” What is needed is a merger or alignment of the two energies, “so the person and the mountain spirit become one.” Again, the shaman conducts a specific ritual to bring about this alignment.

Dr. Somé believes that he encounters this situation so often in the United States because “most of the fabric of this country is made up of the energy of the machine, and the result of that is the disconnection and the severing of the past. You can run from the past, but you can’t hide from it.” The ancestral spirit of the natural world comes visiting. “It’s not so much what the spirit wants as it is what the person wants,” he says. “The spirit sees in us a call for something grand, something that will make life meaningful, and so the spirit is responding to that.”

That call, which we don’t even know we are making, reflects “a strong longing for a profound connection, a connection that transcends materialism and possession of things and moves into a tangible cosmic dimension. Most of this longing is unconscious, but for spirits, conscious or unconscious doesn’t make any difference.” They respond to either.

As part of the ritual to merge the mountain and human energy, those who are receiving the “mountain energy” are sent to a mountain area of their choice, where they pick up a stone that calls to them. They bring that stone back for the rest of the ritual and then keep it as a companion; some even carry it around with them. “The presence of the stone does a lot in tuning the perceptive ability of the person,” notes Dr. Somé. “They receive all kinds of information that they can make use of, so it’s like they get some tangible guidance from the other world as to how to live their life.”

When it is the “river energy,” those being called go to the river and, after speaking to the river spirit, find a water stone to bring back for the same kind of ritual as with the mountain spirit.

“People think something extraordinary must be done in an extraordinary situation like this,” he says. That’s not usually the case. Sometimes it is as simple as carrying a stone.

 

A Sacred Ritual Approach to Mental Illness

One of the gifts a shaman can bring to the Western world is to help people rediscover ritual, which is so sadly lacking. “The abandonment of ritual can be devastating. From the spiritual view, ritual is inevitable and necessary if one is to live,” Dr. Somé writes in Ritual: Power, Healing, and Community. “To say that ritual is needed in the industrialized world is an understatement. We have seen in my own people that it is probably impossible to live a sane life without it.”

Dr. Somé did not feel that the rituals from his traditional village could simply be transferred to the West, so over his years of shamanic work here, he has designed rituals that meet the very different needs of this culture. Although the rituals change according to the individual or the group involved, he finds that there is a need for certain rituals in general.

One of these involves helping people discover that their distress is coming from the fact that they are “called by beings from the other world to cooperate with them in doing healing work.” Ritual allows them to move out of the distress and accept that calling.

Another ritual need relates to initiation. In indigenous cultures all over the world, young people are initiated into adulthood when they reach a certain age. The lack of such initiation in the West is part of the crisis that people are in here, says Dr. Somé. He urges communities to bring together “the creative juices of people who have had this kind of experience, in an attempt to come up with some kind of an alternative ritual that would at least begin to put a dent in this kind of crisis.”

Another ritual that repeatedly speaks to the needs of those coming to him for help entails making a bonfire, and then putting into the bonfire “items that are symbolic of issues carried inside the individuals . . . It might be the issues of anger and frustration against an ancestor who has left a legacy of murder and enslavement or anything, things that the descendant has to live with,” he explains. “If these are approached as things that are blocking the human imagination, the person’s life purpose, and even the person’s view of life as something that can improve, then it makes sense to begin thinking in terms of how to turn that blockage into a roadway that can lead to something more creative and more fulfilling.”

The example of issues with an ancestors touches on rituals designed by Dr. Somé that address a serious dysfunction in Western society and in the process “trigger enlightenment” in participants. These are ancestral rituals, and the dysfunction they are aimed at is the mass turning-of-the-back on ancestors. Some of the spirits trying to come through, as described earlier, may be “ancestors who want to merge with a descendant in an attempt to heal what they weren’t able to do while in their physical body.”

“Unless the relationship between the living and the dead is in balance, chaos ensues,” he says. “The Dagara believe that, if such an imbalance exists, it is the duty of the living to heal their ancestors. If these ancestors are not healed, their sick energy will haunt the souls and psyches of those who are responsible for helping them.” The rituals focus on healing the relationship with our ancestors, both specific issues of an individual ancestor and the larger cultural issues contained in our past. Dr. Somé has seen extraordinary healing occur at these rituals.

Taking a sacred ritual approach to mental illness rather than regarding the person as a pathological case gives the person affected–and indeed the community at large–the opportunity to begin looking at it from that vantage point too, which leads to “a whole plethora of opportunities and ritual initiative that can be very, very beneficial to everyone present,” states. Dr. Somé.


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