What a statement! I think that some of my Christian friends will probably take issue with this. I appreciate it and invite the dialogue. But as James Hillman has said, we are not owning our shadow and it is harming our culture. I invite anyone who disagrees with this to comment on this blog.
I talk about depression in myself as if it is separate from the dis-ease that many of us suffer from in my culture. I am learning that more and more of us suffer and we dont have a collective movement to try and heal what we suffer from. Depression is one of the fastest growing health issues. Notice I did not say “mental health,” issues. I dont believe it is a mental health issue and havent for a while.
If it is not a mental health issue then what is it? I always refer everyone in AA to the statement that I suffer from ‘Deep seated, quite forgotten at times, emotional conflicts that persist below the level of consciousness.’ (paraphrasing)
Okay mister shoe1000, what are we going to do about them. I have experienced many different forms of “self-help,” and dont think that laying out mine as “the” answer helps anyone. So I always say to others, what have you done to get relief from those conflicts inside that make you act in ways you are not proud of.
I have done many things in my recovery and hopefully will be fortunate to do many more. What I am posing to you today is a call to you to tell me what you have done to get relief, not on a short term basis, but on a long term basis from those conflicts that drive us to do things that we dont like and are not proud of.
Thank you to all who have wished me Happy Birthday!
Help me Mr. Wizard!
(1) Robert Bly
123 R.V. “Its about forgiveness, forgiveness, even if, even if you dont love me anymore.” Don Henley