The biggest problem I face is trying to understand something that I don’t comprehend intellectually, that I don’t have a grasp of in any articulable way, but yet I believe at some level, I know that I need to connect with again.
Many believe that if we don’t find something then we will face an apocalypse. An apocalypse is not only defined as the end of the world as the Christians would say. Predicting an apocalypse is saying we are at a precipice. The Oxford dictionary defines apocalypse as “an event involving destruction or damage on an awesome or catastrophic scale:… an era of ecological apocalypse.” Many think we are headed for the ecological apocalypse now.
Assuming that is true for the sake of argument then until we start including the externalities of our situation, the unintended consequences of our system, which include the pace of our lives and the lack of connection to each other, as well as the environmental consequences of OUR lifestyles, we are just putting baby fingers in dike holes that are surrounding us and getting taller as we speak. As they say in AA, “More will be revealed.”
What does this have to do with “mental health,” issues? We are suffering, individually as well as collectively because we are not dealing with the dis-ease we are trying to avoid with the pills in the picture above.
“God is a metaphor for all that is beyond intellectual. It’s that simple.” That is why I cant understand it is what I am longing for so that I can find some contentment, some peace.
I’m also pretty sad today. I let the my fellow students know that after this quarter I will not be returning to Pacifica Graduate Institute. In my zeal to get enrolled,(I got accepted 2 days before classes started) I did not realize that the PhD that I was pursuing would not allow me to sit for the MFT license in California. I had originally went to college 24 years ago because I wanted to be a therapist. However, I didn’t follow that path then, and I paid a price for it. I want to follow that calling now.
I also don’t believe that my best place is going to be in academia. I’m a very pragmatic, solutions oriented guy and for me to sit around and talk with a bunch of people who, many of them not being practicing therapists, would probably lead to a high level of frustration for me. I believe the best healers are “wounded healers” and I definitely have done the work to get the wounded part of that definition met.
I dedicate this post to Carole, Roman, Ryan, Lacy, Linda, Denise, Tina, Sue, Faith, Jessica, Meg, Lidar, Jeff, Mary and Ashley. Thanks! Another thanks to Glen and Al!
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123 RV, SA, JW. One other thing. I am not the only person who posts on this blog. I dont want to put the name of the author of the post as soon as you open up the post, but I will if enough people are confused by this fact. Right now, it is myself and I write under the moniker shoe1000 only. Then there is “Willem3655” who has put out some pretty awesome, raw posts recently and the one and only Fanatic, who are also posting here.
Thanks for all of your support. I know that this topic is difficult. But it is real!