Sometimes, in order to move on in our lives - toward greater expansion of being and fulfilling life experience - we need to let go of old mindsets. But shedding old templates of thought can be very difficult, even when we know precisely what it is we want and what we must do to get there.

 

And it can be that much harder to let go of defeating patterns when we aren't clear about what we need, or even who we really are. Today's modern cultural landscape is filled with so many distractions, opinions, and momentary pursuits, that our minds can easily be filled with all manner of free-floating junk and background static so as to drown out our own thoughts and dreams. 

 

Just like neglecting our homes and bodies can make us ill, our lack of psychic hygiene can make us equally sick. Individually and collectively, if we allow our unaddressed psychic material to build up, we may find that our psycho-emotional backlog starts to leak out through private outbursts, interpersonal and cultural conflict, global warfare, and environmental degradation.

In this way, our external reality mirrors our own inner pollution, and until we take a clear look at our internal world, the one outside may escalate into further crisis.  Living in a hyper-aroused society, we may pursue shallow stimulation in order to get temporary relief from our deeper issues.

6. MENTAL HEALTH ~

Cleaning Up Our Minds

Essay by Katarzyna Vedah. Aug. 4, 2018

Like a pebble across a pond, we may skip the surface of our real emotions, seeking distraction after distraction before the momentum runs out and we are forced to experience the depths of our reality.

 

If we remain unaware of what lies underneath - our values, needs, and the empty places within - we may set ourselves for a fall in a shame-based consumer culture that would exploit our pain and sense of lack for profit. When our sense of self-worth (or very identity) is based on externals, it can feel like living in a game of Snakes & Ladders, up one minute, and down the next, trying to feed an inner need through superficial means.

 

But over the long term, we may find that the aspect of us that needed our deeper attention, ignored for too long, has become an insatiable demon or hungry ghost. It is these inner demons and ghosts that we really fear (essentially, ourselves) - the parts of us that are hidden, lost, or locked up in our own psyches.

For better or worse, our subconscious can be a powerful force that affects our lives. It can be a wellspring of creative energy and collective wisdom, but more often than not, many of us treat this part of our minds like the realm of Hades or Hell, as something to avoid (even as we build our homes over it and live off the fumes, mostly unaware of how our bodies, perspectives, and behaviours are affected by it.)

Exploring the depths of our psyche is no easy feat and can often stir up deep wounding we would rather ignore. But perhaps it's time to clear the white noise, heal our internal conflicts, reclaim our projections, and move toward integration - not only with ourselves, but with others, our communities and the natural world.

VIDEO (YouTube): School of Life

Importance of a Breakdown

Modern World Makes Us Mentally Ill

VIDEO (YouTube): Academy of Ideas

Do We Live in a Sick Society?

Problem of the Modern Individual

VIDEO (YouTube): TED-Ed
Rorschach Inkblot Test - Damion Searls

VIDEO (YouTube): TED

Voices in my Head  - Eleanor Longden

Depression - Andrew Solomon

Living Mindfully - Shannon Harvey

DOCU-SERIES (YouTube): Apple TV

The Me You Can’t See
 

DOCUMENTARY: Trailer

Going Sane (Josh Sabey)

Dosed (Tyler Chandler)
My Year of Living Mindfully (S. Harvey)

CrazyWise (Borges & Tomlinson)

 

RIPPLE EFFECT

CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS TO ENGAGE THE CAPACITY TO FEEL
Digital Mind

MENTAL GYMNASTICS

      

FILM (YouTube): Trailer

Lars & the Real Girl (Craig Gillespie)

Frank (Lenny Abrahamson)

The Father (Florian Zeller)

​TV SERIES (YouTube):

Escaping the Madhouse (Lifetime)

The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)

VIDEO: Adam Ruins Everything - TruTV

Why Some Prescriptions Are More Dangerous than Illegal Drugs

 

HEALTHY M.O.

HEALTHY MENTAL OUTLOOK & PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT
Window Cleaning

MENTAL

CLARITY &

PSYCHOLOGICAL HYGIENE

 

THE PROCESS

PRACTICAL REINFORCEMENT FOR SELF-CARE & DAY-TO-DAY LIVING
White Sand and Stone

MINDFULNESS: HOW TO MIND THE MIND

VIDEO (YouTube): Dr. Tracey Marks

Use Mindfulness For Depression

How Mindfulness Helps Stress
 

WEB ARTICLE: Elemental

How ‘Soft Fascination’ Helps Restore Your Tired Brain. By Markham Heid

VIDEO (YouTube): Ten Percent Happier

Dan Harris' Embarrassing Panic Attack

How Meditation Helps With Stress
WEBSITE: Ten Percent Happier

VIDEO (YouTube): Tom Bilyeu

Unlock Your Mind - Joe Dispenza

VIDEO (YouTube):

What Is Mindfulness? (Mindful 360)

9 Attitudes (Recovered Mindfully)

Headspace Guide to Meditation (Netflix)

WEBSITE: Headspace

VIDEO (YouTube): Sadhguru

Stop the Mind's Chatter

Remove Negative Thoughts

VIDEO (YouTube):

Your Mind, Friend or Foe? (Teal Swan)

Three Precious Pills (Novas Imagens)
Stop Talking To Yourself (Creativity Express)

 

SHIFT GEARS

EXPANDING PERSPECTIVES, AWARENESS & CONSCIOUSNESS
Snowy Mountain Sunset

BROKEN OPEN ~

 IS IT PSYCHOSIS OR

SPIRITUAL EMERGENCY?

BOOK: Spiritual Emergency. By Stanislav Grof

 

VIDEO (YouTube): Omega Institute

Race for Consciousness - Stanislav Grof
 

VIDEO (YouTube): Thinking Allowed TV

New Paradigm of the Unconscious -

Stanislav Grof

Visionary Experience or Psychosis -

John W. Perry

VIDEO (YouTube): Rebel Wisdom

Spiritual Emergency in a Post-Covid World -

Jules Evans

Dealing with Spiritual Emergency -

Dr. Tim Read
 

VIDEO (YouTube): Our Life

Life Inside a Psychiatric Institution

 

VIDEO (YouTube): MindFreedom

Alternatives to Psych Hospitals
 

VIDEO (YouTube):

Gabor Maté - Crazywise (Phil Borges)

Stanislav Grof - Crazywise (Phil Borges)
Psychosis or Spiritual Awakening (TED)
 

VIDEO (YouTube): Jules Evans
Dr. Tim Read on Archetypal Crises
 

BOOK: Trials of the Visionary Mind.

By John Weir Perry