To separate out the sensitive and call them mentally ill is yet another disservice and retraumatization to our most sensitive citizens. Seriously. We need to cut it out.
The language of mental illness “others” people and is a human rights violation committed mindlessly by our entire culture. Forced treatment is the most obvious violence against us but microaggressions happen daily everywhere.
When separation and microaggressions are legitimized and put into public policy and discourse the way it’s been done, we become second class citizens and subhumans — and it’s all very acceptable as far as most are concerned.
This is an energetic reality whether people are aware of it or not. This is oppression and bigotry systemically supported and then denied by almost everyone, including those most seriously affected. We internalize it and come to believe these lies.
Just like racism and yet, it’s not recognized yet (not widely… certainly there are those who fight for broad systemic change who do get it, but we are a tiny minority at this point).
“Mentally ill” is a slur for those with the greatest sensitivities to the harmful conditioning we all face and are subject to. We might say that Everyone is Mentally Ill and that some of us who are labeled as such and thus ostracized by these labels are actually the least in denial about what is happening to us and to our planet.
So yes, those of us labeled mentally ill are often closer to sanity than most of society. Language matters here and calling the most vulnerable among us mentally ill as though everyone isn’t seriously affected is a form of doublespeak. Very 1984. A manipulation that helps people remain deep in denial so that we can keep on committing atrocities against one another and the planet. Everyone is Mentally Ill (yes, conditioned to the point of soul-loss) in this society, and those of us labeled are often far less so even though many of us may not yet be aware of this reality. See also: The Purpose of Life and the Human Conditioning.
“It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a sick society.” Krishnamurti
I get that it’s useful to use the language of illness for folks who attach to the illness construct as well so that we might communicate and reach out to everyone. It remains all the more important to look at and be explicit about how language is used, and to clarify what we mean if we do use such language on occasion for the sake of communicating with those who might not otherwise hear us if we didn’t use such language as a bridge.
“Illness” used in a clinical sense within psychiatry and the establishment is often used to oppress and keep down and disenfranchise armies of sensitives (our most vulnerable and gifted members of society — healers, indeed). We need these folks fit and healthy in order to heal the world.
People can heal the sensitivity to become what gets called psychotic by becoming AWARE… that is a growth and maturation process. When one matures enough to become an observer of their thoughts and become discerning about the content of their thoughts, psychosis pretty much goes away… clarity ensues. We see that we were always closer to the truth. Paradox is the nature of truth.
Psychosis is, among (many) other things, also, quite often, a deep attachment to one’s (not consensually reasonable) thoughts and beliefs. To be clear and to restate in another way what has been said above, most of what is consensually and widely believed in society and the mainstream is also delusional. It’s just generally accepted. R.D Laing has much to say about the “normal” human being. Let’s just say that real clarity and lucidity is not normal.
All human beings can become what gets labeled psychotic under the right (or wrong) circumstances… and as stated above it can be argued that consensual psychosis is the status quo.
Strengthening the health of the body helps clarity and growth too. As holistic beings it all matters… everything. For those labeled and for those not labeled too. We all need healing.
The maturation and healing process happens naturally… and can be aided and supported by many different things. Let us become a society of people who support the kaleidoscopic needs of every individual in our amazing and diverse human family.