The fourth of my five truths of bipolar is; “developing a strong spiritual self is essential in overcoming our mental anguish and emotional turmoil.” In the last few installments of this blog I have talked about a number of emotions that cause some of our emotional turmoil. I ended the last blog in that series saying; “there is a caveat to all of this; we must have a proper diagnosis and proper medications that gives us a stable mind.” Without that stable mind we are unable to develop ourselves, spiritually, mentally, or physically, in any way. It is this stable mind that is the foundation of mental wellness. in this series I stated there is formula to connect with our spiritual need. In this issue I speak on why we have that need to connect with our spiritual self.
I have come to believe through my experiences and the experiences of others, both professional and non-professional, that bipolar is a disruption of the communication lines between the human spirit, the human mind and human body. Not only are the communication lines disrupted but our human soul is destroyed or put on serious life support as we have stopped communicating with an important part of ourselves. Without the human spirit to act as referee or controller, our mind runs the show and in most cases our minds are not a place worth hanging out. The biggest hurdle for myself and for many others is to understand, as Eckhart Tolle says: “we are not our minds.” If we were our minds we could not separate ourselves from our thoughts. Now, I admit in the grips of our illness it is almost impossible separate ourselves from our thoughts, but this separation is possible once we have that stable mind. Since this separation is possible, this means we must reside somewhere else. The simplest way I have found to name that somewhere else we reside is to say we are spirit. Or, as the French philosopher Pierre Telhard de Chardin stated: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
This one statement put into perspective the entire issue of how important the human spirit is. This is where we reside. In the new research of heart transplant recipients, a surprising number adopt the personality’s, likes and dislikes of the person who’s heart they receive. There is a lot more to this research, but for this topic it is enough to offer as proof that our mind is not us. But makes real the statement; “We can have a change of heart.”
That is what repairing the communication lines between the mind, body and spirit does, gives us an opportunity to have a change of heart. One of my counsellor friends teaches that when we no longer reside in our minds, we can quickly learn that our bodies give us perfect warnings of a change of mental state. This is absolutely true when we learn to listen to what our bodies are telling us. If there is no communication between the body and the spirit this early warning system is of no use to us.
Our battle is with our minds, not with other people, places, situations or other external things. Remember our battle will always be with our minds and our minds alone.
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The great inspirational speaker, Jim Rohn, said:” Work harder on yourself than anything else.”
I say,” Work harder on yourself and everything else falls into place like magic.”
Keep to the path, the hard one. The easy one does not go anywhere.