The Many Facets of Mental Illness

by Neseret on March 23, 2013

To be ill adjusted to a deranged world is not a breakdown. ~ Jeanette Winterson ~

Even if you were born in to a fairly “healthy” family, you’re still a part of a larger world that continues to perpetuate cycles of pain and suffering. It is highly likely you would have been affected by the negative vibration of violence, ignorance, and drama that has thus far been the human family legacy.

The insanity of the collective egoic mind, amplified by science and technology, is rapidly taking our species to the brink of disaster. Evolve or die: that is our only choice now. ~ Eckhart Tolle ~

If you’re anxious, depressed, in the throes of addiction of every kind, and even suicidal – this is the result of adjusting to an insane world. Most of us are born and grow up in environments and cultures that are as one of my favorite writers Robert Burney describes as “spiritually hostile and emotionally dishonest”.

No wonder people feel “crazy” in a world set up for “crazy making”.

Those who suffer from legitimate mental illness are stigmatized, yet there are so many others with no psychiatric diagnosis running around causing a havoc in the world. These people have no insight in to their insanity. By society’s standards they’re considered “normal”.

To me those types of people, who are clueless to the issues they face in their life are far more dangerous and “crazy” than the countless innocent people who suffer from mental illness. Mental illness is a spectrum.

Mental illness is not a presence or absence of psychiatric diagnosis.

So, all ancient teachings agree that the normal human state of consciousness is, as I call it, a state of insanity. Anybody can verify this for themselves if they look at human history, 90 percent of which—really, if you look at it objectively—would be called the history of collective insanity, with the enormous amount of suffering inflicted by humans on other humans and on themselves and other species. ~ Eckhart Tolle ~

I love Eckhart Tolle’s take on insanity. In his book A New Earth Eckhart tolle discussed how we, human beings as a species are truly lost. We do not know who we really are and we certainly don’t seem to have the ability to distinguish between sanity and insanity.

Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don’t realize this because almost everyone is suffering from it, so it is considered normal. This incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being. ~ Eckhart Tolle ~

Mental illness is small fragment of the larger collective consciousness, as Tolle calls it “a state of insanity”. In my opinion, mental illness is a byproduct of having to live and cope with the low human consciousness vibrational energies – namely shame, anger, and violence.

Research is now showing a link between violence and mental ill health and addiction. “There is evidence that many mental health problems post-date experiences of abuse. Therefore, ‘mental health issues should be treated as effects of abuse and not as mental disorders per se.’”

What exactly is mental illness?

The Mood Disorders Society of Canada defines mental illness as….

Mental illness is a serious disturbance in thoughts, feelings and perceptions that is severe enough to affect day-to-day functioning. Some names for mental illness include:

• schizophrenia – seeing, smelling or hearing things that are not there – or holding firm beliefs that make no sense to anyone else but you,

depression – intense feelings of sadness and worthlessness – so bad that you have lost interest in life,

• bipolar disorder – cycles of feeling intensely happy and invincible followed by depression,

• anxiety disorders – panic attacks, phobias, obsessions or post traumatic stress disorder,

• eating disorders – anorexia (not eating), or bulimia (eating too much and then vomiting), and

• borderline personality disorder – severe difficulty with relationships, placing yourself in danger, making decisions that turn out to be very bad for you – most often as a result of a history of child abuse, abandonment or neglect.

The above is obviously a very basic description of mental illness. There is a lot more to mental illness than the presence or absence of a psychiatric diagnosis. A person can have a great mental health even with a presence of a psychiatric diagnosis. Others may suffer from intense mental/emotional imbalance even if they do not have an clinical psychiatric diagnosis.

We need to redefine how we view mental illness. Our definitions of mental health and mental illness are very narrow and limited. Human beings are so much more than the sum total of their brain chemicals. There is more to the human mind than the presence or absence of illness.

On the other hand it is essential for us to recognize insanity in its original form. Insanity is much more common than we imagine. Our collective consciousness is part of what influences each and every one of our mental health.

To recognize one’s own insanity is, of course, the arising of sanity, the beginning of healing and transcendence.” ~ Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose ~

Please take time to share your questions, comments, and views on mental illness. I would love to hear your thoughts. Share this on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you.

Peace, Love & Gratitude,


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Kathleen April 1, 2013 at 12:49 am

what if??? Which comes first the chicken or the egg. OR Mental health issues – which comes 1st. The foreign substance put into ones body – drink(spiked with a drug & then what transpires a Ripley Believe it or Not -) or a hullicient drug or a shot of a drug to put one under anothers control. THEN : which could make one believe the drug a necessity when in deed it is NOT!! depending on the drug or strength of the drug sss or then the behavior that may be out of the rhelm of normal, thus considered mentally ill. So my way of experiences sane & unsane is the people & places & drugs -Yes drugs taken without a clue – a mickey slipped to you in a bar – or prescribed legally – but brought about HOW ? GOOD QUESTION. Ones behavior under the influence of legally dispensed questionable drugs. In somes cases drugs being taken away cold turkey. There being written out in droves & given to unsuspecting young & old. Ones behavior on some of these drugs can bring about undesired & at times dangerous actions. Thus diagnosed as insane behavior. BUT brought about by another’s desire of control over WHAT – another – their finances or the finances of someone close to the targeted main person – if the other person had whatever the questionable person desired. If this was a person who possessed the power to order legally these drugs & see they were taken for WHOSE good. Say physician how would they profit – if they profit by dollars & cents wouldn’t it be wise for them not to get kickbacks for giving drugs to anyone for anyreason – – maybe this is one area that needs to be reexamined. OR what benefit do they receive by putting a person on say antipsychotic – unless they had an elaborate plan that necessitated the person being drugged! & say others having never been in the drug world with very limited knowledge of this world – would take it hook line & sinker. we’re brought up to believe people who are in caring professions People in authoritative roles = CARE. Do THEY??? Example Say a Doctor – they’re there because they want to better our world. So a person who is unethical in many facets of life chooses to become a physician. We’re taught from a young age to feel safe & believe they’re there for us. I feel one of the biggest mistakes I made in educating children my own & others was to not tell them to judge each & every person on that persons merits & to check & if necessary recheck information – not to take things for granite. I’ve in one sense lost many years – due to blind trust. Things in life that don’t kill you make you stronger. I did not choose my lessons – but I see evil in the world is so often brought about by greed & jealousy. I’m not sure why someone believes that what one person owns is somehow THEIRS!!! Go figure – That still doesn’t compute – and I pray it never will. I believe there are many avenues to healthy – I have needed anti-depresent meds @ one time – but if taught natural ways to handle adversity – sadness – loss ect. Meds should be given for a short period while learning how to cope without drugs. To keep one on meds indefinitely is so WRONG on so many levels. People who do this should ask themselves would I do this to the person I love most in this world or even for oneself – would they? REALLY!?!?!?! My saving grace has been the constant love from those I consider dear to me & I know I am never alone NEVER – God is in my every breath always. That brings me peace.


michael February 20, 2016 at 2:22 am

I love eckhart tolle….. every word he says is mine
to be sane we must first have been insane, in our darkest hours we become sane 🙂

but he has so many good quotes and spiritual truths to say, I admire his contribution to the world and respect him deeply


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