Step 1: I Chose My Spiritual Perspective
I don’t think I would have made it through my illness, or at least had as much of a favorable outcome, were it not for my spiritual outlook. This first step is, in my opinion, the most important factor in overcoming mental illness. How you answer the following questions will directly affect your journey:
- Is there a higher power that wants what’s best for me?
- Is healing possible?
- Does everything happen for a reason?
- Do I have free will?
When we choose the answers to these questions, we are in effect choosing between different paths that we’d like to take. A spiritual perspective is just that, our own perspective. We don’t have to prove it to anybody else, we just have to know that it’s true in our heart.
Step 1.5: I Fought Like Hell For Ten Years
Throughout the ten years that I struggled with schizoaffective disorder, I fought to free myself from it like I was in hell, because in a sense I was. Armed with my spiritual beliefs, I knew that there must be more than the suffering I was experiencing. More than just head knowledge, this inner knowing gave me the strength to persevere beyond what I thought was possible. You can learn more about how I did it in my podcast, Healing Mental Illness: Lessons Learned in the Trenches, available on iTunes here:
Step 2: I Started Using Homeopathy
Homeopathy (taken under the care of a Naturopathic doctor specializing in mental illness) enabled me to maintain balance without the need for pharmaceutical medication. I started taking homeopathy in January of 2013, and weaned off my medication in June of 2013. I have been medication free since then, and my life has just gotten better and better. You can find resources about homeopathy here.
I go more in depth about homeopathy in the following blog post: Homeopathy Was The Answer To My Prayers, and in the following podcast episode: How Did I Heal? Homeopathy.
Step 3: I Removed the Heavy Metals from My Brain
In November of 2015 I read a book about mystery illnesses which described a simple, food-based method for removing heavy metals from the body and brain. It’s a delicious smoothie with five ingredients that I decided to make every morning. You can learn how to make it in my blog post: Got Heavy Metals On The Brain?
After about six months of having the smoothie every morning, I couldn’t believe how clear I felt mentally and energetically. Whereas before I felt like Humpty Dumpty, just broken into pieces, I then started to feel whole again. I had a feeling that mental illness (specifically psychosis) was caused by heavy metal toxicity disrupting electrical signals in the brain, and this confirmed it for me. I was able to discontinue the homeopathy in December of 2016, and I can honestly say that I feel the best I ever have in my whole life!!! I still have the smoothie every morning (because we are continually being exposed to new heavy metals in our food and environment).
If you’d like to read more about my ten year journey battling schizoaffective disorder, how I healed, and the insights that I learned along the way, you may check out my book, Healing Schizoaffective, available on Amazon here:
I wish you the best on your healing journey. God bless you!
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