“It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – Krishnamurti
I have been following Charles Eisenstein’s work this past year, reading his books and watching interviews of him on YouTube. His ideas about society, the money system, education, holistic health, and the nature of change are truly remarkable! When I came across this talk about mental illness with him and holistic psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan, I just knew that I had to share it.
The talk is quite long and some people may be a little triggered by it, but I am sharing it because it spoke to me and validated some of my experiences with mental illness. For example, I can relate to finding meaning in the illness, being highly sensitive, feeling like it was not just me that was sick but society as well, not wanting to take medication, feeling isolated and alone in my understanding, and the importance of community, support, and connection. Also, I do believe that on some spiritual level, people with mental illness have a calling to heal some of society’s wounds within ourselves, and therefore in the collective consciousness as well.
Disclaimer: In my experience, mental illness is a real illness, and while I support natural approaches to healing, and the shifting of our perspective around it, I do not support any idea of going off of medication unsupported.
I hope that you find some value in this talk, as I have.