by Talisien Frampton | 7:52 pm

Mental Health Today

” Approximately 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year. In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.

Statistics taken from Mind website.

Taken from the 2016 census for mental disorders the above statistics, however, were taken from studies that have surveyed people living in private housing in England. The figures do not include the number of people experiencing mental health problems in hospitals, prisons, sheltered housing or people who are homeless. Therefore, these figures may underestimate the prevalence of mental health problems.

These statistics highlight the size of the problem facing humanity today. The health services in the UK, Europe and USA are overstretched and unable to provide satisfactory support for those in their communities dealing with mental health issues. So, what can we do to help ourselves? In this article I look at how meditation benefits mental health.

My Story

Four years ago I was managing severe anxiety, depression and CPTSD. The mental issues were causing psychosomatic physical problems such as intermittent loss of feeling in my legs. When I started to have the problem with my legs I was unaware that the cause may be psychosomatic. It took 18 months of tests to discover that there was no obvious physical problem. When my consultant suggested counselling I jumped through all the hoops of the NHS system and was placed on a waiting list of at least 10 months.

I had to take immediate remedial action myself and get out of the spiraling financial debts that were exacerbating the depression. So, I bought a caravan and moved to a farm in the middle of Exmoor. I changed my diet and started on an intensive path of daily spiritual processes including meditation. Over a period of three years I gradually recovered until today I am almost completely free from anxiety and the physical symptoms arising from it. I consider meditation to be one of the major contributing factors of my recovery.

What is Meditation?

The process of mediation follows several stages.

It starts with Abstraction. This is the power to withdraw the outgoing attention from objective and tangible things and turn it within and focus it in the center of the head.

This is followed by Concentration or fixation of the mind. This is one-pointed living and involves also bringing the mind into activity in the place of the emotions. Thus, both the emotional and physical systems are controlled by the focused mind.

Only then does Meditation begin in earnest. This is prolonged attention or concentration and brings about the power to focus the mind upon a higher level of consciousness called, in arcane wisdom, the soul. This produces radical changes on all levels and substantiates the truth of, ‘As a man thinketh, so is he.’

Finally this leads to Contemplation which is the act of the soul upon its own level of consciousness as it looks out over the forms and contacts the energies found in the spiritual kingdom of nature. This is followed by the pouring down into the brain, by way of the controlled mind, of soul knowledge and energy and it known as Illumination.

How does it affect the mind

Meditation is a purely mental process. It is the result of an inward-turning of attention, and the abstraction of the consciousness from form and substance and a centering within itself. The meditation process necessitates the withdrawal of the consciousness from all physical forms and the abstraction from all feeling and emotion.

‘He dwells on the plane of the mind, persists in meditation, creates by an act of will and not through the helplessness of desire, and is a ‘free soul.’ a master and a liberated man.’

The Light of the Soul – Alice Bailey

 

How it helps mental health

The Basics of Arcane Health will be the focus of another article but suffice it to say that it is based upon the understanding of the seven centers of energy within the etheric body and their subsequent effect upon the endocrine glands of the body. The endocrine glands, through the production of the hormones regulate the health of the body and mind.

The results of meditation are the correct alignment, right relationship, and clear channels for the seven energies through the seven centers and there, by way of the endocrine system, to a clear balanced regulation of the health of the body and mind. The conscious direction of spiritual energy playing through the vital body and the centers should bring the physical body and the endocrine system eventually into such a condition that we should have perfect health.

Conclusion

This process can only be proven by the individual undertaking a serious commitment to a meditative process and experiencing the results for themselves. It can also be testified to by those that have undertaken the process and have thereby achieved satisfactory results.

Four years ago I could hardly walk, I was unable to drive and for a while I was so debilitated by anxiety that I was unable to leave the house. A lifetime of anxiety and dealing with emotional trauma had reduced me to a condition of constant fear and suicidal depression as a result. Three years later, through learning to withdraw my attention from my emotional issues and control the vicious cycles of negative over-thinking, I am able to live a normal life. Beyond that, my health on all levels has improved dramatically and I have never felt so happy and fulfilled.

Could the teaching of this form of meditation to those suffering from mental health issues be an answer? Mindfulness is now taught as part of the NHS support for mental health. How about taking that one step further? How about teaching meditation to children at a young age as a form of preventative medicine?

What do you think?

Comments

Tracy

This is a very useful article. Mental Health is a huge problem that is always overlooked. I have not yet tried meditation however I agree, teaching this at a young age would be a beneficial form of preventative medicine. Thank you for sharing.

Sep 05.2019 | 06:31 pm

    admin

    Thank you Tracy. Considering the current statistics on those who are managing some form of mental health issue, especially at a young age, and the lack of support I think the only way forward is to teach people some techniques of self help rather than immediately prescribe drugs.

    Sep 06.2019 | 06:57 am

Shane

Nice read thank you for the information, I would like to learn more about these 7 energy centers in the body

Sep 05.2019 | 08:44 pm

    admin

    Thank you Shane. I will be covering more on the subject of the energy centres in other articles. Their connection to the endocrine system and therefore the regulatory hormones is a fascinating study.

    Sep 06.2019 | 06:52 am

Eric

My wife has been using meditation to deal with her illness. I think it’s great that you are promoting this as meditation helps with many other issues as well — the most being bringing stress levels down to deal with life effectively.

Sep 05.2019 | 11:36 pm

    admin

    Thank you Eric. If it wasn’t for meditation I would still be struggling to cope with extreme levels of anxiety in my life. I am glad to hear that your wife finds meditation useful in dealing with her illness. It is such a simple tool but with huge benefits.

    Sep 06.2019 | 06:51 am

Ian

Meditation is extremely helpful for many people. An aspect of this, “mindfulness”, has been taught via the NHS. (There have been medical people pointing out its limitations & even risks). It was of huge value to me some years ago! However, I’m concerned about the possible perception of meditation as an “escape” from the world and into the self (whatever that is). My learning suggested that meditation led to a heightened, peaceful awareness of the world around me. Any thoughts on that?

Sep 07.2019 | 08:46 am

    admin

    Thank you for your comment Ian. I would say that there is an aspect of meditation that could be perceived as escapism and that is cultivating awareness of, and thence controlled ‘detachment’ from, the feelings and thoughts of the personality. This is understood, in arcane terms. as the dissipation of the thoughts and feelings of the personality, to be replaced by the ‘self’, or another level of consciousness, which exists beyond the ‘mind’ and which is entered into during meditation. For those that have not experienced this level of consciousness, and/or do not believe there is anything beyond the mind, this could be seen to be an escape or in psychological terms ‘disassociation’.
    The perception of the soul, in my experience, most definitely is a heightened awareness and understanding of the world. The peace, in my experience, comes from the said detachment from the fears and anxieties of the personality.

    Sep 07.2019 | 03:32 pm

      Ian

      “Detachment” I can certainly go along with. There’s a strange not-quite-contradiction that involves a separation from and at the same time an immersion in human experience of the “self” and the world.

      Sep 08.2019 | 08:58 am

        Talisien Frampton

        Exactly so Ian. As the arcane would describe it a separation from the personality by an immersion in the soul.

        Sep 08.2019 | 09:26 am

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