“I once read about a Muslim man who was locked up in a Psychiatric hospital by his family. He begged a young Psychiatrist for help and repeated the Fatihah over and over again. What really got to me was the response of the Psychiatrist. He brushed the man off and could not see how that the man was calling for spiritual help. The most disturbing part for me was that the Psychiatrist himself was a Muslim.”
“Prayer is not a request for something: it is the expression of a mode of being, a means of existing and of causing to exist.” ~ Henry Corbin
The Islamic world is not a monolith and never was. There is an Arab Islam, an Arab Syrian Islam, a Malaysian Islam, an Indian Islam and so on.
“Man is the weakest of creatures because he is empty in himself. The central place of man is his heart. This is in the image of the Supreme Name of God, the hā’ of Allah, which in Arabic script forms a circle. This circle is at once a sign of the capacity of the circle to encompass everything, and also of its essential emptiness.” ~ Paul Ballanfat
“The Scientific Tradition defines truth as measurable and repeatable. The whole is the same as its most active part. Herbs are reduced to standardized extracts; only the active ingredient is important. Healing is fixing. Linear thought, linear time. Good and bad, health and sickness are always at war. (…).” ~ Susun Weed
“In Islam we are reminded that the prophet Mohammed (a.s) himself started his life as an orphan, and that his spiritual journey began when he witnessed the murder of baby girls by his fellow Meccans.”
In Islam we are always reminded that the prophet Mohammed (a.s) himself began his life as an orphan, and that his spiritual journey began when he witnessed the murder of baby girls committed by his fellow Meccans. The welfare and protection of children is at the very heart of Islamic thought and prayer and daily conduct. To seperate a child from it’s parents is such an extreme measure and is so fundamentally cruel, we only ever consider any seperation in the context of Kafalah (community adoption) when a child happens to be orphaned. I will talk about this further in other posts.Continue reading
"In my wildest dreams I couldn’t imagine more of a hell-realm than psychiatry. It was only years after I had left the psychiatric community that I began to re-contextualize and reframe my experiences with psychiatry as a shamanic descent into the underworld, into the depths of a modern-day Hades. What the psychiatrists were doing was truly maddening and crazy-making. Psychiatrists are trained to pathologize; once I was diagnosed and labeled with a mental illness, my behavior was myopically viewed through the lens of pathology, which only served to draw out the pathological aspect of my process, further confirming to the psychiatrists the correctness of their diagnosis in a self-fulfilling prophecy." ~ Paul Levy
This quote from Paul Levy reminds me of stories friends told about their psychiatric experiences and how difficult it was for them to get away from that hell. Psychiatric medications were prescribed to them without emotional support, proper diagnosis, holistic perspective and after-care. There is more then just one dimension to the suffering within psychiatry and the ongoing consumption of psychiatric medication.
“If nothing flies, then at least let your imagination fly free and the rest may follow.”
Last months I received a devastating email from the UK by a woman who was raped by her husband, for which he was convicted to a six year prison term. But instead of being able to live her life from here on, her children were taken off her to be force adopted. UK Social Services alledge that she has “psychological issues post trauma” and “that she allowed herself to be raped”.
“Sometimes, when all seems lost and the temptations of madness and hatred are at their worst my advise is to turn into the quiet zones, to be grateful for every little good there is, and to build on this good and hold on to it for dear life.”
I have encountered a couple of female impersonations of dark female archetypes over the last years. All had much pain to carry and all had to endure much abuse by men and their legal, administrative and social systems, but also much pain and abuse through and by themselves.