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The Laws of mental Health – How we can stay mentally healthy?
We know that the health of our physical body is based on natural laws, but how about our soul and mental health?
When we think on your physical body, we know that it functions in a process which takes place in 3 phases.
1. It receives energy
2. It transforms these energies to make them usable
3. It uses and eliminates these energies
If we go into further detail we will see that the functioning of the body is totally fixed and immovable and therefore governed by laws.
In the first phase, the intake phase, the body receives the energies which are indispensable for its function that is air, beverage and food.
In the second phase, the transformation phase, the energies, which cannot be directly used by the body, are prepared to be made usable. This mainly takes place during the digestive process which breaks the solid foods into smaller and smaller parts, these latter being then brought to the cells. In the third phase, the energies go out of the body in two different flows. First, in energy spent to maintain the body temperature, the functioning of the organs and for the body activities. Secondly, in the form of worn energies (waste products or toxins) which are eliminated by the excretory organs: liver (bile), intestines (stools), kidneys (urine), skin (sweat), lungs (CO2).
For complete health, each phase must have taken place correctly: the right food must have been eaten, correctly digested, totally used and its waste product eliminated.
The three phases are dependent on each other. If too much food is eaten, digestion will be poor. If the foods are poorly digested, a lot of waste products will be produced. This will lead to insufficient elimination of the toxins. These latter then accumulate in the body and make it ill. These facts can be expressed in specific laws: overeating leads to poor digestion; poor digestion leads to the overproduction of toxins which then accumulate; an accumulation of toxins can overwhelm the excretory organs, leading to poor elimination; poor elimination leads to the poisoning of the body and subsequently to illness.
But as varied and different as these laws may be, they are all governed by a general Law: the Law of Cause and Effect. Its activity makes each cause inevitably engender an effect. Therefore, each effect is triggered by a cause, there can be no effect without a cause, or as the popular saying goes: there’s no smoke without fire. But the Law of Cause and Effect also applies to the Soul and Spirit.
The idea that the human being is more than a physical body is indeed not only a religious conception by the way but also one important in natural medicine. Great doctors throughout history, starting with Hippocrates, already believed that man is composed of three elements:
1. His true ego, the immaterial spirit (in the sense of soul)
2. Different cloaks of ethereal matter
3. The physical body
The spirit surrounded by its different ethereal cloaks, incarnates in the physical body for the length of its earth-life. At death it separates from the body and goes on living in the “other world”.
Now, the Laws we have been talking about the physical body are also active on the spirit. To illustrate this even more we will draw a few parallels to show that they act on the spirit in a way similar to how they act on the body.
Our spirit-our true self – comes from the spiritual realm, also called Paradise, which is situated far above all of the material planes. During its migration down towards the earth it traverses planes differing in consistency and receives a corresponding covering or body from each plane, so that it can experience and be active there. One cloak is thus laid over the other, and the last, outermost covering is the earthly body. In this way the concept of “soul” describes the human spirit with its various cloaks of finer material substance excluding the physical body.
The heart as seat of our soul?
We generally envisage the heart as the seat of our emotions and our mind. We speak of ‘sadness breaking our heart’ or our heart ‘overflowing with joy’, wish for something or love someone ‘with all our heart’. This is, however, not about the physical organ that beats in our chest, but to do with our soul, which is the designation for the immaterial cloaks encasing our spiritual core. The soul is connected with the physical body via the solar plexus, which is located close to the heart. Strong emotions are felt at this spot and they can even change our heart rhythm.
Our longings, wishes and anxieties therefore have their origins in our soul and are of a much finer consistency than the thoughts, feelings and instincts our body can produce.
The notion that our inner life takes place at the emotional level of the soul and not on the physical level should actually not be unfamiliar to us. If we are sad because something painful has hit us, we feel heavy. This emotional feeling of heaviness has nothing to do with an increase in body weight, but indicates a change in the fine, ethereal cloaks around our soul. They lose some of their lightness, which we can feel as weighing down on our body. Painful experiences leave behind ‘wounds of the soul’, through which the soul can be impaired in its activity, in a similar way as the body may be affected by a physical wound.
Full-value and denatured ‘soul food”
Just as the foodstuffs, medicines and toxins that we take into our body can leave their traces in the body milieu, the same also applies to our thoughts, feelings and perceptions: these affect the soul body in their respective nature and leave their imprint upon it.
The foodstuffs that are favourable for our physical well-being correspond in the ethereal aspects to noble, constructive and luminous thoughts, practised love of the next person, helpfulness and a respectful attitude towards others, but also a striving for ennoblement and justice. Such thoughts enliven our soul and help it to unfold.
Great principles such as a conscientious sense of duty and of justice can be perverted into a compulsion to control and a hardheartedness. These then resemble denatured foods – which have therefore been partially robbed of their valuable content (refined foods) or contain strange and dangerous ingredients (foods poisoned by additives).
Just as we take stimulants (tobacco, alcohol, coffee) in order to feel invigorated and full of energy, we can use harmful qualities such as vanity, ambition, hatred or envy to stimulate our inner life artificially. Such stimulation may well occur, but it exhausts the energy of the soul without making it productive. And just as a deficiency of vitamins, proteins or mineral substances can lead to various symptoms and signs in the body, a deficiency of noble and up building thoughts deprives our soul of a basis that is indispensable for its unfolding.
If we consume foods containing toxins or which have been poisoned by chemical treatment, we burden our body environment; if we submit to dark, inhibiting or hate-filled thoughts and act accordingly, we are degrading our soul environment!
There is also a parallel to overeating: an excessive consumption of food and beverages will overload and cause blockages in our organism. In exactly the same way, the deluge of information that assails us from the various media (radio, television, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, Internet ….) and which clogs our consciousness with a mass of unprocessed impressions leads to a downright contamination and poisoning the soul.
A fleeting thought that flashes in our mind and disappears again has a far less influence on our soul environment than recurrent thoughts or impulses. The latter will stick to us far more persistently and influence our soul much more strongly because of their repeated reinforcement. But that is not all! A major role is also played by the intensity with which we perceive something. The more deeply an event touches us, the more we are moulded by the emotions, feelings and thoughts the experience triggers. The joy we feel when we have escaped from a great danger, as well as the deep pain that fills us after a traumatic experience, will imprint indelible marks on our psyche.
Everything has small beginnings
As long as our soul is unburdened, our life will proceed in harmony and the joy of living remains intact in spite of the small problems which confront us in our day-to-day life. However, should negative thoughts and perceptions make inroads into our soul, these will cause frictions with our surroundings, which then lead to annoyance, aggressiveness or bitterness. These are the first signs of a deterioration of our soul environment. In the initial stages it is not difficult for the affected person to re-establish his inner balance and harmony with his surroundings. It is enough to straighten out and regain control over his thought processes and to refrain from nurturing any interfering thoughts.
Without this self-examination and resulting corrective action, the soul environment will continue to deteriorate. From a certain point we begin to react irrationally or even violently to the most minor disturbances or problems. This state corresponds to that of an acute illness in the physical. The normal level of tolerance is overstretched and the crises erupting bring to the surface what has been churning away deep down in us for some time. The severity of these crises – which can occur often in our life – helps us to recognise that something has got into a mess.
If we shut our eyes before this fact or do not change our lifestyle accordingly, things will continue to go downhill. Over time it becomes a habit: conflict situations are no longer recognised as such, but instead are accepted as unchangeable conditions. The one concerned becomes resigned to his fate. This ‘soiling of the soul’ becomes the cause of numerous inner and outer conflicts and chronic problems. The person increasingly changes his behaviour and gradually succumbs to various dependencies and vices.
Such degenerative conditions of the body have a parallel on the soul plane: mental derangement or insanity. The view of reality is totally skewed, the personality has changed for the worse, self-respect has withered and the consciousness of good and evil has been lost.
Conditions for mental health
Exactly as there are laws which have to be observed to preserve our physical well-being, there are also laws which govern our psychic health. If we observe them we lay the foundation for the harmony and balance of our soul. This includes everything that helps us to improve ourselves, to refine and ennoble our nature and to encourage respect for ourselves as well as a respectful attitude towards our fellow human beings.
Just as toxins can be eliminated from our body, we can also free our soul from the accumulated burden. In this way disturbances can be avoided, which would otherwise arise as a lawful reciprocal effect. Unlike our physical body, the decontamination on the soul plane cannot be achieved through the mobilisation of the excretory organs. The impulse for purification has to come from within, from the soul itself. It has to be willing to renounce harmful thoughts and perceptions. If these are not further nourished, they lose their power and their influence on people. This, by itself, is not sufficient by a long shot however, for the good does not automatically develop in us simply because the bad is ebbing away. What is destructive must be replaced by constructive activity.
With the body the excretion of toxins is not sufficient for a regeneration of the body environment either. It has to be given nourishment that was previously withheld from it. In the mental arena, this corresponds to the willingness of the person to be open to helpful streams of power and to strive for the development of enhancing characteristics. It is undesirable, however, to continuously dwell on and analyse his shortcomings and mistakes, his faults and deficiencies, as such concentration continually channels reinforcement to these.
If the milieu of the soul has recovered, then it has also regained its power of resistance to attacks from the outside. Just as even the most aggressive microbes cannot survive in a healthy body environment, just as little can harmful influences unfold their effects on a person with an intact soul environment. This is the effect of the Law of Attraction of Homogeneous Species, which causes opposites to repel.
If we neglect consciously to change the environment of our soul by a voluntary effort, then truly shattering events may yet cause us to do so. It is like events on the physical plane, where illnesses can prompt a change in our habitual lifestyle.
Now it must be noted that the decision to change is not yet the change itself. This can only come from appropriate efforts on our part and the desired results will not be instantaneous! We may therefore not expect any immediate results. Anyone who thinks that his good intentions alone will have immediate effect and make his life nice, peaceful and harmonious, is in error. Such hopes do not correspond to reality. Everything that a person has been storing in the depths of his soul is still there within him. He must first detach himself in order to become free. This detachment or excretion process takes some time. As it does on the physical plane, the initial impression is getting worse because the problems that were repressed into the deeper layers of the soul now suddenly come to the surface to be detached in resolutions. Contrary to appearances, things are already going upwards, because a good direction has previously been taken and the soul environment is no longer burdened by new waste material and thereby its renewal process has already commenced.
Our future, our fate- nothing is by chance!
Our thoughts, our decisions and actions thus leave traces on the plane of the soul. These can remain unnoticed for a long time and unfold a tangible effect at a later point in time and influence our behaviour – according to the Law of Attraction of Homogeneous Species – as well as our future.
Our soul attracts what is homogeneous to it. If we want to alter a situation in which we find ourselves, then it does not help in the long term if we merely try to escape from that particular situation. The surest way is to change ourselves, to change our own attitudes and motivations. This is because as soon as our innermost being is changed, it also has no further homogeneity with the given situation anymore; it even rejects it, or in other words, it has no more affinity with it.
Fate therefore has nothing to do with chance. It is created from what emanates from us: our thoughts, desires and actions. The key to our fate lies in our free will, because through this free will we have it in our hands to determine what emanates from us- what we ‘sow’ – and what consequently – according to the Law of Reciprocal Action – returns to us as harvest. Seed and harvest, sowing and reaping, exist not only in the earthly but also in the ethereal plane of the soul, whereby here too the harvest embraces a multiple of the seed.
The Law of Balance likewise has an effect on all the planes. In the psychic realm it is about the balance between giving and taking: the results of our endeavours are always dependent on the magnitude of our efforts. Of two musicians with identical abilities, the one who practices daily will achieve better results than the one who only occasionally does any rehearsing. Similarly, a person who cultivates a respectful and friendly association with his fellow men will have a much more harmonious relationship with his surroundings than someone who makes no effort in this direction.
Neglect of the law of balance in our relationships with others leads to numerous problems. A child whose every wish is granted by its parents without it having to give something in return, can very easily become a spoilt and unhappy child. Being used to getting everything without having to give something in return, it will expect to obtain good marks at school without putting in the necessary effort. Such a person will later on perhaps expect higher wages for his work performance than what is his due, and demand more from society than he is himself able and willing to give.
The Law of Movement stipulates that everything that wants to stay alive and health as well as continue to develop, must remain in constant movement by its own efforts. This applies to the body as to the soul. Our core of being can only develop further if it is in constant movement, thus is active. For our true self, our spirit, this movement is expressed by its dealing with matters that are in accordance with its species, which means concerns that transcend what is earthly and material. This includes the quest for the meaning of life and dealing with the big questions such as: Where do we come from? Why are we here on earth? Where do we go after we die?
Just as our physical abilities and skills can vary in effectiveness and strength, depending on how intensively we make use of them, so it is also with our spiritual abilities. We can also have well developed spiritual abilities at our disposal if they are frequently being exerted – but not if the spirit within us has been asleep and become ‘stunted’, because we have neglected it.
This also explains the fact why the presence of an immaterial ego within us as well as the existence of otherworldly realms are self-evident realities for some people, while others have great difficulty to even take into serious consideration the possibility of the existence of anything beyond the earthly.
It is a consequence of the Law of Reciprocal Action that a person acquires those abilities which he himself has been striving for. Whoever has an animated inner life, and is thus not concerned with only material things, has thereby also developed his spiritual abilities, which will help him to shape his fate in a much more conscious way.
(Author Christopher Vasey, compiled by Edeltraud Grace)
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