Mental health and spirituality are deeply intertwined, yet many of us don't recognize the connection. By understanding how mental health and spirituality intersect, we can learn to better manage our emotions and find more peace in life.
What is the Link Between Mental Illness and Spirituality?
The connection between mental illness and spirituality isn't always easy to identify. When we understand the link between the two, however, we can start to recognize how our emotional and mental health is impacted by our beliefs, values, and spiritual practices. For example, research has shown that regular meditation can reduce stress levels and help with feelings of depression and anxiety. Spirituality can also offer comfort in times of distress or provide hope in difficult situations. While there is still room for more research and understanding on this topic, it's clear that there is a strong connection between mental illness and spirituality. There are several pathways to explore, including spiritual practices like meditation, mindfulness, daily rituals, gratitude journals, religious or cultural beliefs and traditions, connecting with nature, spending time in silence or prayer, as well as engaging in thoughtful conversations with others.
Mental illness and spirituality
All of these activities have the potential to bring both personal healing and collective peace. When we become more aware and connected to our spiritual self, we can find hope even in difficult times and better manage our mental health.
Spiritual causes for disease
I was always interested in the spiritual causes of diseases, and throughout my spiritual research by using my higher vision and looking into the body energy fields, I found by following many cases there is a general chain of causes that end with an officially recognized medical disease.
This chain includes the following steps:
1. A limiting belief we hold in our subconscious for a long time.
2. At this step the effects of our limiting beliefs start to distort our body's energy fields. At this level, some gifted psychics can “see” the distorted energy fields in the human body. The disease has not yet reached the physical level.
3. In this step the disease reaches in time our body's physical level, and medical scans can detect it, besides the pain we incur.
The first two alternatives could be considered spiritual mental illnesses since they can't be detected by medical scans.
In general, the above disease causal chain extends over months to years, but in certain cases it can be accelerated. The findings above are well aligned with what other higher souls interested in the same subject said.
Mental diseases are the result of the same causal chain as above, but there are some specifics as follows.
Spiritual causes of mental illnesses
Further on, I discovered through my practice with people who showed signs of mental issues there are several categories of these:
1. True mental illnesses. These are medically diagnosed mental illnesses like paranoia, schizophrenia, dementia, Alzheimer, etc. These can be treated only by mainstream medicine. It’s too late to prevent mental disease by using energy procedures or other alternative means. The most it can be done from my observations are complementary practices to medical treatment to help a patient like prayers, spiritual procedures, energy transfers, etc.
2. Energy distortions at the head level. Headaches, pains, dizziness, etc can be the effect of such energy distortions. They can be cured by meditation, energy cleaning, limiting beliefs releasing, and other spiritual and energy methods.
3. False mental illnesses. These are cases of possession, when a lower-vibration soul parasites a person and starts to influence her behavior. This entity/soul can be repelled by using specific means that in religions are called “exorcism”, or clearing a spirit-possessed person.
All three categories above have in common the source of it, and this is a psychological trauma as a result of a very distressing event, that transforms into a deep limiting belief that affects our health and well-being for years to come. The problem as stated above is that such a trauma also causes disruptions to our sensitive mental energies which in turn can lead to effects like in the alternatives described above.
When it comes to mental health, the mental illness and spirituality connection can help us find the source of our deepest pain and explore what lies beyond it. This serves as a powerful form of self-exploration and healing that can lead to greater depth, understanding, and well-being. To fully reap the potential benefits of this spiritual connection, practice can be key for our healing of past trauma.
Paying attention to those connections we have with something larger than ourselves helps to strengthen our capacity for joy, love, and connection which are essential elements for mental health and well-being.
How Unresolved Trauma Affects Spiritual Growth
Trauma, such as experiencing or witnessing abuse, illness, injury, or loss, can have a major impact on a person’s emotional and mental health. Unresolved trauma impacts a person’s spiritual health by making it difficult to trust others and create meaningful connections with the divine. This can make it even harder to work through difficult times and reach a place of spiritual healing.
For some people, unresolved trauma can force them to either retreat from spiritual practices altogether or suppress their emotions in order to cope with the triggers of physical or emotional pain. This can create a spiritual bypass in which an individual uses spirituality as a way to avoid or ignore rather than confront their emotions. Because of this, it is important to seek professional help if you are struggling with unresolved trauma that might be affecting your spiritual growth and path. A therapist can provide both practical advice and emotional support while helping work towards finding closure and healing.
By tackling unresolved trauma and finding closure, we can walk the path of spiritual growth with more ease and grace. In addition to help from a psychologist or other mental health provider, there are many tools available that can create meaningful experiences and deeper connections with our inner selves. These might include spiritual practices like meditation, journaling, and self-care practices.
By taking the time to process patterns and emotions associated with unresolved trauma, you may find yourself better equipped to handle your spiritual needs and feel more connected with both yourself and an faith or practices that you follow.
How to Develop a Healthy Relationship With Spirituality
How spirituality affects mental health is still the object of research, but from observing results in many cases all over the world one could ascertain that developing a healthy approach to spiritual practice can be beneficial for maintaining mental health and well-being. Start by recognizing that spirituality is personal, unique, and always changing. Everyone can develop their own sense of what brings them closer to a sense of peace and faith.
Finding someone who understands your beliefs, such as a spiritual guide or mentor, can help you feel supported as you explore your own spiritual practice. Additionally, attending spiritual-based support groups might provide additional insight into our identity and journey toward inner peace.
Additionally, engaging with the environment can be especially helpful when reconnecting with spirit. Try walking meditations on a nature trail or visit natural water features like rivers or lakes to receive spiritual calmness.
Depending on your preference, yoga or chi-gong are other spiritual tradition that help center the mind and body.
Lastly, spiritual retreats offer a great opportunity for personal growth because they allow us to separate our daily lives from our inner journeys of faith and exploration.
To maximize the benefits of developing healthy spiritual practices, experimenting and seizing opportunities to explore what different activities resonate with you are essential.
Escaping our daily lives and immersing ourselves in an open space can offer a great avenue for learning more about your spiritual beliefs: it may be trying a Kundalini dance class, or attending a healing retreat in nature. Cultivating these practices not only improves your mental health by helping to refocus and replenish lost energy, but also teaches us to live in the present moment, peacefully connecting with ourselves and our faith.
Research suggests that engaging in spiritual activities increases feelings of well-being, inner calm, improved self-worth, increased satisfaction in life overall, and a stronger connection to those around us. Developing a relationship with our spirituality can also help relieve symptoms that mental illnesses present such as intrusive thoughts or worries by talking through challenging topics with a spiritually knowledgeable individual. These experiences create new memories which overwrite the negative memories associated with mental illness.
If you know you have some trauma in the past, but even without such a condition, I strongly advise not to study and practice spirituality alone but to become part of a competent spiritual school that can give you feedback, evaluate your progress, and advice you if unknowingly you might drift away.
Practicing spirituality alone without supervision can in some cases make things worse instead of better. In my practice, I am accustomed to dealing with clients who mistake a mental illness for spiritual awakening for instance. I also meet spirituals who have gone years in a row picking up all sorts of individual spiritual practices from a myriad of sources and getting ill because of practicing them and going without supervision.
So be cautious in your approach to spirituality if you intend to go without supervision.
You can learn more by reading other posts in this spiritual site that are coming from a very different and fresh angle than spiritual mainstream, and based on a very long and personal experience and hands-on research, and not from books.
You might also consider a service like Psychic Readings in the Services section of this site from the ones listed here and get a spiritual diagnosis, or Healing limiting beliefs, or Compatibility for lovers, or attend my spiritual School of Body and Soul Ascension Mastery so to raise your body and soul awareness and reach into higher dimensions.