No clear difference between psychopathology of self and psychopathology of world

This short passage is filled with astonishing insights, articulated so beautifully there is something palpable and acute that happens when I read it.

My practice tells me I can no longer distinguish clearly between neurosis of self and neurosis of world, psychopathology of self and psychopathology of world. Moreover, it tells me that to place neurosis and psychopathology solely in personal reality is a delusional repression of what is actually, realistically, being experienced. … [click on title to read and view more]

Be silent and listen: have you recognized your madness and do you admit it?

Be silent and listen: have you recognized your madness and do you admit it? Have you noticed that all your foundations are completely mired in madness? Do you not want to recognize your madness and welcome it in a friendly manner? You wanted to accept everything. So accept madness too. Let the light of your madness shine, and it will suddenly dawn on you. Madness is not to be despised and not to be feared, but instead you should give it life…If you want to find paths, you should also not spurn madness, since it makes up such a great part of your nature. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Aging: a lovely thing maligned…

Aging…not such a bad thing. Really.

The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball — the further I am rolled the more I gain. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Champion of the psyche and renegade therapist

Therapy is set up to help the “disturbed.” Sometimes the psyche upsets us in order to allow us to go further…mental health care is thus misguided in that it tries to get rid of distress. We need to instead come to understand why the distress is there. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The right reaction to a symptom might be a welcoming rather than laments and demands for remedies

Because symptoms lead to soul, the cure of symptoms may also cure away soul, get rid of just what is beginning to show, at first tortured and crying for help, comfort, and love, but which is the soul in the neurosis trying to make itself heard, trying to impress the stupid and stubborn mind—that impotent mule which insists on going its unchanging obstinate way. The right reaction to a symptom may as well be a welcoming rather than laments and demands for remedies, for the symptom is the first herald of an awakening psyche which will not tolerate any more abuse. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

On The Legacy Of Aging

Among other things this is a critique of our pathologically youth oriented culture. It’s very wonderful. Please watch.

Aging is no accident, says Hillman: … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Teachers who inspire…

I’ve put together a post with a list of teachers or otherwise inspirational people I often quote or refer to on Beyond Meds. Here below many of them are listed with a distinctive quote from their work and a link to the posts on this blog where more of their work is shared. This post […]

Why do we focus so intensely on our problems?

Why do we focus so intensely on our problems? What draws us to them? Why are they so attractive? They have the magnet power of love: somehow we desire our problems; we are in love with them much as we want to get rid of them . . . Problems sustain us — maybe that’s […]