Until the end of the 19 th century, there was still quite a debate going on between what was known as the mechanistic camp of medical researchers, who believed that biology and chemical reactions were the only factors affecting human health, and the vitalist camp of researchers, who believed that human physical health was also greatly affected by the ‘vital spirit’ (or soul-force) that they believed was animating the human body.
Coming off the back of Darwin, and the gusting winds of the anti-religious, atheist Age of Enlightenment, many of the medical mechanists saw themselves as being on a holy mission to break the link between human health and anything to do with God or the more spiritual aspects of mankind.
The death knell for vitalism occurred in 1920, when Professor Otto Loewi conducted a breakthrough experiment with a frog’s heart, that apparently proved that only chemical agents in the body such as acetylcholine were responsible for physiological changes in the body, and not the more more esoteric ‘electrical impulse’ ideas put forward by the vitalist camp.
(100 years’ later, science, and particularly quantum physics, has repeatedly proven this mechanistic view of human beings and human health completely wrong. But I’m getting ahead of myself…)
Freud was a secular Jew who was completely cut off from any ideas of the ‘soul’ or the ‘spirit’ being underneath emotional and mental health problems. In the environment he was working in, the mechanists had apparently proved that the body’s health and functioning depended purely on biological processes and chemical transmission, and that the brain / mind was a world unto itself, completely cut off from both body and soul.
This fundamental premise is completely false, and it’s the main reason that despite 100 years’ of psychoanalysis, there are now more miserable people in the world than ever before.
Today, there is reams and reams of cutting-edge research showing that body, mind and soul are all intricately linked together. Quantum physics has done a number of experiments proving that physical mass (including the human body) is actually just light or energy that’s vibrating at a much slower pace, which is what gives our physical world its ‘solid’ appearance.
Fundamentally, matter is made up of frozen, ‘slowed down’ energy or light.
This has huge implications for our healthcare, both on the physical and mental levels, but sadly, the conventional medical system is still stuck in a time warp, relating to people’s bodies as being purely a function of biology.
This is an incorrect approach even for physical health matters, as a number of rigorous experiments have been done now showing that energetic healing approaches such as acupuncture and acupressure, for example, affect physical mass (and subsequently, human health) by affecting the energetic ‘vibration’ of the body.
(I’m not saying, btw, that surgery and pills aren’t still required in some cases, because clearly they are. What I’m saying is that the more the medical establishment understands the links between body, mind and soul, the less need there will be for surgery and pills, because the problems will be recognized and solved much earlier on, at the energetic levels of mind and soul.)
Which brings us to the next problem:
Modern psychiatry is still applying the ‘biology is all there is’ canard to human health, but has now also extended that theory to the human mind. Instead of recognizing that the soul affects the mind affects the body, (top down), they continue to insist that the body has some sort of biological ‘chemical imbalance’ going on, which is causing mental health issues (bottom up).
Despite 30 years of research, no chemical imbalance has ever been proven as the cause of any mental illness. (You can read more about this here: why the lunatics are truly now in charge of the asylum.)
So what’s going on?
Simply, that body, mind and soul are all reflecting each other. When there is a problem in the physical body, it’s often because there was a preceding problem in the mind / emotions that wasn’t addressed, and that came about on some level due to some sort of spiritual ‘lack’ or issue.
Which brings us to the last, but really main, problem with modern psychology:
God is completely out of the picture. (When I say ‘God’ I don’t mean religion. I mean the basic understanding that there is Someone who created the world, for a purpose, and who seeks to have a meaningful relationship with His creations.)
To this day, God is still a dirty word in most psychiatric and medical circles. Anyone who admits to having any experiences that appear to be beyond the realm of mechanistic medicine to explain (which includes any spiritual experience you care to mention) – is considered to be ‘delusional’ or even schizophrenic.
Again, we have to understand the background of the people who invented psychiatry and psychology to understand this very limited view of the human condition, that condemns any spiritual leanings or belief in God as being the product of a ‘delusional’ mind.
As a secular Jew, God was a huge blind-spot for Freud, and his secular bias impeded his ability to recognize what was truly going on, when it came to understanding the genesis of his patients’ mental and emotional illnesses.
People who TRULY believe in God tend to treat others in a much kinder, compassionate way, especially their children and spouses, not least because they take the concept of eternal reward and punishment very seriously. (Once again, being 'religious' is not the same as really believing in God. If a person is acting in a horrible way, they don't really believe in God, no matter how 'religious' they claim to be.)
As a side note, Freud himself realized that there was a firm link between childhood abuse and mental illness, particularly sexual abuse, but decided to ‘row back’ from his discovery when he realized that Viennese society would make him a persona non grata if he continued to publicize his findings. So as a result, he came up with his now discredited theories of his patients having ‘sexual fantasies’ about their parents instead, which seriously derailed any hope Freudian psychoanalysis – and all the other disciplines it spawned - ever had of really solving the true roots of the problem of what’s causing mental illness, even according to completely secular paradigms. (Former psychologist Alice Miller writes extensively about this.)
Unfortunately, this misguided approach is still happening today, as people are more than happy to blame mental illness on completely unproven ‘chemical imbalances’ but still strangely resistant to accepting the research that’s been done over 70 years showing clear links between traumatic and abusive experiences in childhood, and mental and emotional problems.
So let’s put all the bits together:
1) Human health, including mental health, depends on all three levels of body, mind and soul being healthy and operating at optimal levels. When people don’t get the minerals and vitamins they need, don’t sleep enough, don’t exercise enough – that has a huge impact on their mental health. When people don’t know why they’re alive, and don’t believe in God (who amongst His many other jobs, is the Guardian of conscience in the world, which prevents people from acting on their hateful, hurtful and negative impulses) – they are much more prone to sadness, anxiety, depression and any number of negative, destructive emotional states like anger, hatred and vengeance.
2) As a secular Jew writing at a time of religious ‘enlightenment’, where the medical establishment claimed to have completely broken the link between matters of the spirit and matters of the body, Freud had a number of huge personal biases that prevented him from making the correct connections between mental / emotional, physical and spiritual health.
3) Einstein’s E=mc2 proves that all matter (even human bodies) is actually just energy, albeit vibrating at a slower rate. Affect the energy, and you affect the mass. This has huge implications for all branches of human health, but especially psychiatry.
4) Conventional medicine, including psychiatry, is still stuck in a scientific time warp claiming that ‘biology is all there is’ – and the latest sad example of this is the whole chemical imbalance / drug therapy scandal that’s currently unfolding.
The last thing to mention is that many of the traumatic (PTSD) experiences that cause mental and emotional health issues occur in childhood, when the brain is not fully-formed. Talk therapy simply can’t get to these problems – because they are stuck in the body’s physiology, that’s governed by the reptilian and emotional brain.
People ‘FEEL’ traumatized, stuck, overwhelmed etc, and that feeling needs to be released at the physiological level to begin the healing process. Things like energy psychology and EMDR and neurofeedback are doing exactly that, with great, fast and permanent results.
But that’s why people can ‘talk’ to therapists for years, and still be completely stuck in their body-based emotional problems and issues.
If we haven’t got God in the picture, we have no context for why we need to go through all this stuff in the first place, and we can often get stuck in a sea of bitterness, anxiety and hatred that can also cause us tons of emotional and mental difficulties.
Without a spiritual dimension, people have very little reason to hope that things can change for the better for them (especially when the psychiatric establishment is telling them their brains are permanently ‘broken’), very little reason to go on living when they’ve experienced such difficulties in life, and very little motivation to do the hard internal work required to get past their emotional pain and their acquired negative character traits, to be the amazing people they truly could be.
The bigger the soul, the more challenges they usually have to face, and often, the more diagnoses, disorders and medications they’ll collect from their shrinks, as a result.
If you want to read more about this stuff, I recommend the following books:
The Body Keeps the Score – by Bessel Van Der Kolk MD–
which explains in a very clear way how body and mind are connected, and why talk therapy doesn’t really work to overcome traumatic experiences.
Anatomy of an Epidemic – by Robert Whitaker – which sets out very clearly why ‘the drugs don’t work’ when it comes to curing mental illnesses, and how psychiatric medications are actually making most people more ill, and worsening their mental and physical health issues over time.
The Body Electric – By Robert O Becker MD – which explains all about electromagnetism, and the whole ‘mechanism vs vitalism’ debate.
The Promise of Energy Psychology – by Gary Craig, Donna Eden and David Feinstein, which is a great, practical introduction to why energy psychology works and how to do it, and last but not least:
Talk to God and Fix Your Health – by yours truly which explains how body, mind and soul actually work together, and how you can’t leave any part of the equation out, if you really want to live a happy, healthy life.
TO SUM UP: Psychology doesn’t really work, because it doesn’t really know what’s causing mental and emotional health problems, it doesn’t approach the problem across all three levels of body, mind and soul, and because it doesn’t really know what’s causing the problem, it can’t cure it – which can leave people feeling completely despairing, when they’ve gone to a ton of shrinks, taken their meds at told, and are still experiencing huge problems.
Also, it costs a ton of money; it frequently only worsens the patients’ problems by telling them they’re permanently broken and can’t be fixed; it hands out drugs that work in the short term to lessen the symptoms, but makes the long-term outcomes worse, and suggests that people are delusional / crazy if they have any spiritual experiences, or happen to believe in God.
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