Drugs can provide relief for emotional or psychological issues because what we experience as feelings, emotions, and even mental processes are largely governed by the physical body.
But is this sense of relief really good for us?
For instance, just because you can take enough novocaine to not feel a painful foot injury, would numbing ourselves to the point we don’t notice the damage were causing to ourselves be good?
You gotta feel it to heal it.
Feelings, for example, are neurological processes. It means that what we feel and experience every day is a chorus of many different systems all working together. While there is a great deal of evidence to suggest consciousness is more than physical, it is most definitely influenced by the physical reality.
Psychology tells us our emotions do three things, which is in agreement with common knowledge and mystical teachings:
1) they help motivate you to take action
2) they alert you to new things in your environment, whether internal or external — either threats or opportunities
3) they augment your perception and interpretation of reality.
When you think about something you’re excited to do, like the morning when you’re about to start a week-long vacation, you’re filled with neurotransmitters that excite you for exploration, play, and adventure. These are norepinephrine, cortisol, serotonin, and dopamine, to name a few.
Anxiety may lead to fixing a problem
As long as you feel good about what will happen on this vacation — because, let’s say, you’ve already planned every detail and now it’s just a matter of following through—you’ll feel a pleasant sense of alert excitement. This is called the anticipation response, biased in the positive.
But what happens when, on your way to the airport in your gleeful excitement, you discover you might have forgotten your bathing suit? Now your long-planned and coveted vacation is at risk. Now there’s an obstacle in the way of your goal, and this changes your brain chemistry.
What happens at that moment? Your emotions shift rapidly along with your perception, focus, and your interpretation of the whole affair.
If you don’t find your bathing suit in your carryon, the concept of your vacation will be interpreted differently, producing different emotions. Instead of feeling overjoyed at the idea of laying on the beach, this vision will be a bitter reminder of something you can’t have. A decision needs to be made. The playing field has changed, requiring your to restrategize. The longer you stay indecisive, the stronger the feeling of anxiety and terror. If you make a choice that gives you peace of mind, it will be, in this case, because the vacation was resecured.
This little story is something we’ve all experienced. It’s the power of our material body, our neurology, to shift our perception, emotions, and values.
At the moment we discovered we left our bathing suit at home, the value of the vacation goal changed, and as a result, our attitude changed. It needed to change. We needed to get out of feeling happy about ourselves — content, innactive — so we can focus on getting things back on track. This effect is, for the most part, almost completely dominated by neurological, biochemical systems.
If the emotional response of anxiety is properly used to restrategize, it leads us to fix the problem. Then can we truly call this feeling bad?
Granted, it might be uncomfortable, an unpleasant state of alertness as it is described by psychologists, but it brought us back to balance. But without context, without understanding what role these kinds of emotions play, we might try to “make them go away” because we’re not using them properly.
Self-confidence reduces fear and anxiety
What’s the difference between a martial artist and someone who’s never trained in fighting? The difference is, when the martial artist is confronted with a life-threatening attacker, they feel much less fear and anxiety than the untrained guy. This means the potency of a triggering situation is directly tied to our sense of self-confidence. Self-confidence is directly tied to believing that you know how to act in various life situations.
It’s when we don’t know how to act that we experience unpleasant anxiety. And it’s when we refuse to face a situation that this unpleasant anxiety turns into crippling paralyzing fear.
This image perfectly describes how fear, or the unknown, or a situation you haven’t figured out how to deal with yet, can turn into a bogeyman when we don’t face it. The longer a fear goes unfaced, the more terrible and horrible it feels to us. We literally, from an emotional reaction sense, turn a kitten into a deadly lion.
Thus, it’s not unreasonable to think, from a psychologist’s and pharmacists’ point of view, that we can “cure” negative emotions with drugs.
Emotional reactions are part of healing process
The emotional reaction is itself part of a process — it’s actually part of a healing process. But since modern science doesn’t acknowledge what I contend purpose of life, which is to gain mastery, negative emotional experiences and, most importantly, the contextual reasons why they occur, aren’t considered.
In short, what’s being healed is the soul.
How? Because negative emotion has a psychological effect, it shifts your perception and your values. This changes our consciousness for learning and growth.
In effect, there’s something missing within us, there’s something that needs to be corrected, or fixed.
When a machine doesn’t work properly, like when a printer runs out of ink, it’s designed to alert the user to the problem, so the ink can be put back in the printer. There’s a messaging system at work. Our being, our brain, and consciousness are designed the same way.
The material body, the emotional feeling part of us, is designed to communicate with the non-material consciousness, which is the awareness / free will choice part of us. Emotions are part of that system that improves the wisdom of the soul.
How does this happen? Because “bad things happen” for the most part, because we lack wisdom, we lack knowledge of how to act or handle a situation in a way that we value.
In the outside world, this lack of wisdom is how to act, physically to protect our values or find new ones.
In the inside world, this lack of wisdom is in thought, in philosophy — how to think and interpret events in a positive, uplifting, and consciousness-expanding way.
Your negative emotions are designed for one purpose, to change your focus so that you will gain knowledge of the situation in a way that helps you act better. In other words, they’re designed to lead you toward enlightenment.
Facing fears frees from them
Fear only exists for one reason: to be conquered. This is what the hero’s journey is all about.
The hero, not having faced all the monsters of the world, is incomplete. He has a secret power he hasn’t learned how to unlock yet. By facing his fear, he unlocks that power and is “immune” to the fear he would otherwise encounter had he not gone on the adventure.
We are no different.
Psychology also shows, time and again, that the solution to hardship, emotional pain, and disillusionment is bravely facing whatever the situation is with a kind of reckless faith in yourself.
This bravery response, literally, at a physical and neurological level, transforms negative emotion into a positive emotion. It transforms the fear of not having your bathing suit into relief and joy, as you decide to simply buy another one when you get to your vacation spot.
Negative emotion signals a gap in your wisdom. The choice to search for a solution to that gap is the heading of the call to adventure, which is the very “mind hack” that transforms anxiety and fear into excitement.
Given all this, the question of antidepressants should hopefully take on a new view for you.
They are, at best, temporary tools to help one move past an overwhelming situation, or at worst, dangerous drugs that prevent people from forming lasting solutions to life’s emotional problems.
Anything you need to do to heal your soul is something you should pursue, as long as it doesn’t harm another. And that you’re vigilant about improving your process for healing as tools cease to be helpful.
Given the nature of how spiritual growth takes place, and that it leads toward a person who is immune to mind control, I would argue modern-day views on what is “psychologically healthy” are intentionally distorted to retard soul growth. Of which, the idea one can “take a pill” to get rid of or address, in the long term, mental illness, is a psyop.
The solution to a broken leg is to repair the bone. The solution to a mind that hasn’t gained the wisdom to have a good attitude about facing the challenges of life, is life wisdom and encouragement from those they value.
Wisdom is the ultimate “antidepressant”.
Source: Justin Deschamps / Stillness in the Storm