In the shamanic view, mental illness signals “the birth of a healer,” explains Malidoma Patrice Somé. Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born.
Phi Beta Iota: Mental illness is society’s canary in the coal mine. Obesity and other diseases play a similar role. All are ignored by corrupt “leaders” whose primary focus is on self-advancement at any cost to all others. “Cognitive dissonance — and the rise of suicides — are associated with society going insane — often criminally insane — while individuals strive mightily to keep their balance in a world gone, quite literally, mad.