“I consider it a dangerous misconception of mental hygiene to assume that what man needs in the first place is equilibrium or, as it is called in biology “homeostasis”, i.e., a tensionless state. What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task.”
– Victor Frankl
After overcoming a lifestyle of drug addiction that killed 2 of my friends, PTSD, depression and alcoholism, I went to multiple therapists to find a way out of the darkness. But nothing seemed to work…
I then began delving deeper and deper into alcohol until I reached the brink of suicide. At that point I knew something needed to change. I then took it upon myself to heal my mind, my brain and my spirit.
Years of research in neuroscience, psychology and spirituality led me to the concept of Fearvana. I became awakened to the realization that fear, stress, anxiety, and suffering in any form can be an access point to bliss, and even enlightenment.
Through this process of healing, I discovered that generally speaking, our approach to mental health is extremely flawed.
Having gone through to it myself and having lost friends to addiction, suicide, and PTSD, I decided to start this series on why we get mental health wrong and what to do instead. It is now my responsibility to share everything I have learned with as many people as possible to help our human family build a positive relationship with their demons in order to live a fulfilled, happy and mentally healthy life.
The video below lays the foundation for what I believe is the fundamental flaw in how we approach mental health.
It is best summarized by this idea:
Inner peace is not the absense of chaos or conflict, it is the accepance of it.
After A LOT of work, I have now learned to find peace in the midst of chaos, internally and externally. In fact, I now seek out chaos to train myself to engage stillness, even in the harshest of conditions, whether it be running through a snow storm or consciously choosing to battle my internal demons.
I hope this will be of value to you and that it helps you find some inner peace as well, regardless of the chaos you might be facing in your world…
If you have any questions for me about this video or mental health in general, please feel free to post them in the comments below or contact me personally on my contact page.
It is my duty to clarify that I am not a therapist or a doctor. I have studied the subject of mental health for years on my own and I have been blessed to have engaged my demons in various forms. I am only sharing what I have learned from my research and my life experience with the hopes that it will be of value for others who are struggling with their own mental health issues.
If you feel compelled to see a therapist or anyone else, please do so. I know how tough it can be to find yourself in the deepest and darkest corners of your soul. I also know that climbing out of the abyss is far from easy. So please get the help you need and if you feel compelled to reach out to me, I will always be here as a resource as well.
Sending you lots of love on this grand and beautiful adventure of life…