“The ideal Jew is not so much a learned Jew as a learning Jew.” Emet Ve-Emunah
When you study anything at all, do you study so as to know and be known, or as to know better and be better; to be informed or to be an informant?
What I mean to say is that, in the end, do you think of your choices before hand and create them or take them as they come and make the most of wherever you’re at in the moment, and do you think these choices will prove more difficult than whether or not the world will or may let you choose? Have you ever been assessed by someone for whom you felt nothing but contempt or felt contempt from? Have you ever wondered why this may be the case?
Are you creating a proving ground for others or struggling to prove yourself on someone else’s terms?
How does God play into that scenario?
I’ve always had an instinctive loathing for the world, if not contempt; at the same time harboring no ill-will towards people in it, and most often feeling a great deal of compassion, empathy and love for all. So that when I say world, I mean pastimes, traditions, educational straying, vanity commandeering, philosophy erring, and psychology wounding.
On the one hand, and in a certain light, all these may be considered enjoyable and entertaining, but on and in another, to an uninitiated, virginal understanding, they in all their forms may do a grave amount of evil to an innocent understanding that has an innate learning muscle in need of training up and growing strong in love for self and others.
I long for the perfect and ideal model society that allows for all types and kinds of thinking and understanding, and trial and error ought to be a safe way of growing and learning. One ought not to be afraid of expressing themselves in whatever way they imagine appropriate at whatever point in life they may be growing through. There should be no condemnation, expert or otherwise, and people ought to feel comfortable with experimenting and testing the boundaries and limits of their own personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as getting to know the same in the sacred separateness of otherness.
I don’t trust experts and/or authorities based on a healthy amount of interaction with the world and all types, colors and creeds within her society; tending to learn greater lessons for life from those on her outskirts rather than those within. Not tending to gravitate toward one or the other nor finding either better or worse, acceptable or unacceptable.
I try never to judge nor let judge. I enjoy people for whom they are or are willing to be at any given moment. I also like to isolate and be alone with myself and God a great deal of time. But when I am engaged in social interaction, I try to elevate and emulate greater awareness of what she may afford each and every member if they so choose and not to judge if they choose otherwise. I find socializing to be both enriching and exhausting, and need a good deal of alone time to recover from any given encounter. I tend to be overwhelmed by all encounters and want to come away with and leave something that proves worthy and worthwhile.
For instance, professional psychology seems madness to me and tends to cheat life of some or all of its spontaneity and wonder, creative license and opportunity for growth of a learning muscle cheated by an effluence of pretended pomposity.
As a social-science so-called, it is full of cleverness, catch words and mental snares that are intended to somehow enlighten subject and clinician as to what may be troubling to either and prompt solutions for both, but rarely does it ever prove to liberate and heal the mind of any party involved. It seems a double-binding exercise in futility and frustration meant to alienate rather than reconcile which results in never ending circles of co-dependency.
I say these things not to dissuade or discourage anyone pursuing the admirable goal of helping others, saving people from a fate worse than death, but to convince of the fact that learning is good and there is no top of the heap, pinnacle to be reached nor depth and dark region to be feared, so much as to be understood and enjoyed to the end that one may accomplish much more and greater than imagined if one apply a willing mind, heart and soul to whatever task is at hand and convert its worth from a worldly one to an heavenly.
“Religion seeks to include not to isolate much less alienate an afflicted person.
We should see what is whole and healthy about people instead of what is afflicted.” EHC
Religion fails a lot of people because they expect too much of themselves, and society asks for the unjustifiable from people.
As a result the greater majority of humanity is consumed by a strange fire in their souls as Abihu and Nadab were, they just don’t realize it or see it as a flame come forth as the anger of God against them to destroy them for offering something He hasn’t asked, has no need of nor desire for.
Important to note that Nadab means “willing” and Abihu “[God] is my father”; and as such, their only real sin was longing to be closer to God who must be approached with gravity and sensitivity, reverence and awe. And there are things He hates which must be overcome by any who wish to approach Him; namely, “haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood in secret, a mind that hatches evil, feet quick to do wrong, a witness who testifies falsely, and one who invites brothers to quarrel” (citing Proverbs 6:16-19).
An acquaintance of mine recently shared an article praising the so-called Firestone Assessment of Self-Destructive Thoughts (FAST).
It is noteworthy that the term ‘fast’ is also a religious rite of purification, devotion and repentance; the goal of which, coupled with prayer to God is to drive out demons and/or overcome them and heal the creature. The ‘firestone’ in that case might represent God Himself and His assessment of a man or woman’s self-depreciating thoughts, wayward intentions and sins unto death.
Abstract indeed, but nevertheless accurate, and fascinatingly enough, there are two Firestones! Firestone & Firestone, who together with others fashioned this assessment of suicidal intent, voices of suicide and death studies.
It brings immediately to mind two enemies of Judah and the House of David who were rebuked for their insolence and madness as two dumb asses.
Isa 7:4-9 And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.
Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying,
Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal:
Thus saith the L-rd GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.
For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people.
And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.
Demonic possession has proved to be a reality and mankind perhaps in militant ignorance led astray by the same forces have sought in every age to explain them away and work with them when they prove reliable and valid; mutually beneficial to they who design and practice professional psychology, making them more powerful rather than lessening any degree of suffering they may engender in the world. Hence, in the long run, what proves to define and delineate also further obfuscates the problem and handicaps the afflicted soul by way of intervention and medication that has no intention of healing but only of preying upon with guile.
Spirits, shall we call them, exist in all things and realms to greater or lesser extent and bringing all into some form of cohesion should prove more of a gainful experiment than in treating the same as an aberration of destructive experiences, which would be a loss.
How a ‘patient’ may react to what is transpiring in their mind, body and soul may be helped or further frustrated by treatment interpretation faulted at its core and exegesis.
‘Voice Therapy,’ one of its proponents, for example; is it not an entreaty or validation or encouragement for communication with what they aim to call self-destructive voices within the patient or victim?
The obvious fault being they blame the patient/victim for the voices they hear whether in or outside of their head, which may not be further from the truth if they were to understand spiritual warfare. And leave the victim more paralyzed and at the mercy of the unmerciful forces of the dead who affect the realms of the living now more than at any time in history.
Without knowing its aim, but from personal experience and genuine insight, I’m guessing professional psychology treats the above as disease or illusory manifestations of mind, self-manifested mechanisms of an aberrant mind; or perhaps the result of drug or alcohol abuse?
Indeed, a spiritual fast would no doubt lead to greater insight and prove more beneficial to anyone suffering from mental chaos and disunity than a psychological test, examination and diagnoses, which counter to its claim would prove counterproductive.
Anyone who is experiencing ‘negative thought patterns,’ ‘suicidal tendencies,’ or ‘demonic possession’ is just as likely to be so paranoid as to lie to themselves as they would to professionals appropriate or inappropriate in mind and intent as the subject may be.
It’s a game; something for spirits to do, take part in, encouraging or discouraging negative thought patterns in a ‘patient/victim’ who may be more or less ignorant of what is happening to him or her than a professional may be considered, and therein the game only broadens and the spirits affect more and more people negatively rather than positively by the playing out of the same.
On the other spectrum, we have religion, that when rightly understood seeks self-nullification rather than discovery which may be better termed vanity, wherein one forfeits all claim to mercy from He who may banish any spirit seeking to afflict a soul wayward, that when achieved realizes that all matter is spirit and all spirits subject to that Spirit that gave them life and may grant them being – both spirits of the dead and of the living – the rebellious and the obedient, etc.
When one realizes this Truth or this Spirit, overcoming or enduring all else is a much more rewarding and enjoyable experience; less to be questioned than understood as inexplicably full of wonder, miracle, exaltation and its opposite- depression, fear and torment.
1Cr 10:22-23 Do we provoke the L-rd to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
Psychology so-called seems insulting to me on every level, in every way. It’s very tongue and language is defeating of purpose.
A lot of people and spirits thrive on negativity and negative thought patterns, revel in perversity and champion the cause of insanity as always preferable to any norm or status quo and I would think rightly so in most cases and scenarios.
Because, by contrast, more perverse are the intentions of professing psychology on the whole, whether conscious or unconscious of the fact.
To be a ‘whole’ individual one would find necessary both negative and positive urges, thoughts and deeds in order to master one’s whole self and make the most of channeling energy useful and understand that even suicide/self-sacrificial is a normal thought-not negative. It may even prove to be the most noble thought of all.
Jhn 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Wrong thinking, if it could ever be said to exist, comes from denying a Creator and Way of Life Holy.
These psychological theories seek to prove the opposite or contrary instead of using the solution God provided to explain the reality God created in understanding problems they cannot see as anything but obstacles to move out of their way. They do not care about your way much less His Way.
1Pe 2:6-8 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
Further, it is written, ‘all who will live a life godly will suffer persecutions.’
What better way to define negative thoughts and influences and their origin?
Pro 15:9-11 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the L-RD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
Hell and destruction are before the L-RD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
Everyone, no exceptions, who strays from the Way and fails to achieve and maintain the ideal or the perfect in Spirit, is going to fall prey to a host of negative thoughts and spirits, and all play to win, though some if not many may prove allies.
The more cunning of whom would offer alternatives and seek to establish the same as the norm or even superior and empirical.
This may define professional psychology and though the same may have its valid usefulness to humanity, in the long run, its abuses and misuses would outnumber and outweigh its gains and defeat any altruistic agenda purporting to be for the greater good it may have ever possessed.
The preponderance that there exists any individuals who may be considered ‘appropriate professionals’ begs mockery and any ensnared ignorantly by an assessment that has more ‘intended focus’ than inclination merit worthy is frightening and is its own undoing.
It’s absurdly pompous, high-minded, egocentric and haughty!
Count me a fool.
Pro 26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
Professional Psych seems a covering for a greater evil or sin than suicide may be counted – murder of free agency and denial of personal accountability which ought to be taught and encouraged from the womb rather than much later blamed unilaterally for being absent in uninitiated/unconverted/unsaved souls.
The goal of these agents of prof. psych seems to be alienation and blame with the fringe benefit being lucrative drug sales and hours clocked on the job, or nowadays off the job with a beeper and/or cell phone.
In a lawless society full of oppression, falsehood, witchcraft and soothsaying void of godly admonishment and guidance, the enemy of all righteousness would have a ‘field day’ indeed with prof. psych which seems to me more than madness constrained by an agenda blacker than hell and more absurd than loony toon adventures. Inquisitional depravity!
My hope is that the industry side of it will fall apart and collapse, if not be dismantled and become defunct due to an enlightened society.
Although people will continue to try and feed off of it for a long while yet.
Prey will eventually be taken from the mouth of asps hiding in the undergrowth of the pharma/psych corp. world.
The drugs may continue to be popular but people will start to bypass the whole psych department and obtain what they may need from primary care physicians which is wisdom if the patients are educated.
Like every other novelty that sold for a generation or more, the next will be into or require something new and not be so quick to fall for the tricks of the establishment.
The result may either corrupt everyone involved all the speedier or change the course of history for the salvation of mankind.
All this is biblical in foresight and hindsight.
An age of seeing by faith will birth more works in deed, form and fashion and wisdom will again be popular. Insanity and madness will never go out of style but may find more acceptance in society on the whole rather than classification among the elites and expert in wares and wiles of arrogance and prejudice.
‘Knowledge puffs up but charity edifies.’
‘To the law and the testimony, if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.’
Unrighteous leaders take advantage of people, make them uneasy and fearful, ill at ease with what they have and who they are and distrustful of authority. Wise leaders don’t lead or rule by law, force and authority worldly. Wise leaders establish dominion by seeking God’s Kingdom and endeavoring to establish the same by making it an attainable, everlasting reality for all, both friend and foe alike, and through patient endurance and humility make great that nation, kingdom, people who have intelligent regard for the Covenant and Creator of all things that therefore stand and may prosper in allegiance and fidelity.
The kingdom of evils – vice, greed, pride, etc. will eventually fall before the kingdom of virtues and until then there will be foolish virgins among the wise and so compassion and mercy will always abide in our land and overcome once their opposite realize their destiny of their own waywardness.
The point must be in knowing and overcoming the wiles and trickery of devils made clinical care professionals.
Evil men and seducers will wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived until at the last they destroy themselves due to the incapacity to act with equity and unfeigned charity. The man who does the will of God abides forever.
The end of an unrighteous generation is grievous indeed but it is mercifully swift in playing out.
The righteous may hide himself for a little season until the destruction has passed through and when complete a kingdom recognizable will be established for the faithful survivors and the good that the L-RD will do for the remnant of them will make the troubled times seem but a moment of discomfort and angst.
No ‘negative thought patterns’ will prevail against an omnipotent Spirit.
Rather than expect and make ready for a generation of suicidal depression, why not prepare for one of enlightened creativity and miraculous works that will no longer be dependent upon a couple of smoldering firestones who stir up nothing good in the imagination of humanity but build up falsehood which is neither reliable nor valid but pro-convict according to my assessment and evaluation of their thoughts and intentions.
2Sa 7:10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime.
In conclusion, let us say, aside from amen, misunderstanding reality and the problems that arise from doing so seems to be the experts folly in most cases. Or rather, it may be that they understand the reality all too well and seek to misrepresent the establishment so as to misuse and abuse the same rather than to build it up unto the new heirs who possess more divine right than they; by birthing something new and undoing the collaborative effort of the old to embitter their offspring by polluting their imaginations with greed, avarice and fear of their own thoughts!
Not that one should encourage negative ideas, much less suicidal ones but that the positive cannot cancel out the negative in seeking to establish itself.
Channeling negative energy into positive action would be more likely to take affect and succeed with more redeeming results in the long run, making more enjoyable the burden felt by all at the same time.
One may not exist without the other and both are essential in bringing Zion up from beneath as well as down from above for the sake of the Kingdom on earth as it may be in Heaven which has more to do with completely overcoming the evil inclination and rising above the so-called psychology of men and understanding or trying to appreciate that which no man has ever seen nor yet entered into the hearts of men- that which God has stored up for those who love Him and keep His commandments.
His thoughts are not our thoughts, His Ways are not our ways and relying upon the minds and ideas of a fallen creation is about as batshit crazy as one may get, if you think about it…
Nevertheless, talking a person out of depression and negative thoughts ought to be everyone’s concern and not just the medically approved professionals so-called.
We are all made in the image of God and ought to care for each other and community involvement ought to be a sacred obligation and dutifully refined character trait or instinct as a people taught by the L-RD.
Isa 54:13-14 And all thy children shall be taught of the L-RD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.