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Old 01-19-2014, 03:28 AM   #1
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How the Faith helps us live with mental illness

As a sufferer of chronic mental illness, the Faith is a constant source of comfort and inspiration. Dearly beloved, please post any thoughts you may have on this topic
 
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Old 01-19-2014, 05:38 AM   #2
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Beloved friend, what you speak about is a truth the writings of Baha'u'llah are truly a medicine and assist one to live a tranquil life.
I have many friends in a similar position to yourself and I know they would all agree with your accesment.

I myself after years of wonderful good health finally sucumbed to a disease that at this time has no cure, the doctors are still studying and trying to diagnose the course. Attached with this I suffered a great deal of depression, with the Words of Baha'u'llah and walks outside meditating on those words, I have been able to give away some of the medication given.

May God assist you always dear friend.
 
Old 01-19-2014, 01:00 PM   #3
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Good morning aidan

My full concurrance. Diagnosed quite late with bi-polar, it has been the bounty of the Writings which have helped to retain some hold on reality - most of the time. Now medicated and under a psychiatrist, the illness is still not fully controlled, but ragular raeding of the Sacred Texts, ongoing prayer of great assistance.

With warm greetings

Romane
 
Old 01-19-2014, 01:12 PM   #4
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If I ever become very low to the point of despair,prayer and spiritual reading bring me back from the brink
 
Old 01-19-2014, 06:22 PM   #5
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If I ever become very low to the point of despair,prayer and spiritual reading bring me back from the brink
I often find that when I am very low, when I pick up the Writings, they are a kind of remedy. It makes me wonder if something in the process is driving us to find God. That we are not content or happy because we need something found only in the Writings - to feed our starving soul.
 
Old 01-19-2014, 07:34 PM   #6
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Good morning

Dale set a thought in motion for me. I know that for myself, it is like a process of re-alignment, sort of like unblocking a channel to allow the spirit to flow better. Like a plumber with his pokie thingy, clearing a blocked drain.

'Abdu'l-Baha states that spiritual means can cure insanity. Though not itself insanity, a mental illness can be like that. Looking at how He describes the relationship of the mind with the body, I often wonder if perhaps mental illness is a misalignment of some kind between the spirit and the body, which has results which today's medical practice is able to control to some degree with chemicals, whilst prayer and the Sacred Texts achieve a much fuller alignment?

With warm greetings

Romane
 
Old 01-19-2014, 11:07 PM   #7
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I think one important principle in our Faith that gives positive support to people with mental illness is knowing that the soul is safe and secure regardless...

948. Mental Illness Does Not Affect Our Spirit or Our Inner Relation to God

"It is very hard to be subject to any illness, particularly a mental one. However, we must always remember these illnesses have nothing to do with our spirit or our inner relation to God. It is a great pity that as yet so little is really known of the mind, its workings and the illnesses that afflict it; no doubt, as the world becomes more spiritually minded and scientists understand the true nature of man, more humane and permanent cures for mental diseases will be found. "The Guardian, much as his heart goes out to you in your fear and suffering, Cannot tell you whether electric shock treatments should or should not be used, as this is a purely medical question, and there is no reference to such details in our Scriptures. The best scientists must pass upon such methods, not laymen. "You must always remember, no matter how much you or your others may be afflicted with mental troubles and the crushing environment of these State Institutions, that your spirit is healthy, near to our Beloved, and will in the next world enjoy a happy and normal state of soul. Let us hope in the meantime scientists will find better and permanent cures for the mentally afflicted. But in this world such illness is truly a heavy burden to bear!"

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, April 12, 1948: Selections from Bahá'í Writings on Some Aspects of Health and Healing, a compilation of the Universal House of Justice, June 1974)

(Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 281)
 
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I think one important principle in our Faith that gives positive support to people with mental illness is knowing that the soul is safe and secure regardless...

948. Mental Illness Does Not Affect Our Spirit or Our Inner Relation to God

"It is very hard to be subject to any illness, particularly a mental one. However, we must always remember these illnesses have nothing to do with our spirit or our inner relation to God. It is a great pity that as yet so little is really known of the mind, its workings and the illnesses that afflict it; no doubt, as the world becomes more spiritually minded and scientists understand the true nature of man, more humane and permanent cures for mental diseases will be found. "The Guardian, much as his heart goes out to you in your fear and suffering, Cannot tell you whether electric shock treatments should or should not be used, as this is a purely medical question, and there is no reference to such details in our Scriptures. The best scientists must pass upon such methods, not laymen. "You must always remember, no matter how much you or your others may be afflicted with mental troubles and the crushing environment of these State Institutions, that your spirit is healthy, near to our Beloved, and will in the next world enjoy a happy and normal state of soul. Let us hope in the meantime scientists will find better and permanent cures for the mentally afflicted. But in this world such illness is truly a heavy burden to bear!"

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, April 12, 1948: Selections from Bahá'í Writings on Some Aspects of Health and Healing, a compilation of the Universal House of Justice, June 1974)

(Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 281)
Yes Arthra this is something truly wonderful is it not.
 
Old 01-20-2014, 06:09 AM   #9
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I'm very glad to hear all of this positive feedback.

I have family with mental illness and work a lot with people who have it.

I have always felt that spiritual faith and the Wiritings would help people with this, glad to hear this confirmed.
 
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Anybody else been cured from mental illness through the teachings?
 
Old 09-15-2017, 01:29 AM   #11
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Anybody else been cured from mental illness through the teachings?
I was in a very bad mental condition until two years ago. all kinds of suicidal thoughts would come to my mind, and every new day was a new pain. now I believe if a person without spiritual beliefs is stuck in that condition, she would either commit suicide or have to take many pills to calm herself down. I did not do any of those things. I did not even talk to anybody. the prayers of Bahai faith helped me out, and little by little they not only cured me but also helped me build a solid foundation for my system of beliefs and my life in general.
 
Old 09-15-2017, 04:45 AM   #12
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I was in a very bad mental condition until two years ago. all kinds of suicidal thoughts would come to my mind, and every new day was a new pain. now I believe if a person without spiritual beliefs is stuck in that condition, she would either commit suicide or have to take many pills to calm herself down. I did not do any of those things. I did not even talk to anybody. the prayers of Bahai faith helped me out, and little by little they not only cured me but also helped me build a solid foundation for my system of beliefs and my life in general.
Interesting. Were you a bahai prior to the illness?
 
Old 09-15-2017, 10:58 AM   #13
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Interesting. Were you a bahai prior to the illness?
back then I had been a bahai only for less than a year; new to the faith.
 
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