The Stigma

Have you heard of the “stigma” around mental health and the crusade to overcome it?

It goes something like this:

“Mental health is a subject that people feel embarrassed to speak about. But we all face these types of challenges; insecurity is not something to hide. Let’s encourage each other to be brave and seek help when we need it.”

Right off the bat, let me just say that this so-called stigma is nothing more than a belief. A belief that you need not subscribe to. In my experience, we’re not embarrassed to speak about this issue any more than we’re embarrassed to speak about any other issue. The question, then, is what really keeps us from seeking the guidance of mental-health professionals when insecurity strikes?

Could it be the methodology of the mental-health profession in general? 

A methodology that centers around treating, fixing, changing, coping, controlling, or managing the psyche or separate self. Could it be that we possess a keen sense that something about this methodology just doesn’t add up?

I’d say the answer is yes. 

In the back of our minds, there’s a knowing that, because a human being or separate self is nothing more than a transient image or refraction of Consciousness, it is our very nature to be insecure (to come and go). Thus, any attempt to fix insecurity is futile.

In fact, we should be commended—not stigmatized—for this knowing and subsequent refusal to seek help in a methodology built on misunderstanding. 

The bottom line is that we cannot fix who we’re meant to be. From the limited perspective of a human being, insecurity is fundamental. So you are right to avoid any methodology that attempts to make a body-mind secure. You are right to not try to treat temporary sensations of fear and lack. You are right to turn away from experts who attempt to hoodwink you into the belief that there’s something amiss if you don’t feel resilient, confident, or mentally tough. 

You know as much as anyone. Don’t let others convince you that you need to be fixed. You cannot escape insecurity. But you can explore, and understand, what the body-mind actually is (a transient image that comes and goes within Consciousness). 

This exploration will display insecurity in a whole new light. 

 Garret