Many of the old pagan and shamanistic religions recognize the existence of spirits. Spirits can't be seen, but they can be sensed. Every tree and rock has a spirit. So do people.
The mind is really spirit. So diseases of the mind are spirits. If CFS is a mental disease, it is a spiritual disease. Evil spirits abound, it is why Christianity had exorcisms, and many shamans can also dispel evil spirits. What is the mind but spirit? Can you take it out and measure it? If you damage the brain your damage the mind, it is no longer a fit home for your spirit. If you are infected with an evil spirit, it harms your instrinsic spirit and this manifests as physical disease.
Some psychiatrists claim that CFS is a mental disorder. Yet after most of a century of research they have failed to find the mental cause, instead offering up numerous and constantly changing views of "mental" causation. They have missed the world of spirits, which were recognized by humankind long before we had civilization.
Spirits are sensitive beings. Some don't like being lectured. If you are fortunate enough to be a CFS patient with such a spirit, talk therapies drive it out.
Some spirits don't like pain and exhaustion. These spirits can be driven out by subjecting the body to exhausting physical regimens that cause considerable pain.
Traditional spiritualists combine the two, with tormenting chants and physical abuse. Most spirits are driven out by these. Exorcisms are similar. Combining mental and physical abuse of the spiritually sick, as practiced by some psychiatrists, sometimes eliminates the spirits.
These same psychiatrists claim to recognise the indivisibility of mind and body, yet they put undue empasis on mind. They should be examining spirit.
Can a psychiatric "mental" disease cause the genetic defects often found in CFS? Can they cause the severe immune dysfunctions almost universally found? Can they cause the profound physical incapacity shown to exist when a patient is subjected to intense physical exercise two days in a row? Can they cause the severe failing of heart expansion routinely found in CFS? Can there cause the severe vitamin deficiencies, including functional deficiencies? Can they cause the rare cancers commonly found in CFS patients? I don't think so. Spirits are both physical and mental - they can explain all these things and more. Are not spirits present in all physical things, even rocks and trees. Spirits are intrinsic to all that exists, therefore both physical and mental ailments can be eliminated by driving out evil spirits.
After most of a century focusing on mind, without having found any concrete evidence they are right, it is time to abandon psychiatry and look to spirituality as a cure.
What of drugs? Spirits are sensitive - poison the body and some will leave. It is why shamans drug those with disease, to poison the body so the evil spirit cannot stay. Put not your faith in potions, realize they are all just poisons, their only purpose is to drive away the evil spirits.
When psychiatrists add drugs, they are arming themselves with the third branch of spirit banishing. Psychological abuse, physical abuse, and finally poisoning will drive many spirits away. Psychiatry should look to the wisdom of the shamans who have been treating such diseases for so many millenia that history no longer recalls when it started.
When verbal, physical and drug abuse fail to drive out a spirit, the psychiatrists are right in saying they need to do more of the same. Some spirits require even more intense abuse with further poisoning and damaging of their new home. Increase the exercise, chant louder, and give even more toxic drugs in larger doses. These are the paths to cure.
These same psychiatrists I speak of have abandoned their ancient religions and adopted the trappings of science, but it is clear from their chants and abuse that they know the truth. They should rise up and throw off the shackles of science, and acknowledge that which they really practice: Shamanism.
So I say welcome to the shamans of the Psychiatric Realm, abandon your brothers and join with your fellow shamans to rid the world of evil spirits! Let us torment and abuse the spirits away. Together we can rid the world of fatiguing spirits, rid the world of CFS - Chronic Fatigue Spirits.
Signed .... a closet shaman,
name withheld to protect the spiritual.
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Blog entry posted by alex3619, Jul 5, 2011.
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I am a long term ME patient with many complications. While I have pushed research advocacy since 1993, I become political around 2009. My current project is a book called "Embracing the Null Hypothesis". The hypothesis that is unsubstantiated is the idea that CFS is due to dysfunctional beliefs.