From a shamanic point of view, mental illness is not what most people think it is. It is signaling for the birth of a healer, this meaning that they come to aid in the birth of a healer. Malidoma Patrice Some born into the Dagara people believes this to be true, he even teaches workshops on his West African Spirituality here in the US.
The person suffering from mental illness is someone who was chosen as a medium to deliver a message from the spirit world to the whole community. Dr. Some says that these mental and behavioral disorders are just two energies that are not quite compatible merging together in the same field. When someone doesn’t get assistance dealing with the presence of the energy they have obtained from the spirit realm.
When Some came to the US he was shocked at how we treated people with mental illnesses.
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