Greetings my gentle readers to another week’s installment of the “be yourself, often” blog at http://www.joelwlamoure.com and happy new month, welcome to March 2013. Hopefully, this is the time of the week when we can step back and appreciate exactly what we contributed to the components that added up to be the week that was. And when we stop and appreciate our involvement with people, places, things and all forms of nature hopefully the balance sheet of our contributions are on the side of the positive. This week’s blog will go on a little longer then normal as it addresses several psychopathologies that present within the concept of “enlightenment” as we are seeing it develop in the Western world by and large.
As we know and have stated multiple times, prescribing spiritual hope operates under the premise that in some way we have not yet been able to achieve our full goals and objectives. But really, we cannot achieve these hopes and dreams if we do not know what we are even striving for. As such, knowledge of our goal of hope is essential. One cannot help but wonder as we evolve whether or not as stated by Monty Python whether or not the gods are truly crazy. Let us explore this concept through the lens and filter of H.O.P.E.
H stands for holistic health, where we are able to look at all aspects of our being and realize exactly what requires healing, without judgment. It is only at that point when an individual becomes an active participant in their healing through identification that appropriate steps and forms of treatment may be engaged. Per wit, this is the period of diagnostics. Once an accurate diagnosis has been made, only then can the appropriate methodology and treatment interventions be brought to bear. Really, it is along the theory and approach of knowing our enemy.
While there are many potential interventions that can be used, often they are ineffective or actually may worsen the individual’s clinical or psychiatric status if utilized in the wrong way. I believe we are seeing examples over and over of this in our “spiritual awakening”. Without having a root understanding of spirituality there are so many that profess to being experts in this field. Often, it is an extension of the hunger and dissatisfaction that progresses in a society where so many are left feeling helpless. Given challenges and “fattening up”, as well as having blinders affixed to the eyes through this Industrial age, we have been left spiritually bereft for so, so very long.
Now, add in a society and culture where individuals are used to, and in fact demand having everything handed to them or available at their fingertips. Sadly, we have been created a culture of sheeple, but ones that still have expectations and demands. I believe we can call these “first world whines”. In true Freudian terminology, we have suppressed our most basic intellects at the cost of massive hyperinflation of our superego. Basically, we can get any color at any size at anywhere at the best cost, and have been more than assured that we [or rather our superego, which is affixed to our pocketbook] our first and foremost.
Once we look at the interface of vectors of these hyper-inflated egos, entitlement, narcissism, point of access to information and add in a hint of delusion regarding grandiosity, one can see there is not much room for true spirituality. True spirituality would mean that an individual is able to connect with their God [however they see their God [example Christianity]], while at the same time being able to embrace the differences and opinions of others and then use their God given gifts and talents to help advance other people.
Now it is not about helping advance other people while at the same time advancing your ego. It’s not about sharing information and not learning it yourself. Those are the blinders coming back to bear on you. So really, are we truly becoming more enlightened? Or is there a generation of hypocrites that are developing? Is there truly an angry and confused generation evolving?
These are very interesting times looking at these last three questions. Certainly, the methodology that has been utilized over the past 100 years is no longer sustainable. New approaches, concepts and strategies must be employed. This is a time for peace, not war. As such, if we indeed are spiritual entities having a human existence then we should act as such. This is a critical time in our evolution to stop and reflect and learn. That learning is in the form of a diagnosis of the human race, but also a determination through spiritual social work of what are the goals of therapy.
Basically, if you want to be an enlightened soul, act like one. Believe like one. Study like one. Avoid the temptations of playing victim or engaging in hypocrisy. There was a wonderful expression I was told years ago, when I thought I knew everything that stated “Take the cotton from your ears and stick it in your mouth.” Once we do that, we can see the insanity that is evolving all around us. Wiser minds who look a all of the prevailing opinions as well as all of the evidence does not always prevail and in the sense of true entitlement sometimes the loudest entities in the interests of crusading get the most attention as well as the foot soldiers. This is a recipe for disaster and even potentially anarchy at a spiritual level, destruction of all, as we know.
This peace and enlightenment is not a hard object to strive for my gentle friends. It starts from within ourselves and an examination of what we believe in, our gifts and their talents, and the knowledge of what we are prepared to do. It is accepting the negatives and seeing how we can translate those into potential positives it is not boastful, nor being a victim. It is not taking up of arms nor justice of a vigilante approach. If we truly want that enlightenment, we need to look at that quiet and serene core that exists within us. That place where we are able to truly see that there are miracles that abound all about costs, and take them as the signs that they are, not any different than Noah was promised with the rainbow. This is a place where we can totally be at ease and thus avoid the dis-ease that exists within the disease that presents through the veil of society. It is a place for we can look with wide-eyed wonderment and the willingness to play us if a child again, including the wonderment of realizing the gifts that we have and the potential for positive outcomes. You don’t need to be anyone else, or impress anyone else. Simply realizing that “I am as meant to be” is a very powerful message for us to learn and embrace.
For to recognize those positive outcomes and achieve peace and enlightenment, to be an enlightened individual is to truly be yourself, often.
He graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Pharmacy with a Bachelors in Pharmacy in 1991. Subsequent diplomas include Adult Psychology (Honours), Child Psychology (Honours) and Police Sciences (1993-1998). He has lectured and given presentations extensively at a regional, national and international level. Publications include a range in both depth and breadth of psychopharmacology and general consultant psychiatry issues plus patient safety issues and concerns. These presentations mirror and interface work done in the clinical settings, research, live and recorded presentations.
Further interests include reviewing the patient on a bio-psycho-social model and defining the relationship which dovetails into a lecture series regarding stress management. With almost 100 journal, impact paper, patient centered opinion, consultant reviews and research posters to his credit over the past few years, his most recent venture is co-authouring a chapter entitled "Person Centered Approaches to Psychopharmacology for People with Serious Mental Illness" being published by Radcliffe (UK) under the title Serious Mental Illnesses:Patient-Centered Approaches in 2011 (ISBN 978 1 84619 306 4). He has 320 presentations to his credit at the beginning of July 2010, presenting over 70 times in 2009 alone to a variety of interest groups, physicians and allied health on a variety of psychopharmacological and psychosocial areas.
Teaching areas of focus include patient centered learning for physicians which encompass Introduction to Medicine, Musculoskeletal System and Infectious Diseases (first year) and Gynecology, Respirology and Emergency Medicine (second year). For third year medical students he teaches psychopharmacology and for post-graduate residents and psychiatrists is involved with interfacing medicine issues in psychiatry. In continuing education post graduate, he is currently the outgoing Chair of the Advisory Committee on CME for UWO and sits on the Appointments and Promotions Board in the Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry , UWO.
His Accreditations Canada focus is primarily in medication management and medication reconciliation, plus safe and effective delivery of these systems, processes and adherence by hospitals across Canada to these Required Organizational Practices (ROPs).