From Dr. Gibbs’s forthcoming book:
The Art of Mind
We live in the world of our thoughts. We take our thought world with us wherever we go. It may appear that other people and events have the power to determine how we feel. However, as we examine our mind closely, we find it is our thoughts that actually cause our state of mind.
The world of thoughts is vast and powerful. It has higher and lower realms. Repeated strong thoughts from the lower realms can drive us to, and keep us in, the depths of despair. Recurring thoughts from the higher realms can uplift us to the summits of peace and happiness.
Through exploring the world of thought we can develop clarity as to the nature of the higher and lower mind. By increasing our navigation skills in our thought world we can develop the ability to strengthen our own higher mind.
I believe the purpose of psychiatry is to help us elevate our consciousness. To find peace of mind. To help us to live our lives on a higher plane. Yet psychiatry seems, at times, to have lost its way. Sometimes it appears the aim of psychiatry is only to prescribe the latest pharmaceutical drugs, to give the patient a diagnostic label, or only to oversee a formulistic treatment plan.
But psychiatry is more than that. After all, the word itself comes from the two Greek roots, psyche - meaning life, spirit, soul or self, and iatry – an art of medicine. So, psychiatry is the art of healing the soul. Psychiatry’s origin is concerned with the revelation of the path to the higher self. And there have always been psychiatrists, even if they appear, at times, to have only a distant voice, who have held true to the word’s original supernal tradition.
Modern day psychiatry has become in many ways dominated and defined by the pharmaceutical industry. Psychiatrists see this commonly in their everyday practice when they ask their patients “What kind of problems bring you here?” and the Madison Avenue well trained patients dutifully reply “I understand I must have a chemical imbalance.” The implication is the answer to their problems lie, most certainly, in a magic pill.
This is not to say that I believe medication has no place. I use medication commonly in my practice - conventional medicines as well as alternative. But one must never forget the importance of the study of the nature of mind and how to train it. After all the ancients, such as Hermes Trismegistus, teach “The universe is mental, all is mind.”
The mind is a collection of thoughts and thoughts are the words we say to ourselves. We should never forget the power of the word. It is with and understanding of the powers of the words we choose that we begin the study of psychology. Psychology is the study of ourselves. Like psychiatry, psychology has two Greek roots the first, psyche or spirit, and the second, logos, which means “speech,” “account,” or “story.” To study psychology is to study our spirit and the stories we tell ourselves.
People who have reached the higher realms of consciousness have left us signposts for the path leading above. These signs are the eternal teaching of psychiatry and psychology, the world’s great religions, the perennial philosophies and the spiritual disciplines. Yet each of these fields of teaching have always had rigid fundamentalists -- who disavow any views differing from their own. As Sufi Gabriel Khan, once said: “Truth is like a great mirror, shattered by time into a hundred thousand pieces, which enables all who possess a small fragment, to declare, ‘My Religion - Truth, is the true one.’”
We shall endeavor not to travel down these dogmatic roads. Rather we will look to where these august traditions have common ground.
OM TAT SAT
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