A Path of White Feathers ~ Spirituality and Mental Health

For a month or so now I have been walking a path of white feathers. Okay, so, signs and synchronicities may not be your bag but sometimes, even for the most sceptical amongst us, what is right in front of us is hard to ignore.

Destiny. Twin Flames. Angels. Karma. Deja vu. Are you a believer, or is it all complete poppycock? Does it actually matter if it is all just nonsense derived from Greek theory, mysticism, spiritual musings and man’s desire for Something More.32 feather 3

Maybe, like Carl Jung, you believe that we are all responsible for our own synchronicities, that we manifest through our subconscious. I have no idea. What I do know is that everywhere I go at present, rural and urban, feathers fall at my feet. Subconscious or spiritual, it feels good.

The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. ~ Carl Jung

When you have suffered from a mental illness and have experienced psychosis you tend to become a little sceptical when it comes to certain things. Entering recovery it becomes an instant challenge to separate illness from who you are are and reality. Even over time I still question everything, more than once, especially during difficult periods when I am most vulnerable to relapsing.

As The Royal College of Psychiatrists acknowledges, we are becoming increasingly aware of ways in which aspects of spirituality can offer real benefits for mental health. Such as:

  • better self-control, self-esteem and confidence
  • faster and easier recovery (often through healthy grieving of losses and through recognising strengths)
  • better relationships – with self, others and with God/creation/nature
  • a new sense of meaning, hope and peace of mind. This has enabled people to accept and live with continuing problems or to make changes where possible.

32 feather 2Over recent years there has been increasing interest in treatments that include the spiritual dimension. In addition to established 12-step programmes for alcohol and substance misuse, new approaches such as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for the treatment of stress, anxiety and depression (MBCT), compassion-focussed therapy and forgiveness therapy are now being actively researched and supported.

Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment. ~ Eckhart Tolle

Recently it has been tough. I am run down. I seem to have misplaced my clarity of thought. I had a particularly bad day not so long ago. As I walked though the rubbish ridden streets of town I suddenly started smiling to myself. Amongst the total shittiness of the day, in that moment, I felt safe, and totally and utterly convinced that everything would be okay. And, there it was, floating down and landing at my feet. The White Feather. It was the first of many to come, a gentle reminder that there is always protection, guidance, inspiration and healing there for us.

I believe. I believe I am protected and that the universe provides. In the darkest of times there is always light shining to reach you, you just need to be open to seeing it. Are you?32 feather 1

I am working on a lot right now. How to give without feeling completing drained. To stay present, no matter how chaotic and stressful life can be. To stop being so hard on myself. I make time for meditation and prayer. I have made an effort to go outside, to see the beauty of the world, especially at times when I have witnessed the worst of it. I have accepted I can’t do it all on my own so I have hired a coach. Everyday the feathers keep appearing. I think I have to agree with Gabrielle Bernstein:

The more I believe in divine guidance the more I experience miracles.

So, are you a believer, or is it all complete poppycock?

When all is said and done, don’t we all want to walk a path of white feathers.

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