Spirituality and seeking out a spiritual healer and helper like me, or other psychic readers, church elders, and even your own deck of Tarot cards, does not negate the need for mental health awareness and assistance if needed.
I have worked with a handful of people over the years who were in obvious mental health crisis. It was made abundantly clear through their demeanor as well as their card readings and psychic messages. I made absolutely sure to let them know their guides and angels needed them to seek help with licensed professional therapists and medical doctors.
I’ve had some people try to replace western mental health therapies with psychics. Spirit should never replace what is needed in the physical world; although, spiritual work, helping with a foundation of experiential faith (as in not blind faith but having moving experiences which create a foundation for faith) will always complement mental health therapies for those seeking it.
I’ve had psychologists and therapists from all over send their patients to me when they need something complimentary outside of more rigid religious structures like a church. People are waking up and realizing that, although we’ve had our share of charlatans give the rest of us a bad name, psychics can be very complimentary to overall well-being.
When I wrap up a reading for folks, I get responses like, “I feel lighter” or “I feel so much better”. My style of reading (like most “evidential psychics”) is validating. In a card reading, I validate where a person has been and where they will be (that’s if their future plays out without intervention – aka free will). In a psychic, or mediumship reading, I confirm eternal connections with loved ones passed on who come through with blessings of validation and evidence of their eternal being. When a person feels burdened by their world, having someone explain back to them that they understand exactly what they’re feeling or experiencing is an incredibly unburdening experience.
As beautiful and uplifting as that is, some people still need help beyond what a “spirit counselor” can do. Some need help learning to properly assess and act, letting go of habits, or creating new ones; learning to live differently or fully release old ways of living. Mental health providers teach us how to cope; while some people may need medication to help balance biological imbalance in either a short or long-term capacity. (While pharmaceuticals are not my first choice for balancing mental health, each case is different, and I fully understand the value and efficacy of modern psychiatric drugs.)
And while coping skills are not necessarily taught by spiritualists, I’ve found that a spiritual foundation is most essential to coping. The foundation can be the belief in God or “Something Bigger” than us. It could be a belief in the the everlasting validity of the soul, beyond the constrains of our earthly bodies. That’s where I can step in, to bring that validation to those seeking it.
Now this isn’t an ad for my services (because those who need me find me, and I read for those I’m supposed to. I have a firm belief in that, and it’s never failed me). This is a gentle reminder that some may need more than a spiritual healer and helper. Your client’s guides may have them seek you out just so you can point them in the direction of a more modern psychological or medical therapy. There is still such a stigma on mental health, and spirit workers can do their part to help change the focus to receiving healing rather than judging or having an expectation of just how that healing is arriving.
Are you a spiritual advisor?
Then you must also maintain good mental health. It’s not unheard of for spiritual advisors to seek conventional counseling. Seeing, feeling, hearing, or just “knowing” Spirit doesn’t make one stable. As a matter of fact, if you don’t know what the heck you’re going to do with the spiritual information being “downloaded” to you, it can make you feel mentally imbalanced. If you don’t know how to keep that energy back so you can live your daily life, it can become overwhelming. Seeking out a spiritual healer or teacher can help with that, but do not negate the importance of “keeping your head straight” as you seek your Eternal Truths.
I’m not going to pretend that talking with the dead all of the time doesn’t become a bit depressing due to the grief of those seeking to hear from their departed loved ones. Again, make sure you’re taking the steps to stay in a “good space”. Feed yourself well. I don’t just mean food, but also those things we feed our mind. Think about the media you engage with (internet, news, social media, movies, shows, music…). Is it soul-lifting or depleting? Get enough exercise AND enough sleep. Remember to ground (pay attention to your body and the physical world instead of “floating off into space” all the time), interact with nature, hug a tree, walk in the grass, drink enough water (conduit for energy). And always, always cleanse and protect. The living who walk in the spirit world become a shining light in the universe, and like moths to a flame, energy of all kinds is attracted to it. So you want to make sure you stay cleansed and protected spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Finally, we spirit workers need to make sure we point our clients in the right direction when it comes to mental health. I highly suggest having information handy to share with your clients which can include:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
- National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
- ChildHelp (child abuse hotline) 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
- aa.org (Alcoholics Anonymous website with numbers for local hotlines and groups)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (aka SAMHSA). This is a 24/7 national referral hotline 1-800-662-HELP (4357). They also have a good referral website at samhsa.gov
- If your clientele is mostly local to you, look for local hotlines, numbers, and help for your clients.
Mental health is more important now than ever as we steer our way through a global pandemic, economic uncertainty, and fear-based media. My daughter and I have been watching nothing but comedy since late February/ March when the virus started to really close-in on our reality. Mental health begins with you and the choices you are making daily. It should be as important as prayer, meditation, eating, and exercise. Feed your mind well and seek help when needed.