The spirituality of suicide prevention seems to me to be largely lacking in our society. Of course, respecting people’s different religions or lack thereof is part of it, but larger than that is the issue that our society has little place for either cultivating the wisdom of the soul, or for allowing the wisdom of the soul to speak.
We human beings are souls on a journey, and that journey is from Love, and ultimately, a return to Love. What happens in-between and along that journey often gets messy, painful, and downright no fun. Because we have very little training in this concept of our soul’s journey (at least in the West), we lose track of why we are here, and what we have come here to accomplish.
Western culture, perhaps especially at this time of year, presents us with the idea that life is about getting more things to make us happy, going to school, getting a job, raising a family, saving for retirement, and staying healthy enough to enjoy retirement, at which point we help future generations go through school, acquire more things, get a job, and form a family. Overall, the attitude of materialism is not only how do I get the things I want in life, but also, the idea that life is about what I get out of it.
If we are constantly seeking to get something and to get somewhere in life, we tend to feel empty. If instead, we know the truth, the wisdom, and the beauty of who we are, we can more easily find contentment.
While pursuing all this happiness outside ourselves rather than discovering the incredible beauties within ourselves, we often get knocked around by life, and sometimes it can be difficult to recover. Sometimes, life feels incredibly difficult to people from day one, as we are born into emotionally destructive families, or even physically and sexually abusive ones.
The soul knows that this is not the way life is truly meant to be lived, and so we seek to get ourselves out of whatever destructive life we are experiencing. Unfortunately, our conscious mind may not be aware that it is our soul affirming that life is meant to be better, so our conscious mind may make choices to “tune out” the “reality” we are facing. This pattern leads to one or more of various forms of addiction, and often to suicide.
The threat or thought of suicide arises when the emotional pain inside us feels so overwhelming that we feel cannot stand it, and we believe that nothing and no one in this life will end the pain. Tortured by the combination of destructive emotional pain and these limiting beliefs, a person may commit suicide, unless they become conscious of the wisdom of the soul.
The wisdom of the soul seeks to extract us from negativity. The wisdom of the soul knows and trusts that there is a place or a way in which we can not only escape the pain, but also live without it. Even if a person commits suicide, it is because they have faith that dying will end the pain and they believe they will no longer suffer.
On the level of our spiritually unconscious mind, we don’t actually know what will happen when we die. When we begin to awaken, we discover that our life is a spiritual journey, whether we are conscious of that journey or not. The wisdom of the soul seeks always to get us to a better and happier place, but the unconscious mind may interfere and choose ineffective ways to make us feel better or happier.
When I work with people to prevent suicide, I often seek to help them discover the wisdom of their own souls, and to see the beauty of who they truly are. We seek to uncover the shiny soul hidden under the rusty ego self that has lost its glow in the bitterness of despair. I work with people to help them see that a lot of our pain is caused by our limiting beliefs, and by our negative judgments of ourselves and others.
I seek to help people uncover the negative emotional patterns of their families, sometimes working across generations. We need to end the trans-generational patterns of emotional pain in family systems. We focus on forgiveness work, forgiving ourselves and others through empathy and understanding. The tools I use to help people through the process of forgiveness are the principle of the spiritual mirror in relationships, and the Hawaiian Prayer, or Ho’Oponopono.
We seek to discover a person’s strengths and joys and dreams, and the self-limiting thoughts that prevent them from being actualized. We seek to look at victim consciousness and to discover how very powerless it leaves us believing we are. We seek to learn about being a spiritual warrior, standing up to whatever negativity life throws our way.
We learn about the nature of the Universe, and the Oneness of our souls with Source and with one another. We learn about the true nature of all that is: love, peace, harmony, joy, and bliss. We learn that the ultimate state of being is that state in which all is well. We learn that our soul yearns to be in that state “all is well” all the time, and that it is possible to get to where we can live in that consciousness continually.
I love teaching the beauty of the Universe, reminding us of the wisdom of our soul that already knows and trusts these truths.
However, I have had to deal with the fact that, in our society, the only option for someone who is threatening suicide and not just making an idle threat for attention, is to get placed in a hospital, where the spirituality gets left out of the picture, the true Self gets shoved aside, and medications that fog the brain and numb conscious awareness are forced upon them as helpless patients, that is, victims.
This further sense of victimization and helplessness is the opposite of what people contemplating suicide need, although I agree that physical restraint and safety may be essential at times. I disagree with how we go about that. We often place suicidal individuals with other individuals in whom the darkness is so dark, that it blocks the sense of light and love and hope from those around them as well.
What would happen if we could create a residential treatment center where people who are contemplating suicide could go and live in the light? What if we could provide a place where everyone who works there has spiritually awakened beyond victimhood and the darkness of the spiritually unconscious mind and therefore works from the wisdom of the soul?
What if we could provide a place where the residents receive homeopathic remedies, an organic, vegetarian and mostly raw diet, and minimal medications? What if we could provide energy healing (like Reiki), and spiritually intuitive life coaching? What if treatments could include yoga and Tai Chi and meditation and walking in the woods?
I dream of opening a healing and meditation center someday – a retreat center, but more than that. A spiritual place for prevention of suicide would be so beautiful to have as an option these days, because our options don’t seem to include bringing the Light and feeding the soul.
Energy healing brings us the Light that we need to heal the dark thoughts and feelings, and the intuitive guidance can help us rediscover the wisdom of our souls. There are times that I have had to face the forces of darkness in my work, and I am grateful for Higher Beings, particularly Archangel Michael, who enable me to do so. I dream of creating a residence in the countryside, where people can be restored to themselves, and continue on their journey as beings of light.
If you have supportive thoughts or ideas or a commitment you would like to make to help fund or develop a spiritual suicide prevention center, please get in touch with me: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an integrative doctor or other practitioner and would love to be part of creating such a center, please get in touch.
I dream of being able to help souls discover the light within, even in the face of the darkness of suicidal thoughts! May God bless this dream to fruition, whether through myself and others, or through someone else. May it be so!
Love and Light,