The Search for Emotional Health
There is much historical data available concerning the handling of so-called “mental health” issues, which term is derived from the idea that the root cause of emotional problems lies in the mind. The word “mental” is of course an English language expression coined in comparatively recent centuries. From the middle ages Lunatic or Insane asylums were common as was the exorcising of Demons and in the more “enlightened” times Frontal lobotomy surgery, Insulin Shock Therapies and Electro Convulsive Shock treatments. Exorcising demons was an attempt to handle cause, but apart from that, it is arguable as to whether the other therapies were addressing manifestation or cause. As an aside, to me, all these treatments were a manifestation of the frustration experienced by the authorities in the mental health field because of their inability to achieve significant worthwhile results.
It appears that emotional problems such as depression were ignored as an accepted part of life, although extreme cases saw the proliferation of lunatic or insane asylums.
Philosophy is regarded as “the love or pursuit of wisdom in its broadest sense.” Two philosophers, the American William James and the German Wilhelm Wundt appeared on the scene in the 1870s and addressed emotional health issues with a more humane and clinical approach rather than the more brutal approach outlined above. However, their interest was still confined to manifestation rather than fundamental cause. Wundtʼs work ushered in present day psychology, when he set up experimental workshops and became recognised as the father of Experimental Psychology. He was therefore far more influential than James who developed what he called Pragmatism.
As idealistic as their approach was, their interest was not a deeper understanding of our inherent spiritual nature, but was confined to gaining an understanding of human behaviour. What is interesting is that it is as a result of Wundtʼs work that Psychology is currently recognised and defined as a study of human behaviour. In hindsight it is a pity that Wundt did not create a more accurate and definitive name for his work, because defining psychology in those terms is totally illogical and at odds with the word itself, which is derived from the Greek, psyche (human spirit) in other words a study of the human spirit and definitely not a study of human behaviour.
Psychology has never addressed the question as to what is the source of all human activity. What has been overlooked is that nothing happens without something causing it to happen. The simplistic answer that it is the food we eat that supplies the energy, ignores the question, where does the motivation come from, what is the source the decision. It is akin to saying that petrol is why a car engine operates. How something works is certainly not why it works. Although the answer is found in the expression, Mind, Body & Spirit, all psychological theory has confused the mind with the spirit. Fortunately the recent realisation that the mind is the interface between the spirit (psyche) and the physical universe provides the answer, if only psychology is prepared examine it, for we now have a definite line between all three elements of life, Mind, Body & Spirit. Causismʼs discovery of the Identity, the fourth element in life completes the picture and provides the final answer for the cause of all human behaviour and attitudes, good, bad and indifferent. Today, whenever some unnamed behaviour is recognised, Psychology quickly coins a name for it to create the false impression that they understand it.
Down the ages many great philosophers have commented on the existence of the psyche as an entity in itself, for instance, the Frenchman Rene Decartes, is famous for his, “I think, therefore I am” He was referring to the “I” as the human psyche. Further back in time you have the Greeks Aristotle and Zeno, but despite the multitude of others, my own research has uncovered no record of any attempt to study the psyche in depth, hence it being left under the umbrella of the infinitely broad subject of philosophy. There it remained until the 1870s when Wundt and James came into the picture, although it was Wilhelm Wundt who was the major contributor, and it is was mainly his work that ushered in Psychology, as we know it. Also, according to Wikepedia he was the first person to call himself a psychologist.
It appears that the human spirit was historically the province of religion and it remains there still. I have no hesitation in claiming to be the first person in recorded history to concentrate on an in depth study of life, which has revealed the indisputable importance of the Psyche. Wundt worked from the contrary proposition that man was devoid of spirit and self-determinism, which of course challenged the basic concepts of the Christian faith and from a religious point of view was heresy. The expression, Mind, Body and Spirit must have been an anathema to him. It seems obvious to me that the almost unchallenged subservience to religious dogma in the western world was the root cause of the stagnation in an understanding the spiritual nature of mankind over the centuries. There appears to be no doubt that as education of the socalled masses spread, so did freethinking flourish.
My own case is an example of education broadening ones viewpoint and fostering new ideas. Although my experience related in both my book and the manual under “Where it all began”, gave me an incredible insight into life, it was my education in the energy fields of electronics and magnetic theory, coupled with the development of the computer that gave me the tools to take advantage of that insight. One cannot of course ignore or negate an innate knowingness, but neither can one ignore the contribution of Caxton who gave us the printing press, Marconi who gave us radio and the Scotsman Baird who was a major player in the development of TV. The list is of course endless. Knowledge is now not overtly suppressed by an authoritarian religious overlord, as was the case with Copernicus and Galileo for example. When the former proclaimed that the earth was not the centre of the universe as per accepted Christian dogma, he was unknowingly or perhaps knowingly challenging the authority of the church and as history will tell you they did not take kindly to it. The “church” in Rome was ruthless in suppressing any freethinking and the Inquisitions of Rome and Spain are testament to that, although the Spanish Inquisition is probably the most well known.
Please understand that I am not belittling or challenging laudable Christian principles of behaviour, but simply pointing out how a powerful one-eyed body can retard the development of knowledge. In our own case, Causism is challenged by the beliefs and dogma of Psychology, which is even protected by legislation in some countries. On reflection that is the gist of this article, for Causism quite overtly challenges the entrenched ideas of current mental health regimes. There are numerous emotional health methodologies in society, but one for one they concentrate on manifestation and not cause. I can only repeat, “nothing happens without a cause.”
Although Wundt erroneously ignored the spiritual component of we humans he must be given credit for also ignoring the traditional thinking that dominated western civilisation. He completely ignored the spiritual side of life and all his work was predicated by or based upon the belief that the human species was activated and driven by outside stimuli. If today, he were to read about Identities and Triggers he would probably say, “Of course, of course! That is what I meant by outside stimuli.” To him “outside” meant separate from the body, but more fundamentally it means separated from the psyche.
One of Wundtʼs American students, Baldwin, is credited with giving psychology its new definition. But it was Wundt, who correctly recognised the difficulty of quantifying the human spirit, whereas human behaviour offered an endless source of valid material. Even his recognition of the impossibility of quantifying the human spirit was in itself a tacit recognition that such an entity was a factor of life. In denying the existence of the psyche on one hand and making judgements about it on the other, indicates that he was indeed “a mixed up kid!” hell bent of justifying his ideas. He also recognised that philosophy consisted of ideas and concepts and was devoid of any specific scientific definitions, whereas a science implied specific definitions relating to the world in which we lived; the material universe. His original training was in medicine in which subject he graduated, but his interest shifted to philosophy and in particular, the branch of that subject concerning human behaviour, namely psychology, with its then definition as a study of the human psyche. Based in Leipzig, he considered that psychology needed to be recognised as a science and was instrumental in setting up laboratories of experimental psychology to achieve that aim. At that time Germany was considered to be a leader in matters of science and attracted the attention of Americans such Stanley Hall who became Wundtʼs first American student. On graduating he returned home and whilst working at John Hokkins University established The American Journal of Psychology. Leipzig became a Mecca for this new “science” and many other Americans flocked there. Armed with their graduate PhDs they were absorbed into the American tertiary education system. Funded by philanthropists such as Carnegie and Rothschild, psychology blossomed in the USA and why today it wields such influence, not only in America, but across the globe.
It is into this powerhouse of opinion and influence that Causism with its challenging concepts and ideas has intruded, along with its practical component the Mace Energy Method. It is appropriate to repeat the exhortation, “Do not confuse me with facts, my mind is made up!” As expressive those words are they are examples of Causismʼs contention that despite popular belief, the mind cannot think. It has remarkable abilities, but thinking, rationalising and decision-making are not among them.
There is no doubt that in the present climate, challenging psychology head on is bound to fail, so the solution Is obviously with a grass roots approach, in other words it is a numbers game in the public arena. Apart from that, on a more positive note and drawing on an old saying, “Hope burns eternal in the human breast”, somewhere down the track is a person of note who will heed Causismʼs research and examine its body of knowledge and experience without using a jaundiced eye. One cannot help but draw a similarity between the power wielded by the Christian church during the Middle Ages and psychology today. Having stated that, it is appropriate to repeat this earlier passage: I am not belittling or challenging laudable Christian principles of behaviour, but simply pointing out how a powerful one-eyed body can retard the development of knowledge.
Copyright © John Mace. January 14th 2014 / All Rights Reserved.
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