Day NINE: April A-Z Blogging Challenge 2015 : Mental Health Awareness — layers and nuances
Insomnia and Isolation:
A good night’s sleep is one of life’s primary requirements, something often taken for granted. If you want the day to be full of verve, you need to have slept peacefully in the night. No one knows the value of this better than the person suffering from insomnia or sleeplessness. While an overactive mind is the primary cause for insomnia, there are often emotional causes too. Sometimes traumatic events in life lead to depression and one of its symptoms is sleeplessness. You keep obsessing about events, reactions, responses and ‘what-ifs’. The mind goes on and on in a loop and before you know it, it’s morning and time to get up! Sometimes you might have depression and you may not even be aware of it, for this is not a topic to bring out in ‘polite’ conversations where social masking ( the ability to put on different masks and hide who you really are, in order to ‘fit in‘ ) is akin to multi-tasking in the ‘normal’ world ! No, you just don’t or can’t talk about not having slept without getting weird looks and knowing smiles with one or two sarcastic remarks thrown in. Why dig your own social grave, you think and remain quiet. This then leads to isolation. You slowly begin to realise that there is more to sleeplessness than you thought. Being sleepy and sad does not win friends. In fact, you lose the few that you had! Actually it is good riddance, but you don’t know that yet. You have, without your consent, joined the dubious section of society termed as the ‘mentally ill’ (do NOT flinch). Here are some common symptoms:
- You might be in a crowd, but you feel extremely isolated.
- You see all these chirpy, ‘happy’ people around you and you can’t seem to join in. God, what IS wrong with me, you wonder.
- You may want to belong, to feel ‘in with the crowd’, but something doesn’t give. You might even fake it — trying to contribute to superficial conversations, boring topics, inane gossip and the like, but not for long. It is too exhausting
- You cannot bear hypocrisy and much of social interaction calls for this
- You withdraw into a shell, you stop going out,
- You become irritable, anti-social almost and the only remedy might be curling up in bed with a P.G. Wodehouse !!!
The INDIGO child:
All the symptoms mentioned above and many more that include high levels of integrity, dislike of obsolete systems and so on, fit in very well with a social group of individuals identified as the INDIGO group. So what has merely been termed as depression, being a misfit might have deeper roots. (WARNING: if you are extremely logical, have scientific pretensions and think all other points of view apart from the scientific-intellectual- materialistic to be inferior, then you can stop reading now. Au Revoir !)
As our planet moves into a higher frequency of vibration as witnessed in the several earth changes going on since 1999, manifesting forth as natural calamities, and also growth of awareness among humans as evinced by greater connectivity, openness, destruction of structures and systems, global cooperation, there is more and more evidence of special individuals born to aid this process of spiritual growth. This phenomenon was observed in the sixties and more so from the seventies onwards with the birth of children who showed several well defined characteristics, often and unfortunately mistaken as ‘mental illness’. These children were called the INDIGO children. This wave of the seventies, much like the baby boomer generation after the World Wars seem to be Nature’s way of assisting in the evolution of the planet. Here are some characteristics of these evolved souls who are veritable ‘misfits’ in society, but have a larger role to play in the scheme of things.
INDIGO ADULTS HAVE THE FOLLOWING ATTRIBUTES:
Highly intelligent, though may not have demonstrated in school.
Their first question is WHY?
Repetitious work in school or career deters them
(EARLY ON) Rejected authority of teachers, OR seriously wanted to rebel, but didn’t DARE, usually due to parental pressure.
May have experienced early existential depression and feelings of helplessness. These may have ranged from sadness to utter despair. Suicidal feelings while still in high school or younger are not uncommon in the Indigo Adult.
Have difficulty in service-oriented jobs. Indigos resist authority and caste system of employment.
Prefer leadership positions or working alone to team positions.
Have deep empathy for others, yet an intolerance of stupidity.
May be extremely emotionally sensitive including crying at the drop of a hat (no shielding) or may be the opposite and show no expression of emotion (full shielding).
May have trouble with RAGE.
Have trouble with systems they consider broken or ineffective, i.e. political, educational, medical, and legal.
Frustration with or rejection of the traditional American
Anger at rights being taken away
Have a burning desire to do something to change and improve the world.
Have psychic or spiritual interest appear fairly young – in or before teen years.
Had few if any Indigo role models
Have strong intuition.
Random behavior pattern or mind style – (symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder)
Have had psychic experiences, such as premonitions, seeing angels or ghosts, out of body experiences, hearing voices.
May have awareness of other dimensions and parallel realities.
Sexually are very expressive and inventive OR may reject sexuality with intention of achieving higher spiritual connection. May explore alternative types of sexuality.
Seek meaning to their life and understanding about the world May seek this through religion or spirituality
You can read the the complete article here: Characteristics of the Indigo Child/Adult
Apart from these children and adults, there are also the Crystal and the Rainbow children, who have been born to take human consciousness to the next level. Here is an article that talks about all the three and how compassion can help to ease their struggles in the real world: Indigos, Crystal and the Rainbow Children
What is common among all these people is how they exhibit symptoms resembling mental illness and in many cases are prescribed medication that suppresses these symptoms AND their special gifts. A sympathetic understanding by adults and the medical profession is imperative to allow these souls to live out their true destinies.
© Lakshmi S. Menon & VOICE’nVIEWS