All mental conditions are dependent upon three elements of how you deal with the world and your environment. These mental and life outcomes are dependent upon:
The thing being perceived
Any one of them or all three of them can be affirmed or rejected by another person. And then, we're back to the law of contradictions: two opposing and conflicting affirmations cannot both be true. If you read my previous post, I stated that you are not 1 or 2 or 3. I stated that you are all three. Cool, huh?
There is plenty of evidence in neural physics that that gives us reason to accept that the mind is nothing more than a reflex organ, reacting to everything it sees, hears, smells, tastes, touches and conceptualizes. Lee Smolin, an American theoretical physicist, in his 2013 book “Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe” states: “The problem of consciousness is an aspect of the question of what the world really is. We don’t know what a rock really is, or an atom, or an electron. We can only observe how they interact with other things and thereby describe their relational properties. Perhaps everything has external and internal aspects. The eternal properties are those that science can capture and describe---through interactions, in terms of relationships. The internal aspect is the intrinsic essence; it is the reality that is not expressible in the language of interactions and relations. Consciousness, whatever it is, is an aspect of the intrinsic essence of brains.”
I would suggest otherwise. I would suggest that unconsciousness is an aspect of the intrinsic essence of brains. Consciousness is as aspect of getting out of your head and realizing that although your mind cannot not respond, it doesn't mean that you have to SEE it that way.
These mental conditions infer that you (Step #1 above) are nothing more than a body and a brain generating mechanical reactions. If that's the case...and it's certainly the way most people live their lives...then we should go ahead and end this conversation and self-medicate as best we can. But if we infer that you are all three steps above (the perceiver, the perception and the thing being perceived), then, everything changes. It means that not only are you responsible for your mental condition but it implies that you are doing it to yourself.
And this means, of course, that you are at choice. Understanding the reciprocal nature of perception allows to see that what you see is what you get. If you see misery everywhere in the world, that's what you get. If you see misery as a tool of the Divine to speed up a person's consciousness and evolution, that's what you get. But remember, perception is a choice. If you see yourself as a sinner, then that's what you get. If you see yourself as redeemed and forgiven, that's what you get.
In a conversation with Terry the other day, after not getting a job we had hoped to get, I said, "It's so difficult to learn that our well-being is not dependent upon the events of the exterior world." I didn't say that the things I am talking about in my posts are easy. But I have stated time and time again that they are available. And if you have the courage, the will power, the fire in your belly that is finally fed up with living the way you live, then you might wake up tomorrow morning and change your mind. And if you do, I guarantee you that that change will begin with a new perception that arose out of pure choice that is about you.
The choice to see the world differently IS the choice to see yourself differently. Why? Because you are both simultaneously! Being the perceiver, the perception and thing being perceived, what do you choose to see? As you can clearly see, it ain't about "them" because there ain't no "them" out there! It's about you because you are the triple P.
Understanding that, what do you choose to see? Make it up. Be bold. Imagine the grandest, most incredible thought about yourself you can.
Because whatever it is, you're getting ready to get more of it.