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Author Topic: Celtic: Practicing while on anti-depressants and anti-psychotic medication  (Read 711 times)

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Re: Practicing while on anti-depressants and anti-psychotic medication
« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2018, 06:16:38 pm »
One book in particular that I'm reading, "Magic of the Celtic Otherworld: Irish History, Lore & Rituals" specifically states that one can not practice, or will have no growth in their practice, if they are on medication.I feel so downtrodden.

You should ignore bigots who say exclusionist, ablest, elitist, or otherwise hateful things to you. Book are just people's thoughts in written form; if a book is bigoted, ignore it, chuck it out, and don't let it bother you.

There are shitheads in the world. Unfortunately, some of those shitheads can afford to publish their views so that unsuspecting people like you might accidentally pick them up at the bookstore.

Stay on your medicine; if you think that it helps you, it probably does, and you shouldn't go against your inner judgement because some book said so! You can still be religious and spiritual without following the orders of some idiot who wrote a book; keep your meds and keep your practice, they aren't incompatible.
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Re: Practicing while on anti-depressants and anti-psychotic medication
« Reply #16 on: September 26, 2018, 12:41:39 pm »
Reminds me of when they threw me out of college for having the crazies.  The administration didn't seem to give a shit about my well-being, they just wanted to be sure I was out of school before I did something that would make the papers so I didn't sully their good name.
That's horrendous!!!
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I'm so sorry this happened to you
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Re: Practicing while on anti-depressants and anti-psychotic medication
« Reply #17 on: September 26, 2018, 12:43:43 pm »
Like the other posters here, I'd encourage you to stay on the meds despite what this book said, too.

I don't really have much of an active practice for various reasons, including stumbling blocks I've encountered whilst learning/experimenting - also, I'm not very spiritually in-tune with any of the things one might wish to be in-tune with to start with, disappointingly.  So I'm already starting at a disadvantage.

I've also literally only just started on anti-depressants this past week, so it's yet to kick in at this stage (though it is the same medication I took for about a year a handful of years ago, or so).

But if this means I have to be even more patient with developing my spiritual practice then so be it - my mental health has reached the stage were it needs some support.  I'm sure that with determination and perseverance I will still get there.

Good luck with it all, and you take care too  :)

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Re: Practicing while on anti-depressants and anti-psychotic medication
« Reply #18 on: September 26, 2018, 02:27:44 pm »
Oh, I'd go even stronger than that. We all have different ways of practice, and people are always going to have some things they do, and some things they don't do (or can't do). No one can learn every possible method, or practice every possible practice. Your body and mind may have different limits than someone else's (like mine does) but that can often help us narrow down the choices about what we do and how we approach it more easily.

I bet you'll find stuff you're amazing at, and can do well, as you learn more and deepen your practice. It's not a competition about 'how far' or comparing yourself to others. It's about what it does for you, and whether your practice helps celebrate the good times and gets you through the hard times. Everything else is a bonus.

Even in group work, there's a lot of benefit in people having different approaches and strengths (so long as people can do the key things that bring the group together, or figure out solutions that work for everyone.)

And I'm glad the article helped!

I was going to say something like this...but Jenett already said it so very well!

I did want to add though, just because you have meds and health issues, doesn't mean that you can't have a really great spiritual practice.  I have a dear friend, with serious health issues (kidney failure, so 3xweek dialysis plus meds, plus fallout from all of that) has one of the most robust and full practices of all the people I know.  On the other hand, I know lots of people who consider themselves in the fully healthy and normal realm who struggle to maintain any regular practice. 

So it really comes down to you and how you work...and also, no one can define what is a healthy spiritual practice for you!  If you are happy doing a simple mediation and lighting a candle, that doesn't make your practice any 'less' than someone who has all the fancy tools, does a 3 hour ritual with all the bells and whistles and makes all their own natural products for every part of their life...you do you!
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