Archive | February 2017

Is Terrorist-Racism a Mental Health/Public Health Issue?

 

The FBI can’t put a name of a person on a watch list simply because the person has a Mental Illness; if the Mental Illness is linked with terroristic threats or actions, then they can pursue the leads; this despite many assaults & attacks done by folks with a Mental Illness (MI) who also may have access to weapons.

These precautions are taken so the law enforcement agency can’t be held libel for a scenario like this, many times followed by some terroristic (in its germane sense) act.

The Civil Rights of all concerned (and most particularly those with a MI) need to be upheld as well, the U.S. security forces are well-aware of the nuances & landscapes to protect the Civil Rights of everyone.

Is there a way we can begin to access individuals or groups who present MI at an earlier, more preventative, time?  And whether they own a train-does this abridge their rights?  It seems logical to this writer that preventative protocols must be drafted, approved, and passed into a “law of the land.”

A recommendation would be to contact every therapist, or Mental Health facility or clinic, every head of a government entity, and workers across the board among Human Services Professionals.  Create a data base that can be accessed by the public, providers, and users.

Then a sort of consortium together, sort of a Town Hall Meeting model that model the facilitation of communication & interchange concerning the topic at hand; insure that the meeting or gathering is videotaped or audiotaped, transcript recorded, and edited as a document to be placed in the Public Domain.  Are we on the same page?  We gotta get this gospel out!

©Christopher Bear-Beam January 8, 2017

 

“But What if I’m Criticized

What if I’m criticized and the person who is doing the criticizing is someone I consider an enemy?  How do I handle it?  How do I react?

One of the most tragic & horrendous case in points is 911; for many of us, revenge was the first thought, retaliation the next.  But, what if we had gone deeper into the catalysts for this grisly terrorist attack and those who were the perpetrators?

Here’s what I mean:  Alice Walker, in her book, We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For (2006), recommends that when our minds are filled with blame, anger, lack of comprehension, and revenge, to simply sit in some form of meditative seat, asking ourselves, “What could have been the causes of an enemy’s motivation to strike out with violence or some other micro-aggression?”  Sit with it a while, and see what emerges from your conscious and unconscious thoughts.  She writes, “Sit with their anger until you can see America through their eyes” (p.190).

Continuing, “When I fully accepted the reality of their suffering from this fear, I could begin to feel compassion rather than disgust, irritation, anger or, more likely in my case, mystification” (Ibid.).

This suggested action is much like Tonglen, the Buddhist prayer of compassion for others suffering, as we are, in our world.

I’d suggest using this template when we receive personal criticism, or cultural critiques that don’t really apply to us, and may arise out of the suffering or misunderstanding of the other groups or people.

When I’m personally criticized, my tendency is to go to the “highly valued” abstraction that “Oh, no, now I know I’m all bad or all failure, etc.”  I’m now trying to pause, to use this method to help me think in a more self-caring way.  I feel myself changing, and I feel all good.

©Christopher Bear-Beam February 16, 2017

 

 

An Autocratic Wind Sweeps

In this circled web, lies a system that can make you dead.

A leadership style, that once on a while, the host, we combed them in,

Soldiers back from the “Big War”-transfigured transformers found

Out easy to use and easy to be in, the Autocratic System manned up to peer-conforming, afraid to be one’s own true self, fear is one of the best motivators-you got to hide and cover-up what’s next to your heart.  Keep in on down low, Mr. Joe DiMaggio.

The new Administration talks out loud about saving our land, the bluster & hot lava may bust your face like a water balloon.  Save?  Save what & how?  By making illegal the Civil Rights that ours by virtue of our birth as human.

Silence the media, they throttle their assaults, and make sure you confront the media in your normal communication style-c’mon, just give me a big smile, and look now you big farty cow, shut down their stations for the good of the public health,

This dagger into your side

Will go, with a twist and a turn,

You’re nothing more than blood on

The sawdust floor-get on outta here, Open that door and run for your

Life, right outta this door. You be a bore!

©Christopher Bear-Beam February 12, 2017 (my B-Day)