There is not one person who does not have some deep-rooted complex, fear, phobia or conflict. Anyone who thinks that he has no mental problems is only deluding himself and at the same time preventing his progress into higher awareness and happiness in life, for while the problems definitely exist, without acknowledging them, no steps are taken to remove them. There is absolutely no stigma attached to admitting one's mental hang-ups, though sad to say there has always been a feeling of scorn, or perhaps fear, associated with those who suffer from more obvious mental problems, such as schizophrenia and melancholia. The reason for this is not certain; perhaps we all fear the possibility that we too could easily become a mental patient. There may be a lot of truth in this, for as far as we are concerned there is not really any difference between obvious mental patients and everyone else; only that in the former, underlying problems are more intense and have consequently manifested with greater force.
The people who know that they have some deeper problems only have to remove them. This is not so easy, but not impossible an d at least you have accepted that problems do exist, which is the first step. Other people who will not acknowledge their mental problems must first of all be convinced that they do in fact have them. This is the situation with most people. There is a very convincing test that will tell you whether you are as free of problems as you think you are. Ask yourself the following question: "Am I happy twenty-four hours a day, every day?" If you are not, then this indicates that you have mental problems, for if you are completely free of any mental disturbances then you would continually emanate happiness and joy like an overflowing river. This is clearly illustrated by the great yogis, sages and saints who, because they have emptied themselves of most or all of their problems, unceasingly radiate peace and joy.
The more unhappiness and dissatisfaction that you feel in your life, the more mental problems you have. Ask yourself this question and give yourself an honest answer. From your answer you can decide whether you are without mental problems or whether you do in fact have them. This doesn't mean you should not be angry or have other strong emotions, for one can still act out these emotions and also feel a sense of happiness. In fact, there are innumerable cases of great yogis and sages who have shown great anger, yet they have still maintained their feeling ofjoy in life. It is not the situation or the expressions you show that we are talking about; it is whether or not you feel a sense of wonder, happiness and contentment throughout your daily life. Ifyou don't, then you have some form of mental problem. If you admit that probably you do have problems, obvious or not obvious, then you will not be alone -you will be accompanied by most of the world's population. Having admitted the possibility of underlying mental disturbances you are then ready to take steps to remove them. If you don't admit they exist, then you will probably see no need to make the effort to remove your problems. As such there is no need to read any further.
Mental problems, phobias, fears and their elimination are such an important factor in our lives that we have decided to devote a lot of space to considering this subject. We must be careful, however, for it is so easy to talk and talk in theoretical terms about causes and repercussions but fail to give any really useful practical methods for removal. As such the aim of this topic and the related discussions, in the forthcoming sections is to suggest practical methods without becoming too involved or tied down in verbal concepts'. The aim is to give you methods and guidance so that you can take steps to remove your problems, the blocks that prevent you obtaining the most out of life. And only you can do it; this applies even if you visit a psychiatrist; he can only stimulate and guide you to remove and manifest your own problems. So we are primarily interested in practice, not words.
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