When you suffer from Lyme or another multi-system chronic illness, you are likely to suffer from a plethora of debilitating and life altering symptoms. For most of these symptoms, a prescription exists to mask them. However, it is important to distinguish the ones that are absolutely necessary to avoid accidentally overloading your body with too many pills -all of which come packed with a plethora of side effects. While it is true that Lyme disease breeds emotional numbness, it is also true that an astonishing amount of pills do as well. Depending on the pill, one RX can work to multiply your suffering. Furthermore, the prescription may only mask your problem rather than fix it, all at the expense of causing more problems, whether they be immediate or long term.
When you mask your feelings with substances, you mask your soul. Furthermore, you inhibit your soul from evolving into its full potential –the chance to really live, to find truth, and to accept it. In present day western society, it has become “normal” to take pills to mask feelings. There are multiple prescriptions for depression, being TOO energized, not being energized ENOUGH, anger, stress, anxiety, pain and the list goes on and on.
Feeling any of the emotions listed above is, for many, a reason to make a trip to a doctor or psychologist who will “fix them.” However, these feelings are what make us who we are, what develops us to our full potential, what defines our very being. We experience them for a reason.
For example, depression is normal after a tragedy of any sort. In fact, that is called being “sad.” Then you have the other form of depression, the one that labels individuals as “chronically depressed;” in which case depression often stems from no known cause. The term “chronic” implies a lifelong sentence, accompanied with a lifelong prescription and a lifelong profit for the medical world. While short term use of depression medication is warranted, there is something about taking it for the rest of your life that does not sit right.
When you look back on your life, you may find you never knew who you truly were; rather, you knew the person who the medication created. What if you would have one day decided to ride out the pain, accepting it in its entirety, and allowing yourself to feel the true nature of things?
Ironically, so many of the pills used to mask uncomfortable emotions simultaneously mask the ones we, as human beings, ultimately vie for: happiness, compassion, and love. Allow yourself to be alive, to feel the realm of emotions you were created to feel. Our indigenous ancestors, void of prescriptions, were forced to trust the earth and truth of their surroundings and their lives. They were not conditioned from the time they were born to seek comfort and contentment in the form of crutches, they explored and learned on their own; as we all should. Unconditioned by society, such people embody the meaning of being alive. Breathing, you see, does not exactly qualify as living.
We have been told that negative emotions are unacceptable and abnormal in society. In reality, the truly abnormal thing is to not feel. Do not be afraid to uncondition yourself, to opt out of masking your emotions. Do not be afraid to accept them and ride them out, allowing the true essence of your soul flourish.
**This is article is in no way, shape or form intended to offer medical advice.