The Monastery

By: Woodrow Odom Lucas

The Monastery

Do you hear voices?  Are you experiencing terrifying experiences that you are afraid will get you in trouble?  Have you almost given up hope?  Are you so berated by fear that you are paralyzed by inaction, tormented in inertia and tormented every time you try and get free?  Is your ability to take care of yourself and handle your affairs being adversely affected by the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual turmoil within?

I want you to do me a favor.  Imagine for a moment that you are in an invisible Monastery where they are teaching you a form of nonviolent Kung Fu.    Imagine for a moment that the Monastery operates on top of your everyday life, sometimes with little regard to the disruptions it may cause in your everyday life.   Imagine for a moment that there are little monks who are guiding you, teaching you, molding you, shaping you, and definitely protecting you at all times.  Imagine for a moment that they are allowing you to undergo experiences which are terrifying in their mystery, but that they never allow you to suffer for too long.  Imagine that there have been times when you have imagined grabbing every single monk that you have worked with and beating them senseless.  Imagine that there have been times when you have wished you could fight the Monastery head himself, Jesus.

Now I want you to imagine that severe and persistent mental illness is not a death sentence.  I want you to imagine that there is a solution to that problem.  And I want you to embrace the Monastery.  I want you to choose the Monastery.  I want you place yourself in the Monastery; by saying, “Jesus please heal me.”  And now begin your journey.  Knowing that although it may not seem so all the time, you are safe, and you are part of a time delimited process to get you healthy and well.

Now Let It Begin…………………..

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