Think of life as a path on which you travel, never knowing anything that you will pass, look at, listen to, say, know, not know, be required to do, or not required to do. It’s a path which you know nothing about; which acts as a mirror, window, and/or mirage. At times this path appears to be different from the intended original path you were pursuing.
For example, at times a window may have a good view to a mirror, which may show a mirage. On the other hand, a mirage may have a view to where a mirror is, was, or will be. These three separate entities can be seen as identical. Something that might appear real, ends up not being real. Something you think you knew, it turns out you don’t. This can be confusing, and may be disconcerting at different times in your life.
Here’s an example of unfortunately common mirage: Corporations, the AMA, and our whole government has convinced a lot of americans what food is, what medicine is, what right and wrong is, and that what is illegal is harmful and what is legal is not. I’ve been told that because a pill is called “medicine” it is healing, and because something has been tortured and killed, and is now dead, it is called “food,” and that makes all it ok. Driving down the highway you’ll see adds for Burger King, McDonalds, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Dairy Queen etc. and then above that is a billboard for Ambien, Abillify, Zoloft, or Lunesta.
Since I was young, up until now (post-TBI), I ate animals thinking that it was ok, but I never saw through the mirage of our culture. Likewise, I was given a multitude of pharmaceuticals for a whole host of medical problems, the majority of which could have been prevented and treated with a focus on true healing. The majority of things that are healing in this world are plants.
As we (the TBI community) have all traveled down this path, we may have been directed toward the hallway of multiple mirages, but if we look closely out the window of that hallway we will see a field of plants we can use medicinally. This includes consumption as well as medical administration.
Cannibas is already known to relieve ailments like pain relief, seziures, PTSD, and mental illness, etc. without the side effects that all the pharmaceuticals have. Like many people who suffer from epilepsy, I was given multiple prescriptions to treat them with profound, unfortunate side effects. Today, a well known alternative to pharmaceuticals is simple – it’s a plant! I take a hemp extract sublingually that is high in Cannabadiol (CBD) sans side-effects. I was effectively able to reduce the amount of pharmaceuticals I was taking from 1500 mg of Keppra to 1,000. I’ve also gone from 400 mg of Lamictal to just 50mg, and I am still reducing.
Through the same window, you’ll find a hut where yoga takes place. Also in the field you will find Reiki, acupuncture, neurofeedback, biofeedback, spirituality, friendship, emotional support animals, and love.
As we continue to travel, we will also be exposed to a mirror which shows us surrounded by a majority of other humans who are completely uneducated and opinionated (doctors included). For Anj and I, it is like this: In our building there is a woman from Poland, who knows nothing about brain injury, and who knows that using something other than a wheelchair may be positive. But still, she doesn’t find the benefit of using nothing other than YOURSELF, (your own human body) to walk. She doens’t see my walking unassisted as progress. Every time I see her, she says to me “What did I say?” And I repeat to her what she told me the last time I ran into her, which was “use the walker.” I tell her, “I don’t need it anymore. The doctors and therapists said I don’t need to use it.” But she sites multiple examples of her working with elderly who say that they don’t need a walker, and they fall and bust their hip. And somehow, that is supposed to HELP me. Let me tell you, I encounter people like this all the time.
So this is a complex path, which also has a habit of developing more complex paths, as a part of itself. On this path you never know, and/or always know, and/or you never know that you’ll always know, and/or you’ll always know that you’ll never know, or even a combination of these entities, or none of these entities. Instead you may find a mirror of these, a mirage of these, a window of these, and/or a mirage of a mirror of a window, like i said. Simplicity is, difficulty is, and one may or may not replace the other.
Everything and/or nothing, will or will not change, shift, be thrown off, built, destroyed, and so forth and so on. In my opinion,the path will absolutely always, always, always be complex. The path (1)begins and (2)ends (and/or arrives), and travels(no number) from the first point to the second. There is just no way to schedule an order of events numerically, although numbers may seem to exist to us. The question is philosophical; “do numbers exist?”Another question is “do i exist?”
Have a little fun and look at your life like a story of someone walking a strange path, and you are a main character in it. In the story the main character has a traumatic experience, and the character’s life, the path, will be developed by the trauma.
To always see your life or life in general as a path you walk, like paths in our visual world. You never know what you’ll see and experience….things are both good and bad, and everyone has their own opinion of that which is “good” and that which is “bad”.
Regardless of my said lack of “ability to reason,” I AM now able to see through the mirage, seek out the window, and circumvent the mirror. This can be seen as a positive effect of my TBI.
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