Do you believe in periodic spiritual retreats as your spirit leads you? Do themes come to you for such? I do and several times I have gotten themes or mantras or directions on how to go about these spiritual exercises. The most profound was a 70days one I did in 2018…wow that was a once in life time opportunity. I am starting a 7 days intense one tomorrow and the theme was revealed to me this morning. I am equally directly to share just so my social media family who care understand why I will be silent during the 1st week of September. #MAGinspires #MAGmotivates #MAGencourages #MAGtakesthelead #MAGisintentional #letGodnloelead #attitudeofgratitude #itsaboutlovenhealing #doitallwithlove #livelovelaughlearn
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I am back from an incredible Spiritual Journey started on the 5th of August with my church. I had done a 3days fast on the first three days of the month as I committed to be doing since year start, and was praying for the Grace to do the #5weeks5days fast called too.
I even asked God how I could make the fast personal you know, because the program was for Church growth, and so I decided I would love some spiritual growth too. I got directives from my spirit, and I set out to implement them. One of them was that I avoid social media to the barest minimum, which I find tough to do just like last year when I embarked on a 70 days journey. But, it was worth it.
Hmm, it wasn’t for the faint of heart. We had early morning prayers in church at 6am and in the evening at 6.30 pm. I tried my best, but eventually gave up on the morning prayers.
So, what was this journey all about ? Last year’s was revealed to me to one of ‘enlightenment and purification‘; and this year’s which I got two days ago lol, was one of “Confirmation, Transformation and Preparation“. Uhu that ‘s what it was all about for real. I felt the confirmation I was on the right Spiritual track and I was tapping into the right energy and vibration s – and for that I was so grateful. The
Transformation which I welcomed so gladly, was one of enabling me see the world and all of us as wonderful creations of the universe -God whoever or however anyone calls Him. I felt so free to get this shift formalized sort of, it’s been in my heart for a couple of years now, and I was so happy to see why I really need a 360° transformation of perceptions. I read all sorts of books and listened to audios from different spiritual teachers both gone and still here, oh my so so much transformation.
Preparation is the big one now. Preparing to start a series of symposia in November, then to start designing my project to open a House of Hope and Healing to be founded on Christian precepts but open to everyone of course.
I mean, I don’t joke with my fasts, retreats, Spiritual Journeys – I always get much more than I could ever anticipate. I even reconnected with my best friend in primary school on the eve of the journey, and the soul connection is still so strong.
I AM READY
Be encouraged and strengthened; be inspired and motivated everyone.
P.S. Oh my I did miss blogging and writing more than I even missed food hahahaha. Glad to be back
I am humbled to be such a vessel of the Lord. May someone be touched and blessed by my Ministration Amen
The Spirit of the Lord leads me into lay ministry and my hands are already on the plough. The covenant was to go live on Youtube this 10th of April 2019, and I did just that.
I have been so busy these last weeks with various issues especially with some children victims of rape and sexual abuse. This is one of the focus areas of my Association Hope for the Abused and Battered, and although I love to #bethehope for as many as possible, such cases can drain the hope out of you. My strength comes from the Lord, and it brings me so much joy to step up this way.
Kindly watch my first video then and why not comment and subscribe right? Sharing too is caring, I really appreciate everything Amen
I went into hibernation from the 10 – 16th January to do this; and I kept a journal. I was told to publish same on day 3 of the awesome journey, and I ain’t bargaining with God ever again. It is free, kindly download from this link
I am equally asking for dontions to help me open a mental health care support center in my city of Douala – Cameroon. No amount donated is ever too small. You can read more updates and needs assessed from the campaign right here.
I have written extensively on mental health, mental wellbeing and mental illness on my own website, blog and the Gbm Foundation for epilepsy and mental wellbeing of which I am the Country Director; and on numerous national and international media. But, these serious foursome Ss pop up again and again – seems like there will be no meaningful progress until they are squarely addressed.
S1: SPIRITUAL ATTACK
When you are in a very religious country or community, you should realize that religion and spirituality or whichever comes first to the people, plays a very big role in their lives. Indeed, long before ‘white man’ medicine came, people were cured or healed through incantations and other process including drinking various portions and following special protocols. A spiritual attack is when there is a belief that the origin of the attack is mysterious especial when no other logical explanation exists. Truth be told, no logical explanation exists to explain a mental health challenge or disorder, and the first stop when there is a crisis here, is mostly to a Man or Woman of God. Hold up, they are actually competing or on the same line of importance as the traditional doctors when we consider the second S.
Even where it can be ascertained it is a spiritual attack, the source must be rooted out right? Who else but a jealous person or witch/wizard can cause someone to have a mental health problem or illness? The predominant belief in our communities had always been that any sudden illness or death is superstitious and very suspicious. Mental health challenges or illnesses are no exception. Indeed, for these categories of ‘wahala’ (local slang for trouble), it is the norm and can only be cast out or cleansed by the traditional doctor aka Ngambe man (witch doctor) for us. I mean, if neither the spiritual healer nor the herbal healer cannot help, why not just chain up the person and let them waste away and die instead of bringing more embarrassment to all concerned? The next S comes in here.
Stigma is both from without and within. The society and even families stigmatize the patient and their family; and the patient loses all their self-esteem and stigmatize themselves by withdrawing further and further into their own ‘world’. Families get fed up trying to help while navigating all that stigma, and the patient’s ‘supposedly non-compliant attitude’ only makes matters worst. Tie them and lock them up or outside in a barn let them become whatever they want. The patients equally fed up with the treatment and stigma, lookout for ways to live their ‘freedom’ and to ‘communicate their frustration’ in anyway that appeals to their already very distorted cognition. Society notices and sighs in slushed sentences and all stakeholders are at a lost on what to and how to proceed. And then the next S.
Note I write the last two Ss in all caps. My own way of shaming them actually. Shame can make even families with the means to take their patients to the hospital and seek better and alternative treatment protocols not to do so. Shame is the outcome of all the stigma explicit or implied, and we all know how people could sometimes fight to protect their ‘reputation’. We have surely heard of ‘honour killings’ in some countries where families have taken the lives of one of theirs because of the shame this individual was bringing to their name. Some patients out of shame, could also contemplate or commit suicide because the life they now lead is definitely the skeleton what was before they fell ill and they can’t stand the pain, stigma and all any more.
It is therefore my humble submission that we in Cameroon have to address these foursome Ss if we are to really make any progress with any mental health campaign. Our realities are still far different from those of the west, I saw this first hand when I did a two months internship at the lone public psychiatric ward in the city of Douala. Many patients brought in are already so challenged and ill, it’ll take much more than a brief hospitalization to help them. Some even in the hospital don’t open up to get any little help available, they are ashamed or feel stigmatized even by some medical personnel – sad to admit.
Today as we celebrate World Mental Health Day under the impressive theme Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World, I salute the efforts made to raise awareness to the different issues involved surrounding mental health, but I add that we should step up our listening. Sometimes people hurt so bad but there is just no one to listen to you even when you want to trust enough to tell.
Marie Abanga is a phenomenal woman by every account who defines herself simply as a person of passion and a tale of talents. She runs a private psychotherapy practice in the city of Douala – Cameroon and be contacted through her website at https://marieabanga.com.