All disorders are effects of being born in a separate body in a divisive world. But it’s only in the human animal that such behavioural traits appear. Any of the other species showing similar symptoms to OCD have either been held in captivity or been corrupted by human contact. It’s only in the human condition of self-doubt and fear that the aberrations of inner conflict arise to torment and afflict those vulnerable to the forces of existence. OCD is an accelerated gathering of repetitive experience and is now part of the global disorder of unhappiness that affects all but the very few or insensitive.
Thought as anxiety and worry is the precursor to OCD. The thinker, when allowed free reign, is everyone’s dilemma since thought is a life form, albeit at a level of abstract materiality. When allowed to formulate as distinct circuits of mentalised energy, the thoughts burrow deep into the psychic structure of the mind. The effect is then similar to a record being stuck in a groove. The thoughts are replayed at a varying pitch of vibration that can become extremely distressing for the individual. Most people experience a mild form of OCD when unable to detach from worry or anxiety. Usually the groove in the subconscious mind is abated by other distractions in the world. But for someone vulnerable to the full effects of the disorder, there’s a compulsion to continually reaffirm a fixed mode of behaviour. When this becomes a dominant feature in the everyday life, the disorder becomes an independent entity able to assert itself as an unconscious force within the body.
What is rarely perceived in the therapeutic approach is that all disorders are psychic and subject to principles that, to the mind, are unable to be rationally explained. Perhaps the most shocking truth is that the whole world is psychically possessed. This manifests in the individual as periodic self-doubt, worry, frustration, anger, resentment and attachment to the drive for security and wealth-gathering. At a global level the results are the condition of the world at any time. And as everyone can see by watching the news media, things are getting progressively worse. The root of it all is the fear of death which, in the absence of profound inner wisdom and self-knowledge, creates a psychic tension that corrupts the natural sweetness and joy of life. To escape facing the reality of death, the unconscious impulse in an individual is to find something real and permanent in existence. Nobody has succeeded, or ever will, because whatever is gained must be left behind at the moment of physical death.
People with OCD often display an acute sensitivity to the suffering of others and the hopelessness of being in such a loveless world. But the disorder itself is usually too dominant to relinquish its hold. Love is the solution to the disorder of the world; but love has to be made more conscious than the disorder. There are two ways that this can be done. The first involves being aware when the disorder is quiescent and things are more stable. And then to acknowledge inwardly the wellbeing in the body that is always present in the absence of emotional anxiety. What is continually acknowledged in love and gratitude to life is an action of consciousness and will be more accessible as a power to heal, particularly in the times when the disorder is active.
The second way is the physical love between man and woman, the natural way of neutralising the negativity of any disorder. This is because love, when it is made, is a timeless spiritual restorative. Everything in existence is compelled to yield or surrender to its purity and grace. Love retains its spiritual identity as it enters existence on a wave of beauty as the essence of the original state of being. As love enters the subconscious it permeates the psyche of an individual and loosens the attached matter of past that has become hardened in time. Love can do the job if only the individual is willing.
image: Luke Chesser