As a person with my own Just a barb in a world full of Nancys shirt I can attest that I have become more intuitive since my traumas. My intuition helps me recognize my triggers, it helps me recognize signs that other people are being abused or under stress, it helps know when to code-switch, it makes me wise to danger, etc. But to gain that enlightenment I had to undergo treatment from professionals with a scientific understanding of my condition. And I was grateful to the Goddess that I was connected with those professionals. I try to use the coping skills I learned in treatment in a way that suits my pagan roots.
But under no circumstances would Just a barb in a world full of Nancys shirt I ever claim that the state of my mental health directly correlates to my power and status as a pagan person. The power and intuition lie in getting better or getting help. Ignoring your mental health care is not empowering. Meds aren’t for everyone and it’s good to be wary of big pharma but when I say the treatment I don’t mean to equate it with prescribed medication. However, if you know that you need it, don’t stop taking it thinking it will make you a better pagan.
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