Around 1992-93 in El Paso, TX, my new therapist, Sharon, told me to do something for myself, everyday. So, I began floating in our apartment’s swimming pool with a snorkel and facemask. I would just stare at the moving light and shadows on the bottom created by the disturbed surface water. My goal was to search for a little better feeling. I was making an effort to feel better. This was the start of my road to an idea of self empowerment, of me taking action to improve my mental-emotional well-being.
Over the next 4 years I worked constantly to release thoughts and ideas that didn’t feel good and to dwell upon thoughts that felt better. I worked with a new psychiatrist, called the “Salsa Doctor” because he played in a salsa band, to change my medications as I improved my ability to use my emotions to guide my mental activities. (Refer: 02-a,) After 18years of hospitals and doctors, I left the mental illness industry. I began a new life free from therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, their medications and hospitals.
It is now 2016; I am happily remarried, retired from mechanical engineering and living a full life. I believe I can now relate to others my experiences that resulted in leaving the endless ideas, theories, paradigms and beliefs of the mental illness industry behind. I now live and believe in mental health and well-being. I work at mental health everyday. Mental wellness is no longer a mystery and I wish to share the many ideas I used to bring my life back to the living. I wish to explain the methods I used, and that everyone can use to improve their mental and emotional well-being. The scientific argument and logic for these methodologies can be found on http://cognitive-emotional-therapy.com/. (Ref: 02-b)
(02-a) I first heard of “emotional guidance” around 1992-93 on some tapes by Abraham-Hicks. They correlated emotions and one’s spiritual inner being. I use emotional guidance in terms of the evolved correlation between ones emotions, mental activities, and the bio-chemical balance within the physical body.
(02-b) “Cognitive-Emotional Therapy: Emotions Regulating Cognition”, by Andrew Jackson