Mental Illness, Music

Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Gary Brooker. Comments in English, French, Spanish, German, and Swedish

English

Ever since I heard this song back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I wondered what the song was really about. The nonsensical words and the organ music affected me in an unworldly, mystical way. In a prior life I had been a closeted, transgender staff accountant, married to my first wife. After we divorced and I got fired, I could no longer afford the psychoanalyst I was seeing to get over wearing women’s clothes. So I dropped out of the working class and gave guitar lessons for spare change. Back then, like a lot of transgender young people, I tried to kill myself. The psychedelic drug scene was going strong then and I looked upon LSD trips as pathways to God.

This song STILL intrigues me. And when I hear it the tears want to flow so badly. Hormones, LSD flashbacks, hot flashes? In many artistic creations the artist has preconceived ideas.. But the people who experience the art experience things never imagined by the artist.
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French

Depuis que j’ai entendu cette chanson dans les années 1960 et début les années 1970, je me demandais ce que la chanson était vraiment tout. Les mots absurdes et la musique d’orgue m’a touché de manière surréaliste et mystique. Dans une vie antérieure, j’avais été un enfermé, transgenre personnel comptable marie avec ma première femme. Après nous avons divorce et je me suis fait viré, je pouvais me permettre n’est plus à voir le psychanalyste que j’ai voyait à cesser de porter des vêtements féminins. Alors j’ai abandonné la classe ouvrière et a donné des leçons de guitare de menue monnaie. A l’époque, comme beaucoup de jeunes transgenres, j’ai tenté de me suicider. La scène de drogue psychédélique allait fort ensuite et je vu voyages les voies de Dieu.

Cette chanson m’intrigue toujours. Et quand j’entends les larmes couler tellement mal. Hormones, flashbacks du LSD, les bouffées de chaleur? De nombreuses créations artistiques l’artiste a des idées préconçues. Mais les personnes qui vivent l’art expérience des choses jamais qui imaginés par l’artiste.
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Spanish

Desde que escuche esta canción en el tarde 1960 y la década 1970, me preguntaba qué era realmente la canción. Las palabras sin sentido y la música de orgon me afectaba de una manera otro mundo y mística. En una vida anterior, había sido encerrado, transgénero contable del personal casado a mi primera esposa. Después divorciaron y perder mi trabajo, yo no pude pagar el psicoanalista que estaba viendo dejar de usar ropa de mujer. Había caído de la clase obrera y me dio lecciones de guitarra para el cambio. Entonces, como un montón de jóvenes transgénero, yo trate de suicidarme. La escena de la droga psychedelica iba fuerte entonces y mire sobre viajes de LSD como caminos para Dios.

Esta canción aún me intriga. Y cuando oigo las lágrimas fluyen tan mal. ¿Hormonas, flash bacas LSD, oleadas de calor? En muchas creaciones artísticas, el artista tiene ideas preconcebidas. Pero cuando la gente experiencia el arte, hay experiencias que no imaginares para el artista.

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German

Seitdem ich dieses Lied wieder in dem späten 1960er und frühen 1970er Jahren hörte, fragte ich mich was das Lied wirklich ging. Die unsinnige Worte und die Orgon-Musik, die mich in ein weltfremder mystische Weg betroffen. In einem früheren Leben war ich eine versteckt, Transgender Buchhalterin mit meiner ersten Frau verheiratet. Nachdem wir geschieden und ich entlassen wurde, konnte ich nicht mehr leisten, der Psychoanalytiker ich sah um zu mehr tragen Damenbekleid. Ich verließ die Arbeiterklasse und gab Guitarrenunterricht für Kleingeld. Damals, wie viele Transgender Jungendlich, habe ich versuchte meine Leben zu nehmen. Der psychedelischen Drogenszene ging stark dann und ich sah LSD-Trips als Wege zu Gott.

Das Lied noch interessiert mich. Und wenn ich es höre, die Tränen so schlecht fließen wollen. In weilen künstlerischen Kreationen hat der Künstler Ideen fixe. Aber wenn die Leute es einfahren, sie erleben Dinge die der Künstler nie gedachte.

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Swedish

Ande sedan jag hörde den här låten tillbaka i slutet av 1960 och början av 1970-talet, undrade jag vad låten egentligen handlade om. De meningslösa ord och orgelmusik påverkade mig i en världsfrånvarande, mystisk satt. I en tidigare liv jag hade vant en garderobs transpersoner revisor och gift med min första fru. När vi skilda och jag fisk sparken, jag kunde inte längre råd psyke jag såg att komma över bär danskläder. Så jag hoppade av arbetarklassen och gav gitarrlektioner på reservdelar förankring. Då, som en hel trans barn, försökte jag ta levat av mig. Dem psykedeliska drogen scenen var gående stark sedan och jag tittade på LSD resor som vägar till Gud.

Den här låten intriger forfarande mig. Och när jag hör det foder flödar så illa. Hormoner, LSD blickar, värmevallningar? I många konstnärliga skapelser har konstnären förutfattade meningar. Men de människor som upplever konstupplevelsen saker aldrig trott av konstnären.

Kolla in det här videoklippet på YouTube:

http://youtu.be/VHgLeA5AEys

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Transgender – Suicide is Painless

There was a time I played this video over and over. Things happened in my life that I was, and still am, so grateful for. I was found by persons on another continent, family, who loved me for the person I really was. My being transgender didn’t make me a freak, a pervert, someone to keep the children away from. They had been looking for me for a long,long time: both in Europe and the US. Sounds really good doesn’t it? So what was my response to this?

I wanted to kill myself.

They saw me as someone worthy of love, someone to include in their lives. Someone to clean the house and get things ready for when I went to visit them and stay for awhile. Someone to buy “special” food for and cook for. Someone to love. And THAT is what introduced the suicidality.

They loved me more than I loved myself.

Fortunately, I had the where-with-all to listen to my European family, my friends, and others and GET HELP. I got a therapist, set up a suicide prevention plan, and pledged to do the work I had to do so that I could return the love they and others had for me. In short:

I knew I could be loved and I was not afraid.

It is now over a year since I started getting my life in order. And I feel SO MUCH BETTER. This blog is the result of my new lease on life. Instead of wanting to die and checking out ways to do it, I want to live and do what I can to help others live, and thrive, and become their true selves. I want to make the world a better place for all humanity. THIS is what I have been called to do by my Higher Power, who told me point blank:

I have work for you to do here. Then, I will call you home.

Marching orders.❤️

Kolla in det här videoklippet på YouTube:

http://youtu.be/FCEae29j41w

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Mental Illness

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | Self-harm

Self-harm is something that LGBTI young people can engage in to “use-pain-to-counter-the-pain” of bullying, sexual abuse, or some other physical or mental assault. In the absence of trusted and compassionate persons who will patiently listen to the young person’s cries for help and direction, self-harm may seem to be the only alternative for the distressed person.

Besides a depressed demeanor, the inappropriate wearing of long-sleeved tops or pants in hot weather may be to hide the scars from cutting, poking, or burning. Add alcohol and street drugs, this behavior can be life-threatening. Gender dysphoria, that is not properly addressed by qualified medical and psychiatric professionals, may, especially in an intoxicated or drugged state, lead to the attempted or actual amputation of hated primary or secondary sexual characteristics.

If you or someone you know is into this behavior, get help immediately. Thinking or talking about doing self-harm is also a cry for help that must not be ignored.

https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Related-Conditions/Self-harm

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Mental Illness

Why Americans Have Shorter Lifespans Than People in Similar Nations: MedlinePlus

Dope, guns, and reckless driving…so what else is new? And what can we do about it? Mr. Obama sheds tears on the tube over the mass murders and gun freaks keep stocking up on guns and ammo. Remember the Alamo! More and more States now consider marijuana a “recreational” drug. And car races with good-guy/bad-guy shoot-outs fill the movie theatres.

Like all American kids I was raised on cowboy westerns, beer, and fast cars. The Hispanic kids smoked pot and the Mafia limited Heroin to the black ghettos. In 1955 the eight-cylinder V-8 came out for the masses and Chuck Berry sung about Maybelline and a drag race between a Cadillac and a V-8 Ford. And don’t forget “Hot Rod Lincoln” where Dad tells his wild kid:

You gonna drive me to drinkin’ if you don’t stop drivin’ that HOT ROD LINCOLN!

The drug scene now, I believe, is fueled by chronic Angst: a sense of helplessness, despair, depression, and resultant suicidality that pervades what some call the “99%” of American society.In my experience talking with drug addicts I have heard a lot of lamentation over friends, some with young children, dying from overdose. Then in the next breath they hope they will die the next time they do dope.

So much of this is sustained by mass media in the struggle for more and more money. And what is wrong with THAT? my critics will retort. THAT IS THE AMERICAN WAY! People wait impatiently in long lines at cable TV office for service and get violent when they are cut off for nonpayment. Electronic dope.

And with my IPad I am addicted also!!!

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_157154.html

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Mental Illness

BBC – Future – Why contemplating death changes how you think (homogenized humanity)

Articles like this on death are usually a waste of time to read. If so, why am I wasting YOUR time by posting it? Perhaps it is because I think of death a lot. Sorry to be so M O R B I D.

Who was this article written for? I tacked on “homogenized humanity” to the title because of the bland assumption of “one-size-fis-all” when it comes to death and its contemplation. We all live each day as diverse persons with differing gifts and responsibilities. And to expect that any one news story can provide the answer to such a complex issue is facetious.

Monastics think of death a lot. In fact Benedict of Nursia admonished his monks to keep their deaths constantly in mind. And in the last sentence of the Hail Maria we ask Mary to “pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death”. There are also those mystical experiences one may be reluctance to speak about where God reveals that He has work for you to do before He takes you home.

When you take that step forward and commit to serve your homeland in uniform until death if need be, you have changed your thinking a lot. Should the time come that you are in harm’s way, you do what you swore an oath to do, without reluctance or delay. Death before dishonor.

Otto Rank wrote a book about the artist striving for immortality through artistic expression. And CS Lewis in “The Great Divorce” has the artist wanting to know if people still thought of him after he died. Willie Loman in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” was remembered after death by those little things he did puttering around the house. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s “On Death and Dying” is essential reading on this subject.

In our own time we have the mass murderers striving for “fame” or “paradise” through the destruction of others. For so many disturbed or fanatical persons, death may seem to be a “better” place than life. Every city or town in the world has a place or places that suicidal persons are drawn to when it is time to end their lives.

LGBTI Persons

Contemplation of death is a sad reality for those of us whose diversity brings, attention, stigma, shame, and violence from those around us. Statistics abound about our sisters, brothers, and others ending their lives due to rejection by family, peers, and others. The purpose of this blog is to try and bring some hope to the worldwide transgender, gender nonconforming, and intersex community.

We are ALL going to die some day, like it or not. But there is no need to rush things, especially when others may need our strength, love, and compassion.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160208-why-contemplating-death-changes-how-you-think

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Mental Illness

Needless death by untrained police

This young man, like many transgender persons, was suffering from Asperger’s syndrome. YouTube respected this latest victim of police incompetence by using his affirmed name and gender. Police, evidently, had no training dealing with mental health or gender identity issues.

In the YouTube video where Kayden breaks down and the dog responds as trained, I see a young man crying out for help. I have attended support and other groups for friends and loved ones of the mentally ill where similar stories of needless injury and death at the hands of police are shared. There are mental health organizations that offer free training to law enforcement so that deaths like this can be prevented.

Mental illness is a major health issue that has to be addressed by all of us. And when police respond to a suicide call, their job is to prevent it, not enable it.

https://www.rt.com/usa/331908-transgender-man-killed-police/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

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The Times of India: ‘Dad beats mom,’ 10-year-old writes in an essay

When asked to write an essay on “My Family”, it is extremely naive to think that a student will choose to write something bright and glowing. This project was an opportunity for the girl to express her pain. And her revelations enabled healing for the whole family.

Check out this story I found in the TOI iPad app:

‘Dad beats mom,’ 10-year-old writes in an essay

When a teacher of an English-medium school in Salt Lake asked the Class V students to write an essay on “My Family”, little did she know that it will take the lid off the suppresse…

http://toi.in/a1rfXZ

To know about the TOI iPad app and get it for free, please visit www.toi.in/ipad

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