WEB POSTED 08-22-2000

Healing comes
from understanding self

Farrakhan The Traveler by Jabril MuhammadThere is more healing power in the Study Guides of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan than in all of the manuals, study guides, speeches, courses, and what not, of all this world’s mental healers—including all of this world’s psychotherapists—put together.

It is the contention of most people, in the field of mental health, of this world, that “defense mechanisms are used by all human beings and may be necessary for survival in some situations.” My general response: Not so! Most? Yes! All? No!

In one manual I read this: “We’ve all used defenses to distance ourselves from distressing feelings and maintain a sense of emotional stability. Our defense patterns began in childhood when they prevented us from becoming overwhelmed with anxiety. However, as an adult we outgrow their usefulness. If we continue to use outgrown defenses, we are more likely to create rigid constrained relationships and risk never truly encountering another human being.”

The thinking which under-girds this world’s life and relationships, does not generate that love, out of which comes empathy. Yes, we do see this trait here and there. However, this is not a fundamental trait of the life of the people of this world. The scriptures back this statement up.

This manual continues: “Part of therapy is identifying our defenses. If we can discover which defenses we use, we can replace outgrown ones with more healthy ones. Defenses are not conscious excuses to avoid problems. Actually, we are usually unaware we are using them. Counseling can be helpful in uncovering our most used defenses, and help us learn new ways of defending and coping in life.”

This is the end of this world. Jesus Christ is due any day, so the theologians of Christianity say. Then what grade would Jesus Christ give this world’s counselors? Look at the condition of the people.

But I read the following excerpts, in part of the introduction of an infinitely better manual, written by Minister Farrakhan:


“Dear Helper in the Cause of Allah: This letter is to introduce you to the new study guide material. These study and training units are based upon a speech, which I delivered September 21, 1986 in Phoenix, Arizona. This speech, in my judgment, formally ushers in that which is the launching pad of a worldwide movement.

“Each study session is designed on the guidance of Allah to produce: self-examination; self-analysis; self-correction; and, to quicken in each of us, the self-accusing spirit. For, it is only when we are awakened morally that we have to face the self-accusing spirit which leads to our resurrection.”

Then Minister Farrakhan defines, in a very brief, but clear way, exactly what he means here by “our resurrection.”

Minister Farrakhan wrote: “Resurrection is that process that begins with the self-accusing spirit and does not end until we become one in perfect harmony or peace with Allah and His Creation.”

Minister Farrakhan then quoted from the Holy Qur’an, which was the key in the hands of a man guided by Allah, to effect the process of resurrection in the desert Arabs around 1,400 years ago.

“In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

1. Nay, I swear by the day of resurrection!

2. Nay, I swear by the self-accusing spirit! 2606 (footnote)

3. Does man think that We shall not gather his bones?

4. Yea, We are Powerful to make complete his whole make…”

(Holy Qur’an 75:1-4 Muhammad Ali Translation)

After making an insightful comment on this verse from the Holy Qur’an Minister Farrakhan continued:

“If you will notice, this inner voice does the work of a Messenger of Allah (God). Would you knowingly kill one of Allah’s (God’s) prophets or messengers? What would be the punishment if you did?

“Every time we act to still the voice of correction, coming from within ourselves, we are in fact murdering the Messenger of Allah (God). The result is spiritual blindness, leading to spiritual death, leading ultimately to an untimely physical death.

“The more we feed on truth and right guidance from Allah (God) the stronger the voice becomes. That inner voice is like a seed, which can ultimately grow into its perfected state, to be the Mind of God Himself in you.”

Then Minister Farrakhan quoted from one of the letters of Paul, which reads: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…” (Philippians 2:5)

Have we ever thought as deep as we could into these words and into just why Minister Farrakhan put these words in this letter?

Minister Farrakhan continued: “The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said to me that if he could choose any symbol to represent His Work, it would be the trumpet; for the trumpet is the symbol of resurrection. It is a man, a voice and a truth that is capable of quickening to life the inner voice, the spirit, the essence of Allah (God) in man.”

There is no doubt about it that Allah has made Minister Farrakhan a man, with a voice who has the “truth that is capable of quickening to life the inner voice, the spirit, the essence of Allah (God) in man.”

How can we—in good faith—not attend meetings, sessions, wherein such wisdom is being studied and discussed?

Minister Farrakhan continued: “This quickening to life and this process of heeding truth and right guidance is the process which brings about a transformation in the Believer. As you know, mere belief counts for nothing except that it is carried into practice. This phase of our development is designed, by the help of Allah, to bring about a transformation or complete change in our lives. This is done by stimulating self-analysis and self-correction in us. Our self-improvement actually brings into fruition the awesome power of Allah (God) to “make complete his (our) whole make.” Holy (Qur’an 75:4)

“No Believer is exempt from this study. Those whose desire is to be qualified as laborers, must be foremost in study and self-analysis in this transformation of our lives.

“Each student, after studying the principle under analysis, must then analyze self and critique self. The study sessions, while leading the student to self-examination, first; self-analysis, second; self-correction, third; must simultaneously be therapeutic. Therefore, these sessions must be two-fold, consisting of both theory and practice. The practice will refine the theory.”

If we will get totally immersed in the study Minister Farrakhan was divinely guided to provide for us we will be better able to get rid of the following “defense mechanisms” forever. Again, Minister Farrakhan’s study guides are effective tools that will enable us to scrape out of us the deep-set particles of deceptive [and destructive] intelligence, which sits in our hearts that makes us spiritually and mentally unhealthy and which impedes our rise to our divine destiny.

Here, from the manual written by the thinkers on mental health of this dying world is a partial list of “defense mechanisms” or aspects of defective and deceptive aspects of the intelligence on which this evil world was built.

“Rationalization: providing “explanations” to excuse inconsistent or irrational behavior, and not being aware that this is happening.

“Minimizing: protecting yourself from worry or anxiety by viewing significant events or problem behaviors as being less important (smaller) than they actually are.

“Externalization: believing outside forces or circumstances are the cause of your self-destructive behaviors. This defense mechanism allows you to avoid accepting responsibility for behavior.

“Intellectualization: using lengthy argument or small detail (deflecting behavior) to distract from the task at hand.

“Projection: attributing your own undesirable traits or thoughts onto another person.

“Displacement: redirecting emotions such as anger from the source of frustration, and discharging them onto other persons, objects, or ideas.

“Undoing: engaging in behavior designed to symbolically make amends for or negate previously unacceptable thoughts, feelings, or actions. This is not to be confused with actual and direct amends made to persons we may have harmed.

“Regression: returning to a less mature level of behavior.

“Fantasy: escaping from an unpleasant or undesirable situation through daydreaming, “tuning out”, or not paying attention.

“Acting-out: acting without reflection or apparent regard for negative consequences.

“Passive Aggression: indirectly and unassertively expressing aggression toward others.”

Remember, Minister Farrakhan’s study guides will help us wipe these defective ways of thinking from our real selves forever.

More next issue, Allah willing.