There seems to be a vast rift between yogic spirituality and mainstream religions, with how god is perceived and this has a profound influence on our mental state. Yoga means unions, which means the only separation between your consciousness and the universal spirit is your perception and ego. To me, this means that there is no separation between you and god, so to connect with god you delve further internally to become more sensitive the vibrations of the universal consciousness.
Mainstreams religions seem to externalize this connection with god, claiming human-like egoistic traits which must be satisfied in various ways, usually through specific rituals. If you are diagnosed with a sickness, then it means you need to pray or come to church more. Religions place humans above all nature, claiming its a giant gift for us to use up. Another disconnection is how women are treated as lower than men, which clearly shows that the creators of those religions were very far from enlightenment since that’s an egotistical view.
Asking god for forgiveness is taught a lot in religions, but that doesn’t make sense compared to Karma, where you need to do good deeds in order to make up for bad ones; you can’t just do evil things and then say and feel sorry to make up for them.
Find your divinity and connection to the universe within yourself by practicing stillness and sensitivity. Practice the unity with nature that allows you to live in harmony.
Prayer Doesn’t Cure “Mental Illness”, because you’re externalizing responsibility and wishing to change a fundamental part of your character. “Mental Illness” is a warning from your mind that you’re not living holistically, just like diabetes is a warning that you’re not taking care of your body.
The “Law of attraction” makes people believe that you can just “wish” something away, but it obviously doesn’t work on that level (otherwise there would be a lot more people driving Ferrari’s after reading “The Secret”). There is a vibe (vibration/frequency) that we give off that can affect our environment subtly so we have to be mindful of our emotional turmoil because our internal state is contagious.
When we are closely connected to other people, we share a meta-physical connection, like ESP, which is why its so common that someone has a sudden “feeling” about something happening to a loved one, when a traumatic event occurs to that person. If we can receive these feelings, we should also be able to send them out to those loved ones, but it has to be done in a focused, meditative way to where you practically enter an altered state of consciousness because you’re putting so much intention into it. Just saying a prayer, is like sending a wish list to Santa. (The sensitivity of our minds means that if you’re stressed out then these “sudden feeling” can misfire. Also, I don’t believe in people who can use ESP for trivial things.)
A true Spiritual Awakening, which has nothing to do with blindly following an organized religion, but finding your inner divinity and higher purpose on earth is the key to “curing mental illness” because it shifts your brain chemistry permanently, with no side effects. If you’re spiritual “whole” then even the worst circumstances are no impedement to following your path, and just a scenic detour.