What we rarely talk about when it comes to African Spirituality is the toll that it takes on our mental health.
The belief system that we have inherited is rife with pervasive trauma and leads many people to want to avoid anything with African Spirituality in its entirety. I wanted to understand the impact of spirituality on our mental health and how this affects the way in which we build our relationship with our beliefs.
To get insight from an actual expert on the topic, I went to speak to Vella Maseko. Not only is she an experienced clinical psychologist, but she is also a Sangoma.
We had a profound conversation about the complex relationship between mind and spirit in trying to understand issues such as how do you determine whether you have a calling or a mental illness.