A History and Critique of Mental Health Treatments


by John Mace


What would cause a client, admittedly at the time a very happy one, to write to me with these words? "You are 100 years ahead of your time..." Well the answer is in this article.


The term Mental Health is so named because the word "mental" is a derivative of the word "mind", which psychology recognises as the source of emotional disorders. Actually, emotional disorders can have a physical origin such as brain damage, either inherent or accidental, but this demarcation is ignored and all associated disorders are placed under the one more convenient adjective, "mental".


Since the beginning of recorded history, the existence of the human spirit, the Psyche of Greek and Latin, has been given tacit recognition as an integral part of the human life, but it was left unexamined and placed under the heading of religion, the Gods or the supernatural, with no emphasis on human behaviour.


Today there are many modalities dedicated to human improvement but the best known are Psychology and Psychiatry. However, neither of these modalities has been built around the human psyche, but rely on and operate around human behaviour. Discussions between practitioner and client, plus narrative involving self-disclosure by the client, form a major element in all of these modalities.


Psychology is the creation of Wilhelm Wundt and it is his work that gave us the current concept of Mental Health, although it appears that he did not coin this term, it is generally attributed to one of his students, an American named Baldwin.


Wilhelm Wundt, 1832 -1920 was educated as a physician at Heidelberg University, Humboldt University of Berlin, and the University of Tubingen. Working to improve the life of individuals and recognislng the inability to see the psyche, he decided to work with what could be observed and assessed, namely human behaviour. Strangely, although the human psyche plays no part in his concept of mental health, the word 'psyche' is the basis of the two words Psychiatry and Psychology. This means that both these terms are a complete misnomer when associated with studies of human behaviour.


However, funded by wealthy Americans such as Rothschild, Wundt's psychology was soon established in America and spread through western civilisation. To day it is even protected by legislation in some countries, such as Australia. To say it has a stranglehold on mental health therapies is an understatement.

All conventional therapies revolve around the functioning of the mind, but what is interesting are the various definitions of that entity. The two-volume World Book Dictionary lists 17 definitions of the mind. Here are some of them. 1. That which thinks, feels or writes wills. 6.Mental or physical activity in general as opposed to matter. 11. The thinking and feeling activity. 16. Psychology. The organized total of all the conscious experience of the individual. 17. (In the belief of Christian Scien-tists) GOD.


This dictionary describes psychology as science of the mind. For a so-called science of the mind, the expression "The mind boggles" is very appropriate espe-cially as the same dictionary defines a science thus, "Knowledge of facts and laws arranged in an orderly system."


The highly regarded American Heritage Dictionary has nearly as many definitions and the first reads, "The human consciousness that originates in the brain....." Its many definitions use the possessive pronouns, Mine, Your, His etc, which only confuses the issue, for who or what is the possessor? There is only one possible answer, the invisible human spirit!


To add to the confusion about terminology, the English language uses the term Mind, Body and Spirit, but when translated into German you get Body, Spirit, Psy-che, because there is no German word for mind!


The World Book Dictionary defines LIFE as: Quality that people animal and plants have that rocks, dirt and minerals lack. Life is shown by growing and producing.


What Psychology and Psychiatry have never addressed is the basic cause behind individual human behaviour, for after all nothing happens without some element causing the activity. That element is obviously a life force, which I have named a Human Energy Unit. The lack of a responsible causative element is reminiscent of Topsy the enchanting young child in the classic American novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. When queried about her birth she naively replied, "I wasn't born...I just grew!"




My own research has produced a unique body of knowledge given the name Causism™. Amongst its momentous discoveries is the element that truly separates it from all established and conventional thinking. It is the element wherein lays the source of all non-survival or non-optimum behaviour. This element, an independent pocket of energy, is best likened to a leech that not only attaches itself to a Human Energy Unit, but influences it mightily. Originally created by the Being to handle a single specific situation that was impeding the game of life, it then sits there buried in the psyche unknowingly influencing every other aspect of life.


Remarkably, Causism™ research has not only isolated this element but has also developed a unique and revolutionary technique to neutralize it. How it is done is not the province of this article except to say it is akin to flattening a battery by short-circuiting it and making it lifeless, hence the electronic expression, "The battery is dead!"


Causism™ is built on this credo: "We handle cause not manifestation!" and has a single definition of the mind that indicates a new and revolutionary approach to achieving emotional stability: "The mind is an abstract and intangible entity whose only function is to create a mental image of what the person has their attention on. It has no weight, size, colour or form."


In 1959 I was a 32 year-old Master Mariner with training, education and experience that emphasized the importance of factual and precise information. Apart from commercial considerations the open sea can be a brutally dangerous place for amateurish ill-informed behaviour. I entered the scene in Perth while on leave from my ship, which I had left in Singapore. Being a navigator I considered myself to be quite knowledgeable about the enigma of time, but when prodded by my brother to analyse it scientifically, I had a profound out of body experience that transported me through time and space. It totally changed my life. I entered the exercise as an atheist totally devoid of any belief or awareness of the spiritual side of life and emerged as an individual with totally unshakeable knowledge and awareness of my existence as a timeless spiritual entity residing in a body and playing the game of life. Importantly, I did not become a religious messiah but exactly the opposite. I used my background in matters technical to look at life from a scientific, albeit new perspective.


To digress briefly from this narrative, all Mace Energy Method (MEM) trainee practi-tioners are put through the same exercise as the first step in their training.


This experience indicated that current mental health thinking, as demonstrated by the many above definitions, has confused the spirit with the mind. The MIND is the MIND and the SPIRIT is the SPIRIT and to quote Rudyard Kipling, neither the twain shall meet!


At the time I was actually in transit to my marital home in Sydney and although I quickly continued my journey there, my journey through life changed dramatically. In bewildering speed I resigned my position as a captain and soon found myself employed by the Sydney port authority in the pilot service. Stable shore based employment provided me with the opportunity to commence delving into the mysteries of life, a pursuit that involved much reading and personal involvement.




The more I researched and developed my work, the greater became its disparity with conventional beliefs, practices and terminology, so to obviate any confusion a new word was coined and assigned to the work, namely CAUSISM. It combines two English words, Cause and Ism. In the World Book Dictionary Cause is defined thus: To create an effect; to make things happen. Ism is defined as: A doctrine, principle or system.


Causism™ challenges many philosophical ideas that have been held sacrosanct for thousands of years, as well as all the current modalities operating under the banner of mental health therapies. Philosophic differences are subjective, such as in poli-tics and are the product of usually deeply entrenched opinions and viewpoints, whereas differences in practice are decidedly objective because they are very observably evident, and this is where the truths of Causism are very easily demonstrated.


Probably the biggest departure from the application of conventional therapies lies in the area of self-disclosure, for Causism™ is devoid of that element to the extent that clients are even asked not to talk about themselves because it is of no thera-peutic value whatsoever and is only wasting session time. My standard response to a talkative client is to say, "It is not that I am not interested in you or your problems, otherwise we would not be here now, so let me finish the session and we can talk about it after!" Clients are never interested in talking about their problems after the session, but if they are, that is a sure sign that there are still unhandled issues. Of course some clients want to share their newfound freedom from the past but that is welcomed as it emphasizes just how much they have changed.

The need for self-disclosure in other therapies is a major contributor to the reluc-tance and refusal of many people to undergo therapy. It is purely a happy but unintentional factor that MEM counseling is devoid of self-disclosure and once this is made known it has encouraged many a client to accept help. Another major development is the complete absence of evaluation and advice on the part of the practitioner.


Our effectiveness is demonstrated by our statistics. Very few clients need more than two one-hour sessions to achieve the desired result: a person fully in control of their own lives and living their own dreams.


On record to demonstrate MEM's effectiveness is the testimony of a medically retired American policeman, suffering with PTSD, the result of a harrowing experience in the line of duty. Despite the best of help he was continually fighting an urge to "end it all" with a gun in his mouth. After about 90 minutes of MEM work he was completely free of his emotional agony and had attained the above desired result. As matter of interest, be-cause of his financial position, as a humanitarian gesture I did not charge him and as we used Skype there was no overhead.


Difficult as it is to estimate financial costs associated with emotional disorders it is utterly impossible to estimate the human costs and it is this aspect of ignoring my research that I find the most difficult to accept. So-called authorities are obviously more concerned in maintaining their status, and probably their income rather than the well being of sufferers. If that were not the case they would at least examine my work. It reminds me of the way the revolutionary work of Semmelweis of hygiene fame was originally belittled, fought and discarded by extant authorities and how Harvey of blood stream fame was originally treated, although in his case he lived long enough to be eventually vindicated.


To return to a more positive note, a fundamental basis upon which we all operate in life is that we are all controlled by our feelings. Our feelings dictate what we say, do and think and conversely what we do not say or do. The examples are endless in both the positive and negative sense.


Another fundamental and infallible factor utilised by MEM procedures is the Mind's sole function of creating an image of what a person (client) has their attention on. To verify this claim, answer this question, "Do you like apples?" You will automatically have created a mental image of that piece of fruit because the word apple has put your attention on it. That may seem rather innocuous but I am probably the first person in recorded history to spell it out in such specific terms and it makes a mockery of all the other attempts to categorise the mind's function. This data also leads to the most amazing and momentous discovery ever made in the field of emotional health. The discovery that is central to the effectiveness of MEM is the mind's ability, when given specific commands by MEM prac-titioner, to create a mental image to represent an unwanted feeling or emotion. The word 'represent' is emphasised because as previously stated the mind cannot evaluate but will robotically create an image, which can be anything from a donut to a dinosaur. The tech-nical reason for this phenomenon is explained in the MEM training materials. Any person who partakes of a session acquires strong unshakable certainty as to the truth of these factors and of course the effectiveness of MEM.


What has to be realised is that all of Causism™ has been developed since I first experi-enced mental imagery whilst working with my colleague John Avery in1997. For many years prior to that, 38 to be precise, like all other practitioners I was using narrative. If ever an event changed a person's life it was that. A vital aspect of Causism training is that each and every trainee is only eligible to join an academy after acquiring subjective reality as to both the truth of Causism's principles and their effectiveness, in other words they have had a full session.


As regards human costs, the noted Australian academic Prof Allan Fels in a very recent address stated that for every person in Australia who was last year killed on the road there were seven who took their own life. Tragically that number includes many ex ser-vice people the victims of their service for the country.


Finally and importantly It must be stated that MEM is a co-operative procedure between practitioner and client so cannot be forced on anyone. The old saying, "It takes two to tango" is decidedly true of MEM.


On my web page is the offer a free 15minute session for any individual genuinely inter-ested in self-improvement and what they have just read. The offer permanently eliminates what is referred to as a person's Ruin, which is the single most negative ele-ment in their make-up. It sits unknowingly buried in the psyche of each and every individ-ual and the only exceptions are those who have never experienced an upset, which is defined thus: An upset is defined as any event not willingly experienced. That defini-tion is born out by experience plus the established fact that not a single individual is ever exempt from this element. The nature and details of an upset are of no significance whatsoever...an upset is an upset is an upset!


I will close by repeating the opening words of this article: "You are a hundred years ahead of your time..."



Copyright © John Mace. July 27th 2015 / All Rights Reserved




For further information about John Mace and The Mace Energy Method - MEM please visit:


John Mace at www.maceenergymethod.com.au


International MEM Website at www.maceenergymethod.com


International Association Of Causism™ Practitioners - IACP at http://theiacp.weebly.com



Permission has been granted to share this article provided the content is not modified and full credit is given to John Mace. www.maceenergymethod.com.au



SHARE this Article

...return to main Articles page

Used by trained MEM Counsellors around the world, the Mace Energy Method is a powerful tool used for emotional healing that is having remarkable effects on peoples lives. It does not involve any self-disclosure and requires only few therapy sessions, which can even be carried out over skype or the telephone..


The Mace Energy Method is a professionally endorsed / recognised complementary therapy by:IICTProfessional Member #0407092873



About MEM

Causism™ Practitioner Training


Licensee Directory
Counsellor Directory

Founder John Mace
Buy the Book


MEM Licensee Portal



MEM Videos
MEM Articles