Hi Everyone. The following is an academic paper I wrote about Schizophrenia (it is not too dry… I promise!) It proposes an alternative view of the disorder than that which we are most accustomed to in our medical society. I am also open to and WELCOME any feedback, especially from people who have experienced psychosis/ spiritual emergence, or have someone close to them who has gone through this, as I have been in neither position myself. I think this way of holding mental illness is the most humane and harm-reducing way of doing so, considering extreme states are such a mystery in the first place. Yet I am open to the possibility that I may be romanticizing the experience of psychoses, and that the experience of going through it or being with someone going through it is much harder to navigate than I make it out to be. Enjoy… Continue reading
Hi everyone, The below link is a vitally important resource for anyone experiencing a psychotic break. There are different ways of viewing psychotic breaks, or psychosis. Here in the United States, nonordinary states of consciousness are hugely stigmatized and pathologized. From an experiential perspective however, nonordinary states can be spiritually meaningful, profound, and undoubtedly real. But they can also be frightening because for one thing, the nonordinary reality is highly incompatible with consensual reality, and those who subscribe to consensual reality are not only unreceptive to nonordinary reality, but can actively restrain, disempower, and even criminalize someone who is experiencing it. You may want to communicate what you are experiencing and get help, but you may not want to reach out to those who we think of as the obvious first choice for crisis intervention: 911. Being involuntarily confined and sedated is probably the LAST thing you want when in such a vulnerable state. However for most of us, it is the only option we know. Instead, I am posting this resource for those of you who may be going through this type of thing, and are seeking an enlightened community to support you:
Another article about the dissonance between “mental illness” and spiritual emergency. I like this article from renowned and beloved Malidoma Somé because he goes into detail about what specifically is happening on a phenomenological level in the energetic, psychic, and spiritual realms when someone is in psychological crisis. He also goes into the wounds we carry as westerners, and how we can heal these wounds. He talks about the importance of ceremony, and what specifically might be done to reconcile the energetic rifts that have been created from our disconnection from nature and ancestral memory.
This is something everybody needs to read. It is about, what is termed spiritual emergence, or spiritual emergencies. These are experiences that are often diagnosed as psychosis, mental illness, disability, or pathology by the medical community, yet are experienced by the subjects as contact with higher sources or the divine. These types of experiences have been widely accepted by tribal and shamanic communities for millennia, as initiatory steps for someone entering the role of a healer or revered guide within the community. But these experiences, and the people having them, have been horrifically oppressed in our western society.