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Day Thirty-Seven: Spiritual or Psychotic? Blurring the Lines in Modern Society

As we explored in the earlier blog entry depression or spiritual

awakening; our society defines experiences outside the realm

of ‘normal’ as dangerous or toxic to the mind. These experiences

are dealt with as a sickness; individuals are put in hospitals; a battery of

prescriptions to be taken ; a list of doctors to see. Our society does not

welcome or embrace individuals who make others uncomfortable

by their ‘crazy’ behavior. In other cultures; where the youth that

see visions are mentored by an elder; rather than shunned by their

community; learn to celebrate their ‘visions’ as something deeper and

more meaningful. They are the seers of their societies that are believed

to have been chosen by a higher source to have these gifts bestowed on

them. Even if seeing visions was revered in our society; how would

the individual exist in a modern world where one is expected to behave

in a specific manner and follow a highly choreographed routine of

responsibility based activities. Maybe our society is flawed in the sense

that there really is no place for the seers to fit in. In so many other

cultures the seer is nurtured and cared for and there is a faith in something

higher. Because there are only a small percentage of people that are seers

the balance of ‘normal individuals’ tips the scales. The ‘normal’ misinterpret

the seers and place them in a safe corner to minimize their discomfort. They

do this to ensure they do not upset the delicate balance. It would be careless to

tear away the bandaid solutions too though. There are seers that are dangerous

to our society and without treatment would be too high risk and would do damage

in our society. I truly believe though that if a seer is evil than even if they were not

a seer they would do damage. If though, they lived in a society that excepted their

visions would they have taken a different path? Are their evil behaviors and actions

a result of a society that labels and disenfranchises them? There are many avenues

to explore when it comes to this issue. It has been one that I have been fascinated

with all my life. I have lived with mental illness all around me and have been the

target of labels and judgement; I have craved a world where the unexplainable is

revered and embraced rather than stuffed under the proverbial mattress. I would

not encourage anyone to stop treatment for a mental illness as I believe in order

to live in our society there are certain symptoms of the illness that make it

very difficult to function-I also would never minimize those symptoms. But

I do believe our society needs to embrace and explore more of the unknown and

unseen intricacies of the mystical world.

Today’s exploration is focused on really exploring our world

and the spiritual experiences that exist and can enrich our lives.


Morning Meditation:

Journal Entry: Think of a time when you connected to something

outside the normal plane of existance. Did you feel comfortable sharing

that experience with others? If you did how did they react?

How did it change or effect you?


Therese Bourchard’s Article-Are you Spiritual or Psychotic?



Looking a the Whole Idea of Spiritual Emergency



Bipolar Experiences/Spiritual Awakening/Awakening Experience


Interesting Reading-The Stormy Search for Self


Evening Meditation: Pittaa-Deep Sleep


Peace, Love and Namaste