© Spencer Perdriau 17.03.11
For most of us out there, to blindly presume (immediate or otherwise) that a person who has encountered psychosis cannot just as easily (disposition wise) encounter genuine spiritual/mystical experiences is careless uniformed psycho-spiritual prejudice and discrimination of/from our true self, and what is also actually real and possible in life for us all equally to experience Ultimate Reality. We are always "in" That anyway, whether we consciously realize it or not. Anyone who accurately studies the long enduring relationship between psychosis and the mystical in our human history (both modern and ancient) will clearly educate you otherwise. Psychosis stems much deeper into (or rather from) the collective subconscious to be merely written off as nothing more than just delusion and hallucination resulting from the surface (tip of the ice-berg) of physical brain chemistry out of balance, or rather, in the “acute” state of being. Maybe modern Western “materialist” psychiatry should seriously go back to school and study our Shamanic & World Wisdom Traditions closer for a better, far more accurate definition/diagnosis of what psychosis “really” is – “a deep submergence into the collective subconscious of us all.” One of the main reasons why messianic features are so common to psychosis - "The Jesus Syndrome" as it is very demoralizingly known in the industry. Insight: Hallucination of psychosis is the projecting forth of subconscious impressions and influences upon the external senses – the dream state coming forth upon the awake state. And the reason why the experiencer becomes so scared and confused (deluded) in such a state is because they do not have the human-spiritual maturity and experience to cope with such overpowering archaic and abstract impressions coming forth from the deeper collective subconscious. © Spencer Perdriau
But always remember, our true self (The Observer within us all) is always present there in us behind it all, no matter how much disruption is occurring at the lower levels of reality and within the individual. Spirit (The Mystical), Our True Self, is the only (Crown) Principle of reality that does not corrupt, and does in no way discriminate who is acceptable for mystic union. Due to our own ignorance and misunderstandings (about what is real), only we humans sadly do a very good job of that!
…If we are open enough and of a “sensitized” disposition towards such things, grace can come into our life at any moment to bring us into Mystic Union (the essential relationship between active and Passive action). This is very much the situation with many misdiagnosed psychoses – a premature quickening into the mystic state and identity. Psychosis, in many cases, is more mystical than delusion then we ever dare to care to give the true outspoken credit for... If you are looking for something far more sincere and hopeful concerning mental wellbeing, I encourage you to study the Shamanic and ancient traditions of our world, that have stood the test of time, far long before the very narrow, very limited window of modern Western “materialist” psychiatry.
As much as this knowledge is unaccepted before its time, I predict (sadly) it will take a least another 100 or so years before the spiritual and mystical becomes (resurfaces) mainstream knowledge to Western psychiatry – a truer and more humane psychiatry based on compassion, acceptance and equality.
For further education on this, there are many credible online resources to be found that endorse the above perspectives. Google well! The works of Carl Jung, William James and Joseph Campbell would be “good” places to start.
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Spencer Perdriau is a continuing Human Rights and Mental Health Advocate for Human & Spiritual Ethics.
His work has been endorsed by Interspiritual Teacher, the late Brother Wayne Teasdale
former member to the Board of Trustees to The Parliament of the World's Religions