Active psychosis is a serious condition, one that can lead to tragedy if not managed well. If you are sensing that you should harm yourself, others, or put yourself in dangerous or negligent circumstances, those thoughts are not from God. But never fear, there's much hope. Please click here if this describes your situation.
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Trailer for the upcoming full-length Mystical Psychosis presentation
Here's the thing: no one really knows what Reality is. So those of us who question the fabric that undergirds it are more awake than those who sleepwalk through predetermined paths.
If they label you crazy, well they did the same thing to Jesus (Mark 3:21). And Mohammad spoke to angels in a dark cave and Buddha sat under a tree and refused to move.
Joseph Campbell, the eminent PBS mythologist and comparative religions professor, said, "the psychotic drowns in the same water in which the mystic swims with delight."1 See it's the very same water, the same realm, but the difference between the respected mystic and the hospitalized person with psychosis is that the mystic knows how to navigate this terrain. Well can you blame the 21st century inhabitant for not having adequate maps that allow for navigation?
Western culture hasn't provided us with maps of the metaphysical terrain. Society is still very much living in a Newtonian clockwork paradigm, despite the fact that this was not at all the world Newton envisioned (he wrote more about theology than he did about science!), and in spite of foundation-shaking breakthroughs like quantum physics that have been around since at least the 50's.
So we have to become our own cartographers. But we're not alone. We have centuries of (largely forgotten) wisdom to draw from in the field of theology, psychology, anthropology, shamanism, and mysticism.
Let's start navigating!
Begin by selecting your framework:
1. Grof, Stanislav. Psychology of the Future : Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research, (Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology, Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 2000), 136