Originally posted by Pyrotechnocracy23
That's the "mystical" part - and the part that leads to to think there might be a higher design to the whole experience. Maybe schizophrenia is
nothing more than a personal spiritual awakening? This woud make sense as there is always an accompanying storyline that works itself in to each
episode (almost like it's a guided experience).
now your getting to the model that i see/comprehend.
i'd say that only extremes
of schizophrenia are 'diseases',
like whenever your response/reaction to the voices &or paranoias &or catatonic
states are severly debilitating to ones ability to thrive in society.
Shaman's are, to my mind, are able to step outside the 'ordinary reality' and enter the non-ordinary reality, which is the realm that
sometimes overwhelming them.
but on occasion, the brain chemical imbalance creates a run-away schizophrenia.
and then the pharmaceutical medicine culture is the proper method of remedy.
but not the present willy-nilly dosing of patients with thorazine or psychotropics
who display even the faintest symptom of psychosis or schizophrenia.
A lot (maybe20%) can be 'repaired' if the psychiatrists/psychologists/sociologists
would accept the fact & valid nature of 'shamanism' and the personal
interactions, explainations the shaman could bring to the health community.
its (shaman) not all that mystical or metaphysical...as one is programmed to believe. If you take for example these 2 different schools of thought in
there's the Carl Jung followers and
there are the Sigmund Freud followers
but both views of the nature of the mind are existing side-by-side, even though Freud-Jung are at times in conflict with one another.
this juxtaposition of sorts, might liken the Freud-view as reflecting the practical world of nature, physical survival etc, aka 'ordinary
the alternative of course is the Jung-view, which is immersed in the 'internal world',
where thoughts, motivations etc, have a presence & force, aka 'non-ordinary reality'
i think that schizos', shamans et al, are stepping into either/both realities
and this ability to navigate thru the seeming confusion
is of great benefit and is a survival trait !