Originally posted by Silenceisall
reply to post by sc2099
Hi there...the fundamental question for me then--if I'm right about the ego aspect of schizophrenia--is what would happen if a full blown
schizophrenic were actually able to dissasociate from their ego. I think the underlying schizoid tendencies would still be there, becasue they are
biologically based, but what would be the result of those tendencies existing without the ego to guide them into negativity. Would such a person
travel into what we think of as enlightnement? Any thoughts?
I don't know about thoughts, but I can provide personal experience.
I'm schizoaffective - 15 years of it.
When I had my first break in 1993, I dissociated from the outside world to such a high extent that I literally lived in an internalized state.
During this time, I was so overwhelmed with visions and internal stimuli that I was completely unable to interact with the outside world. I spent a
good month in inpatient treatment, rebuilding an ego that was no longer there.
I had the most impressive hallucinations and internalized interpretations of what I was seeing. It was if I had reverted to the dawn of my
conciousness and was literally swimming through the dark primordial seas.
As the hallucinations subsided, I began to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to draw the imagery in my notebook. (I suspect one reason the
doctors were so patient with me was that even though I was not communicating verbally with anyone, a simple glimpse in my notebook revealed that I was
moving out of the subatomic gemoetry of my mental landscape into the more common sights of "conventional reality".)
The breakthrough came when a doctor sat down and kindly asked me to draw them a tree. I responded immediately, and even though I still did not speak,
there was communication between us.
In hindsight - during this entire experience, I had never felt more sure of myself and the beauty and order of the cosmos. The main difficulties came
when staff members tried to force "their reality" upon me when I was quite content with my own. I had to "get better" in their eyes, when in
reality - I was completely happy in my internalized and dissociative states.
My ego was never a problem, since it was temporarily on leave.
That's as close to "enlightenment" as I have ever gotten.
As my ego began to rebuild over time, more pronouned, chaotic and paranoid aspects of this condition surfaced. I wonder sometimes if I could ever
experience that state of grace I had so many years ago again.
Sadly, I think my adult ego is too caught up in it's daily dramas.
...and I wish like mad I still had those notebooks.