Schizophrenia or an advanced spiritual state?
What is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a mental disorder characterized by abnormalities in the perception or expression of reality and the sense of self.
What are the symptoms of Schizophrenia?
Symptoms of Schizophrenia include from the perspective of mainstream psychology: an altered sense of self or loss of sense of self, hallucinations, delusions and thought disorder.
The symptom of altered sense of self describes the blurring of feelings about who he or she is. Sometimes the feelings involve sensations of being bodiless, or like a non-existent person. The individual sometimes can not decipher where his body stops and the rest of the world begins, as if the body and the person are separated.
It is thought that hallucinations are the result of an over-sharpening of the senses and of the ability that the brain has to appropriately interpret and respond to incoming messages. Hallucinations could include hearing voices, both complimentary and threatening, that are perceived to be inside or outside the person's body. They could also include seeing something that is not there or experiencing unusual sensations on the body.
Delusions could be described as strange, committed beliefs held only by the person diagnosed, who refuses to change the belief despite strong evidence to the contrary. Examples could include believing traffic signals are instructions from aliens, or the belief that they are being watched, spied upon, or plotted against.
Thought disorder is a symptom involving the way that a person with schizophrenia processes and organizes their thoughts. Usually their thoughts "race" along so rapidly that the person can not "catch them." Because the person's thinking is so disorganized, their speech can be incoherent, and their emotional responses can be inappropriate. Sometimes the person's words and mood do not coordinate with one another.
A mental illness or an advanced spiritual state?
We cannot run away from the fact that these symptoms of Schizophrenia are similar to some of the symptoms of higher spiritual states including enlightenment.
Is it possible that the negative view of the symptoms of Schizophrenia is cultural driven? That maybe these symptoms are not abnormal but paranormal?
Is it possible that some of the cases diagnosed based on the symptoms as Schizophrenia are actually psychic transformations, advanced spiritual state?
Is it possible that the mental suffering accompanying Schizophrenia is actually not due to Schizophrenia itself but due to a feeling of not being normal, due to the resistance to the new state, due to the fear and loss of control?
And on the other hand, is it possible that some of those proclaiming themselves as enlightened are simply schizophrenic people?
See the attached scientific article for more on that.
I would like to hear your opinions and experiences.
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