Experiencing and Accepting Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia, as horrifying as it may be, gave me a glimpse into alternate realities and showed me another world that defies and transcends the physical world in which we live. Before contracting the illness, I considered myself to be a man of science, rationality, and skepticism. My training and education within the sciences demanded it. It was during these studies that I became entrapped in my first psychotic fantasy.
It was here that I took my first look into the forbidden world of psychosis. The impossible now became possible and the highly questionable became undeniable. I had incredible importance now in this world of impossibility, unlike the one in which I lived. I was no longer an observer of the world, but a creator. The only problem was that I was unable to control my creations. My mind created CIA agents, thought manipulating aliens and a host of demons. Creations that had no scientific explanation.
As a sufferer, I sometimes think of psychosis as glimpsing into a parallel dimension; that there is somehow a place that intersects our world and that I am among the 1% that can see it. That all those demons I saw indeed did exist. This falsehood seems less degrading than believing that the world I experienced was nothing more than an extension of an illness.
Accepting a mental illness as severe as schizophrenia is sometimes difficult, for myself and many others. The delusions and hallucinations within are alluring and all consuming. The stigma and poverty associated with it can be severe, and escape from reality can seem like a way out.
Acceptance, however, is the first step to recovery. Realizing that your very mind has turned against you is likely the only way you will ever be able to recover from this often devastating illness. With acceptance, you can choose treatment for schizophrenia, therapy designed for schizophrenia and lifestyle changes that can improve the quality of your life.
Schizophrenia is not something you need to be proud of, but neither is it something you should be ashamed of. For reasons unknown to us, we have been given this burden to carry throughout our lives. Accepting this burden is one of the few ways you will ever be able to fight it. By taking this first step you may find yourself on the journey to becoming a better person.
Hoeweler, D. (2012, April 25). Experiencing and Accepting Schizophrenia, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, July 23 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/creativeschizophrenia/2012/04/experiencing-and-accepting-schizophrenia
Author: Dan Hoeweler
to come in and get him. It was a very terrigying experience. He has nver benn the same.
I read what Samantha wrote to Dan about the metaphysical aspects of psychosis and have strong feelings about this subject. I have been schizophrenic since 2005 and am currently on medication and am stable and in Ordinary Reality. I have written about my experiences for several years now, and have always viewed my psychosis as a trip into the ethers. I have the fortune of having had studied shamanism before I became schizophrenic and was already familiar with traveling into alternate realities. I do shamanic journeying now that I am sane, but it is no where near as colorful as the psychosis that I endured. I have never perceived myself as being ill from my experiences, but rather that I have been a traveler in consciousness. I did experience what I consider to be the realms of both Heaven and Hell. I went through excruciating pain at times and was in contact with many spirits that some would consider to be demonic. I was told by the spirits that I was on the astral plane. I have tried to find information about the astral plane, and have not had a lot of luck, so far, but there are gurus and other metaphysical teachers that have information about that realm. I met all kinds of beings there, some that were deceased, the astral bodies of humans that were alive, aliens from other planets, etc. I feel that I have traveled the Universe by being schizophrenic and I value my life very much, though I have chosen a very challenging path. I have written many poems and prose about my experiences and want to share them with others.
There is a shamanic magazine out of the UK called "Sacred Hoop" that has an article about schizophrenics being healers and mediums. A doctor named Malidoma Some from a West African village took one schizophrenic man back to his tribe where he was taught to help the healers. It is an uplifting article and worth reading online.
In closing, I will say that I read in one of my shamanic books that when some shamanic initiates returned from a vision quest, they received a name from the spirit world and had learned a secret language. This is true of what happened to me during psychosis. I was given a Pleiadian name and spoke a secret language with the spirits. I was told that I was a star from Pleiades... and since then I have read that some Native American tribes have known that they are from the Pleiades star cluster as well. Perhaps this sounds kooky to the Western mind, but there are plenty of tribal peoples around the world for whom this is the norm. It has helped me greatly to align myself with the shamanic view of the world.
I have always been curious about what other schizophrenics have experienced, and have thought of interviewing people to learn about them. I do appreciate you both sharing. Thanks for providing this forum, Dan.
She will not accept her mind plays tricks on her and refuses not only medication but appts with brain docs.
Prayer for all is appreciated
I have often very often in fact have pondered the delusions one experiences in mental illness as being real; how real? Can people experience different realities? Well yes, are they real? I think life is subjective and what one experiences is just as real as anyone elses experiences. For example some cultures treat people who have a 'mental' illness as a gift, these people would become the medicine men or women and would be the ones the tribe would go to for insight or guidance.
My question is in your experience can psychosis have positive benefits. Instead of seeing or feeling the evil of the world can you see and experience realities which are positive?
For myself i am bipolar and for most of my life have seen things and experienced things good and not so good. I dont tell my doc i see things because when i have reached out to others i have been uplifted in believing i had psychic experiences. For the last three years trying to deal with my illness as a problem has only left me feeling less than and feeling extremely indecisive. When before i was very self confident, my intuition and insight i followed and had success with.
I think perhaps we may have greater insight than someone with a normal brain and we can use that, but at the same time we need help being grounded in reality.
Would you say that now that you have had episodes of psychosis and seen other realities do you feel more; i dont know the word, expanded? Wiser?
Thank you Dan,
Yes, indeed in some ways I have viewed psychosis as being an almost religious-like experience, in that you are experiencing something that cannot be easily scientifically explained. I have read about theories explaining mental illness as more of a "viewpoint, or perspective", and though there is possibly some truth to this, when I experience psychosis it feels more like being possessed. This is because I seemingly have no control over my perspectives of the world under it's spell, which can be very terrifying.
It is a very fascinating illness, in that the mechanics and symptoms of it can be very complex and hard to understand from an outside perspective. I often watch movies that try to explain and simulate the experience, to varying degrees of success. Right now I am watching Darron Aronovsky's "Pie":)
Whatever anyones personal opinion and viewpoint on thought disorders, it is unquestionably very painful to experience it, which is why I choose to control it with medication. I have never really written about the metaphysical aspects of psychosis in my articles, but that would be a good topic. Thank you for this question.