search drafts – “voices” “schizophrenia” etc
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Collect Quotes while reading about the modern problem
compare to ancient people and mystical people valuing and “taking advantage” “being blessed” by the same phenomenon
This problem with describing this phenomenon generally, is that the variability of the experience is infinite. Much more variable than personality, or physical variability. The uniqueness of the experience is catered to one’s spiritual potential and intellectual potential; the potential of one’s future for creative becoming, and all possible meanings resident in one’s past.
All past information/situations/interactions/ideations, as well as all present, can be used by the peculiar intent of the voices’ presentations. This can give the appearance of higher (or lower) beings seizing control from or giving opportunities to the subject. In other words, it can get much weirder than clinical psychiatry is willing to deal with. Ancient religion was more creatively accustomed to coping with such experiences. Having grounded personalities on the human level is always good for people who have these psychic disturbances. Grounded personalities are scarce because of capitalist society and its aims. The modern world’s sanity is a shielding from contemplation of complex and deeper human experience. There are large islands of creativity surrounded by small islands of rationality surrounded by a sea of what we would wish to not think about.
Anderson Cooper tries a schizophrenia simulator
I would suspect.. Often when a coherent over-mind deity appearance is rejected, one descends into a chaos left in the expanded space of its absence. The incursion of voices can be of almost any source. It can be a group of actually existing people, whose possible or actual thoughts can be realistically transferred or unrealistically inferred. Reality and unreality can co-exist in ways considered impossible by those locked into the “rational” tracks of acceptable experience and consensus thought. The realistic mind and the self-generated mind are not separate in the healthy individual. Self-actualization is not limited to financial security. But the assumptions of material society are one causes of psychological imbalance. The introvert’s reaction against the pathologically extroverted modern society can result in schizophrenic disturbances.
If there is no coherent social reality to join, it will be retreated from, or fought against. This is happening en mass. It’s being expressed in the political realm and in the personal. It’s both a resurgence of the religious drive, and an insistence on material security at the same time.
Religion, in its institutional manifestation today, does not support a healthy mind. It reinforces the corporate and governmental “realities.” The corporate and governmental realities do no support a healthy mind either. All are being reacted against by the individual, for every reason. Schizophrenia is a generalized phenomenon, denied for convenience.
A voice in your head, which is both your own and a current collectivization of others’ seemingly coherent presumptive realities, is simply what mind is accepted to be normally. Someone who is mentally imbalanced is experiencing what everyone else is experiences, but in a more intensely concentrated way. “Normal society” can be rationally blamed for “abnormal people.” The individual takes the blame for all collectively induced ills.
Capitalists would like to deny that “capitalism” is the cause of anything negative, in the human mind and in the physical system of culture. Modern society has refused to take responsibility for its own health, This society has refused to take responsibility for living with other people and communicating with other people in terms which are humane and natural and productive.
And it has refused to take responsibility for the acceptance of human freedom in all its aspects, both in its healthy expression and the personal search for healing.
Most manifestations of modern society are a direct insult to human beings.
Terence Mckenna, speaking of the induction of audial hallucination by psychedelics… (in some people)
“One shouldn’t fall back on the bias of medical jargonism or simplistic reductionism.”
“A voice speaks… A voice in the head, which is separate from the percieved Ego-function… You hear it, and it seems to be operating independently of the ego. It operates in a psychopompic role, as a teacher, as the narrator of the vision which is revealed; much in the same way that Virgil lead Dante through the circles of hell. The modern intellectual equipage is not capable of assimilating this. This is the kind of thing we associate with psychopathology. We can hardly imagine anything more alien to modern consciousness than a disembodied voice in the head. However if you familiarize yourself with western thought on a scale of millenia, you discover that not only is this not an alien phenomena, but for much of human history it has been an integral part of the human experience. And it has been called, relying on the Greeks, the Logos. The Logos is a voice heard in the head. And the Logos was the hand on the rudder of human civilization for centuries, up until the collapse of the ancient mystery religions and the ascendency of Christianity to the status of a world religion.”
At that point the character of Jesus himself, and his imperfectly recorded sayings, came to referred to as the Logos, especially in Greek Orthodox / Eastern Orthodox Christianity.
The truth is, in fact, that the Voice of God and the Devil are in fact the voice on Man in all its aspects.
Reason and the Logos have never been separate. Conscious reasoning willed thought is the obverse of the upwelling of
effortless realization and wisdom coming from the so-called Unconscious. They rely on eachother in a self-reinforcing relationship toward the clarifying amplification of knowledge in one life and the life of humanity as an informational collective.
The concept and experience of “The Logos” is simply the beginning of the externalization of truth for all. It is “all that
has ever been said” about a particular or general experience. We all have this to work with, to discover, and to carry
forward. That’s what the life of the mind is.
The manifestation of intelligence is inhibited by what is thought now to be “normal materal culture.”