Neurodiversity: Schizophrenia

Neurodiversity is a term describing the state of having a diversity of neurological forms that are considered healthy, or that denotes the movement within modern, predominantly Western societies to promote this view and supplant the presently held view that most divergence from neurological standards is inherently unhealthy.

The neurodiversity movement primarily deals with autism in my experience, but also bipolar, schizophrenia and probably other forms of which I am not aware. This post focuses on schizophrenia, but I will progress to bipolar and hopefully autism.

Neurodiversity is a controversial topic because it is easy, on both sides of the debate, to mistake the unfortunate and often debilitating potentials of a neurological form for the form itself. That is, if a neurologically “normal” person was born into a schizophrenic or autistic society, they would develop pathologies based on their differences from that society and their neurological form would be labeled as a disease. This is a gross simplification of a profoundly complicated topic. Hopefully by the end of this post I’ll have presented something that more accurately matches the complexity of reality.

I’m going to look at schizophrenia first because I suspect if my experiences had more pathological results I would be diagnosed as schizophrenic, as I think many Western shamans are.

Schizophrenia:

This video is an example of how schizophrenia often manifests and is usually understood and treated. My interpretation is much different, though not intended to be a dismissal of any of the negatives that are often experienced. I see this young woman as having an uncontrolled shamanic experience, similar, but distinct from my own first trials that can be found on my “Initiation” page at the upper right corner of the screen. The question is, why was this young woman’s experience so traumatic and negative. The real answer could be vastly complicated and specific to her soul journey, but in general terms our society actively prevents its individuals from being prepared for communication and interaction with non-physical reality. It does this through the promotion of fear in this area of knowledge, through over reliance on a purely physical way of thinking, and a pathological focus on the ego self. As an example of this, when the young woman decides that she wants the alien scientists to leave her, she perceives them telling her to cut herself so that they can leave her body through the wounds. This is a stereotypical physical interpretation of an energetic instruction. After she was hospitalized part of her therapy was to draw the process of the alien doctors leaving her. Drawing and visualizes is a powerful psychological tool, but also an energetic one. She did not actually need to cut herself to let the alien doctors out, just to create the path for them to leave her.

Terence Mckenna – Schizophrenic or Shamanic?(contains explicit sexual and entheogenic content):

Terence Mckenna’s take on schizophrenia as the disease form of shamanic experience.

Joseph Campbell, the great mythologist had a similar experience. From Myths to Live By: “The mystic, endowed with native talents… and following… the instructions of a master, enters the waters and finds he can swim; whereas the schizophrenic, unprepared, unguided, and ungifted, has fallen or has intentionally plunged and is drowning.

Loren Mosher M.D. talks about the Soteria Project and non-drug treatments for Schizophrenia:

One of the founders of a non-drug focused treatment program for schizophrenic and bipolar people. The results showed that on average the Soteria program patients did as well as the patients being given standard psycho-therapeutic techniques and drugs, and that their longterm outcomes were substantially better than they were for the standard program. The primary focus in the Soteria program was on being with another person and validating and helping them through whatever experience they were having. This is as opposed to the standard model in which treatments are “given” or done to a patient. Read about the program and get the book here.

To sum up my point. Schizophrenia is the negative manifestation of a neurological form that is not inherently negative. That being said, the potential for negative results when your perception of reality is so profoundly altered from what most people perceive is very real.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to include this, but it seems important. All I have to say is that this is specifically what I was talking about when I say schizophrenia has profound negative potential. Jani’s at the mercy of her mind.

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2 Responses to “Neurodiversity: Schizophrenia”

  1. makingsenseofthestrange Says:

    This was an excellent entry! Thankyou. I have to admit that I waver between my curious, metaphysical self and my doctor self.

    The curious me can completely agree with much of what is said here.

    The doctor self cringes to think that someone with this “disease” will use the youtube material to ditch their meds. It is sooooo hard for docs to get these patients to take their medicine regularly-because the side effects are horrible and because it IS taking something away from them…some positive with the negative.

    I DO believe this is a disease in the sense that there is a specific brain function operating outside of average limits that can cause severe outcomes in a person’s physical life. Schizophrenic brains at autopsy appear grossly different. Neurotransmitters and genetics are different. (interesting side note, something close to 90% of schizophrenics are heavy smokers compared to about 30% of the general population–there is a link between the disease and nicotine that we don’t fully understand).

    I believe that many decades later, we will view schizophrenia with completley different insight similar to what you present. It is as if these people don’t have an off switch that they can control for their spiritual experiences.

    In today’s world it is a disease that, untreated, more often than not ends with jails, other institutions or death (just like alchoholism and addiction).

    My own father, who was interested in paranormal topics much like me, eventually lost all touch with ‘realtiy’, became psychotic and was jailed for shooting someone. He is in the psych ward of a jail to this day. He did not believe in doctors or medicine and many lives were damaged because of that, including his own.

  2. wildrote Says:

    Thank you for telling me about your father.

    “The doctor self cringes to think that someone with this “disease” will use the youtube material to ditch their meds.”

    I thought about that for a long time before I posted this material and my own opinions on it. I never came to a satisfactory conclusion about how much it could hurt or heal. I just understood that it represented the quality of my experiences.

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