They may have had a mystical or existential experience that few people can talk about. They may feel resistance to it, like one of my clients who often exclaims that she doesn’t want to be special, but wants to be like everyone else.
This print is by the artist Quint Buchholz and it is called Giacomond. He has often made prints in which you can observe something out of the ordinary while it concerns an apparently normal scene. You can give your own meaning to the image you see.
The print inspires me in more difficult times to feel that I am on my way somewhere, that I myself have a responsibility and take my way. The moon in the print represents the advancing longing in me, a feeling that I belong somewhere, that my life experiences have meaning and are about something. I also recognize other people in this image.
A while ago I was at an interesting conference titled Delusion, Psychosis from a Religious, Spiritual, Cultural, and Philosophical Perspective. At the conference, the impressive American documentary Crazywise was shown at this conference, which looks at what we call ‘delusions’ in a different way.
In this documentary, director Phil Borges examines the modern vision of Western mental health care and the traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures, through interviews with psychiatrists and psychologists, experiential experts and scientists, and visiting indigenous peoples. He follows two young people, Adam and Ekhaya, on their way and struggles to recover.
This documentary invites from a broader meaningful documentary invites you to look at psychosis and delusions emphasis is on the co-existence of multiple perspectives, all of which can be of significance to people with psychosis sensitivity and the people who accompany them. It’s a more inclusive look at what we call delusions.
Some of the people who hear voices, have experienced a unity or have extrasensory perceptions would be treated with respect in another culture and certainly not be excluded from society. Their experiences have meaning for the community. Their delusions make sense.
The deeper meaning of their experiences
People with such experiences who come into my practice often feel the need to share their experiences and learn to manage their hypersensitivity without being stigmatized or left out. They search for a deeper meaning in their experiences.
Not only with psychosis sensitivity, but there is also a deeper meaning in all difficult life circumstances. People often get very angry when that is said. When you’re in the middle of a crisis, its potential significance is hard to see and feel.
“The wound is the place where the light enters you” – is a saying by Rumi
By ‘the wound’ you can understand difficult life lessons. These life lessons are different for each of us and very personal. In addition to the pain, the struggle and the difficulties you experience, they also give you possible access to something else: to a meaningful life, because your life is about something.