Yesterday, I had a call from a friend who was again committed to the mental institution. She asked me to bring her some things. She told me that the voices keep telling her things that she doesn’t really understand and making her confused that she cannot sort out the information in her head. I’ve had her stay at my house a few times and noticed that when she has not taken her medication I would hear her in another room by herself laughing and having conversations. “Who are you talking to now” I would ask. One time when she stayed with me, my children’s grandmother came around. She heard my friend talking and laughing in the other room and told me that there is something wrong with her and that I should not have her staying with me. I knew straight away that there was no point in my trying to explain anything to the grandmother because she would not comprehend where I was coming from. I have two girlfriends here in London who was so-called diagnosed with Schizophrenia over 10 years ago. They are both still on medication and often have so-called relapses where they have to be “committed”. I refuse to believe that my friends are suffering from a mental illness and prefer to see them as having spiritual experiences, able to gaze deeper into the realm of conscious reality. Perhaps then it is not a mental illness but more of a spiritual phenomenon and we have allowed society to label as an illness because we ourselves, living in a society that constantly promotes individualism and divisions, are disconnected from the whole. When those who we deem as enlightened, mystics, or gnostics have access to higher realms and begin to speak with spirit we perceive them as spiritualists. Yet when someone in our family or a close friend begins speaking to what we think is themselves when they are perhaps speaking with spirit we label them as “crazy” because they are perhaps unable to articulate their experience effectively. Thomas Szasz maintains that describing a behavioral disorder such as schizophrenia as a "disease" is merely a "medical metaphor". In his words: If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia. If the dead talk to you, you are a spiritualist; If you talk to the dead, you are a schizophrenic. http://alina_stefanescu.typepad.com/totalitarianism_today/ If the entire universe is mind as expressed in the 1st Law of Nature that All is Mind, then how well can one receive information or thought from other minds and/or other realms which in reality is not really separate, as all things and all thoughts are infinitely interconnected, therefore making it possible that our thoughts are able to reach across and beyond the boundaries of time. We are not a part of it the universe but we are the universe and, therefore if we look at the universe as a holographic idea, then anyone can have access to the deeper levels of reality. Spirits are all around us everywhere we go. We receive messages from the collective unconscious, it’s only that many of us are not tuned into them, are not awake to them, or know how to access higher information and continue to exist in a way where we believe our existence contains borders and limitations. So certain messages and information stay locked beneath the surface in the depths of our subconscious mind. Mental institutions are perhaps not the best places for such people, but, with many of us being disconnected from the spiritual realm we cannot assist them further to explore and harness their powers of the deeper mind as in other spiritual cultures like the Shamans. When we enter the dream world, our dream selves are perhaps far wiser than our waking state. No matter how unenlightened a person may be, their dreams can act as metaphors showing their failings to prod them into higher awareness of themselves. According to psychiatrist Montague Ullman, dreams are nature’s way of trying to counteract our seemingly unending compulsion to fragment the world (Holographic Universe, pg 63). We are always sending out and receiving energy. We speak before we talk. It is not the human that speaks but the spririt/s. Whatever you believe becomes real to you. How do you perceive those with so-called Schizophrenia? And do you know anyone with this phenomenon? If so, how do you interact with them? Do I Have Schizophrenia? Love, Peace!