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Ver-rücktheit – Wahnsinn – Psychiatrie

 

"Kommt zu den gelben Sanddünen", 1842
Ölgemälde von Maler Richard Dadd (1819-1887)

Because the world is mad, the only way through the world is to learn the arts and double the madness.  Robert Bly (*1926), men's movement author, poem Listening,  line of the hermit, The Night Abraham Called to the Stars


 

Wortherkunft

Im Altgriechischen bedeutet ekstasis sowohl das Aussichheraustreten als auch die Verrücktheit.

Ärgste Tollheit

 

Viel Wahnsinniges
ist göttlichster Sinn
Für ein weit blickendes Auge.
Gar mancher Sinn ist ärgste Tollheit.
Hier sowie auch allgemein
Bestimmt die Mehrheit, was gilt.
Stimmst du zu – so bist du vernünftig.
Widersetzt du dich – so bist du gleich gefährlich,
Und wirst in Ketten gelegt.

 

Quelle: ► Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) US-amerikanische Dichterin
Complete Poems, Part One: Life XI, 1924

Zitate zum Thema (Spirituelle) Verrücktheit / Spiritual madness

Zitate allgemein

Persönliche Bekenntnisse

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Als Thema ihrer Doktorarbeit im Fach Theologie wählte Myss die Untersuchung des Zusammenhang von Mystik und Schizophrenie.

 

  • Wenn man als Psychiater und Psychotherapeut abends Nachrichten sieht, ist man regelmäßig irritiert. Da geht es um: Kriegshetzer. Terroristen, Mörder, Wirtschaftskriminelle, eiskalte Buchhaltertypen und schamlose Egomanen – und niemand behandelt die. […]
    Ja, solche Figuren gelten sogar als völlig normal. Kommen mir dann die Menschen in den Sinn, mit denen ich mich den Tag über beschäftigt habe, rührende Demenzkranke, dünnhäutige Süchtige, hoch sensible Schizophrene, erschütternd Depressive und mitreißende Maniker dann beschleicht mich mitunter ein schlimmer Verdacht: Wir behandeln die Falschen! Unser Problem sind nicht die Verrückten, unser Problem sind die Normalen! Manfred Lütz, deutscher Psychiater, Theologe, Autor, Irre – Wir behandeln die Falschen. Unser Problem sind die Normalen – Eine heitere Seelenkunde, Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 10. Auflage 14. September 2009

 

  • Sie, die Menschen halten mich für verrückt,
    weil ich meine Tage nicht für Gold verkaufen will
    und ich halte sie für verückt,
    weil sie glauben, meine Tage hätten einen Preis.
Khalil Gibran (1883-1931) libanesisch-US-amerikanischer Maler, Philosoph, Dichter, Schriftsteller, Geheimnisse des Herzens. Worte wie Geschenke, Topos plus, 1. September 2015

 

Empfehlung

  • [Man sollte] eben nicht den traditionellen Fehler begehen, die Speisekarte zu essen, sich über den schlechten Geschmack zu beschweren und Verdacht zu schöpfen, dass man vergiftet werden soll. Paul Watzlawick (1921-2007) österreichisch-US-amerikanischer Kommunikationswissenschaftler, Psychotherapeut, Psychoanalytiker, Soziologe, Philosoph, Autor, Rezension des Buchs von Fritz B. Simon (*1948) deutscher Psychiater, Psychoanalytiker, systemischer Familientherapeut, Organisationsberater, Autor, Meine Psychose, mein Fahrrad und ich. Zur Selbstorganisation der Verrücktheit, Carl-Auer-Systeme Verlag, 2002, 14. Auflage 2017

 

Schlussfolgerung

  • Das ist schön bei uns Deutschen. Keiner ist so verrückt, dass er nicht einen noch Verrückteren fände, der ihn versteht. Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) deutscher bekehrter Skeptiker, Spötter, Journalist, Dichter, Erzähler, Romancier, Reisebilder, Kapitel 3, 1826

 

Ermahnung – Einsicht

  • Die verrückte und kranke Welt des weißen Mannes
    Vieles ist töricht an eurer sogenannten Zivilisation. Wie Verrückte lauft ihr weißen Menschen dem Geld nach, bis ihr soviel habt, dass ihr gar nicht lange genug leben könnt, um es auszugeben. Ihr plündert die Wälder, ihr schlachtet die Tiere ab, ihr verschwendet die natürlichen Brennstoffe, als käme nach euch keine Generation mehr, die all dies ebenfalls braucht. Die ganze Zeit redet ihr von einer besseren Welt, während ihr immer größere Bomben baut, um jene Welt, die ihr jetzt habt, zu zerstören. Tatanga Mani [Walking Buffalo] (1871-1958) Häuptling vom Volke der Stoney, Kanada
  • Sei bereit für den Fall, dass sich die spirituelle Realität schneller bewegt als [von dir] erwartet. Wer wird die Rechnungen bezahlen und den Mülleimer leeren? Niemand. Die Leute werden sagen, dass du total verrückt geworden seist, was natürlich auch so ist. Es wird ein Zeitpunkt kommen, an dem das Feuer in deinen Eingeweiden auflodert; vor allen anderen Dingen nimmt das spirituelle Wachstum die Vorrangstellung ein.
    Ein Teilnehmer fragt ungläubig: Sogar ich?
    Hawkins antwortete ihm: Ja, sogar du. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Sedona Seminar Vision, 3 DVD set, 25. February 2005

 

  • Die Zeit wird kommen, wenn die Menschen von Manie erfasst sein werden und sich wie Verrrückte verhalten werden. And wenn sie jemanden sehen, der sich vernünftig benimmt, werden sie sich gegen ihn erheben und sagen: 'Du bist verrückt.' Und was sie sagen werden, wird auch zutreffen, denn er wird nicht so sein wie sie. Antonius der Große (251-356) koptisch-christlicher ägyptischer Mönch, Asket, Einsiedler, spätantiker Wüstenvater

 

  • Ihr sagt, er scheint verrückt zu sein. Das kommt daher, weil die Musik, zu der er tanzt, für eure Ohren nicht geschaffen ist. Dschalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273) persischer islamischer Mystiker, Dichter des Sufismus, Jurist, Theologe, Das Lied der Liebe, München 2005

 

  • Die höchste Form des Glücks ist ein Leben mit einem gewissen Grad an Verrücktheit. Erasmus von Rotterdam (1466/1469-1536) niederländischer Philologe, Philosoph

 

 


Die Welt als Käfig voller Narren, 1684
Giuseppe Maria Mitelli (1634-1718) italienischer Künstler

 

  • Die Definition von Wahnsinn ist, immer wieder das Gleiche zu tun und andere Ergebnisse zu erwarten. Albert Einstein (1879-1955) deutschstämmiger US-amerikanischer theoretischer Physiker, Entwickler der Allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie, Nobelpreisträger in Physik

 

  • Kierkegaard weist darauf hin, dass sich die Wahrheit nur enthüllt, wenn man sie mit der Intensität der Verrücktheit angeht – und ich stehe in dieser Tradition. Ich wünsche mir wirklich, dass sich alle mögen. Aber bedauerlicherweise schafft das Ringen um Wahrheit auch Feinde. Und vielleicht sind meine Ansichten völlig falsch, vielleicht richtig. So oder so, schafft das Gegner, und ich habe lernen müssen, damit klarzukommen. Ken Wilber (*1949) US-amerikanischer mystischer Philosoph, Vordenker des 3. Jtds., transpersonaler Bewusstseinsforscher, Entwickler der Integralen Theorie, Autor

 

  • Die Menschen sind so notwendig verrückt, dass nicht verrückt sein nur hieße, verrückt sein nach einer anderen Art von Verrücktheit. Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) französischer Mathematiker, Physiker, Philosoph, Literat, zitiert in: Michel Foucault (1926-1984) französischer Philosoph, Wahnsinn und Gesellschaft. Eine Geschichte des Wahns im Zeitalter der Vernunft, 1961

 

  • Wenn wir bedenken, dass wir alle verrückt sind, ist das Leben erklärt. Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910) US-amerikanischer Humorist, Freimaurer, Schriftsteller, Aphorismus

 

  • Die Welt braucht mehr Ver-rückte, denn sehet wohin uns die "Normalen" gebracht haben. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) irischer Politiker, Pazifist, Satiriker, Dramatiker, Nobelpreisträger in Literatur, 1925

 

  • In einer irrsinnigen Welt vernünftig sein zu wollen, ist schon wieder ein Irrsinn für sich. Voltaire [François-Marie Arouet] (1694-1778) französischer Philosoph der europäischen Aufklärung, einflussreicher Wegbereiter der Französischen Revolution, Kritiker der Feudalherrschaft, Bürgerrechtler, Deist, Historiker, Philosoph, Schriftsteller

 

  • Jede Vermutung, die nicht auf den ersten Blick verrückt erscheint, ist aussichtslos. Freeman Dyson (*1923) englischer/US-amerikanischer Professor für theoretische Physik, Mathematiker, Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Die Erde ist ein Irrenhaus. Dabei könnte das bis heute erreichte Wissen der Menschheit aus ihr ein Paradies machen. Joseph Weizenbaum (1923-2008) deutsch-US-amerikanischer Informatiker, Wissenschafts- und Gesellschaftskritiker, Ketzer der Informatik, Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Es ist nicht leicht, sich auf die Menschen zu verstehen, zu erkennen, wer verrückt und wer klug ist! Gott bewahre uns alle davor, dass wir durchschaut werden! Knut Hamsun (1859-1952) bedeutender norwegischer Schriftsteller, Literaturnobelpreisträger, 1920, Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Es gibt eine Menge von Wahnsinnigen, die sich für Realisten halten, weil sie genauso wahnsinnig sind wie die Realität. Hans Kruppa (*1952) deutscher Dichter, Schriftsteller, Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Nur wer gesunden Menschenverstand hat, wird verrückt. Stanislaw Jerzy Lec (1909-1966) polnischer Satiriker, Aphoristiker, Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Wer heute noch nicht verrückt ist, ist einfach nicht informiert. Gabriel Barylli (*1957) österreichischer Schriftsteller, Schauspieler, Regisseur, Quelle unbekannt

Literatur- und Filmzitate

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Paradox der Treue in der Treulosigkeit

  • Ich entstamme einem Geschlecht, das dafür bekannt ist, eine flammende Leidenschaftlichkeit und zügellose Phantasie zu besitzen. Von mir sagt man, dass ich wahnsinnig sei; aber noch ist die Frage nicht gelöst, ob Wahnsinn nicht etwa erhabenste Erkenntnis ist, ob vieles, was herrlich, ob alles, was vollkommen ist, nicht vielleicht einer Krankhaftigkeit des Denkens entspringt, einer durch Überanstrengung des normalen Intellekts hervorgerufenen Reizbarkeit des Geistes. Alle, die bei Tage träumen, wissen von vielen Dingen, die denen entgehen, die nur den Traum der Nacht kennen. Visionen lassen sie den Glanz der Ewigkeiten schauen, und in ihr Wachsein nehmen sie das erschütternde Bewusstsein mit, an der Schwelle der Erkenntnis des grossen Rätsels gestanden zu haben. Augenblicke offenbaren ihnen mit Blitzesgrelle viel von der Weisheit des Guten, mehr noch von der bloßen Kenntnis des Bösen. Sie haben nicht Ruder noch Kompass und dringen dennoch in das unendliche Meer des ewigen Lichtes vor – und ferner, gleich den Fahrten des nubischen Geographen, bis ins Meer der Schatten. Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) US-amerikanischer Herausgeber, Literaturkritiker, neurotischer Dichter, romantischer Schriftsteller, Figur Elenora in der Erzählung Eleonora (1841), Auszug aus: Novellen von der Liebe, S. 3, Georg Müller Verlag, München und Leipzig, 1907

 

  • Es gibt viele Dinge, die du heute tust, die dir vor zehn Jahren verrückt erschienen wären. Die Dinge selbst haben sich nicht verändert; was vorher unmöglich war, ist jetzt ohne weiteres möglich, und vielleicht ist es nur eine Frage der Zeit, wann es gelingt, dich vollkommen zu ändern. Carlos Castaneda (*1925, angebl. †1995) peruanischer US-amerikanischer Anthropologe, Diplomat, Autor einer autobiografischen Buchserie um die Lehren des Don Juan Matus, eines zaubernden Yaqui-Indianers, Miterfinder der Bewegungslehre Tensegrity, Figur Don Juan in Roman Die Lehren des Don Juan, zitiert in: Lothar-Rüdiger Lütge, Carlos Castaneda und die Lehren des Don Juan, S. 119, Books on Demand, Norderstedt, 1984/2008

 

  • Protagonist, begabter junger Sportler: "Du hast den Verstand verloren, weißt Du das!"
    Tankstellenbesitzer Socrates: "Dafür habe ich ein Leben lang üben müssen."
    Filmausschnitt von The Peaceful Warrior, Nick Nolte in Peaceful Warrior, YouTube Film, 1:22 Minuten Dauer, eingestellt 3. Mai 2007

Humor

  • Wenn du zu Gott sprichst, nennt man es Beten. Wenn Gott zu dir spricht, nennt man es Schizophrenie. Fox Mulder, Filmfigur aus der US-amerikanischen TV-Serie Akte X

General quotes

Personal avowals

  • I have been known as a crank, faddist, madman. Evidently the reputation is well deserved. For wherever I go, I draw to myself cranks, faddists, and madmen. Interview with Mohandas Karamchand Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Indian Hindu sage, spiritual activist leader, humanitarian, lawyer, nonviolent freedom fighter, presented by Indian newspaper Young India, 13. June 1929; also cited in: All Men Are Brothers. Autobiographical Reflections, edited by Krishna Kripalani, S. 163, 2005

 

  • You ask me how I became a madman. It happened thus: One day, long before many gods were born, I woke from a deep sleep and found all my masks were stolen – the seven masks I have fashioned and worn in seven lives – I ran maskless through the crowded streets shouting, "Thieves, thieves, the cursed thieves."
    Men and women laughed at me and some ran to their houses in fear of me.
    And when I reached the market place, a youth standing on a house-top cried, "He is a madman." I looked up to behold him; the sun kissed my own naked face for the first time. For the first time the sun kissed my own naked face and my soul was inflamed with love for the sun, and I wanted my masks no more. And as if in a trance I cried, "Blessed, blessed are the thieves who stole my masks."
    Thus I became a madman.
    And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.
    But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. Khalil Gibran (1883-1931) Lebanese US American painter, philosopher, poet, writer, The Madman, How I became a Madman, Dover Publications, December 2001

 


Honey bee
  • Sometimes I forget completely what companionship is. Unconscious and insane, I spill sad energy everywhere. My story gets told in various ways: a romance, a dirty joke, a war, a vacancy.
    Divide up my forgetfulness to any number, it will go around. These dark suggestions that I follow, are they part of some plan? Friends, be careful. Don't come near me out of curiousity, or sympathy. Jalal ad-Din Muḥammad Rumi (1207-1273) Persian Muslim Sufi mystic, jurist, theologian, poet, The Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks (*1937), John Moyne, S. 47, Harper, San Francisco, 1995, 7th edition 28. May 2004

 

  • I don't care what somebody's religion is. [...] Religion is just a corrupt form of politics. Video keynote address by Caroline Myss, Ph.D. Myss.com (*1952) US American spiritual teacher, mystic, medical intuitive, bestselling author, Being Fearless, sponsored by the US American non-profit educational retreat center Omega Institute for Holistic Studies Being Fearless conference, New York City, part 3 of 3, 20:43 minutes duration, New York City, New York, 11.-13. April 2008

 

  • I am not strictly speaking mad, for my mind is absolutely normal in the intervals, and even more so than before. But during the attacks it is terrible – and then I lose consciousness of everything. But that spurs me on to work and to seriousness, like a miner who is always in danger makes haste in what he does. Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) Dutch post-Impressionist painter, letter to Theo van Gogh, number 610, translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, Saint-Rémy, France, 8. October 1889

 

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Two opposing forms of insanity

  • I distinguish between the two opposite forms of insanity, insanity as a way of life and insanity as a protest against forms of social life and interpersonal relations felt to be unbearable. In our civilization
    1. the former is considered to be "realism" and
    2. only the latter an illness.
Arno Gruen (1923-2015) German-Swiss psychologist, psychoanalyst, critic of civilization, author, Hildegarde and Hunter Hannum, translators, The Insanity of Normality. Realism As Sickness. Toward Understanding Human Destructiveness [Der Wahnsinn der Normalität, dtv (1989], preface, Grove/Atlantic, 1st edition July 1992

 

  • The world is run by insane people for insane objectives. […] Once they've got you violent, then they know how to handle you. […] I think we are run by maniacs for maniacal ends [...] and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it. TV interview with John Lennon (1940-1980) English musician, singer-songwriter, founding member of the British music band Beatles, Famous Words Of Wisdom, presented by the British flagship TV channel BBC TV, 22. June 1968, YouTube film, minutes 0:20, 6:10 minutes duration, posted 9. February 2011

 

  • I still think All You Need is Love, but I don't think that just saying it is gonna do it. John Lennon (1940-1980) English musician, singer-songwriter, founding member of the British music band The Beatles, source unknown

 

  • I have studiously tried to avoid ever using the word 'madness' to describe my condition. Now and again, the word slips out, but I hate it. 'Madness' is too glamorous a term to convey what happens to most people who are losing their minds. That word is too exciting, too literary, too interesting in its connotations, to convey the boredom, the slowness, the dreariness, the dampness of depression. Elizabeth Wurtzel (*1967) US American journalist, confessional memoir writer, Prozac Nation, Riverhead Trade, 1994

 


Rotating marguerite
  • I thank heaven somebody's crazy enough to give me a daisy. E. E. Cummings (1894-1962) US American painter, playwright, essayist, poet, author, 73 Poems, S. 30, 1963

 

  • I am interested in madness. I believe it is the biggest thing in the human race, and the most constant. How do you take away from a man his madness without also taking away his identity? Are we sure it is desirable for a man's spirit not to be at war with itself, or that it is better to be serene and ready to go to dinner than to be excited and unwilling to stop for a cup of coffee, even? William Saroyan (1908-1981) Armenian-US American dramatist, author, Short Drive, Sweet Chariot, 1966

 

  • I guess when you turn off the main road, you have to be prepared to see some funny houses. Stephen King (Richard Bachman) (*1947) US American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy fiction, source unknown

 

  • Only those who attempt the absurd [...] will achieve the impossible. I think it's in my basement [...]. Let me go upstairs and check. M. C. Escher (1898-1972) Dutch graphic artist, unsourced

 

Calling

  • Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. TV spot on change with the motto "Think different!" campaign, presented by Apple MacIntosh Inc., first issued 1997, Here's to the crazy ones. Think Different, YouTube film, 1:00 minute duration, posted 19. January 2006

 


The Madhatter

Recommendations

  • You know one sign that you are woken up? You are asking yourself: Am I crazy or are all of them? Video lecture by Anthony de Mello SJ (1931-1987) Indian Catholic Jesuit priest, psychotherapist, spiritual leader, Wake Up to Life! – Awareness – On psychology, presented by Center for Spiritual Exchange and Tabor Publishing, 1986, YouTube film, minute 4:00 out of 7:34 minutes duration, posted 25. November 2008

 

  • The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds. William James, M.D. (1842-1910) US American physician, professor of psychology and philosophy, Harvard University, pragmatic author, source unknown

 

  • Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you. Joseph Heller (1923-1999) US American playwright, short story writer, satirical novelist, Catch 22, 1961, also cited in: motion picture Catch-22, 1970, also integrated in a song by Kurt Cobain (1967-1994) US American singer-songwriter, musician, artist, lead singer and guitarist of the grunge band Nirvana

 

Appeal

 

Prophecy

 

Question

  • What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy? Ursula K. Le Guin (*1929) US American author of novels, children's books, short stories, mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction, The Princess and the Goblin, Puffin Classics, paperback, 5. May 2011

 

Conclusions

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Guru ⇔ devil status:

  • The true status of certain men who, down to the present, are either exalted, by the average self conscious individual, to the rank of gods, or, adopting the other extreme, are adjudged insane. Richard Maurice Bucke (1837-1902) Canadian progressive psychiatrist, adventurer in his youth, classic in the modern study of mystical experience Cosmic Consciousness. A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind, S. 4, Applewood Books, 1901, Innes & Sons, Penguin Books, 5. October 1991

 

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Effect of layered web of lies

  • A truth’s initial commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed. It wasn’t the world being round that agitated people, but that the world wasn’t flat. When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic. Donald James Wheal [Thomas Dresden] (1931-2008) British scriptwriter, television writer, non-fiction writer, novelist, source unknown

 

Future prospect

  • If the human race survives, future men will, I suspect, look back on our enlightened epoch as a veritable Age of Darkness. [...] They will see that what was considered 'schizophrenic' was one of the forms in which, often through quite ordinary people, the light began to break into our all-too-closed minds. Ronald D. Laing (1927-1989) British Scottish psychiatrist, author, cited in: Daniel Burston, The Wing of Madness. The Life and Work of R. D. Laing, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachussetts, 1996, 13. January 1998

 

Insights

  • The fool says in his heart, 'there is no God' (Psalms 14, 1).
    There is, however, another type of fool, more dangerous and sure of himself, who says in his heart and proclaims to all the world, 'There is no God but mine.' Joseph Campbell, Ph.D. (1904-1987) US American mythologist, expert in comparative mythology and comparative religion, Creative Mythology. The Masks of God, Volume 4, Oriental mythology, S. 28, Penguin Books, New York, paperback 1. January 1991

 

  • We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love. Dr. Seuss [Theodor Seuss Geisel] (1904-1991) US American cartoonist, poet, writer of children's books, source unknown

 

  • What's the difference between the ego and the soul? [...] One has the stamina to be invisible, the other one doesn't.
    [One voice fathoms] [...] channeling that type of grace, of being able to stand next to somebody and hear that voice: 'Find a reason to touch that woman's baby'. [...] You just know that when you are sitting next to that woman in the plane [...] 'That infant has spinal cancer.' [...] You hear [inside] 'Find a reason to touch that child.' You are chattering nonsense with the woman, but then you can grab the child's hand. And she thinks you are playing, but you know grace is flooding in that little infant. You'll never see her again, but you know that child's going to live. [...] You know it. [...] [Myss is moved and sobs.]
    That is what you have as a possibility in you. But you have to become irrational. You have to become fully and totally mystically irrational. Not emotionally irrational, because that's self serving. You have to become mystically irrational. Mystically irrational means you have to become mystically fearless. You have to be able to do what your mind would give you logical reasons to not do. You have to be everything your soul beckons you to be and everything your mind tells you to be cautious about.
    You have to become forgiving. You have to become bold in a way that your soul recognizes.
    The mystical experience is about your capacity to perceive fully in a hologram at the speed of light to get the consequences of an action that your mind will say doesn't matter.
    But every part of your soul knows: 'This matters. This matters. Everything matters. Everything matters.' The soul measures everything and every piece of life matters to the soul.
    The mind in its arrogance says: 'Only the people who matter to me matter.'
    To live through the soul is your highest calling. And to build a soul with stamina you cannot do that on visualisation. It requires prayer. Video keynote address by Caroline Myss, Ph.D. Myss.com (*1952) US American spiritual teacher, mystic, medical intuitive, bestselling author, Being Fearless, sponsored by the US American non-profit educational retreat center Omega Institute for Holistic Studies Being Fearless conference, New York City, part 3 of 3, minutes 8:40-12:24, 20:43 minutes duration, New York City, New York, 11.-13. April 2008

 

  • Everybody's life is ultimately on the path of enlightenment. [...] You cannot not be. minute 29:45

    Every now and again I'll meet someone who will openly say, "I am an atheist." But they are always young and healthy. [...] I never take these people seriously [...] So I'll always say to them, 'Call me when you are old, dying, alone, and poor and we'll see what happens.'
    And inevitably their eyes rush to God and rush to heaven. [...] What they always mean by atheism is that they had enough of the church which is – let's just face it – understandable. Minute 29:54

 

  • It was (St.) Paul of Tarsus who recognized immediately that the story of Jesus could be converted to politics and power right off the bet. He [Jesus] was not even cold in the grave or high in the Heavens before men realized there was power and money in his story. So from the getgo the innocence and beautiful message of this teacher [Jesus] was contaminated. [...] Taking a human being and turning him into a God [...] that people take literally. [...] All of this taken literally has just wreaked havoc on this planet. [...] Because they inherited Roman mythologies (including sacrificing on altars). Sacrificing something on an altar was Roman. [...] Minute 31:54

 

  • When someone says 'I can't deal with religion' I fully understand that. But [...] beyond religion and all the nonsense of religion [...] there are deeper Divine impulses that even our Founding Fathers recognized. And our nation is founded on these impulses by the way.
    In the age of Enlightenment people like Hobbes and John Knox, Descartes and Rousseau, they, too, were shedding the constraints of traditional religion and looking further for the deeper impulses [...] that simply were inherent in human nature and in human spirit. [...]
    They were looking for the universality of the archetypal journey of the human being. [...]
    The human being searches by nature for meaning and purpose, that by nature searches for truth.
    That the human being thrives better when his or her life is devoted to meaning and service than the absence of that.
    That the human being thrives better within a climate of hope than hopelessness.
    That there must be profound force – shall we call it grace – that comes through hope that is absent in hopelessness. Minute 33:11

 

  • Beyond the politics of God is the experience of God. And that's where the soul comes in. But it takes a very courageous person to make the leap and say 'I need more than my encounter with God to be through rules and regulations, and traditions that say my God is according to these myths and that is how I know the nature of God, but rather it is time to release those myths and go into my interior soul and invoke the experience of God.'
    My history of this is that people only come near the experience of God and only in very small doses only in a bargaining position when they are in crisis. [...] When they are in the hospital or someone who is very sick. [...] They wait to the last minute and then they pull out prayer. Minute 35:40
Source: ► Video interview with Caroline Myss, Ph.D. Myss.com (*1952) US American spiritual teacher, mystic, medical intuitive, bestselling author, presented by Conference Call Conversations with the Masters, host Mary Allen (*1951) British arts administrator, management consultant, life coach, radio broadcaster, writer, minutes 29:45-38:00, 1:00:46 duration, aired 8. November 2007

 

 

  • The time is coming when people will be seized by manias and will behave like madmen. And if they see anyone acting reasonably, they will rise up against him saying: 'You are insane.' And they will have accurately said this to him, for he will not be like them. Attributed to Anthony the Great [Abba Antonius] (251-356) Egyptian Christian Desert Father, Egyptian monk, ascetic, hermit, unsourced

 

  • The foundation of all mental illness is an unwillingness to experience legitimate suffering. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, author, source unknown

 

  • Insanity is possession by an unconscious content that, as such, is not assimilatable to consciousness, nor can it be assimilated since the very existence of such contents is denied. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new analytical school of depth psychology, author, R.F.C. Hull, Alchemical Studies – Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Volume 13, The Philosophical Tree, Alchemical Studies, par. 53, 1945, 1967, Princeton University Press, 1983

 

  • Schizophrenia is a condition in which the dream takes the place of reality. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, author, source unknown

 

  • If we have risen near the heights of good and evil, then our badness and hatefulness lie in the most extreme torment. Man’s torment is so great and the air of the heights so weak that he can hardly live anymore. The good and the beautiful freeze to the ice of the absolute idea, and the bad and hateful become mud puddles full of crazy life. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, author, Sonu Shamdasani, Indian historian, editor, The Red Book, 205-page illustrated manuscript, Philemon Series, S. 242-245, The Philemon Foundation & W.W. Norton & Co. Publication, 9. October 2009

 

Sense vs. nonsense; right and wrong

  • The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, author, unsourced

 

  • Insanity can be a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world. Attributed to R. D. Laing (1927-1989) British Scottish psychiatrist, author, 1972, cited in: Larry Chang, Wisdom for the Soul. Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing, S. 412, 2006

 

  • Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction. Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-born US American theoretical physicist, developer of the theory of general relativity, Nobel laureate in physics, 1921

 

Alternative translation: "There was never a genius without a tincture of madness."

  • No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness. Aristotle (384-322 BC) classical Greek pre-Christian philosopher, physician, scientist, misogynist

 

  • Our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness, provided the madness is given us by divine gift. Plato (427-347 BC) Ancient Greek pre-Christian philosopher, founder of the occidental philosophy, Phaedrus, a dialogue of Plato's, ~370 BC

 

  • Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught in falsehoods school. And the one man that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool. Plato (427-347 BC) Ancient Greek pre-Christian philosopher, founder of the occidental philosophy

 

 

  • But where there is no madness, there is, to be sure, also no real, active, living intellect. For wherein is intellect to prove itself but in the conquest, mastery, and ordering of madness? Hence complete lack of madness leads to another extreme, to imbecility (idiocy), which is an absolute absence of all madness. But there are two kinds of the other [type of people] in whom there really is madness. The one kind rules madness and shows the highest strength of intellect just in this conquest. The other is ruled by madness people who are really mad. Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling (1775-1854) German philosopher, philosophical work Ages of the World, 1811

 

  • The process that creates an image or an imaginative vision is one thing, and the process that tags it, frames it, and puts it into a context is quite another. We all are mad together in the first and visionary process, and Kekulé can dream of the serpent biting its tail, Poincaré can step onto a tram and have a theorem’s solution he has slept on flash into his mind […]. "The lunatic, the lover, and the poet are of imagination all compact," as the good Bard of Avon wrote. They who are truly mad are those who have difficulties in providing the appropriate social and cultural context for their visions and voices. It was Joan of Arc's good fortune that her voices and visions came at the time of the Hundred Years' War when they could be put to good use in rallying the French to repel the English invasion. When the Maid of Orleans' visions were no longer of use to the Church, she was burnt at the stake – as countless heretics before her had been, or after her, like Giordano Bruno at the time of the birth of modern science in 1600. William Irwin Thompson (*1938) US American cultural historian, social philosopher, cultural critic, mythologist, poet, writer, On False Memories and the Art of Writing Fiction, summer 2013

 

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Betwixt and between – the realm of soul

The co-creative space where humans may partake in changing the world

  • It is the space where artists wait, and mystics, also madmen. It is imagination’s crevice, the space between two worlds where everything is more than it seems and images unfold. D. Stephenson Bond, US American psychoanalyst, lecturer, author, source unknown

 

  • The sick in soul insist that it is humanity that is sick, and they are the surgeons to operate on it. They want to turn the world into a sickroom. And once they get humanity strapped to the operating table, they operate on it with an ax. Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) US American longshoreman philosopher, social writer, The Passionate State Of Mind, and Other Aphorisms, section 124, 1955

 

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Dichotomies:

Thinking ⇔ intution; Existentialism ⇔ conspiracy perspective; ideology ⇔ creative divergent thinking, inside the box ⇔ outside the box

  • It is notorious that brilliant people are often the most dense about their own human blind spot, precisely because their intelligence, so clever in other things, conceals it from them; multiply this situation a thousandfold, and you have a brilliant scientific and technological civilization that could run amuck out of its own sheer uprooted cleverness.
    The solution proposed by Greek tragic wisdom through the drama of Aeschylus may not, then, be as frightening as we imagine: in giving the Furies their place, we may come to recognize that they are not such alien presences as we think in our moments of evading them.
    In fact, far from being alien, they are part of ourselves, like all gods and demons. The conspiracy to forget them, or to deny that they exist, thus turns out to be only one more contrivance in the vast and organized effort by modern society to flee from the self. William Barrett (1913-1992) US American professor of philosophy, critic, "Irrational Man. A Study in Existential Philosophy'', Doubleday, 1958, 1962, Anchor Books paperback, 1962

 

  • A considerable percentage of the people we meet on the street are people who are empty inside, that is, they are actually already dead. It is fortunate for us that we do not see and do not know it. If we knew what a number of people are actually dead and what a number of these dead people govern our lives, we should go mad with horror. George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (1866-1949) Greek Armenian metaphysician, composer, choreograph, composer, spiritual teacher of the "Fourth Way", writer, cited in: Peter D. Ouspensky (1878-1947) Russian esotericist, student of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, author, In Search of the Miraculous. Fragments of an Unknown Teaching, Harcourt, 1949

 

  • Whereas people who can no longer bear the absence of human values in the real world are considered "crazy,” those who have severed themselves from their human roots are certified "normal.” And it is members of the latter group to whom we entrust power and whom we allow to determine our lives and our future. We believe they have the correct key to reality and know how best to deal with it. But a person’s "relatedness to reality” is not the only criterion for establishing mental illness or health; we also have to ask to what degree feelings such as despair, perceptions such as empathy, and experiences such as enthusiasm are still possible. Arno Gruen (1923-2015) German-Swiss psychologist, psychoanalyst, critic of civilization, author, Hildegarde and Hunter Hannum, translators, The Insanity of Normality. Realism As Sickness. Toward Understanding Human Destructiveness ['Der Wahnsinn der Normalität', dtv (1989], preface, Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 1st edition July 1992

 

  • When in group narcissism the object is not the individual but the group to which he belongs. […] The assertion that "my country" (or nation, or religion) is the most wonderful, the most cultural, the most powerful, the most peace-loving, etc. does not sound crazy at all; on the contrary, it sounds like an expression of patriotism, faith and loyalty. Erich Fromm (1900-1980) US American social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher, author, The Heart of Man. Its Genius for Good and Evil, Harper Collins, June 1980, S. 75, Lantern Books, revised edition 1. October 2010

 


Sativa Bud
  • A person who has not been completely alienated, who has remained sensitive and able to feel, who has not lost the sense of dignity, who is not yet "for sale", who can still suffer over the suffering of others, who has not acquired fully the having mode of existence – briefly, a person who has remained a person and not become a thing – cannot help feeling lonely, powerless, isolated in present-day society. He cannot help doubting himself and his own convictions, if not his sanity. He cannot help suffering, even though he can experience moments of joy and clarity that are absent in the life of his "normal" contemporaries. Not rarely will he suffer from neurosis that results from the situation of a sane man living in an insane society, rather than that of the more conventional neurosis of a sick man trying to adapt himself to a sick society. In the process of going further in his analysis, i.e. of growing to greater independence and productivity, his neurotic symptoms will cure themselves. Erich Fromm (1900-1980) US American social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher, author, The Art of Loving, S. 89, Harper & Brothers, New York, 1956

 

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Self-deception and repression

  • Self-deception (repression) cannot logically exist.
    It is extremely pervasive.
    It is a hallmark of the healthy mind.
    It is at the core of the process that generates mental illness.
Jordan Peterson, Ph.D. (*1962) Canadian clinical psychologist, professor of psychology, University of Toronto, political scientist, author, Self-Deception. A Comprehensive Analysis, posted on homepage 2014, further explained in paper Self-Deception Explained, PDF, ~2015

 

  • The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him. [...] The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself. [...] All progress depends on the unreasonable man. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish politician, pacifist, satirist, dramatist, Nobel laureate in literature, 1925, Maxims for Revolutionists, #124, 1903, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 16. May 2013

 

  • No society or government can behave any higher than its Lunacy Level. The Lunacy Level is the average level of mental illness in any group or country. So since society consists of individuals, the only way to lower the Lunacy Level is for a self-honest individual to stop lying about his spiritual illness and allow Truth to heal him. But there are so few who place Truth above egotism. Vernon Howard (1918-1992) US American spiritual philosopher, author, SOLVED. The Mystery of Life, S. 36, New Life Foundation, 1. December 1995

 

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Rankist dismissal of conspiracy theories:

Scapegoating plot against the common good

  • Conspiracism is a particular narrative form of scapegoating that frames demonized enemies as part of a vast insidious plot against the common good, while it valorizes the scapegoater as a hero for sounding the alarm. Chip Berlet publiceye.org (*1949) US American senior analyst at Political Research Associates (PRA), former vice president of the National Lawyers Guild, co-chair of Civil Liberties Committee, activist, specializing in the study of right-wing movements (religious right, white supremacists, homophobic groups, paramilitary organizations), investigative journalist, author, Matthew N. Lyons, US American independent historian focusing on social movements and systems of oppression, author, Right-Wing Populism in America. Too Close for Comfort, The Guilford Press, New York, 1st edition 1. November 2000

 

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Note:

The Apple Computer advertisement "Here's to the Crazy Ones" was adapted from the writings of Jack Kerouac.

  • The ones who think they are crazy enough to change the world, are the ones who do. Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) Canadian-American poet, novelist, source unknown

 

  • A man who is "of sound mind" is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key. Paul Valéry (1871-1945) French philosopher, critic, poet, essayist, unsourced

 


Mount McKinley – Reflection Pond, Denali National Park, Alaska
  • Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one. Charles Mackay (1814-1889) Scottish songwriter, poet, journalist, author, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, 1841, Harriman House, Hampshire, United Kingdom, 26. September 2003, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, reprint, 22. October 2013

 

  • Every age has its peculiar folly: Some scheme, project, or fantasy into which it plunges, spurred on by the love of gain, the necessity of excitement, or the force of imitation. Charles Mackay (1814-1889) Scottish songwriter, poet, journalist, author, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, 1841, Harriman House, Hampshire, United Kingdom, 26. September 2003, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, reprint, 22. October 2013

 

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Schizophrenia:

The unconscious overwhelms the ego-consciousness, the field of awareness.

  • How does a schizophrenic episode manifest itself? Because of an activation of the unconscious [...] and a collapse of the ego. John Weir Perry (1914-1998) US American Jungian psychiatrist, author, John Beebe (*1939) US American Jungian analyst, coauthor, The Far Side of Madness, S. 2, Spring Publications, 1974, 2nd revised editon 30. May 2005

 

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Schizophrenia is not really amenable to psychiatric control.

  • [Quoting C.G. Jung] The way 'schizophrenia' unfolds is that, in a situation of personal crisis, all the psyche's energy is sucked back out of the personal conscious area, into what we call the archetypal area. Mythic contents thus emerge from the deepest level of the psyche, in order to re-organise the Self. In so doing, the person feels himself withdrawing from the ordinary surroundings, and becomes quite isolated in this dream state. [End of quote] […]
    Carl Jung] believed that "schizophrenia" is a self-healing process – one in which, specifically, the pathological complexes dissolve themselves. The whole schizophrenic turmoil is really a self-organising, healing experience. It's like a molten state. Everything seems to be made of free energy, an inner free play of imagery through which the alienated psyche spontaneously re-organises itself – in such a way that the conscious ego is brought back into communication with the unconscious again.
    The acute hallucinatory phase, during which these contents go through the re-ordering process, usually lasts about six weeks. This, by the way, corresponds to the classical description of visionary experiences in various religious texts, such as the proverbial "forty days in the wilderness" often referred to in the Bible. Interview with John Weir Perry (1914-1998) US American Jungian psychiatrist, author, A Conversation With Dr. John Weir Perry, PDF, host Michael O’Callaghan, Global Vision Corporation, 1982, reproduced in Global Vision, 1992-1995

 

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Schizophrenia

  • Summarizing what schizophrenia is really all about the really prominent features are captured by the terms hyper-reflexivity and alienation. Hyper-reflexivity by that I mean a kind of self-consciousness. I don't just mean the self-consciousness of say an adolescent, but rather the schizophrenic self-consciousness is something much more disruptive of the normal spontaneous flow of experience and behavior. And it can also happen intellectually so that one becomes aware of one's own thinking. […] They can get very engaged in a process of watching their own mind. And they will sometimes almost feel that they can kind of see the cognitive operations going on inside their skull. Or they may just sort of think about thinking and they may begin to analyze themselves too much. It can be extremely alienating and debilitating for the person. […] So a scrutinizing self-consciousness that is not relaxed and able to just accept itself ends up leading to an experience of there being no self. Louis Sass, Ph.D., US American professor of clinical psychology, graduate school of applied and professional psychology, Rutgers University, expert in severe psychopathology, philosophy and psychology, author, cited in: Soul Searching, part 2 of 3, excerpted from documentary DVD, broadcasted by US American Channel 4, YouTube film, minute 1:56 and 3:31 and 4:14, 10:24 minutes duration, posted 21. January 2010

 

  • [Schizophrenia as] a condition of obscure origins and no established etiology, pathogenesis and pathology, [without] even any clear disease marker or laboratory test by which it can readily be identified. Louis Sass, Ph.D., US American professor of clinical psychology, graduate school of applied and professional psychology, Rutgers University, expert in severe psychopathology, philosophy and psychology, author, Madness and Modernism. Insanity in the Light of Modern Art, Literature, and Thought, Harvard University Press, 1992, reprint edition September 1994, 15. July 1998

 

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Widely used paraphrase:

"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities."

  • Certainly, any one who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices. If you do not use the intelligence with which God endowed your mind to resist believing impossibilities, you will not be able to use the sense of injustice which God planted in your heart to resist a command to do evil. Once a single faculty of your soul has been tyrannized, all the other faculties will submit to the same fate. This has been the cause of all the religious crimes that have flooded the earth. Voltaire [François-Marie Arouet] (1694-1778) French philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment, social critic, proponent of the French Revolution, advocate of civil liberties, freedom of religion, free trade, deist, writer, Questions sur les miracles, 1765, cited in: Norman L. Torrey (1894-1980 ) US American translator, author, Les Philosophes. The Philosophers of the Enlightenment and Modern Democracy, S. 277-278, Capricorn Books, 5th edition 1960

 

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The Trump phenomenon of The Uninvited Guest

  • [Donald] Trump's so-called madness is all over the place. He is out of control. […] We continue to open to the univited guest, we welcome him in, we don't reject him.
    We have a need to desparately begin to look at the world through principles that are other than rational order like of aperspectival thinking in Gebser's work, like Jung’s synchronistic ideas, like acausality [meaningful coincidences]. […]
    Unless that [trickster] Mercurius factor is added to our consciousness, our rational thinking is going to run us into a mess. […] Unless I am Trump in every way he is, but don't act it out, I will not be able to be in contact with the instincts it [the shadow] often has. […] If I don't wrestle with it, I will tend to act it out. […] If I wrestle with those [shadow] impulses they can inform me and help me embody my own nature on deep instinctual levels. Audio interview with Nathan Schwartz-Salant, Ph.D. (*1940) Swiss-American Jungian psychologist, author, Speaking of Jung – Episode #26: Nathan Schwartz-Salant, podcast episode #26, presented by Speaking of Jung, host Laura London, minutes 52:02, 30:15, 39:28, 54:35 minutes duration, aired 30. June 2017

 

  • Has it ever struck you that when people get persecution mania, they usually have a good deal to feel persecuted about? C. P. Snow (1905-1980) English physicist, novelist, consultant of the United Kingdom government, The Affair, chapter 11, 1960

 

  • Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to a job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, car and the house that you leave empty all day in order to afford to live in it. Attributed to Ellen Goodman (*1941) US American journalist, Pulitzer prize recipient for Distinguished Commentary, 1980, source unknown

 

  • Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature he's destroying is this God he's worshipinng. Hubert Reeves, source unknown

 

  • The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) French general, political leader during the French Revolution, self-crowned emperor (1804-1815), source unknown

 

  • Every madman thinks all other men mad. Latin proverb

 

  • Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome. Chinese proverb

Humor

  • Insanity is hereditary; you can get it from your children. Attributed to Sam Levenson (1911-1980) US American comedian, television host, teacher, journalist, writer, source unknown

 

  • Why is it when we talk to God we are said to be praying, but when God talks to us we’re schizophrenic? Lily Tomlin (*1939) American actress, comedian, producer, writer, material in Tomlin's acts credited to Jane Wagner (*1935) US American actress, playwright, Lily Tomlin's comedy writer, collaborator, companion and wife at Tomlin's classic site

Literary quotes

  • Great wits are sure to madness near allied,
    And thin partitions do their bounds divide.
John Dryden (1631-1700) English literary critic, translator, poet, playwright, landmark poetic political satire Absalom and Achitophel, part I, line 150-164, 1681

 

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Excess results in balance, eventually.

 

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Alternative version: "Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad."

Quoted as a "heathen proverb" in: Daniel, a Model for Young Men, 1854 William Anderson Scott (1813-1885)

 

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Bastardized version:

"Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence."

  • Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence. Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) US American literary critic, neurotic poet, editor, romantic author, short story Eleonora, first published by the literary annual The Gift, Philadelphia, 1842

 

  • There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) German classical scholar, philologist, critic of culture, philosopher of nihilism, writer, Thus Spoke Zarathustra [Also sprach Zarathustra], part I, chapter 7 "On Reading and Writing", Ernst Schmeitzner, 1883-1891, Viking Press, 1954

 


Insects have compound eyes and two antennae.
  • He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) German classical scholar, philologist, critic of culture, philosopher of nihilism, writer, Beyond Good and Evil. Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future [Jenseits von Gut und Böse. Vorspiel einer Philosophie der Zukunft], aphorism 146, C. G. Naumann, Leipzig, 1886

 

 

Caution

  • Be careful, lest in casting out your demon you exorcise the best thing in you. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) German classical scholar, critic of culture, philosopher of nihilism, Scorpio, writer, source unknown

 

  • Because a person has monomania she need not be wrong about her facts. Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) English Christian humanist, translator, copywriter, playwright, essayist, crime writer, poet, mystery novelist, Murder Must Advertise, chapter 16, 1933

 

 

  • They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!' Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) Canadian-American poet, novelist, On the Road, part 1, chapter 1, Viking Press, 5. September 1957 On the Road, 1957

 

  • The bird that would soar above the plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. It is a sad spectacle to see the weaklings bruised, exhausted, fluttering back to earth. Kate Chopin (1851-1904) US American author of short stories and novels, spoken by character Mademoiselle Reisz telling character Edna in: novel The Awakening [A Solitary Soul], S. 83, 1899

 

  • "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Rita Mae Brown (*1944) US American feminist, screenwriter, mystery writer, writer, novel Sudden Death, Bantam, 1983

 

  • If you become the kind of writer who calls forth heated emotional states, be careful. There are a lot of unbalanced people out there. The statistics on insanityone out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's got to be you. Warning attributed to Rita Mae Brown (*1944) US American feminist, activist, screenwriter, mystery writer, writer, cited in: Susan Musgrave (*1994), Musgrave Landing. Musings on the Writing Life, S. 47, Stoddart, 1st edition 1994

Movie, documentary and TV series quotes

  • Gifted young athlete: "You're out of your mind, you know that?!"
    Peaceful older warrior: "It's taken a lifetime of practice."
    Video clip excerpted from the movie The Peaceful Warrior, Nick Nolte in Peaceful Warrior, YouTube film, 1:22 minutes duration, posted 3. May 2007

 

  • When you talk to God, they call it prayer. When God talks to you, they call it schizophrenia. Fictional character Fox Mulder in the US American science fiction horror drama television series The X-Files, 1993-2002

 

  • Crazy people don't know they are crazy.
    I know I am crazy, therefore I am not crazy.
    Isn't that crazy?
    Fictional character Captain Jack Sparrow, main protagonist in the Pirates of the Caribbean. The Curse of the Black Pearl in US American film series, created by screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, produced by Walt Disney Pictures, 9. July 2003

 

  • In a mad world, only the mad are sane. Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) Japanese film director, screenwriter, producer, editor,  Spoken by character Kyoami in: Jidaigeki film about an aging Sengoku-era warlord Ran, 1985

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When you are born in this world you're getting a ticket to a freak show,
and when you are born in America you're given a front row seat.
And some of us get to sit there with notebooks.
I am a notebook guy.

 

Source: ► Video testimonial by George Carlin (1937-2008) US American stand-up comedian,
social critic, idealistic cynic, actor, author, I Gave Up On My Species,
YouTube film, 4:07 minutes duration, posted 15. May 2011

Quotes by David R. Hawkins

⚠ Caveat See Power vs. Truth, January 2013

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Holograms

  • In fact, this is a holographic universe. Each point of view reflects a position defined by the viewer's unique level of consciousness. If you are on this side of the hologram your perception will hardly agree with that of the observer on the other side. "He must be crazy!" is a common reaction to such wide discrepancy. And the world is a set of holograms in limitless dimensions, not, as is often said, of mirrors – which are fixed in time and place and offer only a single reflection. Auditory experience also is part of a holographic series of attractor fields of all the sounds that ever were. The physical world is tactile, too. It has texture, color, dimension and spatial relationships such as position and shape. Each of these is again part of an underlying sequence that, with all of the other qualities, goes back in to the "end of time" to the original source of its existence, which is now. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Power vs. Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, chapter 20 The Evolution of Consciousness, S. 239, Hay House, February 2002

 

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Urge to reach God:

'Fire in the belly'

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Straight and narrow is the path. Waste no time or effort.

Alternative source: Dissolving the Ego, Realizing the Self. Contemplations from the Teachings of David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., edited by Scott Jeffrey, S. 120, 1st quote, Hay House, August 2011

  • Allow yourself to be attracted by your destiny instead of trying to propel it. You don't have to propel yourself. You are moving fast enough! […] It is necessary that you develop respect for spiritual endeavor. Straight and narrow is the path, waste no time and effort.1 Precision is discipline that is innate to serious commitment. Some students may yet be in a period of exploration, but once one gets the 'fire in the belly', the urge to reach God becomes a drivenness or relentless drive, or even, in the eyes of the world, a 'madness'. From that point on, there is no patience for amusement or diversion. It depends on decision, will and the level of consciousness, and karmic propensities. As it gets more intense, the love for God and of God allows no delay. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Discovery of the Presence of God. Devotional Nonduality, headline "Spiritual Economy", S. 153, 2007

 

  • Be prepared in case spiritual reality moves much faster than you anticipated. Who's going to pay the bills and empty the wastebasket now? Nobody. People will say you've gone crazy, gone totally mad, and of course you have. There's a point at which you get a fire in the belly; spiritual growth takes priority over everything.
    Someone asked: Even me?
    Hawkins replied: Yes, even you. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Sedona Seminar Vision, 3 DVD set, 25. February 2005

 

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Kundalini episodes, bouts of madness on the spiritual path – shifting values

  • Question: Dr Hawkins, could you talk about some of the differences between a state that might be psychologically destabilizing and one that might be spiritually growthful?
    Answer: You'll not be able to tell the difference. Because sometimes spiritual growth seems to manifests as a psychological disorder, temporarily. See what I mean? Because all your values and your paradigm of reality may shift, see. […] In fact I just wrote one chapter, "there are periods in spiritual evolution of confusion and disorientation", "Am I doing the right thing?" and you know "Should I be living this way?" There are periods of doubt and uncertainty, periods of upset. Because evolution as we said today, is in a way revolution. Evolution upsets the routine order of things. If you're staying still and not moving spiritually you won't have any disruptions, see. But now you begin to shift values. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Sedona Seminar Transcending Barriers, DVD 3 of 3, minute 21:00, 18. June 2005

Quotes by Christoph Karl La Due

Personal avowal

  • And I’d get depressed. I’ve been called an autistic savant. I’ve been called bi-polar. I’ve been called multi-polar. I’ve been called empathic. I’ve had more psychiatrists and psychologists – believe me – try to examine me, try to figure out why I do what I do, and nobody really knows.
  • Everything in this cosmos is about ratio and scales.
    It's not about size, not about mass. That is all illusion. Minute 6:16

 

  • To me a photon and an electron have a personality and a signature; they have a heart.

 

  • Men like to cleave. Women like to collect, they like to put together. Women are circles. Men are cleavers. Minute 3:20

 

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Circular, intuitive, spatial logic doesn't occupy space.

  • The hardest thing is to take the experience of harmonic resonance oscillation and put it into a straight linear language for other people to understand and then use proper metaphor to make it resonate within our hearts so that they get to logic. Because there is a logic to everything. But we make the mistake to say, that's intuitive, that's linear. Up until that moment we started defining time we have always thought and spoken in circular logic. […] We call it feminine logic. […] We have the circular logic that is intuitive, spatial, but doesn't occupy space. Minute 28:10

 

  • All the wars in the cosmos that we see in the cosmos are necessary because they are the teachings. Minute 29:29

 

  • Even the holocaust – terrible and horrendous as it was – was necessary to teach so we don't do it again. [...] Everything is perception. […] We have been conditioned to think in linear two dimensional terms in almost every aspect of our life. Minute 29:50

 

  • There is no hierarchy. […] There is no up, no down, no right, no left, no backward, no forward. Minute 33:25

 

  • There is one thing about mathematics that bothers me. It's when they say, the only universal language is mathematics. No. The only universal language is language. It's up to us to find out the language of the cosmos. Minute 39:13

 

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The Holy Grail of seamless transference of data is the SMART grid. It has more capacity as it has no binary 1s and 0s any more.

  • The SMART grid – it's not digital, it's not analog. It's something else. It's holophasec integral physics, holophasec mechanics. It continues discrete state logic. It's based on manipulation of lateral mechanic information and impregnating fractals and vectors in the sine wave and the plugs around the sine wave. It echoes. [...] It is green to the max. The implications – it's going to change everything in how we build computers. [...] Minute 40:48

 

  • Energy and information are the same.

 

  • Conundrums are good. Everything is a conundrum, one way or the other. If you can’t get through conundrums, you’re not going to get away from paradox. If you can’t get away from paradox, you’re not going to get away from duality.

 

 

  • The only differentiation is angular momentum and how you perceive it at that moment. Well, one of the fallacies of quantum mechanics is that by observing an object, you change that object. No. By observing that object you get hung up in Time; you change yourself, and the object changes you.

 

  • It’s elemental to what I think we need to understand about life that we are not carbon copy clones. [...]
    By observing an object you get hung up in time. You change yourself and the object changes you. [...] We are the ones being changed by nature. The consciousness of Gaia, the consciousness of this cosmos changes us. Minute 11:36

 

Source: ► Video interview with Christoph Karl La Due holophasec.com, US American savant, self-educated inventor, owning 60 patents, founder of unhackable Holophasec 3D technologies, Holophasec Energy, presented by Conscious Media Network, host Regina Meredith, 58:37 minutes duration, posted November 2009 Deleted
Holophasec Energy translates circular feminine spatial harmonic language into logical straight linear dualistic language,
i.e. right brain communicating with the left brain.

Quotes by Watts Wacker

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Definition of "deviant" and "deviance"

 

  • [Deviance] irrigates the imagination; offers an inexhaustible font of new ideas, products, and services; and in the end, is the source of all innovation, new market creation, and, for business, ultimately represents the basis of all incremental profit. Watts Wacker, US American futurist, speaker, author, Ryan Mathews, The Deviant's Advantage. How Fringe Ideas Create Mass Markets, Crown Business, 1st edition 10. September 2002

 

 

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Referring to the quote:

"Mad has become mainstream. Either that or society has sunk to our level." John Ficarra, coeditor of Mad magazine

 

 

  • The public faces of deviance are: the Trickster, the Clown, the Wizard or Magician, the Shaman, the Seer, Mystics, Visionaries, the Saboteur, the Provocateur, the Monk, the Hermit, the Mendicant, and the Fool who combines elements of the Clown, the Provocateur, the Saboteur, the Magician, and the Trickster. Watts Wacker, US American futurist, speaker, author, Ryan Mathews, The Deviant's Advantage. How Fringe Ideas Create Mass Markets, Crown Business, 1st edition 10. September 2002

 

 

Englische Texte – English section on Spiritual madness

Much madness

 

Much madness
is divinest sense
To a discerning eye;
Much sense the starkest madness.
'T is the majority
In this, as all, prevails.
Assent, and you are sane;
Demur, – you're straightway dangerous,
And handled with a chain.

 

Source: ► Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) US American poet
Complete Poems, Part One: Life XI, 1924

We're all mad here.

* * *

'But I don’t want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked.
'Oh, you can’t help that,' said the Cat:
'We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.'
'How do you know I’m mad?' said Alice.
'You must be,' said the Cat,
'or you wouldn’t have come here.''''

 

* * *

 

Alice: Am I crazy?

Dad: Yes, Alice, I think you are.
But I’ll tell you something. All the greatest people are.

 

* * *

 

Alice: There is no use trying, said Alice; one can't believe impossible things.
Queen: I dare say you haven't had much practice, said the queen.
When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day why sometimes
I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

 

* * *

 

  Source: ► Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) English mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon,
photographer, writer, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Macmillan, 26. November 1865


 

Links zum Thema (Spirituelle) Verrücktheit / Spiritual madness

Literatur

Literature (engl.)

Layers of reality exist side by side, frequently fusing into each other, and the acute self-awareness Mr. Sass calls hyperreflexivity, as well as a profound sense of alienation from the empirical world, run rampant. Sass denoted "striking similarities" between schizophrenia the workd of modernist art and literature as offered by Franz Kafka, Paul Valery, Samuel Beckett, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Giorgio de Chirico and Salvador Dali.

Externe Weblinks


External web links (engl.)


Modern Mad Scientists
Dean Radin Ph.D., US American senior scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), adjunct faculty, Department of Psychology, Sonoma State University
Daryl Bem, US American B.A. in physics, Reed College, 1960, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rupert Sheldrake, English biochemist, plant physiologist, parapsychology researcher
Russell Targ (*1934) US American bachelor of science in physics, Queens College, 1954, Columbia University, ESP researcher, developer of Remote viewing, co-founder of the Stanford Research Institute federally-funded program investigating psychic abilities in humans, 1972, author
Yakir Aharonov, Israeli quantum physicist, professor of theoretical physics, James J. Farley professor of natural philosophy, Chapman University in California

Sent for reprint to The Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, The Atlantic, this article got rejected by all.

Audio- und Videolinks

Nachlese des Psychiatrie-Justiz-Skandals um Gustl Mollath in Bayern – Hanna Ziegert bestätigt, dass Staatsanwaltschaft und Richter Gutachter je nach dem gewünschten Ergebnis beauftragen. Vorauseilend gehorsame abhängige Gutachter liefern i.d.R. das "gewünschte" Gutachten.
Sendung in kompletter Länge

  • TV-Videointerview (Ausschnitt) mit Talkrunde-Gast Fritz B. Simon (*1948) deutscher Psychiater, Psychoanalytiker, systemischer Familientherapeut, Organisationsberater, Autor, Ein Psychiater warnt vor seinem Fachgebiet, präsentiert von dem deutschsprachigen öffentlich-rechtlichen Fernsehsender 3Sat, Sendung Scobel zum Thema "Normalität", Gastgeber Gert Scobel (*1959) deutscher Philosoph, Fernsehmoderator, Journalist, Autor, Erstsendetermin 8. Mai 2014, YouTube Film, 14:22 Minuten Dauer, eingestellt 15. Mai 2014


Audio and video links (engl.)

  • Apple MacIntosh Inc., TV spot on Change; Motto: "Think different!", Here's to the crazy ones, YouTube movie, 1:00 minute duration, placed 17. März 2006

See Tart's book The End of Materialism. How Evidence of the Paranormal Is Bringing Science and Spirit Together, April 2009

Movie links (engl.)

 

Interne Links

Englisch Wiki

Hawkins

 

 

1 Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7, 13-14 (NT)

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