10 thoughts on “Mental Illness, Hallucinations, and the Spirit Realm

  1. Personally, my friend and I have experiences shared (and with her 2 other friends who I no longer wish to associate) “visions” and can, with much energy, practice, and will, summon beings from the realm we both see into our vessels. Does this mean we have Multiple Personalities? Slightly. With the recent release of the movie SPLIT, my friend and I were apprehensive about what the movie would show, since we experience something of the like. Chopping it up to personalities is a terror. They’re people. Each with their own health, height, appearance, personality yes, etc. She can tell one of my (we’ll call them) mates something, but I will have no clue about it until it is revealed. The movie SPLIT does have one thing that we both have in common with the main character “Kevin”. Trauma. Depression. Anxiety. Does this make our mates any less real? We feel them, see them, hear them. Though, it is hard at times, because this Earthly world dislikes the invocation of these other beings. And no, they’re not all human. If you wish to learn or discuss more, please fill free to get a hold of me.

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    • Makayla, I’m sorry it’s taken so long for me to reply to your comment. It basically sounds like you and your friend are channeling spirits, correct? I don’t doubt that some people have this ability. I hope you’re being careful about what kind of spirits you’re allowing into your space. I’m not all that knowledgeable about the different types of entities, but from what I’ve learned, some of them seem deceptive and try to feed off human energy. They’re sometimes called archons. Anyway, I think it’s important to use discernment and stay aware of what kind of effects spirits might have on humans. Stay safe, and thank you for commenting.

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  2. Hi. I have bipolar disorder and experienced both psychosis and demonic contact. I’ve also experienced sleep paralysis. I hope you are open-minded enough to hear me out. I am. I also became a Christian two years back and are now able to discern between what is real and what not. I have a medical and psychological background and think I have a fairly simple answer to your question. I am going to explain it from my specific circumstances. From the psycological perspective: in most cases a combination of genetic inheritance and circumstances (for instance, trauma) can trigger a mental condition. Physically, how that is possible, we can find in physiology. Traumatic events stir up specific hormones e.g. adrenalin. After the incident the body returns to it’s normal state via a process called homeostasis. If the trauma is severe and prolonged the body finds it more and more difficult to return to the natural state, causing permanent dysfunction. Now the pituitary gland, we know is responsible for triggering hormonal releases. The pituitory gland (in new age…) is associated with spiritual awakening or opening of the third eye. This to me, explains why people with a traumatic background experiences supernatural things. The psychology (and medical and Biblical) field recognize humans as physical, mental and spiritual beings. We also know from human development that the lower bodily functions are coordinated and regulated by higher cognitive functions. Therefore the cortex of the brain “suppresses” lower functions (it integrates it and controls it). With a brain injury for example, if there is trauma to the cortex (gray matter), the lower uncontrolled reflexes become evident. In psychology we also suppress unpleasant traumatic events in the subconcious. (Again, the cortex controls these issues for the person to be able to function). I think God designed us so magnificintly in order to protect us from the spirit realm. This can be opened as explained above via physical and psychological means. (especially trauma) This makes especially “mentally ill” people more sensitive or suseptible to the spirit realm. Physical, mental and spiritual aspects of a person are intertwined and affect each other. Another way of opening the spiritual realm is via new age methodology or via accepting Jesus as Lord. From a Biblical perspective God warns us not to contact the dead etc. For good reason. These things can be frightening and damaging. The Bible explains these entities as demonic, not passed love ones. Opening the spirit realm deliberately via the wrong methods can cause us harm. Lots of people are attacked by demons (sometimes physically as well), which include the so-called sleep paralysis and demonic entities raping them in the spirit. Once opened they have a legal right to harass you however they please. In contrast God shows you His kingdom as you grow in faith. He reveals it to you as you trust in Him and are lead by His Holy Spirit. People can also see and experience these entities. Whereas these experiences (like “sleep paralysis”) are general in nature and can occur across cultural borders, halluscinations on the other hand, I think are more personal. The reason being that it ilicits your perceptual system (which again is also part of to your brain function). An example of the difference between a hallucination (which is one form of psychosis and also physical in nature) and contact with the spirit realm: lots of people in a room, you hear your mother speaking, but you know she is not there. (Here your memory and associations play a great role, because you remember how her voice sounds). You also have cognicance or meta-cognition to discern that it is not real. If you experience demonic entities like seeing them or if they attack you, you know it’s real and it’s frightening. It’s difficult to explain it to others that haven’t experienced something like it, because it is something you experience in the spirit. Some people only have the physical realm (e.g. physical pain) and psychological experiences (like emotional pain) as a reference. In conclusion I think people supress knowledge of the spiritual realm (as we are designed that way), but people with mental disabilities are more suseptible to the spiritual world due to physical and mental defects. The spirit realm is just as real as the physical and mental and are only meant to be experienced through The Holy Spirit Whom will protect us against evil spirits. He is also our Councelor and Healer. We do not need anything else that can be potentially harmful such as hypnosis, for instance. You are welcome to email me with more questioms and my full story and how Jesus saved me from all this.

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    • Hi Tes,

      Thank you for commenting and taking the time to share your perspective on this topic. I definitely agree that stress from intense or prolonged trauma can affect the brain, the endocrine system, and likely all major body organs/systems. Perhaps in some cases, these physiological changes do in fact somehow open up a person’s ability to perceive much more than the average person can see. I’m just not sure that I would refer to it as a mental defect. When a child, who is raised in a relatively stable home and who also shows no signs of significant behavioral or emotional challenges, tells someone they’ve been seeing a ghost, is this due to a mental defect? Many people believe that children are more sensitive and psychically inclined than adults. Children have reported seeing a variety of entities. I don’t think these children have mental defects, and I am hesitant to say that a “mentally ill” person has a defect if they can see spirits also. Rather than humans being designed not to see spirits, I wonder if we are born with this ability instead and are gradually conditioned to be skeptical and distrustful toward our own perceptions. Perhaps it is more of a defect to be so shut off and disconnected from anything that is non-physical. Highly sensitive people, I believe, are more advanced in some ways compared to those we consider normal or average. The ability to notice more than others ought to be recognized as a gift or strength, but it’s typically pathologized or misunderstood since the majority cannot relate. This is just my current perspective, though. It seems that you and I can agree that people should not be so quick to label every unexplained paranormal related experience as a fake or a hallucination. There are still so many unanswered questions that remain about humans and our perception abilities.

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      • Hi. Yes. Thank you. I completely agree with you. I also think children are naturally more inclined to the useen. My take on normal development and psychology can also explain that these abilities are naturally open and supressed over time. (As the neurological system matures, and other factors and definitely also like you mentioned, we tend to gradually shut it out as our cognitive function matures. It then overrides our natural intuition). As I have also been “labeled” as “mentally ill”, I tried to come up with a way to logically and scientifically and even pathologically explain this to other people. And especially the difference between hallucinations and delusions and the very real spiritual realm. What is interesting to me also was that Jesus Himself said that we should be like children. (Meaning that we should believe like them)…As a new Christian I am gradually introduced to the spirit realm (the kingdom of God). The bible also mentions spiritual gifts…It’s all so very interesting. As far as for us being designed in a way to be protected, I meant to be protected from the “bad effects” of this. I believe it should be re-introduced by the Holy Spirit, unless of course we believed in Jesus from childhood. Thanks for your input.

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  3. Amazing write up. I work at a Drug and Alcohol detox facility and myself and my techs are always talking about this. These people with these “illnesses” are seeing a true reality that most of us can never see. Why? No idea and maybe someday in my research ill find out but Charles Manson, sorry to bring him into this but he’s a perfect example of being on such a Higher wave length and so in tune with the true reality around us and not the perceived one most live that he comes across crazy and insane but truly he see the world through different eyes. Just as these others do to. They are enlightened in a way and don’t have the confines holding them inside a cell. It’s beautiful in all its ugly forms. Thank you for this sir

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    • Zac,

      I agree that those who are more in tune with themselves and sensitive enough to pick up on what others don’t notice are often gifted and have a better shot at reaching deeper realizations about life and reality than the ones who judge them to be crazy fools. What is not understood by the majority typically gets written off as weird nonsense. Having a spiritual awakening or seeing entities could get someone sent to the hospital for an evaluation. Just shows how much we are presently lacking in knowledge and compassion in western society to treat people this way when they’re possibly accessing higher spiritual wisdom. We’re not prepared to help these people in a way that could be massively healing and transformative. I’m glad to hear you and your co-workers recognize that there’s potentially truth and wisdom in what many patients say and experience that a lot of people would not understand. Thank you for not dismissing them and their experiences, and thank you for commenting here.

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