Be silent and listen: have you recognized your madness and do you admit it?
JUNE 11, 2014 BY MONICA CASSANI
This lovely quote from Carl Jung’s Red Book is in keeping with the quote from James Hillman’s A Blue Fire from yesterday. Accepting and embracing all that is within is. It’s been a constant practice during this time of great healing for me. The practice and the education of a lifetime. It is the crux of the wounded healer’s journey it seems.
“Be silent and listen: have you recognized your madness and do you admit it? Have you noticed that all your foundations are completely mired in madness? Do you not want to recognize your madness and welcome it in a friendly manner? You wanted to accept everything. So accept madness too. Let the light of your madness shine, and it will suddenly dawn on you. Madness is not to be despised and not to be feared, but instead you should give it life…If you want to find paths, you should also not spurn madness, since it makes up such a great part of your nature…Be glad that you can recognize it, for you will thus avoid becoming its victim. Madness is a special form of the spirit and clings to all teachings and philosophies, but even more to daily life, since life itself is full of craziness and at bottom utterly illogical. Man strives toward reason only so that he can make rules for himself. Life itself has no rules. That is its mystery and its unknown law. What you call knowledge is an attempt to impose something comprehensible on life.” ― C.G. Jung, The Red Book
My personal experience reflects PTSD as the source of my “schizophrenia” or energy & mood symptoms. I know my mom has experienced a lot of pain, her symptoms began after she was jailed for a protest and refused to post bail. I believe the majority of people with schizophrenia are actually in extreme states of shock and trauma that is not being treated and addressed. Being diagnosed with schizophrenia only perpetuates the confusion and trauma of trying to cope with personal situations. In my case, I have addressed some issues, but have not actually recovered from my trauma through our current system of psychiatry.
This is something I’ve been into for quite some time.
Healing trauma, PTSD, and other mental health issues can be achieved by teaching a person how to control their internal and external reactions to conflict and stress.
One such method would be to improve how the mind/brain/body connection perceives a threat or conditions its own impulse reactions. It also explains why people develop certain phobias based on past experiences or preconceived ideas about an object or experience.
So my thinking is that you would teach a person to associate between two objects which are similar to the object in their phobia. This would be done more in a “play” like session where the client would use their imagination to slowly de-condition their perceptions from fear and anxiety over a similar object.
The only thing that I don’t like about the somatic experience in therapy is that it could be used as a tool of social manipulation as has been done to politicians. CBT and other forms of psychotherapy are useful tools. Knowing what you want out of it and how it will improve your situations, and know that you are in control of your own destiny.