LISTENING TO THE SILENCES
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analogies can be stretched too far. If the scientists who are using the
canons of science to try to find a cause and cure for schizophrenia really
want the answers, they must abandon their science and become just ordinary
people. The canons of science that they must apply are those of fundamental
human science - the canons of personal experience. For unless the
scientists themselves start to hear voices or acknowledge the truth of
what the voice-hearers themselves say, they will never identify the true
cause, which very many of us who hear voices already know with stark certainty.
Yes, I am a voice-hearer and have been for over twenty years, during which
time I have never sought, nor would have accepted, the intervention of
psychiatry or medicine. I know the exact moment when, and the exact mechanism
by which the intrusions into my mind and body began. Yes, intrusions,
not delusions nor hallucinations.
Is it not odd that, worldwide, and for virtually the whole of recorded
history, there are or have been popes and prelates; bishops and priests
of all sorts and persuasions; rabbis; muftis and mullahs; ayatollahs and
archimandrites; assorted clerics and ministers of a variety of religions;
lamas, shamans and medicine men; and a whole range of other religious
functionaries, all proclaiming, and at least 60% of the population of
the world believing or paying lip service to the belief, that there exists
a spiritual world or 'dimension'; that there is spiritual good and spiritual
evil, and that the religion which each espouses is the one that will help
to avoid evil, promote good and bring a happy landing in the heaven of
choice? Yet, when it comes to applying the reality of this belief
to the relief and understanding of the human condition in our 'enlightened'
western culture - Oh dear me no! "Intrusive spirits, evil
My dear chap
positively mediaeval and arcane!
Yes, of course I pray in
To whom or what, you ask?
Yes, of course I am asking
for spiritual intervention, and to be protected from evil, if you put
it like that".
Copyright © 2003 Roy Vincent