Anonymous: How do you differentiate psychosis from spirit experiences?
Alright- I’ve been trying to wait for the right moment to answer this. The moment where I’ll sit down, and know for sure that I will have done all the research, mentally investigated every possibility, and thoroughly thought out the answer.
That ain’t happening. So here we go. Now or never. There’s a lot of personal opinion in here so take or leave it.
I’ll start out by saying this - if you look at the definition of psychosis in a medical textbook, you’ll find that I meet a lot of the criteria.
I see things. I hear things. Things that “are not there.” I lack the paranoia traits (but they were there a little bit when I was younger), but “delusions” are up for grabs since it all depends on whether you believe me or not. If you believe in angels, and you believe that I’ve talked to them, then I’m not delusional. But if you think angels are a bunch of batshit, then sure, from your perspective I’m delusional.
So I will say that the difference between psychosis and spirit experience is largely in how it affects your life, how valid the information is that you receive, and how you control it.
1) How functional are you?
Is everything in your life largely copacetic, apart from hearing some voices, seeing colors, and knowing weird stuff?
2) How true is the information you receive?
If you’re hearing a voice that’s telling you that your lost keys are under the couch, and they are, that sounds like a spiritual experience to me. If the voice tells you that your cat is going to start the apocalypse? Eh. It could be true, but…I feel you really need some verifiable, validated truths in order to discount psychosis.
3) Can you turn it off?
Spirit can be really persistent, but I believe that if you know how, and you really want to shut down your clairaudience, or clairvoyance, or clairsentience, it is probably in your power to do so. If not for a long period of time, then at least temporarily. If you can’t stop seeing things no matter what you try - well, then that sounds to me like you might have some crossed wires.
4) Are you hurting/wanting to hurt yourself or others?
From my understanding, experiences with spirit don’t generally bring you to that ledge. That’s a big red flag.
For what it’s worth, I believe a lot of mental illness comes down to unrecognized/untreated spiritual ailments and associations.
By all means, explore spiritual practices, teachings, read up on mediumship, and see what resonates, but if there’s real fear there that you might do yourself, or someone else harm…then you may want to see a professional.
But, my guess is, if you’re debating about whether or not you have psychosis - you’re probably fine and just have some psychic senses running wild.
Disclaimer: I am not a mental health professional. If you think that you might be suffering from psychosis, please, get yourself to a mental health professional. The brain is incredibly complex, life is incredibly complex, and sometimes things go wrong.