are the symptoms of ‘disorders’ such as bipolar actually superpowers?
A few thoughts (and leading questions) about bipolar and other symptoms of acute mental and emotional distress:
a friend shared on FB a brave and detailed account of her bipolar cycle, including a description of the mania phase being lke ‘being on mushrooms 24/7’;
another friend saw the post and said the cycle described her own experience pretty much ~ possibly the first time she encountered the idea she might be experiencing bi-polar-esque symptoms;
reading that about mushrooms made me realise that yes, my own experience in Jan was quite like being on mushrooms at times ~ heightened sensory perception, possible hallucinations.
What I’m thinking is:
these symptoms (of non-ordinary states of consciousness) are caused by acute mental/emotional pain;
pain has been an evolutionary force since we crawled out of the swamp, driving adaptation and producing ‘new limbs’, appendages to our physical bodies that made us more fit for survival (if not actual appendages, then new ways of using our existing appendages, such as standing upright, poking sticks into ant holes for food);
could it be that the symptoms of such ‘disorders’ as bipolar are producing ‘new limbs’ of consciousness, (by)products of mental/emotional pain?
Are we becoming super- or suprahuman?
Is our modern suffering compelling us to evolve new dimensions of consciousness?
Is the theorised multiverse coming into being because we are experiencing profound collective suffering?
Where there was once a (material) universe, is there now an ethereal (non-material) multiverse because we have needed to create these other Verses to contain the myriad emotional and mental dimensions of the human experience? Or have they always been there and we are only now beginning to perceive them, as a coping mechanism that also serves as an evolutionary force?,
remembering that Gautama Buddha allegedly said in the Dhammapada: ‘mind is the forerunner of all states.
Is this us returning Home to the unified multiplicity/singularity of the godhead?