Publications about Voices and Spirituality

Hearing Voices: Psychosis Disorder, Spiritual Crisis or Spiritual Breakthrough?

On this page we have included information about publications and research that consider the meaning of voices and visions from a spiritual perspective and not as psychotic disorders. This way of thinking about the experience challenges the current medical psychosis treatment model that defines voices and other unusual perceptions (e.g. visual, olfactory and tactile hallucinations) only as part of psychosis symptoms, visual hallucinations and psychosis disorders.

The spiritual perspective considers voices and visions (aka auditory and visual hallucinations) as having meaning. In the spiritual perspective, voices and visions are not dismissed merely as symptoms of psychosis symptoms or psychotic disorders. This approach gives the potential for people overwhelmed by their experiences to learn from historical religious figures who found ways of coping with voices without psychosis treatment. As a result of this process of learning, individuals in contemporary society can then apply these lessons to their own lives and thinking.

We believe that what is known as psychosis treatment for people with “visual hallucinations” or “psychotic disorders” should adopt an holistic approach to treatment which includes recognising the need to assist people in the resolution of any spiritual crises rather than the psychosis treatment. This requires a recognition that treatment to assist people in coping with voices is possible when so called “psychosis symptoms” are understood not as part of psychotic disorders but as part of a meaning within social, cultural and spiritual contexts. In this way coping with voices can be achieved through acceptance and respect.
 Current bio-chemical psychosis symptoms treatment does not generally consider this important perspective when dealing with people who are experiencing such psychosis symptoms as auditory and visual hallucinations. In our experience this is mistaken and leads to ineffective psychosis treatment that does not encourage recovery.
We propose that psychosis should not be not as seen as part of an illness or disorder but as an episode or a series of episodes that relate to life experiences and to the story of the individual. This opens up the potential of new forms of treatment such as the Open Dialogue Approach and the Voice Dialogue Approach. Click on the titles and  you can read more about these ways of working.

It is worth remembering that one person’s disorder can be another person’ s birth pains leading to  a higher consciousness.

 


 

Click on the titles to find more information about books and research about hearing voices and spiritual perspectives; spiritual crises and other perspectives:

 

 

 

 

One response to “Publications about Voices and Spirituality”

  1. What is disorder of psychosis and its treatment? | Hearing Voices Network Cymru

    […] The psychosis treatment has a combination of psychological therapies, antipsychotic medicines and social support. […]

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