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.
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: