The Wisdom of Mental Illness by Jez Hughes

The Wisdom of Mental Illness by Jez Hughes

Author:Jez Hughes
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9781786786005
Publisher: Watkins Media
Published: 2021-11-14T16:00:00+00:00

The findings of similarities … between our subject and depressed, manic, and schizophrenic populations in the high beta band may therefore be related to a disruption in left hemispheric fronto-temporal integration resulting in the release from contralateral inhibition and homologous right hemispheric overactivation, which may represent a common factor in schizophrenic/dissociative psychopathology and in the shamanic trance state. However, the cardinal observation in this study is that the corresponding electrophysiological changes are limited to the trance condition and to a specific band frequency, the subject maintaining the capacity to return to her normal state at will. This capacity for voluntary induction and termination of seemingly pathological brain states … is the defining characteristic of functional trance states and SSCs (shamanic states of consciousness), which distinguishes them from psychopathology.13

In a way, this observation on psychobiology could also be describing the journey from the shamanic sickness, where the adept is taken over by these disturbed brain states spontaneously and unable to control them, to practitioner, when they are able to access them consciously and at will. Interestingly the study authors then go on to say:


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