Further Reflections on Psychotic Knowledge
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Shunyamurti is the founder and director of the Sat Yoga Institute, located in Costa Rica. The Institute is now building a residential ashram and eco-village. Shunyamurti leads retreats and offers individual transformation sessions, as well as providing professional training in Clinical Atmanology, a healing modality involving dreamwork, energywork, guided meditation, and spontaneous expression. He is the author of The Transformational Imperative. For more info, go to Satyogainstitute.org.
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(This essay is an effort to respond to comments on the previous essay, "The Ascendancy of Psychotic Knowledge," and to carry forward the implications of the ideas expressed in that text.)
that separates sanity from madness has never been clear. In fact, it
is not clear that such a line ever existed. This is because what
passes for sanity today is in fact still a kind of madness. Even the
psychoanalysts admit that normality is neurosis, a form of mental
illness. They also admit that one of the most tenacious forms of
psychosis is what they call normotic disease, meaning the insane need
to appear normal. What if all normality is really normotic? This
underlying insanity of the normal is becoming more evident every day
as normal people and societies fail to adapt to reality, fail to
respond to the climatic and other changes in our natural and social
world that should put us all on red alert. Instead, we are being
terrorized by propaganda regarding conspiracies that are themselves
delusional. Reality-based discourse has become impossible.
clear is that the concept of psychosis is a political category, not a
medical one. Such disparate visionary thinkers as Thomas Szasz, R.D.
Laing, John Perry, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari have all
accepted this. That does not mean that there are not people who are
suffering with what can descriptively be called paranoid delusions or
other symptoms of great psychic suffering. But we need to enter more
deeply into their inner worlds in order to understand the true nature
of their suffering, and recognize that they are mirroring back to us
our collective delusions and sadistic impositions of
pseudo-realities. We need to recognize our interbeing, as Thich Nhat
Hanh has phrased it. Otherwise, we are simply punishing the Other for
our own sin of hegemonic collective egocentricity. In the old Soviet
Union, political dissidents were routinely diagnosed as psychotic and
locked up in mental institutions. Obviously, if one was not satisfied
with Stalinism, clearly the best of all possible social arrangements,
one had to be mad. But we need to explore the possibility that all
psychotic symptoms are, among other things, passive political acts of
resistance to a world order that is itself psychotically unbalanced.