'Divine Madness' Chapter
A state where someone has gotten so swept up in spiritually induced emotion that they seem to lose their down to earth center, lose touch with reality as we know it. They become completely obsessed with the object of their contemplation, be that Jesus or Gaia or whatever you might prefer. They had to go out of their mind in order to go into the realm of power.
Any great ambition with a majority of unknown and perhaps unknowable factors would need it, but the journey of divine madness was two sided. On one side you have a human anchor who helps the oracle or shaman come back down to earth, and on the other you have a spiritual focus of attention, the power or presence the oracle is giving themselves over to. There isn’t just one state of divine madness just like there isn’t just one form of mental illness. There are many, and the state and thus the nature of the “trip” was dependant on what inspired it.
“A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free” Nikos Kazantzakis (Greek Writer, 1885-1957)
“Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.” William Shakespeare (English Dramatist, Playwright and Poet, 1564-1616)
Today’s dark topic is divine madness. They say that it is wise to observe moderation in all things. The ancient Romans believed that even strong emotion could bring on mental illness. Yet we, especially in this day and age, also… Seek More
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