Mental Health, Supernatural Psychiatry, Whole Body Health

Demystifying Meditation’s Dangers

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Although many start using mediation or mindful-ness simply as a way to calm the mind or be present when manic, it can lead to other spiritual experiences. “If you’re not aware of meditation dangers, they can unexpectedly come and cause many troubles in your life, such as frightening visions, non-physical contacts, or even insanity.” –Simona Rich, Experienced Meditator and blogger (emphasis mine). According to Rich, the purpose of mediation is to awaken to the Divine knowledge that you are a god yourself, and that you do not need God. In mediation, “the loss of connection to god must happen for you to realize that you are god….When you meditate you may get many interesting meditation experiences. For example, when I meditate, I sometimes hear conversations in different languages, see certain events from this and other worlds and see different beings.” – Simona Rich, Meditator. Rich, as a very experienced meditator, has great articles on the benefits and warnings when it comes to meditation.  If you are not prepared for this or aware that this may happen, then it can come as quite a shock. If you are, then it can help prevent a psychotic episode. If you are ok with opening up yourself to spirit guides, the dark night of the soul, and other paranormal things happening, then meditation may be a viable form of stress release for you. If you have only heard of the litany of stress-relieving benefits, then consider these “spiritual side effects”.

These modalities are being introduced into psychologist’s offices, doctor’s offices, and even the schools as benign and medically-backed practices, and this is where I take concern when parents and participants are not given this information. As an investigative journalist, I try to just observe and research, but we all know sometimes bias gets in the way; I am for the patients having all the facts and being educated enough to decide for themselves what treatments they want to pursue, and informed consent given regarding any possible dangers, side effects, or possible psychosis, which seems counter-intuitive for a doctor or counselor to recommend to psych patients.

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A recent research study showed that those with religious holdings are more likely to have psychotic experiences. You can view that article here.

Religion and spiritually-centered activities like yoga and meditation of various kinds tend to increase health and decrease disease. However, what if overall they had the opposite affect on the mental health community? Perhaps clinicians could look not only at symptomology, but start listening with ears to hear people’s soul stories (that may include discussions about past lives, alien encounters, guides, angels, demons, ect…). And even stranger, what if their stories are true according to their experiences (and even others around them simultaneously) and not delusional?! When two people in a room see and hear the same supernatural encounter, delusional hallucination is not the best diagnosis.

SO, what if spiritual practices like yoga and meditation decreased stress but induced psychosis? Would the spiritual negative side effects outweigh the physical positive ones?

In the cases of delusion and psychosis I propose that the mental health agencies look at supernatural causes of “delusions” that may not actually be delusional.

I speak from experience. In August of 2017, I was in a trance (not brought on by anything I did, like meditation) for about four hours that was mistaken for catatonia and taken to the emergency room, where I was involuntarily committed to the psych ward wing for three nights. I have not shared that story but may do so later. What may be labeled as a psychotic episode or delusion could (as some propose) actually be a spiritual awakening, contact from another dimension (God, angels, loved ones, guides, ETs as some claim), open visions, trances, demonization, mystic experiences, and a whole host of possibilities that were previously included in the past DSM-IV (V62.89) as religious experience “exceptions” to being called schizophrenic, delusional and psychotic.

The DSM-IV listed these as nonpathological:
* Mystical experience
* Psychic opening
*Kundalini Awakening
* Possession experience
* Loss of faith
* Terminal & life-threatening illness
* Change in membership, practices & beliefs
* New religious movements and cults
* Visionary experience
* Near death experience
* Shamanic crisis
* Alien encounters

 Although it may seem I digress from the topic of meditation, I don’t. Meditation is a door that often leads to these very experiences. Oh the irony: a psychologist recommends meditation to a client that leads to an involuntary committal. If trances, visits from other-wordly beings, and self-induced mystical experiences are what you are seeking, then proceed with meditation. However, if not, wouldn’t you like your counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist to warn you of possible dangers? They would not likely do so, because most of them do not acknowledge a supernatural realm at all.
I am not saying that all meditation leads to psychosis, or uninvited spiritual encounters of the weird kind, I am just recommending to proceed with caution. See below for some great verses to mediate on, and I also recommend the phone app: Abide.
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Psalm 1: 1-3: How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Psalm 19:14: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 104:1-34: Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in the LORD. Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty, Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak, Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain. read more.

Philippians 4:8: Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
2 Timothy 2:7: Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

Psalm 16:8: I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 63:6: When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches,

Psalm 119:15-16: I will meditate on Your precepts And regard Your ways. I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word.

Joshua 1:8: “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

Psalm 77:12: I will meditate on all Your work And muse on Your deeds.

Psalm 111:2: Great are the works of the LORD; They are studied by all who delight in them.

Psalm 143:5: I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I muse on the work of Your hands.

Psalm 145:5: On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.

Psalm 8:1-9: O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens! From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength Because of Your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; read more.

Proverbs 6:6: Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise,

Matthew 6:26-30: “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, read more.

Luke 12:24-27: “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! “And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? “If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters? read more.

Psalm 119:78-148: My eyes anticipate the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word. May the arrogant be ashamed, for they subvert me with a lie; But I shall meditate on Your precepts. May those who fear You turn to me, Even those who know Your testimonies. read more.

Psalm 16:7: I will bless the LORD who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.

Psalm 42:8: The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life.

Job 22:22: “Please receive instruction from His mouth And establish His words in your heart.

Psalm 39:3: My heart was hot within me, While I was musing the fire burned; Then I spoke with my tongue:

Luke 2:19: But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.

Acts 8:27-35: So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.” read more.

Psalm 119:11: Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.

Psalm 119:55: O LORD, I remember Your name in the night, And keep Your law.
Genesis 24:63: Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening; and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming.

Psalm 39:3: My heart was hot within me, While I was musing the fire burned; Then I spoke with my tongue:

Psalm 63:6: When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches,

Psalm 1:2: But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.

Psalm 77:12 I will meditate on all Your work And muse on Your deeds.

Psalm 104:34, Psalm 119:15, Psalm 119:99, Psalm 119:148, Psalm 143:5

Psalm 4:4: Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still.

Joshua 1:8: “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

1 Timothy 4:15: Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.

Psalm 19:14: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

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