Thursday, June 17, 2021

Comments by CaitlinAddisonHoward

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  • Richard Lawhern, my reading of your words is interpreted by me to mean that you separate healing arts from both shamanism and psychiatry to some degree- “those who practice the healing arts and those who practice shamanism and psychiatry (in my view quite possibly allied disciplines). ”

    Can you elucidate the point of bifurcation between healing arts, shamanism and psychiatry so that I might better understand your classification process and where the “foundation” of these disciplines is different.

    Effacement may be what you are referring to with regard to older systems of thought and belief that are not adhered to in the present. Bernini, the sculptor and architect, lived in a time when the ability to disassemble the truth was admired and lauded as a valued skill. Effacement is now used to obscure the mathematical order of operations used in developing source code for binary systems. Prestidigitation allows the magician to seem to do magical things.

    My point being that truth is relative, not absolute. It can be hidden behind many curtains or veils and be revealed in many ways. A child comes to see and understand as a part of natural developmental process. What that child sees and understands is also guided and directed by cultural and social patterns that are overlaid through story, myth, shared meaning, and accepted classifications of knowledge called disciplines. This process affects the child’s relationship to what is presented and represented. What is seen becomes modified for the health of the developing psyche.

    Truth is a living and constantly morphing evolutionary process. How we concatenate the memes can reveal hidden meanings. The archaeology of social sciences, as presented by Foucault, is one tool for excavating the layers of reality and mapping the twists and turns of truths over time.

    Natalie is calling for a collaboration of the professed to bring their cognitive maps into a process of overlay. Cross referencing can help to arrive at a higher understanding of the similitudes in disciplines that may be helpful to humanity.

    Health is achieved by maintaining balance within the system. How the art of healing is applied appears in many guises. Now may be a time to bring the modalities into alignment for the betterment of everyone.

    Respectfully Yours

  • Hello All,
    When Carl Jung explored beyond his cultural boundaries, and began to experience the ensuing altered states of consciousness, he did not contact fellow psychologists. He sought support from a physicist. Together they wrote a book called “Synchronicity”.

    In my years as a provider of services in the mental health field, I learned to combine my training in Medical Anthropology (comparing cross-culturally – human responses to perceived causes of sickness, disease and illness) with a basic understanding of human development during a life cycle. That included observing how the minds increasing complexity over a lifetime could possibly begin to represent object relational data to itself in novel forms.

    Culture, and all the frameworks that create it, is like a cul de sac. It provides a unique milieu in which the people creating it co-create and share myth and meaning. It seems to work well for some of the adherents most of the time but not for all adherents all the time. If the process of attaching in a culture (culture including family culture) results in meaningful connection, things may go well. When change in the relationships that the psyche has made lose meaning or become distorted by experiences that do not “fit” into the frameworks of the culture, the alteration of the picture that has been created can result in being “cast our of synch” with the no- longer-shared reality. This experience of being out of synch with the shared co-created cultural reality can then be manifested in a myriad of ways, including but not limited to, states of psychosis, transcendence, emergence and awakening to higher states of consciousness.

    Our current Western model of creating disciplines (splitting knowledge into aspects of understanding) has created cognitive dissonance. This makes it more difficult to have shared meaning. A scholar who attempts to cross over or do interdisciplinary work frequently finds “divergence” (I am thinking of the recent movie Divergent and how those that had this capacity were tested out of the community) and resistance. Not many are called to do this and few are chosen as models of success.

    Natalie, what you seem to be appealing for is likemindedness. Perhaps what is emerging on the planet is a thinking form designing itself for an emerging global experience. A form that does not lend itself to current models of institutional learning. What is encountered occasionally are practitioners of shamanism that are mapping the places and spaces they encounter during journeys. Metaphysical mapping is like keeping hot fudge on ice cream!

    The shamanic journey, the last task of psyche, takes the psychopomp to metaphorical heavens and hells. If the mind that takes that journey is not prepared the outcomes are not favorable. If mental health professionals are to be the guides on the journey, then the training received by mental health professionals does not provide an adequate map and, as is often said, “the map is not the territory”

    Personally, Medical Anthropology provided a framework from which to establish a baseline for a shared discourse on being human. Reframing through a lifetime has been an exquisite pleasure. What Natalie is asking for is spot on.