My Journey with Understanding Delusions
Ever since I was a child, I've been fascinated by the way our minds work. One topic that has always intrigued me is the concept of delusions. I've seen friends and family members grapple with them, and I've even faced moments of confusion myself. Today, I want to share my insights on this topic, hoping it might shed some light for others.
What Exactly Are Delusions?
When I first heard the term "delusion," I pictured wild fantasies and far-fetched tales. But as I grew older and began to understand, I realized it's more complex. Delusions are strong beliefs that don't align with reality. It's like being convinced that the sky is purple, even when everyone else sees it as blue.
Piecing Together the Puzzle: Origins of Delusions
Throughout my life, I've met people from various backgrounds and with different challenges. Some had mental health conditions like schizophrenia, which often come with delusions. Others developed false beliefs trying to make sense of confusing experiences. For instance, a friend once mistook a dimly lit area of a room for being haunted, leading to weeks of unease and fear.
Brain abnormalities and traumatic events can also play a role. I remember a period in my life when stress made me perceive situations differently, almost leading me down the path of delusion.
Walking in Their Shoes: The Impact of Delusions
Seeing loved ones struggle with delusions has been an eye-opener. These beliefs can create a world of isolation. An acquaintance, for example, withdrew from social gatherings, convinced that people were talking about them. At work, they faced challenges, often misinterpreting feedback as personal attacks.
But it's not just the individual. Society, too, often misunderstands. I've witnessed friends being labelled as "odd" or "eccentric" because of their delusional beliefs. And on a larger scale, history has shown us how collective delusions can lead to mass panics or irrational behaviours.
A Personal Reflection
There was a time when I misinterpreted a mentor's advice. I was convinced he was undermining my efforts. But instead of reacting, I paused, listened, and soon realized he was offering a broader perspective. It was a humbling experience, reminding me of the importance of patience and open-mindedness.
In my younger years, I got close with someone who believed he was a higher-evolved spiritual being. At first, I was captivated by his confidence and the unique lens through which he viewed the world. He spoke of past lives, cosmic connections, and spiritual missions. It was enchanting, and I felt like I was part of something bigger than myself.
As the years went by, however, I began to see the challenges of knowing someone who held such a strong delusion. He often placed himself above others, believing his spiritual "elevation" gave him a superior perspective. This led to confusion, conflicts and doubts. I questioned my own beliefs and values. Was I missing something? Was he truly on a higher spiritual plane, or was this a delusion? The lines between love, faith, and reality became blurred.
It took time, and reflection to navigate the complexities of our connection. While we shared many beautiful moments, I have also realised that drawing clear boundaries helps me to remain centred and not get caught up in his delusions, no matter how much I enjoy the friendship.
The Path to Clarity
Self-awareness has been my guiding light. By understanding my emotions and biases, I've been able to navigate the world with a clearer vision. I've also seen friends benefit from therapy, where they confront and work through their shadows. It's a journey, but one worth taking.
For anyone seeking guidance, I always recommend starting with introspection. Reflect on your beliefs and emotions. And if you ever feel lost, remember there are professionals, like therapists, ready to help.
Understanding delusions has been a personal journey of empathy, learning, and growth. It's taught me the importance of patience, the value of self-awareness, and the need for compassion. As we navigate this complex world, let's remember to be kind to ourselves and others. After all, our perceptions shape our reality, and with understanding, we can make that reality a little brighter for everyone!
© Shamala Tan 2023
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Shamala Tan is an author, spiritual entrepreneur, and healer. She strives to transform the lives of others on spiritual, emotional, mental, and earthly levels. Shamala's clients include small business owners, holistic practitioners, and individuals seeking greater meaning and value in life. She offers personalized laser coaching to clients in both individual and group settings, both online and offline.