‘A sacred illness is one that educates us and alters us from the inside out, provides experiences and therefore knowledge that we could not possibly achieve in any other way, and aligns us with a life path that is, ultimately, of benefit to ourselves and those around us.’
To us, this quotation feels deeply relevant to prevailing medical/psychiatric model conceptualizations of ‘mental illness’. Deena’s words invite questions about whether ‘illness’ is an accurate or useful way of looking at human experiences (however uncomfortable or outside the social consensus those experiences may be), that currently attract labels like ‘depression’ or ‘schizophrenia’ – and drug treatment. At other times, and in other cultures, such experiences may be seen as a gift and a gateway – as Deena suggests – and responded to very differently.
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
Here’s a link to Monica Cassani’s blog for more on Deena, and this important subject:-
And here’s a link to Deena’s own blog, and a piece on revisioning medicine:-
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