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In Adam’s next interview, he takes us through the time after his Vipassana and how his experiences in alternate states of consciousness continue to grow stronger. Though he has managed to stay off pharmaceutical medications through meditation, he also shares with us how increased ‘interactions’ are making it difficult to hold down his job at Whole Foods.

It is clear to me how sincerely Adam is trying to cope with and understand what is happening to him. Richard Tarnas, a cultural historian, has a very insightful way of describing how the interpretation of Adam’s experience could differ looking through another cultural lens.

This leaves me wondering–without the ‘safe cultural container’ accessible to the Shamans, what communities of support are available for Adam?

6 Responses to “Adam’s ‘Interactions’: Struggling to Understand”

  1. Inigo

    Hi Phil,

    Very interesting topic. I will make my best to follow up your blog… By serendipity, I just happen to have finished yesterday a book by Paulo Coelho, “Veronika decides to die”, in which people considered “crazy” by society and living in a mental hospital become enlightened and decide to live the “craziness” outside the hospital and living their lives differently. Take care!!

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    • Phil Borges

      Thanks for the book recommendation Inigo! It definitely sounds like something I would be very interested in. I will check it out.

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  2. Josh

    Hey Phil, Lovely documentary Ill have to get hold of the full version. Its really helpful hearing someone discuss the same experiences that I have also been through, I can’t describe how comforting it is to know, to be able to put it into context.

    It really is a struggle to know what to do with such experiences in the western world, but I’m at a place now where I’m trying to find the balance between both philosophies and not lose sight of whats important to me, I guess the old me too – the one friends and family can still relate to. To integrate all states of being into a more stable and nourishing existence.

    The main area of progress I can find is slowly shedding the fear of these deep experiences, the fear of being discovered or noticed as I was in the past. To slow down when I need, to a grow in a more stable fashion.

    Thank you 🙂

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  3. Dan Filbin

    After my psychotic break, I lived in a Tibetan Monastery for 4 years, and learned/was reminded of many of the same things you did, Phil. Also, I responded well to my medications, and they did me very good, helping stabilize my life.

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  4. Zach B

    I can relate to Adam more than I can relate to most people in my life at this time. I dont have the words to describe what is going on with me, but its beyond both scary and beautiful. The sychronicities, the unexplainable realizations, new perspectives that slap me accross the face regularly. Nature walks right up to me as if I was one of them, the right tree can send me into a state of hilarious happiness. These things are every single day and all day. I must sound like a nut job, maybe I am. Im 30, training to be Firefighter and currently an EMT and avid outdoorsman. I dont know why I’m writing but I’d love to just chat with Adam.

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    • Vicky

      I am in the same totally complex situation. As a child the song on the radio always popped into my head before it actually played. As a nine year old I ran into the garden and told my Mother that I had heard on the radio that the pope had been shot. He hadn’t. However, some years later there was a shooting attempt on the Pope.
      Too much to say here suffice to say I want spiritual at all but following a hideous psychotic breakdown and suicide attempt on the initial day of this breakdown with terrifying voices in my head, I now have my life together. I am studying a psychology degree and want to write my thesis on @break down or break through” but the crazy word sticks unfortunately.

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