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?