Title: Trials of the Visionary Mind : Spiritual Emergency and the
SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology
Author: Perry, John Weir.
Publication: Albany State University of New York Press, 1999.
eBook ISBN: 0585090343
By John Weir Perry
The individuals most apt to undergo an episode of the kind we are
examining are usually endowed with a highly sensitive makeup, so
and hidden emotions more than others. The perception of such
characteristics is usually, of course, less than welcome in a family
hence they were made to feel odd or wrongheaded, resulting in a sense
of being excluded from the oneness of the family circle and cast in
the role of the family scapegoat.
For the routine world becomes shattered so that no illusions are left
and only truth prevails, in that the usual dimensions of time and
space lose their validity.
Anger is essentially the raw, root material out of which evolves an
assertiveness most needed by a weakened ego, and sexual emotions are
the ground out of which evolves a capacity for an intimate and caring
relatedness to others. This sense of bonding is vital for those
individuals who have typically evaded closeness because of the fear of
being hurt. The acute episode aims to liberate both these affects and
yet the law-and-order orientation in our present-day hospital system
prevents the very process that nature is attempting.
Paranoid Patty's note: