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Re: being healed of sickness rjlockhart37

Posted by Tomatheus on May 26, 2013, at 16:32:44

In reply to Re: being healed of sickness, posted by rjlockhart37 on May 24, 2013, at 0:30:54

Hi RJ,

I can understand looking to God for answers, especially when it seems like many of the things that are offered as solutions to our problems don't seem to give us the results that we're looking for. I think that it can be helpful to have a higher power to look to for guidance when the going gets tough and even when things are going well, because I believe that God is always with us and listening to us, whether or not we feel like he's answering our prayers.

I think that continuing to be mindful of God and continuing to seek Him after we've had delusions of a religious nature can be a challenge. After I started to come to terms with the reality that God most likely wasn't speaking to me at times when I thought he was, I had to re-evaluate what I considered to be messages from God. As you seem to have done, I've more or less rejected the idea that at least most of the things that I saw or heard in reality that seemed to be connected to my thoughts were God's way of speaking to me. I believe now, for example, that the lyrics of songs that I felt were being sung just for me just felt like they were personally significant because of the way my mind was filtering incoming stimuli, and not because they were God's way of telling me something. At the same time, I do think in retrospect that there were times when God or some other higher power was trying to get through to me. And now that I no longer experience most of the perceptual disturbances that I once did, and now that I've come to terms with the fact that a lot of the thoughts I had when when I was having these dysperceptions were delusions, I've been faced with the challenge of differentiating between what was the product of my mind playing tricks on me and what might have been a message from someone or something beyond me. Differentiating between these two things can be quite challenging, as I've said, but I don't believe that I shouldn't try to make the kinds of distinctions between delusions and other tricks of the mind and what might be from a higher power, just because I've experienced delusions. I think that it's possible for one to feel God's presence while also experiencing dysperceptions and thinking in a delusional manner. What I think that those of us who've experienced delusions while also possibly feeling God's presence must do is what you suggested: finding the true God and not just what we think is God.

I wish you luck in receiving the guidance and/or comfort that you're looking for as you look to and pray to God. I hope that God will bless you and help to guide you down a path toward lasting wellness.


* fatigue, hypersomnia, and related symptoms likely caused by prolonged partial sleep deprivation
* schizoaffective disorder




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