Biological PTSD and Mental PTSD causes post hallucinations (visual, auditory, and of the body.
"Hallucinations" to follow PTSD exposure is not a psychiatric condition though it is often medicated as one by diagnostics and by using anti-psychotics as the attempted solution.
People often stay on these prescriptions for years and often end up feeling flat-lined with respect to affect.
Often, unintentionally, the prescribed psychiatric medications can contribute to depression. Veterans have been exposed to, and have experienced life and death situations whether in battle on land, water or air.
Unlike civilians, they have been put into an environment of a different intensity, a different frequency, a different vibration. As a result of their experiences in combat, Veterans often have a different view of life and death. It is not uncommon for Veterans to experience difficulty relating to civilians who have not had their "rubber band" of life stretched to the limits. In my opinion, the amount of Adrenaline that is released within the body, while in battle will forever change an individual. (Not for the better, not for the worse). However, when forced to operate in a belief system of life and society, in which the individual has grown out of and no longer relates to due to his exposure to trauma, his emotions are affected because they are no longer attached to the same belief systems as before. There is a famous quote,
As previously mentioned, when one experiences intense PTSD, she or he has walked, ridden and been exposed to the line of life and death. An ALTERNATIVE WAY, or a SPIRITUAL WAY to look at "hallucinations," in comparison to a pathologizing way to look at hallucinations would be for the individual to understand that s/he is connecting with the "other side."
As each human being filters "the other side" (due to PTSD or innate connection) through ego-self so uniquely, it is often difficult to find words in which to communicate experiences to other human beings.
It is hard to find new ways to establish connections. After one experiences PTSD, the same things are no longer funny. The same things that one used to enjoy, one no longer does. The same things one used to enjoy talking to others about, one no longer has interest.
Due to the exposure of trauma - whether it be physical trauma (battle/childhood exposure to domestic violence) or mental trauma (abuse by spouse, law, person etc.), an individual's connection with reality has shifted. There are many realities beyond the "traditional reality" in which the majority of people share. Our human traditional reality revolves around fear of life and death. . . .and of course, procreation, creating happiness, achieving success etc. For those who have "Walked the Line" of life and death, whether it be physically or emotionally, their nervous systems have been altered.
Due to the physical or mental trauma of PTSD exposure one has experienced in a single event, or over time, his/her Parasympathetic Nervous System and Sympathetic Nervous System reacts differently to both internal and external stimuli. The nervous systems' of those exposed to PTSD cannot be compared to the nervous systems of those who have never experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Prescribed psychiatric drugs are not only used in attempt to ameliorate PTSD symptoms, but often, the individual turns to self medication in the form of abusing drugs, again, in attempt to ameliorate PTSD symptoms.
From an alternative therapeutic standpoint, it could be so amazing for individuals with PTSD (often resulting in depression and isolation) to be given the platform to explore their "Walk(ing) The Line" experiences from a spiritual perspective rather than a pathological band-aid approach.
It is important to note, that all children come into this world, connected to the "other side" or to multiple realms of space and time. Due to human conditioning and programming, they are likely to disconnect from their knowings of Pure Universal Source Truth . . .or one may call God. They learn how to blend with this world and be as others are and as others want them to be. When this happens, Universal Source energy and knowings cease to flow through the body and mind. I mention this idea because PTSD, as horrible as it is, is an opportunity to re-visit the purity of knowing Universal Truth and connection to source, in a similar way that a baby is connected. Universal Truth is not good or bad. It can be spun through human ego in different directions of interpretation based on life experiences. Take a new route/root to recovery.
Ibogaine plant medicine gives the body a "restart." It gives the body a "reset." Ibogaine works on a cellular level, a spiritual level, a mental level, a heart level, a connection level and more. The plant medicine Ibogaine allows for an individual to re-connect with source (God), filter it through the adult human ego, expunge the aspects of "conditioned belief systems and programming" that are not beneficial. It allows for the person to integrate experiences from the other side into this life experience and share with the world his true intended purpose. "Be all that you can Be" . . . . and BE HAPPY.
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Some Pearls of Wisdom from me . . . to you
As we meander through this "River of Life," people try to bait each other with their egoic ideas or products.
-This egoic attempt to influence "other" or give feedback (sometimes while not prompted) is not a bad thing. It's a way of communicating, sharing ideas and connecting among each other.
That said, it is important for you to know your life course (within parameters), such that you are not pulled in directions that interfere with your growth, expansion and ability to manifest what you were intended to share with this world. It is important to realize when bait is being dangled in front of your "purpose path." Bait causes stuckness. "Bait" is anything or anyone who takes/asks/has opinions etc. regarding you or your situation, that hooks you in doubt, flip-flopping or in-assuredness, preventing you from getting grounded within yourself. (Sometimes it is important to not share things with others (unless you want feedback), until you have self security regarding your decision (x) such that other people's "helpful" bait . . . .doesn't ruffle your feathers.
Often, answers to the "River of Life" are found in "The Longest Silence" as there is more access to universal source energy and Pure Truth when the "busy" cessates, in comparison to when you are in constant contact with others and constant phone, computer utilization, interaction or work. At times, these things/connections etc, can be amazing. They can also be a distraction from finding your purpose and/or using your gifts to present to this world.
Don't get caught in matter that isn't your milieu. And if you are . . .and don't know it . . . .if you are not happy in life . . .ask yourself the following questions:
Don't get hooked on gimics. Don't get too hooked on people (unless equally hooked to yourself). Don't get hooked on attachment. Don't get hooked on hope. Live like a fisherman, patient, with bait corresponding to what he wants to catch . . . .and wait. A gentle reminder, when I say wait . . . .if you never get in the boat . . . .life may pass you by. Notice the shape of the lighting on the cover of this book? It's like an hourglass . . .the sky, mountains and the water.
Please don't just listen to other people, especially in places of power and authority. Tune into yourself, get in touch with and feel your own Truth. . . .ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO DECIDING WHAT IS BEST FOR YOUR HEALTH!! This process of getting in tune with self is possible during times of "The Longest Silence." (You don't have to be a fisherman, though I heard, that one time, an Emperor sent out an official to find the "happiest man in the territory" so that he too could be happy. The Emperor ordered the official to bring back this man's "soles." The official searched and searched. By word of mouth, he finally found the happiest man in the territory. It was an elderly fisherman living up on the mountain. When the official ordered him to give the Emperor his soles, the fisherman responded, "I have none."
An ascetic life in a modern world . . . .Finding your balance and your wu-wei - (the easiest path of resistance). (I'm sure there's an engineering or physics term for this concept too - I only share for fractal similarities across different subject areas . . . More evidence for Truth?) Decide for yourself :)
Lily Janet Kotila, M.A., M.A.T., PhD(c)
Plant Medicine Integration Therapist
Addiction, PTSD, Trauma & Relational Therapist
PEACE, LOVE AND HAPPINESS
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