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Ill or disabled

 

Ill or disabled

One class of people who are able – usually involuntarily – to gain access to the spiritual world are the ill and disabled.  Some can gain access on an almost regular basis - the so called ‘mentally ill’ We can add to this a whole range of people with dementia, Parkinson’s disease, migraine sufferers, the blind, the deaf, those with tinnitus, those with anosmia, and more.

These people are not ill in the conventional sense of the term.  They don’t have a virus or some nasty germ.  They don’t have cancer or similar life threatening diseases.  They are just different, and in most cases are extraordinarily gifted.   I have not made many strong personal statements on this website [although there are plenty of opinionated ones!] , but this is one area I do have strong views about.

Although these people may be convinced by doctors that their condition is some kind of a ‘curse’ because they are not ‘normal’, I think they should be nurtured, cared for, valued and helped to use the gift they have been given in a constructive and positive way for them and for wider mankind.  They are special, very special.

Edgar Allan Poe – The Fall of the House of Usher and other writings

Men have called me mad, but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence – whether much that is glorious – whether all that is profound – does not spring from disease of thought – from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.  They who dream by day are cognisant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.  In their … visions they obtain glimpses of eternity … they penetrate, however rudderless or compassless into the vast ocean of the ‘light ineffable’.

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