If Consciousness is infinite he can never be alone, there will always be someone to help. You are a good friend. :)
That is so overlooked sometimes. But he has already guides and trusts them. So he is in a good mental state as he is willing to conquer his current state. Also this is a perfect learning opportunity for him and his surroundings. He already gave me so many things I had to think about. We can all learn from each other :) Thank you!
It's a double edged sword because meditation, especially mindfulness, has been studied to positively effect people with delusions or hallucinations but it can also lead to exactly those things in people who are predisposed to it, especially if the meditation is causing fear. I would say it would be very productive to do with your friend but trying to address, "the fear" right out of the gate can be dangerous and maybe counterproductive as it leads to the meditation and quietness being associated with negativity and fear, which then opens up to delusions as his mind is prone to suggestibility in that state. So try it but don't try to open up to fear and deal with it immediately. Just try to have him relax his mind and worries.
I also had trouble with the meditation state as my fear of death has connected to it. So we were together yesterday and it was just relieving to be with him. He is still annoyed that he can't be like he was in the manic phase and wants to be more active, but is essentially fine. We'll approach that meditation state slowly as he turns down his meds over time.
You can't really know how correct or competent an anonymous person is in providing an answer here.
This alone reminds me of my uncritical thinking. Good reminder. And I am not skeptical enough about his theories about his voices.
My intuition is that it is not so much from the "outside". What happens is, the unconscious mind is verbalizing. You can also experience this if you go into a hypnagogic state before sleep, you may hear voices either in your mind or externally to you and it will it completely feel as if it is not from you because you seem to not be doing any conscious thought processing. But actually, your brain is still firing signals and the voices might get louder if you focus on that stream of words.
He seems to be pretty convinced still that they are from the outside.
We will try stuff like Angel metaphors to go against them because that's a metaphor he wants to use and feels comfortable. I won't share any more knowledge of Tom as he refuses to listen to them. Probably because it would mean to face his fears. He thinks he barely has fears. It could be true, I can't tell.
If he takes methamphetamine because of his ADHD his voices get louder, which indicates that it is probably from his own because those meds increase the brain function and concentration. He also believes that those voices started because of those ADHD meds.
If the voices reflect whatever information his mind has its attention on, if the talk is negative/positive corresponding with his mental state, if it's a sea of briefly different voices, you can be sure that it's probably not from the outside but rising from the unconscious mind.
That would fit. I'll ask him some more to be more specific.
My sister struggled with bipolar all her life. And the description of Tobi is very much like what my sister experienced. Bipolar condition used to be called manic depression disease. And that is because a person would go through times when they were ecstatically happy, and then come down from that and be very depressed. There are a lot of comedians, writers, and artists that are bipolar. They are very prolific during their manic phases and it is very hard for them to give up that time of inspiration, and seeming happiness, to be more balanced on medication. And medication can lead to lethargy and other side effects. And so, people who don't want to use pharmacology resort to alcohol or drugs to self medicate. Some of those people die during the depression phase from accidentally overdosing or suicide.
This fits so nicely to his situation. We did the David Kerseys personality Test in Please Understand Me II
and he is an ENFP - Champion
. That also fits very well to his personality.
So what was your Sister doing to cope with that bipolar condition? I remember reading in some of your posts that she is not alive anymore.
Tobi would like to slowly stop meds and go into that meditation feeling of oneness and Intuition with more control and help from outside to stop the fear influencing him.
We all get data. Then we interpret that data into information through the filter of our beliefs, ego, fears, expectations, past experiences and so on. Most of us have normal brain chemistry and we get a normal amount of data to filter. But some people don't have normal brain chemistry and may also get more than the normal amount of data. That data is usually interpreted in a negative and fearful way. It becomes a feedback loop which renders the person confused and unable to tell what is PMR data and what isn't.
If a person is not able to block out unnecessary data on their own, or is not able to interpret the data without fear, then medication is about their only option to live any kind of normal life. That requires the patient to have a good relationship with their doctor. An ongoing dialog about symptoms and dosage can result in someone living a pretty normal life with few side effects from their medication.
I'll tell him that, espescially that he should find a good doctor and grow that relationship.
Thank you for the answers, means a lot to me :)