Six months, three days

So Avedon linked to this story, which was recommended by Susie Bright. And all I can say is, wow.

Many years ago, I went to the crowded office of an HMO therapist and tried to discuss this very problem, which is that I frequently know how things will turn out (yes, I’m occasionally wrong but I never know in advance which things those are) and I wanted to emotionally detach from them. Instead, she decided I was schizophrenic and wanted to medicate me.

She was a little older than me, and looking at her, I blurted out: “Look, your kids are grown, you went back to grad school and now you’re doing your clinical practice. But if you don’t know by now that not everything in the universe is contained in the DSM IV, this isn’t going to work out.” I got up to leave and she tried to block the doorway.

“Listen, I can help you,” she pleaded. “I don’t think so,” I said, and I pushed past her. When I got home, I called one of my friends, a psychiatrist, and told her what happened. She was laughing so hard, she could hardly talk. “What, you don’t think I’m a schizophrenic?” I said.

“Now Susan, you really should know better,” she said. “Someone like you isn’t going to get much help from anyone who isn’t a Jungian.” Which, as it turned out, was mostly true but not always.

Anyway, so now you know why this story really, really resonated with me.

2 thoughts on “Six months, three days

  1. Great find! Thanks for passing it along. Everyone should read it. Truth is, we all have this ability to some degree. We all have quantum superstitions that function to collapse waveforms. We all have the ability to look away, so as to preserve probabilities. We also have the ability of soft focus, so as to allow data points back in, opening up the future (back up) to more possibilities.

    I makes me blissfully happy when someone says they’ve been cured of the prescriptive narrative (quantum supersition) game. This is the self-empowered remedy to mainstream corporate narratives. And we all have this power. To not collapse waveforms. To not constrain one another’s probabilities. It takes guts to hold many threads simultaneously. But it is less chaotic than the “security” of predeterminism. Because unfulfilled waveforms always have a way of arising as seeds in others, until they are more naturally resolved.

    For those who need to live their lives by more prescriptive manuals, that can be a mind-blowing proposition, indeed. : )

  2. I have a friend who has flashes of future scenes. Nothing dramatic or narrative, just visual scenes. A kind of variation of deja vu. She heard about the string theory of time and that explains it for her (and me).

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