Psychosis or Spiritual Awakening: Phil Borges at TEDxUMKC

Psychosis or Spiritual Awakening: Phil Borges at TEDxUMKC

Translator: Mika Fukasawa
Reviewer: Maria K. Good evening. One of the things I love
about visiting indigenous cultures is it lets me step back in time
and see how we all lived centuries ago. In doing that,
I’ve noticed so many things, things that we’ve gained
and things that we’ve lost. One of the things I’ve really noticed is the fact that our relationships
are much different. First of all,
our relationship to the land. In indigenous cultures
there is no grocery store, in tribal cultures, especially,
no utility districts, no water districts,
no fast food restaurants. Nothing stands between them
and their survival, other than their own ingenuity
and their own knowledge of the earth. They have a very intimate
knowledge of the earth. It’s always astonished me. This one Hawaiian woman,
who was at the beach and I met her, she saw this crab
flipping out sand out of the hole. She said, “Look,
sand is going to the North. There will be a storm coming tomorrow.” Sure enough, the storm,
it shows up tomorrow. They’re more or less the PhDs
of their place on the planet. The other relationship
that I’ve noticed is so tight is their relationship to each other. Again, they don’t have the institutions. They don’t have social security. They don’t have an IRA or a 401(k) plan. They don’t have elder-care facilities. They completely depend on each other
for their survival, again. That produces a real tightness. I’ve noticed women at a well
in Africa for instance. They’re all sitting around,
joking and talking. They’re nursing their babies. The woman that needs
to go to get the water will take her baby
and pass it to another woman. She’ll start nursing it. That woman will see her goat run off,
and she’ll pass the baby to a third woman. She’ll start nursing it. These kids are kind of
even raised communally. They live in extended families,
and that brings a real tightness. The other relationship
that I want to talk about tonight is the relationship to spirit. It’s a very strong one. This is Malik and her great grand daughter Yasmina. They spend all their time together, 14 hours a day working in the garden. I’ve seen this in Africa,
Asia, South America. I ask, “Why are these two people
that are so different, together all the time? There is a big age difference.” They said, “No, no. You don’t understand. Yasmina is just coming
out of the spirit world, and Malik is just about
to go back into the spirit world. So they really do have
the most in common.” They literally pray to the spirits
of the forests, the mountains, the rivers. They put spirits in everything. Their ancestors’ spirits
are so important to them. In the beginning,
I sort of looked at this as superstition,
uneducated, naive thinking. Over the last 30 years,
I’ve slowly changed, and I want to talk to you a little bit
about how that change came about. About 25 years ago,
I was doing a project in Tibet on the human rights issues there,
and I had the opportunity to go and meet the medium
that channels the oracle of Tibet, the Dalai Lama’s oracle. It took place in this little monastery. There were about 60 monks in there; they led the medium in, sat him down, put this big hat on his head,
a very heavy hat. His face turned red. The monks started chanting
and beating their drums. He kind of went into this trance, and he started talking
in a real high-pitched voice. The monks started writing down
everything he was saying, and then, after about five minutes of that, he fainted, and they literally
had to carry him out of the room. I just watched this, and I was wondering, “Is this a performance?
Did he have a heart attack?” But two days later, I was able
to interview the medium. His name is Thupten,
he was 30 years old at the time. He is 50 now. He said that he didn’t remember
a thing that he said when he was in this trance. He felt very weak right afterwards,
for a day afterwards. So I said, “Well, how did you
become the medium? How did you get this job?” And he said,
“You know, when I was younger, I had started hearing these voices. I started feeling very ill,
and I was very confused, and in fact, I thought
I was dying at one point. An older monk came to me and said,
‘Hey, you’ve got a gift.’ He taught me how to go
in and out of trance; he nurtured me; he stayed with me
for the whole year.” Now he’s the Dalai Lama’s Oracle,
the Oracle of Tibet. Two years later, I was doing
a project for Amnesty International up in the Northern part of Kenya,
in the Samburu area, and I was taking pictures of these people. My guide turned to me and said, “You know, their predictor has told them that you were coming
to take pictures of them.” I didn’t think too much about that because there I was
taking pictures of them. He went on to say,
“They also said that she said that you would hide from them
when you took their picture.” I said, “No, I don’t hide,
I use very short lenses. I’m usually right in front [of] the person
when I take their portrait.” That night I was home,
cleaning my lenses, packing my bags, and I realized, yeah,
I’ve brought my new camera that I’ve never used before. It’s this Panoramic camera. And this is the way
I’ve got to focus that, in total darkness. All of a sudden I thought,
“Well, that’s a coincidence.” My assistant said, “That’s amazing.” It was just something
we kind of filed away, but at that point,
I decided what I wanted to do is start actually seeking out these people that go into altered states
of consciousness in order to heal or predict
for their tribes. That’s what I started doing. By the way, here is the woman
that was the predictor. I did take her picture
with a panoramic camera. Her name is Sukulen. She is 37 years old –
or was, at the time – five kids. She had the very same story
as the medium of the Dalai Lama. When she was 12 years old,
she started having visual hallucinations. She started feeling sick and dizzy. Her grandmother came and said, “You know, you’ve got a talent,”
and she nurtured her through it. I literally went around the world and doing my human rights work
and started finding these shamans. The way I would find them – they never introduce themselves as shaman. You would never know who they were
unless you ask the community members, “Who is the healer here?
Who goes into trance?” And they would tell me
and lead me to the person. So this is Nomage.
She is a Mongolian shaman. I’ll just show you
some of the 40 I interviewed. This is Morgan Yazzie,
he is a Navaho medicine man. This is Lindsa. She is a shaman in Eastern Siberia. Mengatohue, a shaman in the Romani tribe, in the Amazon in Ecuador. One of the last shamans I interviewed
was right on the Pakistan-Afghan border. There is a group of animists there,
called the Kalash. There’s only 3,000 of them left,
and they are surrounded by Islam. They hold on to their animistic beliefs. They are very interesting-looking.
They are blond-haired, blue-eyed. They say they are the remnants
of Alexander the Great’s army. They are very fun-loving,
they make their own wine, but I went there because I was told that there was a six-year-old boy
that was being initiated to be a shaman, and I wanted to see him. Everybody I had interviewed
up to that point had been a shaman for years. I wanted to find somebody
in that process of initiation. When I got there, I found:
no, he wasn’t six years old, he was a 60-year-old goat herder
up in the mountains. (Laughter) So that’s the shaman rumor mill. But anyway, I had taken
my 16-year-old son with me as an assistant. We had to hike for about a day and a half to get up to the top of the mountain
where Janduli Kahn was herding his goats. He was the shaman for the Kalash people. And again, I asked the same questions. “How did you get into this?
What do you do for your tribe?” He had the same story of hallucinations,
being mentored by an older shaman. The shamans, in different cultures,
induce their trance in different ways. By the way, shamanism
is a universal practice. It’s the world’s
oldest spiritual practice. There is a lot of common denominators, but the way they
go into trance can differ. In Mongolia, they beat
a drum next to their ear. In South America, they take
psycho-active plants, like Ayahuasca. In Pakistan, they use something
that is quite unique: they burn juniper branches,
they slaughter an animal, pour the blood over the burning branches, and then the shaman inhales
the smoke to go into trance. Here I am trying to talk him
out of doing a ceremony for me because I don’t want him
to kill one of his animals. He said, “No, I have to do it. My spirits are telling me I have to do it. You’ve come so far.” So the next morning,
his sons started the fire, started burning the juniper branches. He started praying
to the mountain spirits, the spirits of the forests. They slaughtered the animal,
and he started inhaling the smoke, and then he went into trance. He stayed into trance
for about five or 10 minutes, and when he came out, he was very silent,
he hardly said anything. He was very talkative
before he went into trance. And I thought,
“Well, this is kind of strange.” I asked one of his sons
through my interpreter, “What happened to him?
What did he say? Did he see anything?” And the son just said,
“The only thing he said is, ‘Your journey is going to be
extremely difficult, but you are going to be safe.’
That’s all he said.” The next day my son and I took off. We left his camp
and walked down the mountain and headed up further
into the Hindu Kush Mountains. We were out in the middle
of nowhere, we had a jeep, and my son started getting sick. He evidently picked up a bug
in the water around Janduli Kahn’s camp. First day went by,
he couldn’t keep anything down. Second day, third day, fourth day. Couldn’t keep anything down for four days. He was getting so weak
he could hardly walk. I was totally freaked out. We pulled into this little village, and we happened to run
into a doctor from Islamabad, who was visiting his mother, and he happened to have a bag
of glucose and saline and an IV drip and some oral rehydration salts,
and we brought Dax around. To me it was like a miracle
that the whole thing happened. I’ll tell you a little bit
about the shamans. First of all, this is the common things
with shamanism; it’s not always true, but in general. They typically are identified
with what they called the “Call.” And the “Call,” [for] the ones
I interviewed, almost all of them, it was a psychological crisis. Secondly, they almost always had a mentor. Somebody that has been through it, and has come out the other end
of this psychological crisis, and can show them the ropes, and show them, and tell them,
and comfort them along the way. And then they have to face
what they call the initiation. It’s almost always this death. A death of their old self
and a rebirth of a new self. And this rebirth –
I don’t know how to explain that. It’s like they … take on much more
of an elevated consciousness. They expand their consciousness. Their awareness of who they are expands. They expand their circle of compassion; I guess that’d be
the quickest way to say it. As such, they learn to go
into the spirit world, where they believe the spirit world
informs our world of reality here. That’s where things really happen. They go there, get the information,
come back to help people. And then, after they’ve learned their trade, they begin their life of service,
either a healer or a seer, a priest, and they typically do this for no money. This is something they just do,
it’s just something added to what they do. In the beginning many of them resist it because like Janduli Kahn,
he’s still a goat herder, he still has to do that. But on top of that,
he is the healer for the community. Sukulen has five kids
that she has to take care of. On top of that, she is the healer
of her community. So it is a lot of extra work. So it happened –
I put that whole project aside because I didn’t know what to do with it. I didn’t know what to say about it. I felt I was getting in over my head, into the world of consciousness,
and spirits, and all this. But a year and a half ago,
I met a young kid who had one of these psychological breaks. I just want to introduce you to him,
just a moment here. (Video) Adam:
“It was just this total shattering, and my mind just opened, and I started thinking
of all these different things. And in that sense, it was beautiful. I found it was – How I found my – The first time I’d ever experienced
a real connection to the universe, where I really felt like a part of this. That I was this, this was me.
It was just like … incredible! And so simple – Yeah,
I mean, absolutely amazing. And then I kept going,
and then I went way too far. And then it got scary. It was just kind of like a panic. I don’t know. ‘Put some medication in this kid
and just hope for the best,’ but it – I don’t know if it hurt or helped. It was at the point
where I was being diagnosed, I think, for side effects of medications. Like, there was a point
where I was taking 15 pills in a day. And I felt like a lab rat,
and the side effects were just awful. Absolutely awful. Vomiting all day, I couldn’t leave my house for so long,
from just these awful anxiety attacks, and the thought of interacting with people
would make me sick to my stomach. It was just so much. I still don’t know
what was the side effect and what was my mind.” Phil Borges: Adam was on drugs,
on pharmaceuticals, for about four years. He was having a such a hard time
that he decided to go cold turkey, cut them off, and did
a Vipassana meditation retreat. And those of you
who don’t know what that is: They come in various forms, but this one was 10 days
silent meditation, 10 hours a day. It’s very rigorous. I did one just to see what it was about. And it was one
of the hardest things I’ve done. He was able to stabilize himself. He got a job at Whole Foods Market,
which he hadn’t been able to do before. He started having
what he called “synchronicities,” where he’d have a thought
and the thing would happen. And by the way, he is very psychic, he has very strong healing potentials. But he has no confidence
in what’s happening to him, there’s no one that’s been able
to conceptualize it for him. Anyway, he had these, and he decided he needed to go back
and do another Vipassana. Well, they learned that he had
this history of mental illness, and they sent him home. So the one avenue
that he could have gotten relief from cut him off because of the stigma
of his mental illness. Adam isn’t alone in this by the way. In having bipolar [disorder],
schizophrenia, depression, any of these heavy psychological episodes. Here’s some statistics from
the National Institute of Mental Health. One in five of us will suffer
a psychological crisis in our lifetime. By the way, that’s
a rising figure right now. The other thing is, one in 20
will become disabled because of it. Another interesting fact
about this phenomenon is 50% happens before the age of 14. By the way, most of the shamans,
it happened either in their adolescence or in their teenage years. Seventy five percent before the age of 24. So it’s more or less
a phenomenon of young people. Here is the difference
in cultures that I noticed. The shaman’s advantage. One, they have a cultural context. The physiological crisis,
although it’s difficult, it’s believed to be –
they put it in a positive light. It’s something the person
is going to come out of and be stronger in the end. Have more abilities in the end. The other thing that’s a big advantage
is it’s not stigmatized. If you have the stamp
of mental illness on your forehead, or on your dossier, or whatever,
you are not going to get a job. It’s not like having diabetes
or even cancer. It’s one of the most stigmatized things that can happen
to the person in our culture. And especially, if some kid
is having these visions, and he’s not knowing
what’s happening to him, and the doctor comes and says,
“You’re broken and you are this,” you can imagine
how that adds to the problem. The other thing they have an advantage of, they have a mentor, they have somebody
that has been through this process, that can take and hold their hand and say, “Listen, I know what this is all about,
and this is how you manage it.” And the third thing
that’s a huge advantage is they have a community
that buys into what they’ve gone through. Not only that, they have
an outlet for their talents. Many of these people have specific talents
that the normal person doesn’t have. So, that’s what is an advantage if you’re in one of these
indigenous communities. I don’t know if you heard
the recent TED Talk by a woman by the name
of Eleanor Longden. Has anybody heard that one? It went viral.
She did it a couple of months ago. This is a young woman, when she went to college
she started hearing voices. She said, “My nightmare began when I told my roommate
I was hearing voices.” Her roommate said,
“You’d better see a doctor.” So she went [and] saw the doctor. The doctor said,
“You’d better see a psychiatrist.” She went to see the psychiatrist. The psychiatrist
gave her the label “schizophrenia,” put her on medications. By the way, these medications
suppress the symptoms, they don’t get
at the root [of the] problem. She said, from that point on,
she just spiraled down. You ought to listen to her video
on how she brought herself out of that. She eventually got to the point
where she said, “I realized that those voices
were helping me resolve this old childhood trauma
of sexual molestation.” But it took her and a couple of friends
that believed in her, to get her out of that hole
that she had gone down in because of that stigma. So, if you do have one of these issues, if one of us does have
one of these issues, we go to somebody. The common method of treatment is to suppress the symptoms
with pharmaceuticals. So, with Adam,
we’ve been following among, and so I’ve been posting this on our blog
over the last year and a half, how he’s doing and what’s going on. By the way, he’s homeless now,
like so many end up. And we’ve started
interviewing professionals that take a whole different
approach to this problem. And in fact, some of the psychiatrists,
psychologists we’ve interviewed, and we’re posting them as well, claim many of these instances, not all of them, but many of them,
as spiritual emergencies. And they believe, just like I do now,
if you hold these people, if you don’t stigmatize them, if you don’t scare them with the label,
and tell them they’re broken, and if you give them a place of support, that the psyche itself is self-healing. It will take them, and it will eventually
work out whatever is going on with them, and they’ll typically come out at a higher level
of awareness and consciousness then when they went
into the problem in the first place. There are many people that believe – we’ve interviewed cultural historians,
cultural anthropologists, they believe that our species
right now is in crisis. You look at the environment,
you look at the economic system, you look at what’s happening
with our continual wars, and we’re being asked
to raise our consciousness to a whole different level. I just want to end with this statement
from one of our most famous scientists, and I love this statement,
he says, I’ll just quote: “We human beings
tend to experience ourselves as something separate
from the whole we call the Universe. This is actually an optical delusion
of our consciousness. It’s like a prison for us. Our task is to free ourselves
from this prison by [widening] our circle of compassion
to embrace all living creatures and the whole of Nature in its beauty. This striving for such an achievement
is a path to our liberation and the only true foundation
of our inner peace and security.” That was Albert Einstein. Thank you very much. (Applause)


  • 1-Last -Chance X says:

    Don’t kill animals for rituals .

  • divegabe says:

    The Church is the main reason why our "shamans" of the past were obliterated during the middle-ages when witchcraft was driven underground and hence the Church is the main reason why there is litlle to no spiritual awareness in the West. This I believe is by design rather than by accident.

  • SheepDog says:

    Does anyone know what professionals he’s talking about at 22:30? I would really like to reach out to them, I have a lot of questions.

  • Sidelined Mom says:

    Actually had psychosis a little over a year ago. Was put on medication for depression. Said it was brought on by severe depression. I was very depressed. I have PTSD and ADHD. The psychosis didn’t seem to be a trigger of any kind I ever had. I’m still confused what exactly happened. Now I’m on this spiritual journey. Hoping I find an answer.

  • jacob Estephan says:

    why not go to the one true God for your peace, he gave you a solution 2000 years ago on the cross so you can have everlasting peace. Get it people you will never be gods or even close to that, stay away from sorcery the Lord your God says.

  • jacob Estephan says:

    why does everyone trying to become the I AM??

  • miranda George says:

    We the 'normal' people are psychos they are enlightened maybe stuck in a purgatory not know how to deal with spiritual awakening

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  • Damian Laster says:

    All my reararch on kundalini spiritual emergence and spiritual crisis warned of the dangers of prescribed drugs and os schizophrenia misdiagnosis.

  • Luciano Notarfrancesco says:

    It's a shame that was so badly filmed, the speaker is constantly referring to the pictures on the screen but the camera never filmed the screen

  • RaijOfficial says:

    I brought a gift

  • SublimeMelancholy says:

    May God has mercy on his soul, or any soul who believes this. No enlightenment exist! These people talk to demons! Its all demon possessions. Scary stuff. People are so blind to whats going on! Mediums are just people talking to demons.

  • Freida Sharp says:

    With everything going on with the world right now this makes sense. I am half native American Indian and I have a ancestors that come from the Amazon rain forest. My entire family has had these what doctors consider phycosis and we all have been medicated for it. But lately we all stopped our meds we all noticed that they where making us very sick. I am very tired right now and I want to hear what you have to say but we are not meant to be wearing these outfit bodies we are all celestrel beings.

  • keitharoo1962 says:

    It scares me how few people realize that most spiritism is simply demonic deception.

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  • Daniel Simmons says:

    David R. Hawkins

  • Vivienne Bennett says:

    They label it as mental illness and give people drugs because they don’t want us to awaken

  • Heads Up says:

    Agree with this 100%

  • Legion Of Love says:

    Interesting… the definition of a psychoses is a misconception of reality….is the data of the dsm still in line with is the new scientific proven data?
    I was just wondering……

  • Pegi Robinson says:

    Watch "Pegi Robinson's NDE's Part 1"&2.

  • leighatkins22 says:

    I have stated this man's exact point for over 20 years… and slowly the smart ones are beginning to see the connections too…

  • Jahmar Thomas says:

    Or maybe they're the same damn thing. Spirituality is psychology…

  • Not So Obscure says:

    In some parts of West Africa, one with schizophrenia is revered as a seer! They are said to be so open and so connected to the spirit world and just has a hard time sharing the messages from the ancestors

  • Phoenix Uprising says:

    I was told the same thing 6 years ago. I'm at a better place now. Off of any psychological meds. I just take a BP med and thats all. I hated how it all went down but I wouldnt trade it for what I do know now.

  • Mr. Mastery says:

    Grateful 🙂

  • joseph wright says:

    Painful, embarrassing, and at last, redeeming.

  • Stephen Elliott says:

    Very well explained. It's all about stigmatising. It's taken my family and friends three years to finally come to terms of the new awakened self. Theirin lies the problem.

  • 420 Tarot says:

    I’m going to have myself admitted in a crazy place where crazy people live

  • Laxmi Thota says:

    . …

  • Lucie Pacakova says:

    I experienced peak of my awakening about 3 months ago. I thought that was it, the darkness, suicidal thoughts, inner agressesion and depression out. Didn't know what to do with myself, but I knew it's something else, something higher, can't explain it. Left my old friends, old hobbies everything. Was about month alone and than all of the sudden I felt/ see invisible light around me. Ever since I'm experiencing something else, miracle. New friends, new opportunities, miracles, visions. Absolute happiness and safety and love.

  • Simulation says:

    One of the best TED talks of all time, thank you Phil!

  • Donovan says:

    Guess I'm becoming a medium 🤘🤘

  • Donna Datta says:

    I had experience this psychosis after my labour which had took for 30hrs. Heard the voices telling negative thoughts of my son. Very heard for me to face it as if a tug of war going on. So the nurse took the baby away from me. I used get scared about windows could not stand the light. I have no history of mental illness in my life. I was discharged from the hospital but these thoughts never left me it was with me for 19 months finally stopped

  • Henry Torres says:

    Would have been even better if we could see the pictures that go with the narrative.

  • Gaileen Kern says:

    Watching this because I think I'm losing my mind seeing repeated number synchronisities. I don't know what's happening but I couldn't ignore it. Still not sure what it means! I just get more and more confused the more videos I watch.

  • Mr Lewis says:

    Some people who hear voices are actually hearing Angels and/or Demons.

  • Andria Karshner says:

    You failed to show the images that he shared.

  • Cortney Cagle says:

    Wish you could actually see the photos when he talks about them

  • Lola Scarborough says:

    I really wish I could see the pictures. 🙁 Thank you for the talk!

  • x1plus1x says:

    The phrase "Spiritual Awakening" makes the assumption that the "Spiritual" is an actual thing. Spirit is often described as inhabiting a body, like a soul that is stuck inside a physical body, or like a driver inside a meat wagon. Admittedly the sensation of a consciousness being controlling a physical body is a convincing one. The trouble is, almost everything that my body is doing happens without any conscious attention what so ever. I have no conscious control over most of what my body does. Likewise, consciousness is something that the brain does on it's own because being aware of the surroundings (consciousness) is a wonderful tool to have if the objective is to survive long enough to reproduce (evolution by natural selection).

    If you define yourself as just your consciousness (soul, spirit) then you're missing almost everything that you really are. If you define yourself as just your consciousness, then you will not go on after you die. There is no spirit or soul inhabiting the flesh. You are not just your consciousness, you are not just your body, you are quite literally the entire universe. You are a semi-persistent pattern of energy flow. That energy flow is the entire universe. What you do, is what the whole universe is doing at the place you call "here and now".

  • Don Arthur says:

    Very close to "Chaos theory", only the system being adapted through "Chaos" is the individual human.

  • Jude Gamboa says:

    Cant see the pictures posted.

  • Ryan Krug says:

    If they always have a mentor, who was the first shaman?

  • Brian Apsii says:

    yeah had one of those Psychosis or Awakening…. now I can talk to spirits…. they show me the past, present and future… I sometimes feel like I'm crazy, but when I see things happen, that's when I know that's whatsss up….

  • Feel The Pain !!! says:

    She said she was medium.. turned out she was a Large!

  • Tommy Smith says:

    I lost my mind when coming off Valium,I'd been reading and saying the satanic teachings,I got psychosis bad,didn't know where I was, I was in prison st the time,voices were torturing me, felt like killing myself, frkt it was demons, I came through it and found my true self and enlightenment, I'm s better person for it,it also got me off drugs,it changed my life for the better however it did nearly kill me,if u make it your life will be alot better,but don't try it please,it could kill u!!!

  • x y says:

    Odd that the PPT isn’t viewable. We can’t see the slides being referenced.

  • Pareen Vatani says:

    Physcosis is a term that modern medicine has invented so that they can sell u pharmaceuticals products.. there are so many yogic practices to handle spiritual awakening/emergency ..

  • Quantum Timeline says:

    Lol all these comments with other's quotes.

  • wms72 says:

    Demonic spirits guide shamans

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  • amor vincit omnia says:

    50% of overcoming mental illness is managing or avoiding people who could potentially put you in a psych ward

  • Chris Kennedy says:

    Jesus I thought this video was going to take a different turn. Even though there is truth in some of the things this guy says, there is so much evidence suggesting that psychics aren't real. The main reason we believe in them is because we want more meaning in our lives. The same reason people believe in prophets or scriptures.

  • Srishti 5 says:

    Anyone else finds this man strangely attractive?
    Only me? Ok.

  • cannon fodder says:

    Look mediums lower or aline there brain waves to theda waves and can pic up images and emotional spikes its spiritual because mental connection is a form of intimacy there for sensual or sacrit and bliss is = to fear as far as energy charge 😥👇👆😁

  • acovarrubias12 says:

    this is one of those things thats true but doesnt matter

  • Robasian Sensation says:

    at 46 I had a stroke. that stopped my life. and then i started waking up. THIS i needed to hear. today. THANK YOU.

  • trigger haze says:

    let there be a positive light

  • trigger haze says:

    i know how to save it

  • Jillian Johnson says:

    If you're ever on a spiritual journey and after "Awakening" you feel less connected to people understand that what you've experienced is not the death of your ego but an intensification of it. A lack of connection is not a sign of enlightenment.

  • Da Man says:

    Don't ever look as psychosis as a problem if the person feels they don't fit in with the mindless robots with live with today people are slapping labels on beings that are at a different level of consciousness like there cattle on a farm that's all we are the masses herds of energy used to fulfill someones prideful ego power hunger destroying love with hatred controlled by demonic forces from who the bible refers to as Lucifer

  • Nicole P says:

    This is fascinating. I work at a psychiatric hospital and see patients daily who have decompensated to the point where they can no longer function in society or take care of themselves, and meds are literally the only thing that can stabilize them and get them to a place where they are in-touch enough with reality that they can actually function. I wish there was a better way, and I wish there was a system in place that could intervene with these people BEFORE it got to that point. If what he is saying in this video is correct, then we can literally save so many people

  • Steve F says:

    A very old story! The village had no rain for a long time. All the prayers and processions had been in vain. The skies remained shut tight. In the hour of its greatest need, the village turned to the Great Rainmaker. He came and asked for a hut on the edge of the village and for a five-days supply of bread and water. Then he sent the people off to their daily work.

    On the fourth day it rained. The people came in jubilation from their fields and workplaces and gathered in front of the Rainmakers hut to congratulate him and ask about the mystery of rainmaking. He answered them; “I can’t make it rain.”

    “But it is raining,” the people said.

    The Rainmaker explained, “When I came to your village, I saw the inner and outer disorder. I went into the hut and got myself in order. When I was in order, you too got in order: and when you were in order, nature got in order, and when nature got in order, it rained.”

  • Ahmad Saba Afrooz says:

    I can’t see any picture s

  • SwiftArtEvolution Swift says:

    Thank you so much for this! I lived this life and realize it's not what the "drs" think

  • Chi3f82 says:

    This dude talking bout indigenous people. Dude thats you and everyone on the earth…👍🏽

  • Tammy Clark says:

    I need a shaman.

  • mark schiavone says:

    I don't believe in predictors or psychic abilities but don't assume I believe all of science and I definitely don't believe in pharmaceuticals. A lot of pharmaceuticals are attempts to recreate synthetically what is found naturally and purely.
    On a side note, you can talk your mind into anything.

  • KING CHARLES says:

    SPIRITUAL awakening was supernatural. Now i must master the numbers.

  • Zachary Lewis says:

    We label our experiences as either "spiritual" or "psychotic." In reality our experience is a complex mixture of perception. Your perception changes based off experiences. The difference is psychosis happens completely within a person. Whereas a spiritual change directly impacts not only the vessel (person changing) but also how the world interacts with the person. If you didnt know someone is psychotic you will treat them just the same. A spiritual person (whether good or bad spirituality) will have an aura.

  • Art Shaman says:

    Yes, yes…and YES! Shaman's all…we might have to blow our own trumpets for the world is deaf and blind to reality. We live in a dream. Waking up…is ….everything. X

  • Ron Erickson says:

    Use a small polished bloodstone or heliotrope put into your colon to improve your spirit vision. I know this may sound unpleasant but it does work well.

  • John Wood says:

    We can't see the pictures!!

  • Lucky Lucky says:

    Its sad, how people of the so called developed world act as if they have forever had all these things he said tribal community do not have. Come on, you have not had these so called goodies forever. You only recently became developed. Mehn shut up people, shush. Always interested in putting others down.

  • Nigel Springett says:

    I believe Adam has had a kundalini awakening.

  • Giulia Millanta says:

    interesting topic but all the pictures are cut off!

  • Kim Senior says:

    Great photos, I think?

  • YZMan One says:

    Great job camera man I the speaker was pissed off when he saw how you presented his pictures.

  • Jude Flynn says:

    Decking bore

  • Joe S says:

    You have to go out of your mind at least once in your life to come back to your senses. Alan Watts. I had a Near Death Experiencer and have had a massive shift in consciousness ever since. When your a part of a society of collective conscious Humans thinking and feeling the same way, you look at them and see how crazy the majority has become… much Love ❤️

  • IamHeandHeisI Norsemen says:

    That's why those awake stay to themselves, because those intellects who think they're so smart are truly insane and crazy and couldn't begin to comprehend what's going on. The spirit usually won't let others tamper with these people who are awake. They have them blend in with society, mostly reserved, loving and friendly, and when the opportunity comes, the spirit will send a message to share with someone at a moments time. One awake doesn't have to go into a trans, they stay in a trans, that man, who said your journey was gonna be rough but you'll survive, picked up on that the minute he seen you, sometimes they have to take a minute, to get the correct words to use, to relay the message. In a way the receiver will be able to comprehend. This man probably spoke a different language.

  • tay ya says:

    Most of the staff written sound poetic and mostly lines taken from others.
    there is a trend these days whatever is spirituality ,energy and then comes love ,peace etc….
    what is the use of awakening or spirituality if you cant even connect with human ,help ,share and be there when they need you .l see mostly disconnection and isolation around .

  • Thomas Walsh says:

    I’d love to know how and what Adam is doing now. I’ve done a few Vipassana retreats and they are tough going. Does anyone know what happened to Adam?

  • Dean Smith says:

    i friggen hate it that some people who put out videos don't understand that some of us do not want to be friggen leashed to a pair of headphones. Why can't these people turn up the volume so that the rest of us can hear it? Furthermore, it is only a matter of a couple of clicks to turn down the volume if it is too loud for those using headphones. WTF?

  • Mak Bond says:

    He missed the point of most of these spritual ppl in tribes use drugs like dmt

  • Toni O'Toole says:

    How come whoever is filming this video failed to include the photos on the screen ?

  • Gerald Anderson says:

    Insult to the awesome speaker not to show the photos he talks about!

  • Acsion42 says:

    When i was in middle school I started seeing things, i had horrible migraines and pain all over my body. When i told my parents they thought I was crazy and threatened to punish me if I didnt shut up about it. Atleast they were sufficiently embarrassed not to let a doctor see me and pump me full of drugs. A decade later and I’m finally starting to come out of that psychotic chrysalis. Our society has learned to fear the power of seers who cannot be controlled, it’s a defense mechanism to keep order. There’s another way

  • A Cosmic Convergence says:

    Loved this! Thank you for speaking this truth! Love you!! Love you all!!!

  • Sheryl Busch says:

    My daughter needs some serious help. Three and a half years ago, she went thru a spiritual awakening after several years of self-abuse. She was barely 22 when that happened. Several weeks ago she was meditating and something went terribly wrong. She says she opened a "dark realm" and is in a fight for her life. She checked herself into a mental hospital in California where she was living with her Dad (he was on vacation in Mexico). After 10 days in the hospital they basically kicked her out, and she asked her Dad to take her to Mt. Shasta, where she believed she could break thru. He took her there but nothing happened. We flew her to Maui where I live and she has gotten even worse. She is sleeping outside, has tons of bug bites and keeps insisting she can't come into my home as she is afraid she will bring in dark energy. She was such an angel, and now she is tortured. Any suggestions?

  • My Growing Contribution says:

    Phil Borges, I sure hope you or someone close to you reads these.
    Looking me up you won't see any online presence of who I've become, but, and I use the word but carefully, I believe that we would both be really interested in what the other has to say. If you're still curios about humanity said differently still believe that you can be surprised by a seemingly average person.

    We have many like views from what I hear, and I have a question to ask you personally that I believe would be who've you to be open to hearing. Because I believe in a short while of first learning a bit of my story you'll already see patterns some good some bad, just as I usually see with others. Difference being I think you are the one uniquely qualified person to make the connections about me that most haven't been able to at all even some who know more of me.
    It would be a leap of faith that I'm not another waste of time. But seeing you… I don't belive you're the kind to meet anyone with a story like mine without finding the value for you, and being open to how you're own expuriential wisdom could contribute to my life in a manner that raises my bar in some aspect of life if only in my opinion and no one else's. Said differently out of all possibilities I see, none give me the slightest feeling that either of us would part ways without having been delivered more from the ecpirence than expected going in. If you're open to it please get in contact and/or help me to reach out to you directly.

    Sure hope this is just one of those times this line up for the universe to provide exactly what you've been needing most. I'm hopeful by some small chance miracle, if you will, this messenge will get to you and be well revieved.

    Kind Regards,


  • Gale nighting says:

    I have met delusional schizophrenics who think they are enlightened and truly enlightened masters and practitioners. There is a huge difference between delusion and truth. Be careful who you associate yourself with when training in any form of spirituality.

  • Pegi Robinson says:

    Watch Pegi Robinson's NDE's Part 1&2 .

  • pablo lantigua says:

    He looks like David Lynch and Anthony bordain did the fusion dance

  • Ganga Tarot says:

    The last step just before the ego dismantles and the mind submerges and stills is the most difficult — terrifying – and then the search is over – completed and one enters liberation & remains beyond the circus of mind that one has transitioned through. It's a long difficult journey fraught with many twists and turns along the way. In the end it's the greatest blessing to dissolve into the universal IS.
    Clarity of consciousness remains. Clear.

  • Self-Rewarding Qbits Under Human Control says:

    By the way, Adam is homeless right now.

  • Jake Lang says:

    i wish we lived that way..but religion and goverment have us so we cant super seed

  • Albert Albert says:

    Summary after 30 years of research some enlightened one told him he would have a rough day but was safe, and in another occasion they knew he would take pictures. They were right.
    He now thinks mental disease might be somehow a way of enlightment and doesn't seem to like antipsychotics.

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