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Crisis: A Current Example of Religious Delusion as a Coping Mechanism

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When I received the following I wanted to present it here as a current example of a highly dysfunctional, self-protective reaction to a crisis when religious ideas have infiltrated a person's mind to a considerable degree. What makes this interesting is the depth to which the writer's religious delusions have affected them and the writer's inability to cope with a crisis by blocking reality using those delusions. My profession includes psychological pathology and, being a humanist, I want to share this recent example of religious delusion as a coping mechanism in a crisis situation. No names are used and the material is not under copyright or other legal encumbrances.

The writer appears to have reached a point where the reality of the global effects of the virus crisis has caused them to shutdown or severely restrict rational thinking by resorting to abject denial, fantasy, blaming humans for their normal reactions to abnormal situations. When someone obsessively repeats something, perhaps a related set of details that are extraordinary, it's a psychological condition called perseveration.  The repeated "I am," "I am one", "I am with all," "I will never abandon",  "dear ones" and similar detailed sayings appear to indicate that the writer has become "stuck" in this circular thought cluster, and has stopped being able to relate to the world. The writer, a human, has also taken on the omniscient narrative voice --in this case, speaking as "God" 

The writer likely suffered trauma as a child and was perhaps indoctrinated with religious ideas that may have served to "protect" the person as a child --fantasies of a "protector god" when the person was undergoing significant and repeated trauma without appropriate support. However, those childish fantasies were never reviewed and discarded (like Father Christmas, Easter Bunny, etc.) and they resurface now in this crisis in a form that has shifted the person from being a victim to now speaking as the omnipotent, "protector god."  This is delusional thinking that has been informed by fantasy religious ideas that were never dealt with and in this current crisis, those unresolved fantastical religious ideas have disabled the writer's ability to relate to the world in a way that society would consider appropriate.

 

I know this sounds a bit technical, but  having an understanding of the underlying problems caused by certain ideas can help us to better understand the people around us who use religion and delusion as a dysfunctional coping mechanism.   

 

"Dear Child,

Blessed be those who open themselves up to my Love, my words, my communing. All is well. All is Love. Be at Peace.

Much is happening in Planet Earth with the virus. Know I AM with all, in the hearts of all, Loving all. As you know with a virus, they rear their head when it is time to take notice, when life is too busy, when all is out of balance. When, as you say, you are in self-abandonment. The world has created this virus in the “out of balance”. Just as when you slow down with other virus’ to heal, the world is slowing down to bring this virus into a remission of sorts.

Know Love is the healer of the hearts, minds and spirits of all Dear Ones. We are all One. As you all are struggling with the effects of the virus, I AM there with all. Those times when sweet Human will self-abandons, I will never abandon. I AM One with all. We are One, always and in all ways. 

Fear creates further self-abandonment. The virus feeds on fear and the effects of fear in all its forms. Be that fears of shame, as you speak of, or fears of “too much” or fears of “not enough” of fears of death or fears of life. Fear is behind the virus as it keeps all who fear in self-abandonment, in survival and potential harmful choices. And, most importantly, fear becomes an idol and keeps all who fear away from Love and Loving. 

Love and Loving heal all Dear Ones. Love is always the answer. Be at peace. Know that I AM. Know that I AM there and aiding those who are suffering. I AM Loving all. I AM Loving all through all the transitions. Be that healing. Be that moving from this reality to the next. I will never abandon. I AM. No matter what the sweet human will creates, I will be with all to aid in and through Love and Loving. Be at Peace.

Be aware of what the virus is teaching so that you will increase your wisdom and Loving in future days. Sweet human will is powerful in its ability to manifest. Be that Love manifest or fear manifest. Be the Love and express Loving to all Dear Ones.

Love is the creator energy of all. Fear energy blocks Love. It cannot destroy Love, it can only block it. But as the blocking happens, all is out of balance. All becomes distorted, disordered, so to speak. Just as in the body where the good health cells are being blocked through a disease from their natural state, fear blocks the natural state of Love. Focus on Love Dear Ones.

There is time for everything. There is always time for Love and Loving. Allow not the fear and fearing to block your Love and Loving. Be at peace. You are never alone. I AM always with you, always. You are all One with Me, God, the All of All. All Love. Be at peace, Dear Ones.

And remember the truth of who you are, of who and what all is – Love. Send Loving energy to the virus. Surround all cells, all minds, all with Love.

This pulling together of planet Earth has now changed its path and the new path or evolution or cycle is in process. Focus on Love, Dear Ones. Allow this new path to be a Love Evolution for all of planet Earth. There is all Power in the Power of the ONE. Be the One Love. Be the One Loving. Be your true Self. We are all One, Dear ONES. Be this truth, this One Love. Love is far more powerful than fear. Love Dear Ones. Love All and be the Love that created you. 

Be at peace. All is well Dear Ones. You are all Loved with the Love that is Me, God, the All of All."

 

 

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46 minutes ago, YakRider said:

I know this sounds a bit technical, but  having an understanding of the underlying problems caused by certain ideas can help us to better understand the people around us who use religion and delusion as a dysfunctional coping mechanism.   

 

Thanks, YakRider, for posting this and for your analysis. While the George Carlin in me wants to say, "This person is fucking nuts!" we should, for a moment, slow down and set aside the issue of right or wrong and try to understand where folks are coming from.

 

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What was his reason for not stopping the virus?

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49 minutes ago, midniterider said:

What was his reason for not stopping the virus?

It would probably go something like this: the virus was sent so that Dear Ones would discover the Love that is me, God, the All of All. 🤣

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YakRider, is the person in therapeutic treatment that wrote that?

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On 5/4/2020 at 10:42 PM, midniterider said:

What was his reason for not stopping the virus?

Yes. You have a great point. That's one of the cognitive flaws expressed in this delusional thinking. Somehow the "god" is connected with everything; however, the key matters of why a) did you know about and cause do this, b) allow this to occur or, c) aren't you doing something to stop the suffering are never answered. It is assumed that one must have already known, without knowing, that this is acceptable behavior. 

 

Do keep in mind that religiously-based ideation in delusions is a frequently encumbering part of this pathology. The book and film industry have made ample use of this deep problem.

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14 hours ago, Weezer said:

YakRider, is the person in therapeutic treatment that wrote that?

They are not in treatment at the time of writing or at this time.

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On 5/4/2020 at 11:36 PM, TruthSeeker0 said:

It would probably go something like this: the virus was sent so that Dear Ones would discover the Love that is me, God, the All of All. 🤣

That's been a pretty common line of reasoning in christianity since it's earliest days: the notion that "if I (god) make you suffer, then you you will love me or you should love me."

 

A related problem in real life is when parents create fear of pain in their children, common responses by the child is for the child to leave the household as early as possible and to avoid contact and, later, withhold contact with the grandchildren.

 

If it is the "god" or "father" whose "plan" is creating confusion or suffering, would anyone marvel why so many leave the religion? 

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On 5/5/2020 at 12:01 AM, older said:

 

Well-put! That's pretty straight forward. Christianity by no means has the corner of delusional thinking.

 

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On 5/4/2020 at 10:39 PM, older said:

 

 

Thanks, YakRider, for posting this and for your analysis. While the George Carlin in me wants to say, "This person is fucking nuts!" we should, for a moment, slow down and set aside the issue of right or wrong and try to understand where folks are coming from.

 

 

A very good point. Some individuals reach a point of being unable to cope with events they are confronted with and they may fall back on thinking that provided the comfort in times of crisis. Others make a conscious choice to use religion as the "opium" that a 20th century philosopher described.

 

Marlene Winell describes how the problem may develop in visual fashion here:

https://new.exchristian.net/2014/06/childhood-indoctrination-is-serious.html

 

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