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Bi-Polar Disorder: Are These Repressed Psychic People?


Bi-Polar disorder (a.k.a. manic-depressive) is an unusual mental issue.  While nearly all other mental disorders involve having a severely limited ability to express real emotions, bi-polar people express too much.  Their emotions get away from them and they cannot hold them back.  This can interfere with people’s lives because high emotions distort our ability to think and reason, often allowing our irrational fears to take hold and run the show.  The travails of Mel Gibson, who had the misfortune of having his problems exposed to the entire world, are a perfect example of this.

The Mayo Clinic has  the following list of symptoms:

Manic phase of bipolar disorder
Signs and symptoms of the manic or hypomanic phase of bipolar disorder can include:

  • Euphoria, Extreme optimism, Inflated self-esteem, Poor judgment, Rapid speech, Racing thoughts
  • Aggressive behavior, Agitation or irritation, Increased physical activity, Risky behavior, Spending sprees or unwise financial choices
  • Increased drive to perform or achieve goals, Increased sex drive, Decreased need for sleep, Inability to concentrate, Careless or dangerous use of drugs or alcohol
  • Frequent absences from work or school, Delusions or a break from reality (psychosis), Poor performance at work or school

Depressive phase of bipolar disorder
Signs and symptoms of the depressive phase of bipolar disorder can include:

  • Sadness, Hopelessness, Suicidal thoughts or behavior, Anxiety, Guilt
  • Sleep problems, Low appetite or increased appetite, Fatigue, Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Problems concentrating, Irritability, Chronic pain without a known cause
  • Frequent absences from work or school, Poor performance at work or school

The first thing that strikes me about this is that you probably have to be a highly sensitive person to have bi-polar disorder.  This only makes sense.  For a person to have wild emotional swings, they have to have wild emotions.  There is apparently no scholarly research on this connection, but I am not the first to think of this.  On a help site for highly sensitive people, one man writes:

Is it possible that being “highly sensitive” is an illness brought about by a chemical imbalance similar to bipolar disorder ?
I lived with bipolar disorder and have had periods of deep depression. I was born with a heightened senses as was my mother and her mother as well. they both had symptoms of bipolar disorder. It has occurred to me that my being HSP may be why I was open to bipolar disorder and related depression.

The second thing is that bipolar disorder is strongly linked to creativity in the manic phase.

Memory and creativity are related to mania. Clinical studies have shown that those in a manic state will rhyme, find synonyms and use alliteration more than controls. This mental fluidity could contribute to an increase in creativity. Moreover mania creates increases in productivity and energy. Those in a manic state are more emotionally sensitive and show less inhibition about attitudes, which could create greater expression ((3)). Studies performed at Harvard looked into the amount of original thinking in solving creative tasks. Bipolar individuals, whose disorder was not severe, tended to show greater degrees of creativity ((5)).

So here we have people who are highly sensitive and creative, which are strong attributes of psychic people.  Is is really so very much of a stretch to imagine that psychic ability is somewhere nearby?  No. And surprisingly, for a change, I am not the first person to think of this.  A website I ran into basically states the same thing:

The most common psychiatric diagnosis among experients of psychical phenomena is Bipolar Disorder. Also known as manic depression, manic-depressive disorder and bipolar affective disorder, this diagnosis describes a category of mood disorders.

And treating people with this disorder as though they were psychic would probably do a lot for their mental health.  Let me explain:

Once you know you are psychic, a number of things can be dealt with:

  1. You are aware that you are picking up the thoughts of other people and that this affects your moods.  From there, you can learn to deal with it.
  2. You stop asking yourself the question:  Am I crazy?  No, you’re psychic.
  3. You understand that you can’t change who you are.  So you don’t try.
  4. You can begin to carve an identity for yourself that matches what you are actually capable of.  So you stop spending energy trying to be someone that doesn’t fit you.

If you are not dealing with these things they will catch up with you.  And it just might be that the people who are most vulnerable are highly sensitive, creative types that have not learned the first thing about dealing with the psychic onslaught of the world and are trying to pretend that they’re normal when they aren’t.  This can push people to the brink.

I can speak from personal experience here.  The more comfortable I’ve become with being psychic, the calmer I’ve been and my emotions have been much more steady.  I’m not as prone to depression or simply malaise.  It’s easier to shake out of it.  Not because of anything I’m doing psychically, I’m just more comfortable in my own skin.

It seems to me that having emotions go through such intense cycles is a symptom of suppression.  That is to say, the individual is trying hard to repress something about themselves and failing at it.  That something may be their psychic awareness.  Those of us who have been through this know how difficult it is to hold back spirit.  (for lack of a better word.)  I can easily imagine the psychological demolition derby resulting from someone trying too hard to adopt the “rational” mindset when it doesn’t suit them.  (It’s in quotations because people are often far less rational than they think they are.)

I don’t have any answers here, it’s just something to think about.  If bi-polar people were taught to embrace their psychic side and understand it, would that help them?  I think it’s a good question.

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88 comments on “Bi-Polar Disorder: Are These Repressed Psychic People?

  1. lobitty
    September 19, 2014

    All I can say is wow. I’ve been reading on HSP/Bipolar all day. I was diagnosed bipolar and ADHD 8 years ago when I was 15– the same year my mother died. From 15-21 was a series of manic, depressive, and mixed episodes. I was the life of the party, everyone’s “crazy” friend, I was beautiful and outgoing and brilliant– but a complete mess. My friends describe my energy as “intoxicating” and “addictive”– they wanted to feel what I felt. During the Winter of 2012 I experienced a horrific depressive episode. I stopped going to school, I couldn’t keep a job, I was behind on rent, and I couldn’t even bring myself to get out bed each day. An angel brought me my boyfriend, who saw something beautiful in the mess I was. For the first time in my life I had someone there to MAKE me go to dr appointments, to witness me taking my medications. I had someone who put a roof over my head and food into my mouth, he dropped me off at school and didn’t stop nagging until I found a good job. We just hit our 18 month anniversary and I am a changed person. I’ve had my dream job for over a year now, and I just received a promotion. I’m going to grad school for free. I have a 4.0 in school, wildly successful in all of my classes. I am a writer and I’m very successful for someone my age. I am currently writing my first book (centered around the stigma against mental illness, and inspired by the famous photograph “The Most Beautiful Suicide”). I am healthy and usually happy. I definitely still have my mood swings, but on a much, much smaller scale. I am rapid-cycling/mixed, so my emotions change within hours, sometimes minutes. I cry at the drop of a hat, I can’t eat meat without feeling ill, like I’m eating an individual, I can’t watch violence on TV, I literally have to close my eyes because of how awful I feel. I get goosebumps constantly throughout the day, and I’m always tearing up. Whether it’s a commercial, a scene on TV, a homeless man on the train, someone singing, something I read, a child, a story I hear– I’m deeply affected and emotionally moved. Luckily, I have writing as my outlet. I am so lucky to have my life centered around something that is so innate, stimulating, and healthy. I have been on my medication for just over one year. I can’t believe how much my life and personality have changed while continuing treatment. I’m one of several people in my family who have bipolar, there have been more suicides than I can remember, yet I am the only person to seek out and maintain treatment. I feel so blessed to have caught mine early and to have a partner who encouraged me to take it seriously. My father still believes it’s an “imaginary illness in my head” and continuously asks me “when I’m gonna ween myself off the pills.” For the first time in my life, I’m successful, independent, alcohol-free, but at this point I’m not sure what I have to thank for this. I don’t know if it’s the meds, or the relationship, or the job, or having a comfortable quiet place to call my home, or my studies and writing. I do know that I’m become an introvert, I’m become shy and awkward for the first time in my life. My voice shakes when I read in class. I overanalyze and dread small things no one else noticed. I also know I have been spiritually awakened. I feel my mother with me, and I’ve learned to notice her many signs. I’ve learned to trust my intuition and I feel beyond my years because of everything I’ve experienced. I feel myself vibrating, I can feel all of the love inside of me and project it onto anything I want. I can feel the love radiating from within me. I’ve been told I have a distracting and beautiful aura, and I can feel my connection with our universe and truly believe I am here to change the world and to bring awareness. I do not think that I am “psychic” per say, but I am definitely an HSP/Bipolar and I am definitely different from nearly everyone around me. I feel like I can read between the lines, see the deeper meanings in things. I have empathy embedded within me. I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember. Sensitive has always been the chosen word by my elders to describe me. I’ve learned to trust myself and my intuition, I’ve learned to love myself and surround myself with positivity, knowledge, and creativity. But I still have the lingering question– would I have grown this much without the meds? Likely not. Can I continue to grow without them though? Will I always need to take 500 mg of Seroquel to knock me out every night? Will I never remember my dreams again? Will I never experience my manic brilliance? I can’t have my cake and eat it too. I can’t have the highs without the lows. Am I okay with staying in this state of mediocrity and calmness? With special care, we can thrive. But does that care need to include medication? Will I ever be the person I was? It is a difficult question to answer, but it makes me happy to see others pursuing the same path. We are not alone.

    • Anonymous
      October 12, 2014

      Wow. This made me cry. You hit so close to home on so much that I’m feeling. Thank you for such an amazing message.

  2. Julie
    August 22, 2014

    Having had very close bipolar friends, all I can say about this is that they would make lousy psychics. While I agree that they have difficulty holding back all their thoughts and feelings, at least in my experience, they are incredibly INACCURATE in reading the thoughts and feelings of others. Instead of perceiving things accurately, more often than not there is near constant misperception and they may the mistake of believing that others feel as they do or how they would like them to feel. Unfortunately both of my friends with bipolar see themselves as highly intuitive but actually were not.

    • Anonymous
      October 4, 2014

      What state of mind are you judging? When someone is high or low they may not have good judgement. Also to generalize a certain population by knowing only a few of the population may not be accurate. Many people who have profound ways of thinking and interpreting may be reluctant to express their their thoughts because after all they may be overly sensitive to how people judge them. Finally there may be people who have a higher level of perception just as there selected athletes that perform at a higher level than most.

  3. Andrè M. Pietroschek
    July 29, 2014

    I sympathize with the article in many parts. Sadly though “repressing” something about oneself is dangerously naive here. Being what you call “psychic” could be one explanation, still it is proven that “trauma, or post-traumatic stress”, up to even “psychotic killing urges” could be the “to be repressed” aspect, too. I find it admirable that you attempt to handle your state, and share it with others, seemingly similar afflicted (no insult meant with it). I had spend much time among artists, and many of them tend to be both, very friendly persons, and exceptionally sensitive people. Like with one of your theories, there is a need to learn “shutting it off” before it overwhelms the senses. Another important point is persons are persons, not just patients. Sadly the abusive and violent cases make the latter tricky.

  4. Jane
    June 17, 2014

    Hi Craig — thank you so much for this article. I think you are definitely onto something here. I was officially diagnosed as “bipolar 2″ about 3 years ago. I am in my mid-forties. My friends are incredibly supportive and through them, I have come to figure out that my hyper-empathy and desire to “Please” my mother, has resulted in a self-fullfilling prophecy of bipolar symptoms. In other words, I was/am a highly psychic person whose empathy is so overboard that I can’t help but take on the symptoms of whatever is causing pain to someone else. In the case of my “bipolar” diagnosis – it was the result of my mother literally driving me bonkers.

    Since I was 10, she has been labeling me — it finally culminated in my taking on an illness I do not organically have, and never have had. I am not saying that bipolar patients are not sick and that they don’t need medication, or treatment. I am saying that I am living proof that this condition can be artificially induced in a hyper-empathetic person, who is being brainwashed into thinking they are “crazy” by a person who simply cannot accept them for who they are.. It happened to me. I believe it also happened to Frances Farmer, the actress, back in the 1930’s. (see the film about her life and eventual labotomy, ordered by her mother….the film stars Jessica Lange.) Anyway…I just wanted to thank you for your article and to thank you for being so kind and understanding. Compassion is a heavenly quality and it is really nice to see in a human being. :)
    Peace!

  5. jon
    May 29, 2014

    mel gibson is not bipolar , get your shit straight. alcholic does not mean bipolar. 80 % of population alcoholics. less than 1 % bipolar

    • David Coleman
      September 10, 2014

      Mel Gibson IS bipolar, and has admitted as such in the press. The alcohol was just self-treatment, a clinical marker of many manic-depressives who abuse drugs and alcohol. While such abuse contributes to negative behavior, the underlying psychiatric illness is the deeper issue. The link is below. It is not helpful to characterize anyone’s position, btw, with such language as “get your shit straight.” For it only proves that you’re the one left with a fecal-eating grin when you make a point of being mockingly wrong yourself. The ‘Psychology Today’ article with Gibson’s quote follows, if the autobot allows. But if not? Google it yourself. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-measure-madness/201007/mel-gibson-and-leaked-tape

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  9. mpj
    January 1, 2014

    Thank you so much, this is me, i never connected the two but already deal with it as so it was normal because it is amongst some…

    • sylvia
      January 30, 2014

      Big polar disorder is not something i embrace as fa as I embrace phsycic ability I was dagnosed bipolar but found it was false when I I’d my deep research on th ddisorder an the sells of pharmaceutical drugs I was more keen to straying away from chemically treated forms of therapy and decided to convert to an all ntural way of living got away from the doctored cchemical intake of pharmicutical medicating and have found i was able to find llove have children and deeply and naturaly fully embrace my very secrette but facinating ability to read peoples minds.which im still beginning to sowely except and still question my self its faks me out at ties but that has ony for end to me except the fact that it vvery widely real!!!!!!so thus the idea I’m young let’s begin now to embrace ths notion.

  10. sarah
    November 26, 2013

    How do I meditate on my greatest fears? This may sound paranoid…but I don’t allow myself to think of my greatest fears…for fear I will manifest my greatest fear….which is true because I did manifest my greatest fear, I lost my children, two years ago before I realized the power of thought and intention. I feel very afraid to think about scary things now. help?

    • James Bridges
      March 8, 2014

      know this.. Things happen, we decide within ourselves weather it good, or bad… Nothing bad ever happens, also nothing good ever happens, for good and bad differ from person to person.My world spins sometimes, my bipolar maybe, it is Christ in me fighting the good fight, reaching from my bowls to my heart. affecting my mind… fear, only fear is scary, and break that down, and you Gods will being done in you, and in everyone. He knows the end, and it involves YOU and ME, and the rest also. You know what I am afraid of ?? let me know if you do, cause i havent found it yet…. Love, Christ in Jim.

  11. Natasha Jovan
    September 23, 2013

    Thank you for this article. I, (as well as numerous family members) suffer with bipolar disorder. We are also very psychic and intuitive. I have had a hard time making the connection until now. But yes I do agree there is a connection. Being sensitive to the emotions of others, or being sensitive the the energies of the environment definately affects my moods. I can pick up on so many people’s emotions and thoughts, that it overwhelms me because I have my own to manage as well as others’.
    Not being able to fully express my psychic side to people creates a feeling of isolation and then depression considering most people don’t understand nor do they believe in such things and they don’t know how to respond.

    Once again thank you for this article, it has helped to bring some clarity.

  12. KST
    September 22, 2013

    Bipolar —> Not psychic but one having soul.

  13. Tammy
    September 21, 2013

    Hi Craig,

    Thank you for your insightful blog and responses to replies.
    I had my first major manic episode in 2009, diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder, added to preexisting PTSD diagnosis. I had Severe Depressive Disorder until I went through some very severe trauma, which resulted in an ego collapse. There were many factors at play all at once, like seeing a shaman and being initiated energetically like a lightening bolt went trough me (I told him I thought I was a healer, asked me to hold up my hand to his, and ‘BLAM’ my life has never been the same).

    Prior to 2009, I had never stepped foot into the metaphysics section at the bookstore. That summer I left with stacks of books, trying to understand this energy and sensitivity I was experiencing. I sat on the fence as I learned more about my state, back and forth between mental illness and awakening. Finally, I have decided that the answer to that question is “YES”. LOL. Yes, I have mental illness I need to manage and be mindful of- but also, the trauma of losing my mind, my job, shelter, etc. became the catalyst for an awakening. So, I walk the razor’s edge there. Mentally ill at the same time as more spiritually healthy than I ever have been. Hahaha. Strange world indeed. The human mind is fascinating.

    At any rate, my bouts with psychosis added to already being highly sensitive all of my life (artist, hermit), and it is like I opened a door I cannot shut now. My sensitivity is so extreme that I have been unable to work, and at times find being out in the world too overwhelming. I am very in tune with nature (geomagnetic storms, seismic activity, etc), but have trouble grounding due to root chakra block I have been working on (from trauma) My safe haven is a Unity Church I go to, and I started teaching a class called “The Gift of Sensitivity” a couple of months ago to bring people together and help one another.

    This brings me to the topic of finding your blog. It is a challenge to understand the directions to take to heal oneself in a world that is trying to pry its “third eye” open at any cost, raising energy without a full understanding of just how powerful life force energy really is…when I’m just trying to break through to ground in a reality I never wanted to be in to begin with. Two NDEs as a child I believe added to not wanting to be here. That “taste” of home stayed with me.

    Blessings, and have a wonder-full week.

    Tammy

    • Anonymous
      March 11, 2014

      Hey tammy i would love to speak to you, add me on facebook “musab nadeem” ive had a similar experience, had a mental breakdown.. but i was seeing visions and swear i had an awakening at the same time…

  14. Drew
    September 10, 2013

    Hi Craig,
    I am a 19 year old female and I was diagnosed with Bi Polar I last year just after Christmas. I had a slight manic episode where I “hallucinated” hearing a bird flying around in my cupboard, seeing two orbs dancing in the sky and the top hand page of a stack of paper floating. The second manic episode I had, I had feelings of being possessed (my whole rib cage was twisted to the right and it felt like all the organs within the right side of my body were being scrunched up), I would see my pupils flickering, and “hallucinated” ‘God Rules’ in the hospital toilet, I saw walls crying and I saw birds that weren’t there to other people. I believed there was a bigger picture to everything that most people wouldn’t understand. My depressive states of Bi Polar seem to last forever and each time my manic episodes have been interrupted by my family who don’t believe in things like I do. However to me my manic episodes have been the some of the happiest times during my teenage years despite things that were going on. I seemed to be in control but not at the same time. The things that have let me down during my manic episodes is trying to tell people what has been happening to me. I want to know if there is a link between hallucinations/delusions and psychic ability?
    Thanks,
    Drew

    • craigweiler
      September 10, 2013

      Hi Drew,
      That’s a tough one. On the one hand, I tend to think that we “fix” reality with our minds as a normal thing and that when people hallucinate or are delusional that they are experiencing an additional dimension to their reality.

      On the other hand, hallucinations and delusions are not at all helpful to living a normal life. The basic problem is that you can’t share your experiences and therefore miss the far more important connections with humanity. As hard as ordinary life can be, it’s where the other people are and we need them in order to really experience our lives.

  15. RubyTuesday
    September 7, 2013

    Intriguing. Thank you for posting. I’ve had similar thoughts about an HSP/Bipolar connection over the years but it’s very interesting to see this discussion and hear others’ thoughts on the topic.

    I have bipolar (I’ve always favored saving I ‘have’ bipolar rather than I “am” bipolar because, while it may be something that I have to deal with, it doesn’t necessarily define who I AM as a person.) Anyway, I guess I’m also what you could call HSP.

    In my case, having bipolar translates into having almost ridiculously acute observational and sensory skills (particularly in an ‘up’ phase, or manic phase). Meaning, I will notice much more than your average person — even minute details — and experience them on a much deeper level too.

    (This is a silly, off the top of my head example, but you get the point, I hope). It might even be something very trivial, like the color of someone’s shirt, that jumps out at me. It could look like an average color to most people, but maybe it’s a few shades off from your average green, and to me, it hits me like a tidal wave. It might be so striking, vivid, and evoke such an emotion that i actually ‘feel’ it strongly — maybe even to a point that all of a sudden I feel a need to write a poem about it.

    THAT’S the kind of over the top acute observational skills and sensory experience I’m talking about.

    With that said, it seems it would make perfect sense that someone like that could also pick up on another person’s feelings, energy, whatever you want to call it.

    When I’m in that mode, I pick up on darned near everything — and suddenly seem to have solutions to problems too that I never thought of before (it’s like a state of enlightenment) — It can be so extreme that I’m almost to the point of madness where I just want to scream “stop, stop, stop!!!” at the top of my lungs because I’m in a state of OVER-stimulation.

    I’ve had days where, (not kidding, only I WISH I were!) I was so “on” that I invented a dozen or so different things in a matter of hours. I might grab a tupperware container, think about what a pain in the butt they can be and come up with a better system. Two minutes later I might grab the can opener and think of how to design a better can opener….ad nauseum. Everything I see, do, taste, touch…I suddenly see it in a new way…

    (NOTE: the depressed phase is the exact opposite. My eyes are closed to everything. Couldn’t solve a problem if I tried — even a simple one — let alone invent things. And everything is dark, colors vanish.)

    But perhaps that can at least partially explain why those with bipolar are HSP too. We’ve experienced such an extreme spectrum that we’re in a unique position to detect nuances and pick up on changes (say, in energy and light). We’ve not only seen the brightest brights and the darkest darks, but we’ve felt them deeply too, so we have a much wider range of reference points to draw from.

    I.E., if a ‘normal’ person experiences life on 10 different levels and we’ve done it on 1,000 levels than maybe we can detect things on levels that most wouldn’t. Not unlike how an animal with more acute hearing might detect a higher-pitched sound that a human ear can’t. If we have lived on that high-pitched level, so to speak, we can hear the sound. (Same with the ultra low-pitched level).

    I’m using some unusual examples here off the top of my head and this probably isn’t a well-organized writing, but I think you guys,hopefully, will get the meaning.

    • Anonymous
      January 2, 2014

      Not to trivialise what you shared because it’s true but that exactly what makes Sherlock Holmes great! He is clearly bipolar and it’s interesting to see how television protrusion this, but it’s just how you’ve explained your hightended experiences.

    • ian mitnick
      February 25, 2014

      Yes – when I was 8 years old i loved music and played the drums because my grandfather played the drums and he got me into it when I was 2 – we loved drums music and baseball and were VERY close – well at 8 he died AND 2 months later my Dad (his son) separated from my Mom and left the house – I was doubly traumatized and living with my Mom forced to become a “man” at 8 years old – my theory is I was not only supersensitive before 8 years old but even more and bipolar and manic and depressed by 10 years old because OF the 2 painful events and very recent thoughts that my Mom also MAY have bi-polar too. I am now 42 and psychic and see numbers on clocks and think dates, birthdates death dates synchronicity numerology psychic stuff all day long EVERY day – and know a friend of mine will win money on a lottery scratch off card BEFORE he scratches it off and MOST of the time he wins money – so I can VERY much relate – bipolar people might also be “lightworkers” on this planet like myself but thats another whole discussion

    • Anonymous
      August 17, 2014

      Thank you.

  16. Diane
    September 6, 2013

    I was diagnosed with bi-polar at a very young age of 18. I was told that I would need to take medication for the rest of my life as there was no cure. Not only did one doctor tell me that I would need to take medication the rest of my life but several. It was not until a year ago at the age of 49 I found that statement to be completely false and found that I could turn my life around with the power of my thoughts (Positive thoughts). I AM NOT SAYING THAT GETTING OFF MEDICATION IS FOR EVERYONE/YOU, TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR FIRST. This all came about because my psychiatrist told me that if I did not continue with my medication he could no longer see me as a patient. My thought at the time was wow even my doctor is rejecting me and several weeks later I decided I was going to change my life. I went to the bookstore and bought my first self-help CD and have been trying everything imaginable to turn my life around. It is a work in progress and I know I have grown because my Husband says that I have changed by 90% and when he first told me that I was shocked. My goodness what type of person was I before my transformation? And reading all these comments makes me wonder if I was picking up feelings from the people around me. I have had strange things happen that were unexplained. Also when I am talking to people I try finish what they say not on purpose it just comes out and it annoys people so I have learned to just listen. I also read in another one of your blogs that also happens to me where when I am at a new place I get lightheaded and dizzy and black out for a second and feel strange but never knew or know why. And sometimes when I am in that same spot at another day and time the same thing happens again (very strange). A lot of the things/feeling that used to happen to me are all gone since I have been transforming my life and wonder if I somehow shut it off. I feel really good now and have never been happier. Thank you Craig and all of you for your wonderful information.

  17. peacenowflower
    July 2, 2013

    i have not read all the comments, but do you know a way to take Bipolar medication, but still be psychic? I am Schizoaffective Bipolar, and interested in developing psychic ability. When I was first diagnosed I wanted to find a psychic to argue that I had just had a psychic break-thru. I didn’t want medication, but Doctors can be convincing so I’ve been on medication non-stop since my diagnoses. The Doctors installed fear into me. I’d need a mighty big sign to try and go off it. Anyway, do you think it is possible to develop into a full psychic while taking medication?

    • craigweiler
      July 2, 2013

      Hi peacenowflower,
      In answer to your question, I don’t know. The psychic people that I know who are on medication prefer to keep it that way because they don’t want the psychic stuff interfering in their lives. The meds help shut it out. I have no personal experience with this.

      It doesn’t sound like you want to be on the meds. If you feel that you’d need a mighty big sign to get off of meds, then ask the universe for a mighty big sign if you’re supposed to get off of them.

      But be careful what you wish for, you might get it.

      • peacenowflower
        July 8, 2013

        I have never liked my medication. I started taking the medication with the belief that if God didn’t want me on it, it could have no effect on me.

        I asked the Universe for that sign and gave a one week limit. I don’t want to block out other signs, lest I should misinterpret them as being about medication, so a short time limit is needed. As time is nothing to God, the time limit will not be a problem in creating a miracle.

  18. ap0pl3xy
    June 28, 2013

    Thanks so much for this article… Reading about others experiences really helped me understand why I’m an empath.
    Medication sucks. I feel flat as a pancake, and have for ages. I wish I could run just a little bit “hot”. Unfortunately actual hot means recklessnes and irritability that’s off the charts.
    I do miss my creative self though, terribly. I’m into all kinds of things, and even have a craft room (no scrapbooking tho, too much of a perfectionist for that). It’s dusty, and full of things I’ve been considering getting rid of. Some other crafty person at Goodwill would think they found the jackpot, and that thought makes me smiile. I’m slowly ramping down on Lamictal with the help of my awesome shrink in the hopes that I re-discover that side of myself.
    I can still read people, and throw mad accurate tarot scenarios. Tho that’s always up to the interpretation of the other person.
    Anyway, thanks again, you’ve given me food for thought…

  19. AB
    June 17, 2013

    Poor Mel Gibson! Who cares about the public shaming? It might have saved that woman’s life. Speaking as a bipolar person, if you’re so filled with rage that you’re stalking people smaller and weaker than you and threatening to kill them, you need to be stored somewhere for the duration. Which he was not. So! Let’s talk about how sensitive you are.

  20. Lori Turner
    May 18, 2013

    A short summary of me: At age 23 I was diagnosed with major depression and hospitalized. Anti-depressants ALWAYS triggered suicidal thoughts. Twenty years later the diagnosis of Bipolar came with a couple of more hospitalizations. Then the mood stabilizers were even worse for me. I do not currently take any medications. Now I am so confused because everything I read seems to fit what I am going through. So am I Bipolar, going through a psychic and/or spiritual awakening, am I highly sensitive, an empath or menapausal?

    • craigweiler
      May 18, 2013

      Well, as you might imagine that’s a really tough call without knowing you. If the mood stabilizers don’t work for you though, you’re definitely highly sensitive. Psychic people are sensitive to everything, so there’s that.

      Awakening is an intentional process usually, so if you’re not making the effort, you’re probably not moving along very fast.

      My approach to the strong emotions is to try to allow them, feel them and intentionally let them pass. That seems to work for me and it’s all I can recommend.

    • Tami
      June 23, 2013

      My journey has been a little less complicated; however I, too, was recently diagnosed with bipolar and I know I’m psychic and empath. And I’ve had two very intense spiritual awakenings, and yes was during the mist of hypomanic episodes. I think being bipolar makes us more sensitive to the spirit world. Personally, I think knowing I’m a sensitive makes the diagnosis easier to deal with.

  21. Shadow Beast
    May 12, 2013

    Alright, since the anonymity of the Internet makes for boldness…

    I’ve poked around here on occasion, from linkage on HuffPo, and I think this was the first article I ever read here. Revisiting it. I can’t say that I’m truly a “believer” in the psychic side of things (ask me for money and I’m gone) – I’m more like a “person whose faith is in flux and who feels kind of stupid for believing in anything at all.” However, I’m also a person who “thinks in science fiction” and is drawn to spooky-stuff. I like to read things that are out of the ordinary and intersting.

    I am bipolar. I was diagnosed a few years ago, with signs-in hindsight that I probably had it all my life. I’m a “mixed state,” which means the highs and lows come rapid-fire. There’s a lot of creativity (and/or a lot of anger) in my “highs.” I’ve never considered myself psychic and, in fact, when I first came across this article, I was mildly offended (as in rolling my eyes wondering if yet another person was trying to pull the “inspirationally disadvantaged” card on those of us with disabilities and disorders).

    But sometimes, I wonder, just a little bit. One time, when my mother sent a gift of money to my guy and I without us even asking for money (but being in a bad state), my guy said “It looks like your mother has the same ESP as you do.” Cue me going “WHAT?!” Cue him telling me that I seem to be able to sense things.

    Then there was how I sometimes feel I accidently “predict” things with stuff I write. I some of the fanfiction I write (yes, I’m a geek) it would seem I predicted a character before the official series I was writing for created her. (Said series being created by people who are very unlikely to read and get ideas from random fanfic written by Americans in the English language).

    So, I dunno. Is there such thing as an “ignorant seer?”

    • craigweiler
      May 12, 2013

      Yes, there is such a thing as an ignorant seer. If you grow up with psychic ability in a society that pretends it doesn’t exist, and that’s all you know, then unless you have something completely obvious that can’t be explained any other way, it’s relatively easy to ignore it.

    • Mystic Amrita
      October 11, 2014

      Yes, indeed. I do this all the time. In fact, I think this is one of the reasons, that “journaling” is so often recommended as a practice to their patients, by psychologists. We may access portions of our subconscious via writing, that we cannot so easily communicate when speaking.

      It isn’t uncommon for people to assume, that people who are psychic, actually “summon” the information they receive, in some hocus pocus manner.
      Never has been my experience. Insights (or on rare occasion, clear claireaudient messages arrive quite spontaneously.)
      I do not “intentionally” read people or situations, as it isn’t my “profession” and it comes with considerable responsibility, from a spiritual standpoint.
      But when I am focused with a person, in a situation of internet correspondence, for example, then it isn’t unusual for me to begin to “inadvertently” channel.

      That may indeed be what is occurring, with the fan fiction scenario. You and the writer, might be picking up on similar “inspiration” coming from the Universe, surrounding the fiction? If you have ever read Julia Cameron, the author of The Artist’s Way, she actually speaks of how she has received entire “plays” in this manner. She admits to being an inspired “channel.”

      And indeed, I spent the majority of my life, keeping such psychic intuitions quiet, even when I was “certain” of the source.
      As I have had several profound claireaudient encounters, in my life as well.
      The sort you simply cannot ignore.

      So, I know for a fact, that I have trusted spiritual guides. (definitely more than one, though the primary “voice” is received as a “male” energy. Though I don’t always hear them, and often the impressions that do come through, are rather like “psychic charades” — It “looks” like this, or it “feels” like that. There are times, when I just KNOW that someone is being deceitful with me, and this may register like an inaudible “gasp” –a slight disruption of energy, while on a telephone call. I may not know precisely what they are being dishonest about, but I sense the disruption in their vibration. Situations like that, are meant to be helpful in navigating the mine field of life, however subtle they may be. But you need to follow through with appropriate “real world” actions to protect yourself, from whatever danger lurks.

      And most likely, I would be deemed a “highly sensitive person.”
      But in no way, do I always “trust” what I feel.
      As clarity isn’t always a strong feature in such communications.
      Perhaps that is due to my own lack of discipline, in quieting mind chatter.

      Just my opinion of course, but anyone who possesses such sensitivity would be wise to heed the advice, that there is fine line between inspiration and delusion. Filter everything through the rational intellect.
      One needs to strike a balance between the abstract world, and our material-based reality. In other words…staying grounded in THIS reality, is the aim, while we reside here.

      If you have an outlet, such as music, art, or writing, to funnel your creativity, then by all means let loose. Just make a clear distinction between Vocation, and Avocation. One supports you financially…the other just makes you happy, when you are blissfully engaged in creating.

  22. Zishtar
    April 4, 2013

    Life, God, Spirit, Guardians, The Universe (whatever you call your higher power) only operates with/through love.
    The opposite to this is fear.

    So as a Bipolar (diagnosed manic depressive at a very early age) when I am overcome with a crushing sorrow, there is no fear, dread, memory or bitterness attached to this feeling, then I know that I am picking up on “the outside world”. I can not control or change this feeling, all that I can do is acknowledge it and send it love, healing or chant a positive affirmation (may write it several times also).

    I am a “typical” Bipolar, on and off my medications many times.
    Most of the time I accept that I’ll be on these meds for the rest of my life. They do affect my sensitivity, but as an active participant in managing my “illness”, I collaborate with my doctor to use the medication to help me not become overwhelmed with what I “pick up”.

    The way I see it, its a bit of both…I do have a chemical imbalance, the medication helps with stabilizing the levels (so I’m not overwhelmed), but not being so medicated that I am unable to “feel” at all, which creates a void or flat line existence ( where life feels like your a waiting for something, that never comes).

    I guess the key to all things, balance. :)

    Blessings to you all, and take care, Zx

  23. Jerome Denzel Barnett
    March 6, 2013

    I’ve always felt that I was intuitive to the point that I can sense people’s thoughts and also how something is going to play out before hand almost on a psychic level am I crazy ? or just truly born with a gift to sense and feel regarding people places and things ?

    • craigweiler
      March 6, 2013

      Not crazy, just psychic.

      It’s more normal than you think it is.

  24. Amaresh
    December 26, 2012

    Amazing – so many comments and you still find time to reply to most!! Only a sensitive can do that – most blog authors seem to write and forget – sensitives can’t. {or some don’t want to :-)}
    I have had the same hypothesis you mention in the article , based on personal experience, and a lot of reading in metaphysical matters:-). And yes, realizing this and acting accordingly has changed my life.

    Also, from experience, medicines, especially the mood stabilizers, don’t reduce but kill creativity, and any trace of genius. They make one flat like a robot rather than a human – not a good trade-off ! Only help to fit into an artificial definition of normality. Anti-psychotics are worse – brain numbing effects for anyone not outrightly having hallucinations, where it might be relatively justified?

    Well, nicely presented article and good information.

    Thanks.

    • craigweiler
      December 26, 2012

      Thanks for your comment. How could I not reply? So many people have so many heartfelt things to say! We all need to feel that connection.

    • Shadow Beast
      May 12, 2013

      I don’t know… I’ve found lithium supremely helpful to me, as in, it helps me to focus. I actually think my art has gotten better in the years that I’ve been on it because of the increased ability to focus. That, and being able to think through suicidal impulses instead of giving into the impulse to act on them… that little bit of chemically-induced balance helps.

      Psychatric drugs are tricky… different affects for different individuals.

      • craigweiler
        May 12, 2013

        I’m not a big fan of drugs, but since I wrote it I’ve had numerous conversations about this with bipolar people and I’ve softened my stance. Of course I’m not really qualified to have an opinion here . . .

    • AB
      June 18, 2013

      David Foster Wallace wrote Infinite Jest (and all subsequent works until a few years before his death, after they changed the formulation) on a powerful antidepressant called Nardil. You never know who might be taking medication and functioning well on it.

  25. David
    December 22, 2012

    I have a significant psychic aspect to my daily life experiences, and diagnosed mental illness. I don’t find a disconnect between them.

    I’m diagnosed rapid cycling mixed bipolar with “cluster B” personality disorder. All of that encompasses a self that is excruciatingly sensitive to others, their energy, self, my own energy.

    I exhibit pretty classic signs of a highly creative side, intense experience of mood and emotion, a vivid experience of the energy of others, and an apparent ability to express or communicate outwardly with others in a psychic sense.

    My life is a battle to manage these forces and energies in a way that i can stay in a center place, from which i function at a high level. When destabilized I can spiral.

    Not sure what else I have to share, except that from my experience there is a connection. I understand the temptation to attribute my perception of psychic communication to my illness, it is possible, but my illnesses do not make me irrational, they make me emotionally highly reactive outside societal norms.

    I think this deserves some respect, my life path is to search for integration of the self I am, rather than suppress through drugs this intensity of experience.

    • craigweiler
      December 22, 2012

      It’s somewhat scary that I completely understand where you’re coming from and what it means to be not entirely in control of my emotions and particularly the desire to stay off of meds. A bipolar friend of mine uses meds and she says that it dampens the sense of aliveness, but that it’s worth it for her. I can’t imagine making that trade off.

      I’ve gotten better by dredging up and examining and facing every unpleasant deep seated fear I can find in myself over the years. It has helped a lot.

      • craigweiler
        December 22, 2012

        Go ahead and email it to me. I do occasionally publish articles on this site from other people.

        Here’s what I tell everyone:

        My requirement for publishing on this site is that it be in standard composition format. An opening, a body that supports the opening and a conclusion.

        No rambling, no sweeping statements, use links to support facts where necessary.

        If I think it’s close, but needs some tweaking, I will make some specific suggestions for you to approve. If it’s not close, and would take a complete rewrite, I will make some broad suggestions for you to consider if you want to go to the trouble.

        This is not the path to fame. Most of the articles on this blog have under 200 views. craig@ weiler(dot)com (remove space)

        • Anonymous
          December 22, 2012

          really i’m just sharing with you a piece that resonates with what we’re discussing. call it a bit of inner dialogue i’m sharing personally that’s off topic. i’ll try replying to this email, otherwise would need your email and don’t want to fill you piece with our discussion. pasted below:

          I’ve decided to come out of the closet. I understand BPD as a state that includes an unstable or underdeveloped sense of self, ego. I accepted this model, have lived and felt the insecurities, tried to think my way through it, but it’s seemed that the more I thought the more contrived it was, the further from self I was. I’ve been living a lie.

          Now is the time to face the truth which I’ve known my whole life but been afraid to face. “I” do not think, I feel. I am a heart, not a mind. Thinking is a tool, a useful and wonderful tool, but in my case it is not self. To me self is heart, feeling, emotion. I am coming out as a being of the heart, not the mind.

          As I look back at the core injuries of early childhood I believe that I knew this. 50 years of torture from denying this simple fact. My ego or sense of self is not and was not incomplete, it did not mal-form, it was denied. It was denied by others, but the ultimate responsibility is mine, I allowed that theft not of self, but of self knowledge, identity.

          So today I am reclaiming myself, coming out of the closet. I feel, I emote, I psychically bond with those near me, I do not have empathy, I am empathy.

          If I can live that fact shame will become obsolete, lose it’s power. I believe that for me, this is the path from illness. Not by altering who I am, but by becoming who I have always known I was. A being born without the ability to close my heart to the world around me.

          It threatened the self loathing adults, they did not just feel anger, it was rage. The more I felt the more they raged. I could not stop feeling, it was all I had, so in obedience I felt shame. Shame for existing, shame for being a source of such provocation to mother, father, siblings. Shame not for what I did or did not do, but for what I was. Shame for my soul.

          But the story has a happy ending. I did not die, I thought.

          Oh, the thoughts I have thought. Great and complex, subtle and nuanced, day after day I thought of this and that, learned facts and proudly presented them when the time was right, and day after day knew i was living a lie.

          • craigweiler
            December 22, 2012

            I like what you wrote. It’s not long enough for a blog, but it’s interesting all the same. I formatted it just a bit in order to present it properly.

  26. Kelsie
    November 24, 2012

    Hello my name is kelsie and i was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when i was fifteen but just recently had my worst episode of psychosis a few months ago. At the time i was not on my medication and i began hearing voices and having delusions. When i was in the hospital i kept picking up on a lot of subliminal messages…and i kept doing certain things to to show people what was about to happen. Shortly after i got out of the hospital i still kept picking up on signs but i no longer do…is it because im on my medicine? And am i psychic?

    • craigweiler
      November 25, 2012

      People who are bipolar share some very distinct characteristics with people who have psychic ability, but are not bipolar. High sensitivity, high creativity, high intelligence, etc. It is very likely that you have psychic ability, but if you’re also having psychosis, things get a bit tricky. There is a fine line between what we create in our imagination in our heads and useful information that we’re receiving. They look the same to us. If you’re making predictions that are consistently coming true, then this is definitely psychic ability. You need to write them down as soon as you get them to make sure that you’re not misremembering after the fact.

      According to a bipolar friend of mine, the medicine does dampen psychic ability. For her, it’s a useful trade off because it also dampens the noise and anxiety. I don’t have any personal experience on this and I haven’t run across any literature on the subject.

      • Kelsie
        November 25, 2012

        O okay thankyou, i wish there was just a way to be stable and still have the intuition that i used to. I can never go off my medicine again because of what happened there are just so many missing pieces…i wish i had a better grasp on it.

    • craigweiler
      November 25, 2012

      There is a way to get off your meds and still keep your intuition, but it is a long hard road. Here’s the formula:

      1. You need to develop excellent skills in logical, linear thinking. You need this to help you recognize when you aren’t thinking clearly. It also serves to help dampen the emotional highs and lows.

      2. You need to spend time every morning meditating on things you are afraid of so that you can get familiar with how you feel when you’re stressed and how you can use that knowledge to mentally calm the stress down.

      3. By having the logical ability to stop when you’re going off the rails and the emotional ability to recognize your own stress and calm it down, you can begin to tackle the huge waves of emotion and even them out somewhat. If you can get to the stress before it gets to you, then you can think clearly enough recognize the difference between objective reality and personal reality.

      This is much harder than it sounds, but it is doable. My experience is that it takes a few years to accomplish this, but that it’s worth it. People who are highly sensitive usually have great powers of self reflection. This ability is crucial to this kind of healing.

      • Kelsie
        November 25, 2012

        Yes that is true, i just wish i could have the intuition and stay on my medicine. If i were to go off my medicine again i would risk everything, my whole career. I just remember clearly some of the premonitions i was having and they were right on…it was like watching myself on camera. But everything happens for a reason so i feel if i need a warning about something it will come.

        • craigweiler
          November 25, 2012

          I forgot to mention that the path I’m suggesting doesn’t require you to go off your meds right away. In fact, that would probably be a bad idea. It’s better to stay on the meds, begin the process of training your mind and keep it up so that at some point in the foreseeable future you will simply come to an understanding that you can manage without the medication.

  27. Seeker
    September 29, 2012

    I was diagnosed Bi-Polar at the age of 30 and I am now 39. Growing up, I had psychic experiences that range from communicating with crossed-over souls to clairvoyant dreams to seeing auras. I believed I was crazy for a long time. When I was diagnosed and put on Depakote and Lamictal, my emotions finally settled and I was very happy with how calm my life felt. I no longer had bouts of depression or spent thousands of dollars at the drop of a hat (I was once $30,000 in debt). BUT that medication has come at a great price. I no longer have the sensitivities that I used to. I still have a clairvoyant dream from time to time, but I can no longer “read” people the way I used to. I really miss it and I feel like all I do now is work and try to lead a normal life.

    How do others deal with this? I sometimes wonder if it would be different if I was not on meds, and I worked through my psychic experiences. But then I have to ask myself, wouldn’t I be crazy to do that?

    • craigweiler
      September 30, 2012

      I’m glad to hear that the meds have been helpful to you. I grew up without meds and had to deal with the high sensitivity. I eventually settled on a routine of constantly confronting my fears in order to be calmer.

      It has been a long hard road, but the payoff is just now coming into focus and life is getting better rather quickly.

  28. LaDonna
    July 21, 2012

    Thank you a lot for the help. I really enjoyed the conversation and glad to meet you on here.

    • craigweiler
      July 21, 2012

      Glad to be of assistance. With all the disinformation about psi out there peddled as “the truth” it can be a bit crazy making. It also denies people the help to deal with problems such as yours.

  29. LaDonna
    July 21, 2012

    Where do I find the way to do this?

    • craigweiler
      July 21, 2012

      There are various websites that detail techniques for psychic protection, and a lot of this depends on what you feel comfortable with.

      Mostly it comes down to this. The sensitivity and psi and all that aren’t just a curse that makes our lives miserable. We can use it to our advantage. Our intent is incredibly powerful and we can use it help ourselves. If you make it your ongoing intent to block out your high sensitivity to others emotions, eventually your brain will make the adjustments for this to happen. It takes time and effort, but it is worthwhile.

      I shut out an awful lot so I know that it can be done. It has to do with your belief in your own power. I have a very strong intent not to be in other people’s heads because as you well know, they’re all f**ked up and full of fear regardless of how they present themselves.

  30. LaDonna
    July 21, 2012

    I have been Bi Polar for a long time. I am Manic Depressive. I noticed even as a small child I saw things and it was so clear as a child.Like an Indian woman who use to show up when ever I was scared. Now, I have loved ones that has passed that comes to me in my dreams when I am scared or something happens like a passing of a loved one. I found my dad dead right after he shot himself and it was just minutes after, things got worse. I started seeing black shapes in the corners of my eyes and I and my family would smell strange smells like smoke and my dad was a heavy smoker. I was with my mom years later when she was ill..my dad passed when I was 21 and mom when I was 37,I am now 40. I was sleeping next to my mom in a nursing home and I dreamed she came and gave me a hug and said good bye and she loved me, then I woke up and took my mom’s hand and she took her very last breath that second as I woke, her chest decompressed for the last time. I also feel that I am really depressed cause not of my own feelings, but almost like others feelings. I have had strange things to come over me and I would just get mad or cry and I felt that they were a part from me, but yet me. I have had strange dreams of people never met but feel as if I known them for years. I dream of a military man that accidentally killed a young boy and he was crying so hearty. I would wake up and cry inconsolably. I took on the feelings of another that I had no idea why. I touch someones hands and my eyes and head would start with great pain and I could see flashes of things. I can get something from a second hand store and just feel drawn to it. I am miserable like this. I feel as if I crazy.

    • craigweiler
      July 21, 2012

      It sounds like the important thing for you to do is to decide who to let in and who to shut out. It is possible to create some barriers to all this influx of emotion and pain. It’s usually accomplished through some form of intent.

  31. James
    July 20, 2012

    Well I have Bipolar II and a Hypothymic temperament, also I’m pretty much de-sensitive to peoples emotions and also experience no fear. Also use my Bipolar to my advantage to keep me happy and also it teaches me things and even surprises me at times (in a good way).

    Also my BP helps me to retain and improve memory, concentration, judgement and also gives me an accelerated learning curve, plus also makes me highly intellectual and lets me connect things together like a puzzle.

    Long story short, I inherited Bipolar from birth (from both parents) and as such… I consider it to be a gift and not an illness. Also my Bipolar II, keeps me locked in my childhood state but I don’t mind at all, as it’s rather fun. :D

  32. BeAware.BeVeryAware
    July 12, 2012

    My understanding of years of personal research and experience, being diagnosed with bipolar disorder almost a decade ago, is individuals with diagnoses of “mental disorders” have a strong connection with the “paranormal.” The issues arises when these natural gifts are unknown and/or out of balance.

    Countless esoteric knowledge can be deciphered from such areas as mythology, “fairy tales” ;p, and similar sources. The strongest individuals are more often than not the ones with heavy burdens, lack of self-esteem, and a tendency of not being accepted within the “social norm.”

    Almost 2 decades of experience, being mainly self-taught and using innumerable sources as highly-respected guides and none as having “the answer” on a particular focus has shown me, the Most Important step in beginning and continuing to understand one’s own gifts is protection. I suggest perpetually developing new ways, and also strengthening the foundation of ones that resonate with the individual. This advice stems from many quirky, humorous, and frightening twists and turns in my path of self-discovery.

    “The fruit of your toils is the sweetest of pleasures.” <~ A Fav ; )

    At this juncture, my most developed gift is my intuition. This gift actually makes me laugh within, and at times out-loud for how quirky and comical and how frequent my "otherwise knowing" informs me what will happen, say 10-20+ times a day. This has become as natural as walking in my day to day life. I experience others as well, here and there, especially when needed.

    Aligning oneself with what I'll call the "better than usual" self such as tasks/activities/diet/expression/etc. boosts whatever gifts one is experiencing presently and also opens the proverbial door to experiencing others. Again, stating this out of the imperative importance, keyword: Protection.

    Some other advice, be respectful when dealing the paranormal, and stern when needed. There are entities that feel threatened from the more highly-developed individuals. Also, sending lower-energy vibes like malicious anger only feeds these "trouble makers." ;P

    Coming back to the subject-at-hand, whenever I have an "episode", my psychic skills become what I call out-of-control and over-developed, leaving myself slightly vulnerable.

    Out of all this, my most important advice is this: While (I'll say even say this) 'I know' that such "disorders" are a sign of psychic gifts, each individual's responsibility is Balance, maintaining within a certain range of fluctuation that allows for normal, everyday life. Consider this gift as a special flame. This 'fire' is wondrous, helpful, and awe-inspiring. . . as long as one does not become consumed within out-control roaring of flames.

    Be grounded, and Safe Travels : )

    • David
      December 22, 2012

      I’m intrigued by your post. I am rapid cycling bipolar, mixed. Also have a rich psychic life.

      Your theme of protection interests me because of where i find myself at present on my own path. I’ve been living in almost total seclusion for about ten months processing some traumatic life events, and expanding my insight into my illness.

      I’m finding that as I emerge into a more centered space, I’m also becoming much more psychically aware, which makes my occasional trips into public stressful. I am aware of ways to armor, but find them contrary to my path of self knowledge and trying to be open to subtle forces and energies.

      Do you see the disconnect? Thoughts?

  33. 'T'
    June 11, 2012

    I would suggest that everyone on hear give astrology a go!
    Learn astrology, & then decided from there wether or not you are psychic.

    Believe me peoples..it truely starts from here! Astrology has been practiced since the dawn of time & is a mixture of Maths, Metaphisics, Astronomy, Psychology, spirituality ect ect..!

    This…. ! is where anyone told they have bipolar should consider exploring! :-)

    Peace ,-)

  34. peter deawring
    June 3, 2012

    I have been diagnosised with bi-polar for ten years, but never felt it fit..there were many unaddressed pieces, one I am a highly sensitive person, two I am an orchid, three I am an introvert…all of these things explain pieces of the pie….how do I know if I am psychic? How does when tell? is there a test? or a person to talk to?

    • craigweiler
      June 3, 2012

      There is a survey for psychic people which you can find on one of my pages listed on the left of the blog. That’s the only test I know of. I don’t know who you could talk to in order to assess this.

      You used the term orchid in a context where it does not seem to fit. Is this a misspelling or did I just not understand it properly?

      • peter deawring
        June 4, 2012

        orchid referes to a relatively new theory that re-explains the vulnerability hypothesis. The vulnerability hypothesis stated that certain people are more vulnerable to life events and so in difficult circumstance more likely to wilt and stubble with special difficult. The orchid hypothesis states the same thing except it adds an upside which is that this difficult to care for person (fickle like an orchid) can also thrive even more than a typical person under positive circumstances. THere is currently no book on orchid theory although one is do out in 2013. For more read “Quiet” a current national best seller or google “orchid” and “atlantic monthly article” for another source on it meaning. Or just goodie orchid. Things will pop up.

        the base idea is an orchid is especially beautiful, but requires special care to survive. There are people that share these characteristics.

        • craigweiler
          June 4, 2012

          Thank you Peter. I will look that up. It’s a beautiful way of expressing a difficult concept which I completely understand.

  35. angela
    May 26, 2012

    Thank you for posting this. I have suffered depression and terrible mood swings whenever I disregard my magickal and psychic abilities. I am also clairsentient and empathetic, so I am greatly influenced by other people’s emotions. I have symptoms that resemble moderate to severe bipolar disorder and I have gone through periods of self-destruction and other suicidal behavior. It was not until now that I saw a pattern: when I participated in spiritual or magickal activity, I did not feel extremely high or low. I simply felt at ease, like I was doing what I was meant to do.

    I appreciate that someone like you understands what I have gone through l. Thank you and blessed be.

    • craigweiler
      May 26, 2012

      I’m glad I can help.
      Sincerely,
      Craig

    • BeAware.BeVeryAware
      July 13, 2012

      I can relate, angela. Whenever I veer from my Esoteric Path too long, my experience goes from divine to destructive. I recognize synchronicity perpetually. From this, and where I personally am with my progress, I have the feeling of a strong duty to myself and others around me to embrace and keep up with my gifts.

      Yup, experience beyond the focus of the common, physical reality heightens the joys of Life. Glad to hear of the rekindling of your Connection.

      Safe Travels

  36. Anonymous
    April 14, 2012

    I am bipolar, diagnosed at rehab. The reason I was addicted to drugs and alcohol was because I had racing thoughts, was highly sensitive to my surrondings, could perceive things like emotions and feelings others could not. It was all too much for me so I started smoking pot and drinking heavily in order to suppress this. I don’t sleep more than four hours a night and now I am on medication which I feel has made me worthless. Help!

    • craigweiler
      April 14, 2012

      Here’s what I do, but I have to tell you, this will produce instant results. But the results you get will be permanent.

      You need to get into a quiet space. Get a piece of paper and pick one thing that causes you stress and write it down in big letters. Put it in front of you. Now, meditate on the stressful thing. It’s important to feel the stress and while you’re in the middle of it, breathe deeply and will yourself to relax in the middle of the stress.

      Over time, you will experience less and less stress in this situation and similar ones. You can choose different stresses, it doesn’t matter what they are so long as you can get yourself to react to them in your imagination and they are not so overwhelming that you get paralyzed.

      I hope this helps.

    • Anonymous
      May 18, 2012

      staying positive is the key and loving all

  37. Lisa
    September 11, 2011

    aI’ve been reading minds too since I was in college. Since I was attracted to older men, I would always sit up front and when I thought that a professor was also attracted to me out of a huge group because I was giving off a signal in my mind that I was attracted to him, I would FREAK out! I figured everybody in the auditorium knew about it and I ran out of my economic I class. I missed the next few classes then I started to sit in the back. After that I ran into that professor a few times and it was though he felt “ashamed” to look at me. I thought I did something wrong and it only led to me feeling more anxious, slutty, dirty, you name it, something wrong with me.

    Now, during my first month of school at University of Maryland, College Park, I wanted to try drugs b/c I had never done them before. I hadn’t the faintest idea where to find any and neither did any of the new freshman on my dormatory floor. Well, one day (this was before I had an almost fatal accident (only 1.5 months into my 1st semester) which I also had a premonition of before it happened, and my mother said that she felt the same thing that night) I was walking to my Astronomy class and I was staring down at the sidewalk the whole way towards class thinking to myself, “wouldn’t be funny if I found a little bundle of pot buds in the middle of the sidewalk. Well, low and behold, and to my “effing” surprise, but not exactly where I wanted it to be found, almost right infront of this grand astronomy building there was this substance on the ground exactly like I had picture in my mind. I said to myself, no fucking way. And with all these people walking and passing by, nobody noticed it. The area I found it in was a high traffic area ( I was really hoping to find it on my long way on a long “lonely” stretch of sidewalk on the mainroad heading to the building). I bent down and started to scrap it up with a match book end. As I was doing this it appeared to me that if anybody was paying attention to what I was doing they would though I dropped it and was retrieving it, and the fear of being arrested b/c professors and other adults were walking right above me was intense. But, nobody seemed to notice. I thought about it throughout my entire astronomy 101 class, but really kept occilating doubt back and forth in my mind, but continued to be excited in spite of. Well, anyway, I can’t remember if I told anyone about this because it was so early on in the semester but I think i did. I think I shared it with someone. Not sure. But, guess what? It was real! What do you think of that? Chalk that up to coincidence or not? Sometimes I just believe it was by random chance, but other times I believe it was that quantum theory thing going on in my head. You create what you believe. Trust me, I was in a TRANCE as I was walking with my head down! So, who knows! Yes, I am BIPOLAR I, and was diagnosed in the mid 1970’s with ADHD, which was unheard of in those days. You had to be pretty bad to get that diagnosis back then. I always got above average or average passing grades so no learning disability was ever detected in me. It cost me my life’s career too because I could never do well on the aptitute tests to get into Veternarian School, or Medical School. My life is very different because of this. I do have a doctorate in law, and this was when I discovered that ADHD was a learning disability, NOT a behavioral problem, which was what it was considered in the 70’s. Had I known this I would of gotten help. These professional school exams are designed to keeep minorities and learning disabled and mentally ill people out of these professions as best as possible. Good luck people. It sucks sometimes being me. But, I do have a wonderful 2nd husband. Thank god for that, even though we are DIRT poor! lol.

    • craigweiler
      September 11, 2011

      You were in that Yoda mode of “seeking without seeking.” It’s a psi type skill. I’ve had similar stuff happen more times than I can count.

      In other words, in this little psychic corner of the world, you’re normal.

      Ask yourself: What if thousands of dollars came your way legitimately? As long as you’re going to use psi . . .

  38. Tiffany
    August 4, 2011

    WOW!.
    Only fate lead me here another one of my amazing coincedences. My name is Tiffany and Ive been dealing with this problem. I felt.like this was meant for me.
    Thank you!

    • Gabby
      December 17, 2012

      Lol I had a friend named Tiffany. She gave me a highly coincidental prediction that scared the living bejezzus out of me. I asked her if hey she knew if there would be another ‘Caroline’ in my life. And she told me that apparently I havn’t met right girl yet to get close too. Well she scared me by saying next, “Yeah and it’ll be someone here and in this room even. Someone you trust completly.” and I was like not wanting to look at her cause it WAS her. The girl I’d get strong friendship type love for was HER. Man I wonder how the heck SHE felt since it was obviously HER dang prediction. If I was her I’d wanna like go get my behind high or drunk especially considering the fact that she was married. Idk if she actually did use to be bi/lesbian like she told me… And me I see things in dreams apparently, and I SEEN this in a dream. I also SEEN her fainting in a dream, seen her husband accuse me of like, liking her in a dream, seen myself talk to her husband and telling him that I loved her, I seen her reply back with um what we can not see each other again if this is true, I seen her call me when I wasn’t there, I seen her husband and I talking again when I go back to the center on the wife and how when I hugged her I got a warm, fuzzy feeling from it despite not loving her THAT way. She also said she said I knew about ‘us’, and I was like WHAT you’re nuts. And not all her predictions are true, then again the future is subjective ever changable. Man do I feel like I was meant to be here. My nickname is Gabby by the way, and the Tiffany I knew had the nickname of Tinkerbell.

      • Gabby
        December 17, 2012

        And another thing I just read that dizziness, random tiredness, and moodswings can be associated with a psychic awakening. This might explain how ever since I have started to get more de ja’vu, precognitive dreams, auric sight, and empathy now I have had dizzy spells and random moodswings. Like happy one minute, sad the next, and angry the next. Once I dreamt of a friend fainting on me, and was shocked when the next day she had fainted on me.

  39. Anonymous
    June 28, 2011

    i feel better that i’m not alone

  40. Scott
    June 6, 2011

    THX

  41. Monica
    May 19, 2011

    I believe I’ve already mentioned this, but yes–you are, in fact, a genius. :p

    I didn’t have that much data on bipolar, but I believe Wikipedia lists ‘psychic phenomenon’ as a symptom of bipolar; it’s possible that there are some people who are self-aware as psychic and repressing because society demands they do. Just another little tidbit for ya. :p

    • Lisa
      September 11, 2011

      Who is a genius? Who are you referring to? You are the 1st reply? This makes it difficult to know who you could be referring to. Can somebody, anybody, figure out this young lady’s 1st reply to this blog and reply to this blog about it for me. And what is “:p” mean?

      Thank you,
      Lisa

      • craigweiler
        September 11, 2011

        Hi Lisa,
        The first person commenting was calling me a genius. It was a compliment. The :p is an icon of a person with their tongue out the side of their mouth. It’s a way of saying “That stinks.” She’s referring to psychics being repressed by society.

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