Belief creates reality…?
What if someone is suffering from mental illness and experiences episodes of delusions?
How would this affect their ability to discern what is reality and what is not? How would this affect someone’s practice.
We all have an idea of what we believe sanity is, however with delusions is seems the mind has turned against the individual/practitioner.
I’ll give you an example:
A person is experiencing feelings of doom and gloom and paranoia. They believe to see an entity in front of them, and believe that their food is poisoned. They cleanse their house everyday and in fear, and remove any spirit attachments that they perceive to have. Many come into this house and say they don’t see or feel anything. Is this all in their heads?
And do they then go on to create unwanted realities?
Example 2: (maybe less common as this applies to the elderly, however this is just for the sake of exploring a concept)
Someone who has dementia. They believe that their son that lives with them and cares for them has stolen their wallet when in fact they have misplaced it. They say they are absolutely certain.
How will their judgement or impaired capacity affect their life? Is this too all in their heads? Or is this similar to delusions as such as some experience delirium?