By Seth Farber, PhD, Inner Traditions, 2012
Many of the great prophets of the past experienced madness – a breakdown followed by a breakthrough, spiritual death followed by rebirth. With the advent of modern psychiatry, the budding prophets of today are captured into chronic mental patients before they can flower into the visionaries and mystics they were intended to become. As we approach the tipping point between extinction and global spiritual awakening there is a deep need for these prophets to be free to embrace their spiritual gifts. To make this happen we must learn to respect the sanctity of madness. We need to cultivate mad pride.