Schizophrenia—Gift or Illness?

If you asked a person diagnosed with schizophrenia if the spirits are real, they would say yes, despite these “episodes” being classified as hallucinations and delusions by Western mental health practitioners. But if you asked a traditional shaman, he or she would say that the schizophrenic is having real-life communication between the spirits and other dimensions.

The treatment of mental illness is only a hundred years old in the United States with most advances made in the 1920s. The current treatment for schizophrenia (with no cure) includes antipsychotic medications, which most patients hate to take because it dulls life, as well as their connection to the divine spirits and energy.

Shamans believe that people who are labeled as schizophrenic are in fact spiritually gifted. Gifted because they have strong abilities to communicate with spirits. These people are in the midst of a spiritual awakening. Modern society does not offer a spiritual explanation for schizophrenia, repeatedly downplaying the reality of the schizophrenics’ experiences and medicating them to shut out the “hallucinations.” A shaman on the other hand would perform a healing to remove any negative entities that are attached to the person’s energetic body, set the intention for which spirits are allowed to interact with them, then teach that person to shamanic journey (a spiritual practice of communing with totem animals and spirit guides that can help the person control the interaction between them and the spirits).

Once a healing has been accepted by the schizophrenic, the overload of negative energy and thoughts that had been pouring into them will cease or greatly diminish. The schizophrenic can begin to use his or her gift to converse with loving spirits to provide healing and divination—a drastic contrast to the alternative of becoming overwhelmed by the negative entities whose constant bombardment of unloving thoughts induce manic, paranoid, delusional and violent behavior.

Shaman Elizabeth wrote about this type of healing in her book, Shaman Stone Soup, which you can read at shamanelizabethherrera.com.

To request a healing for yourself or someone you love, click here. Please keep in mind that if you are requesting a healing for a friend or loved one that it is much more likely to be effective if they agree to it. Even a quick, “Yeah, sure,” makes all the difference.


  1. Sources:
    “…the sensitive would be given guidance by the shaman to walk in the world of spirit without coming to any harm. They recognized that there is more than one dimension where both light and dark beings reside. The lesson is to not stop the voices so much as work with them in a way that you are in the control seat rather than being controlled by the energies tormenting you.” SuccessfulSchizophrenia.org
  2. “In the shamanic view, mental illness signals ‘the birth of a healer,’ explains Malidoma Patrice Somé.  Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born… we in the West are not trained in how to deal or even taught to acknowledge the existence of psychic phenomena, the spiritual world.  In fact, psychic abilities are denigrated.  When energies from the spiritual world emerge in a Western psyche, that individual is completely unequipped to integrate them or even recognize what is happening.” — excerpt from the book The Natural Medicine Guide to Schizophrenia by Stephanie Marohn.
  3. The Shamanic View of Mental Illness
  4. Princeton University established the first mental health service in 1910. Although other schools subsequently established such services, the first 50 years of college mental health were marked by a series of national conferences. At the American Student Health Association’s annual meeting in 1920, “mental hygiene” was identified as critical for college campuses to assist students to reach their highest potential. However, it took another 40 years before mental health and psychological counseling services became common on college and university campuses. The American College Health Association formed a Mental Health Section to serve mental health professionals in 1957. US National Library of Medicine