As well as reading more of Kara’s book, we read some things from other people who are almost as famous: Pema Chodron, Eckhart Tolle, Martha Beck, and “Trudy” (the brilliant bag lady in Jane Wagner’s Search For Intelligent Life in the Universe).
Kara and I talk in this podcast about our strange professions of learning first-hand about the depths of the human condition, and how it sometimes looks and feels like we’re losing our minds.
Luckily Trudy knows all about this, and says it all so well:
“I don’t ever want to sound negative about going crazy. I don’t want to overromanticize it either, but frankly, goin’ crazy was the best thing that ever happened to me. I don’t say it’s for everybody; some people couldn’t cope.
But for me it came at a time when nothing else seemed to be working. I got the kind of madness Socrates talked about, ‘A divine release of the soul from the yoke of custom and convention.’ I refuse to be intimidated by reality anymore.
After all, what is reality anyway? Nothin’ but a collective hunch. My space chums think reality was once a primitive method of crowd control that got out of hand. In my view, it’s absurdity dressed up in a three-piece business suit.
I made some studies, and realty is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it. I can take it in small doses, but as a lifestyle I found it too confining. It was just too needful; it expected me to be there for it all the time, and with all I have to do – I had to let something go.
Now, since I put reality on the back burner, my days are jam-packed and fun-filled.
See, the human mind is kind of like… a pinata. When it breaks open, there’s a lot of surprises inside. Once you got the pinata perspective, you see that losing your mind can be a peak experience.”
God I love that Trudy, she’s a shining star.