It is no secret in scientific literature that the brains of highly innovative creatives show similar processes to those who suffer from serious mental illness. It is apparently a double-edged sword; the heightened activity in a creative’s mind, is their gift; but for the schizophrenic, it is their curse. What makes for a creative genius, is, on the extreme end of the spectrum, what makes for schizophrenia.
My most significant takeaway from this book was that reality is almost completely subjective to one’s own experience, and that an experience of “otherness” only becomes “insanity” when the sufferer has lost control over their mind. There are significant parallels between the accounts of the enlightened mystic and the certified psychotic; both enter the shadowy realms of the unknown, and both are subject to experiences for which a comprehensive human vocabulary does not yet exist.