I believe the esoteric words below, as given by the masters of the wisdom, if deeply considered and
given due reflection, and taking sometimes a key sentence or few words, will relate much that is occurring with regard
to those in society suffering from behavioural and co-operation difficulties.
These words are absolutely crucial in understanding the true underlying nature of the common
and prominent psychological conditions that society and the medical profession are confronted with today. Some thoughts
for consideration. JPC.
It is not
easy for the scientific psychological investigator to accept the premise of the substitution of the consciousness of another
entity in the place of the consciousness of the one who has been unable to hold the link within the brain with adequate positiveness.
But, speaking as one who knows, such cases frequently occur. EP2 420.
One of the
activities ahead of the occult student is the study and the scientific observation of this matter. DK.
must be very clearly defined. Heart 213.
could do so much useful work by directing attention to obsession. Ask the physician whether he did not notice special peculiarities
in the eyes of obsessed persons. For one can judge duality of existence by the eyes.
But I do not
refer to a purely superficial manifestation such as a dull or shifting glance. Other symptoms must be observed. One can also
observe symptoms in the walk, the voice, and even a change in the weight.
Do not ask
psychiatrists about it, because their theories are fossilized, but physicians of the new type can observe impartially. And
yet, how greatly such observations are needed, now when obsession is becoming epidemic! Heart 219.
to the unprecedented obsession. Heart 266.
occurs easily during such a depleted condition. Do not regard it as an exaggeration that almost half of the planet's population
is exposed to this danger.
in degree, yet once the decomposition sets in it progresses rapidly. FW1 185.
At this particular
period of the world's history the emotional plane is so densely populated and the response of the physical to the emotional
is now becoming so exquisitely attuned, that the danger of obsession is greater than ever heretofore. LOM 123.
of obsession. FW3 557.
of mania or obsession. FW3 57.
and insanity are very closely allied. LOM 126.
a most objectionable violation takes place, and rational cooperation is eliminated from the consciousness. FW1 555.
of self-control indicates obsession. SM1 167.
One must primarily
discriminate where there is Good, and where essentially there is harm.
flaming heart will discern immediately where obsession is concealed. Heart 213.
Is it possible
to conceive of cooperation with a traitor or a blasphemer? FW2 445.
You know how
obsession gradually destroys the organism; the paralysis of certain nerve centers is inevitable. Heart 219.
pay attention to the different shades of the manifestations. Primarily, observation will reveal a general design, but the
attentive observer will detect a great number of original details. AUM 206.
True, it varies
in degree, yet once the decomposition sets in it progresses rapidly. FW1 185.
One can observe
chronic, protracted or temporary symptoms. FW1 278.
Violent and abusive/threatening language:
that people are so savage of spirit that they can only live by condemning each other. This is not an inspection of another's
armor with the view of helping; on the contrary, condemnation becomes the meaning of life. If one deprives such a condemner
of his tongue, he will perish and wither like a plant without water.
Such a manifestation
can be investigated from a medical point of view. One can see in this condemnation a kind of obsessive vampirism, when the
possession of more active vital fluids is needed to nourish the obsessed one.
of life ought and must be investigated with a scientific purpose. Heart 169.
obsession are assuming the proportions of an epidemic. They are far more numerous than the human mind imagines.
the varieties are highly diverse-from an almost imperceptible eccentricity up to violence. FW1 278.
(or if you prefer eccentric) Mahatma Letters.
malevolent purposes or kind-hearted. adapted. CWL.
or malevolent. Mahatma Letters.
has been said that upon discovering obsession one must either drive out the obsessor or leave the obsessed person alone in
quiet and solitude; because then the obsessor, unable to find a field of activity, will become bored and depart.
it is best not to allow the obsessed persons either weapons or alcohol, but in such a way that they shall not in the least
feel their isolation. Heart 235.
do not understand wherein lies the boundary of violence. Some tend to use violence, others seek violence both are against
the nature of the Fire. FW2 24.
Fear is not
attractive, violence is repellent. FW2 28.
ignorant compulsion can violate the harmony of combinations. Nature, both in the small and the great, is opposed to any violence.
There is too
much obsession on Earth. The sole path to the Higher Communion is through the heart. Violence must not stain this fiery path.
Can people possibly think that the invocation of lower entities can go unpunished! FW2 249.
The most common
form of obsession…
in the ensuing struggle, to the violent scenes of screaming lunatics and to the paroxysms of the epileptic. LOM126.
It often occurs
during a temporary blacking out of consciousness, when, as some researchers believe, the consciousness comes in contact with
waves of chaos and the abnormality results. This observation is undoubtedly sound. SMD2 284.
the physician that not all obsessions are necessarily dark ones. There may be influences from the middle spheres, which, in
the belief of the obsessors, are directed for good, although no especially good results will be derived.
are of such low degrees and the vehicles within their reach are of no high development, thus, duality of thinking, imbalance,
and a lack of self-control result. There are many such people, who are called weak-willed; in fact, the two wills weaken each
One can cure
such persons only by giving them the work that they prefer, but in very intensive measure. The obsessor becomes irked, remaining
without an outlet during such concentrated work, for every obsessor seeks to express his own ego. FW1 283.
May work out
on the physical plane as powerful action and even violent action, and may lead a man into much trouble, into conflict with
organized society, thus making him anti-social and at variance with the forces of law and order. EP2 460.
It can be
said that the majority of those suffering from venereal disease are not strangers to obsession. FW1 278.
It may be
the desire to kill, or desire to have abnormal sexual experience, or even the desire to be ever on the move and thus constantly
active. EP2 460.
is correct in wishing to visit not only insane asylums but also prisons. It would not be out of place to visit the stock exchange
also, or the deck of a ship in time of danger. FW1 278.
Let us not
forget that obsession is sometimes manifested cutaneously, or by twitchings of the face. FW1 137.
There is a
low vitality, a lack of desire impulses, a failure to register adequate dynamic incentives, immaturity and sometimes obsession
or possession. EP2 419.
a single conversation about the significance of Agni begins to act upon the obsessor. Fearing fire, the very mention of the
fiery energy angers him and forces him to retreat. FW1 373.
there may be a relaxation of the obsession, such a method is employed by the obsessors if they value the victim. AUM 305.
phenomenon called id e fixe. EP2 454.
There is a
curious state of mind called id e fixe. I am not referring to possession, which may have similar symptoms, but to obsessive,
constantly repeated assertions, which can have a special significance.
considers the id e fixe to be dangerous, but this is a baseless judgment. If we accept this opinion, we must then consider
many splendid scientific minds insane! SMD2 360.
or id e fixe. Glam 29.
In any case
- again for a disciple - any id e fixe (beyond that of a right spiritual orientation) can be a deterrent to progress, if fanatically
motivated. DINA1 583.
and insanity are very closely allied. LOM 126.
Those in which
the mind is unduly fixed and static and controls the brain so unreasonably that there seems only one point of view, one attitude
to life, and no fluidity and capability of adjustment. Such individuals may suffer, for instance, from what is called id e
fixe, or they may be completely the victim of some obsessing mental thought. EH 317.
to crystallize, to harden, or to have an "id e fixe." In this connection, it will usually be discovered that the man who succumbs
to an "id e fixe" has not only a fifth ray mental body but either a sixth ray personality or a sixth ray emotional body. EP2
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) suffer intensely from recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or rituals (compulsions),
which they feel they cannot control. Rituals such as handwashing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed with
the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these rituals, however, provides only temporary
relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety. Left untreated, obsessions and the need to perform rituals can
take over a person's life. OCD is often a chronic, relapsing illness.
behaviors (e.g., hand washing, ordering, checking) or mental acts (e.g., praying, counting, repeating words silently) that
the person feels driven to perform in response to an obsession, or according to rules that must be applied rigidly
or mental acts are aimed at preventing or reducing distress or preventing some dreaded event or situation; however, these
behaviors or mental acts either are not connected in a realistic way with what they are designed to neutralize or prevent
or are clearly excessive
feature of this disorder is recurrent obsessional thoughts or compulsive acts. (For brevity, "obsessional" will be used subsequently
in place of "obsessive-compulsive" when referring to symptoms.) Obsessional thoughts are ideas, images or impulses that enter
the individual's mind again and again in a stereotyped form. They are almost invariably distressing (because they are violent
or obscene, or simply because they are perceived as senseless) and the sufferer often tries, unsuccessfully, to resist them.
They are, however, recognized as the individual's own thoughts, even though they are involuntary and often repugnant. Compulsive
acts or rituals are stereotyped behaviours that are repeated again and again. They are not inherently enjoyable, nor do they
result in the completion of inherently useful tasks.
often views them as preventing some objectively unlikely event, often involving harm to or caused by himself or herself. Usually,
though not invariably, this behaviour is recognized by the individual as pointless or ineffectual and repeated attempts are
made to resist it; in very long-standing cases, resistance may be minimal. Autonomic anxiety symptoms are often present, but
distressing feelings of internal or psychic tension without obvious autonomic arousal are also common. There is a close relationship
between obsessional symptoms, particularly obsessional thoughts, and depression. Individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder
often have depressive symptoms, and patients suffering from recurrent depressive disorder may develop obsessional thoughts
during their episodes of depression. In either situation, increases or decreases in the severity of the depressive symptoms
are generally accompanied by parallel changes in the severity of the obsessional symptoms.
disorder is equally common in men and women, and there are often prominent anankastic features in the underlying personality.
Onset is usually in childhood or early adult life. The course is variable and more likely to be chronic in the absence of
significant depressive symptoms.
For a definite
diagnosis, obsessional symptoms or compulsive acts, or both, must be present on most days for at least 2 successive weeks
and be a source of distress or interference with activities. The obsessional symptoms should have the following characteristics:
(a) they must
be recognized as the individual's own thoughts or impulses:
must be at least one thought or act that is still resisted unsuccessfully, even though others may be present which the sufferer
no longer resists;
(c) the thought
of carrying out the act must not in itself be pleasurable (simple relief of tension or anxiety is not regarded as pleasure
in this sense);
(d) the thoughts,
images, or impulses must be unpleasantly repetitive.
And Other Tic Disorders (TS):
by Gilles de la Tourette, can be the most debilitating tic disorder, and is characterized by multiform, frequently changing
motor and phonic tics. The prevailing diagnostic criteria include onset before the age of 21; recurrent, involuntary, rapid,
purposeless motor movements affecting multiple muscle groups; one or more vocal tics; variations in the intensity of the symptoms
over weeks to months (waxing and waning); and a duration of more than one year.
criteria appear basically valid, they are not absolute. First, there have been rare cases of TS which have emerged later than
age 21. Second, the concept of "involuntary" may be hard to define operationally, since some patients experience their tics
as having a volitional component - a capitulation to an internal urge for motor discharge accompanied by psychological tension
and anxiety. Finally, the diagnostic criteria do not adequately portray the full range of behavioral difficulties that are
commonly observed in TS patients, such as attentional problems, compulsions, and obsessions.
symptoms of TS can be divided into motor, vocal, and behavioral manifestations (Table 1). Simple motor tics are fast, darting,
meaningless muscular events . They can be embarrassing or even painful (such as jaw snapping). They are easily distinguished
from simple muscular twitches or rapid fasciculations, e.g., of the eyelid or lip. Complex motor tics often are slower, more
purposeful in appearance, and more easily described with terms used for deliberate actions (Table 2). Complex motor tics can
be virtually any type of movement that the body can produce including gyrating, hopping, clapping, tensing arm or neck muscles,
touching people or things, and obscene gesturing.
At some point
in the continuum of complex motor tics, the term "compulsion" seems appropriate for capturing the organized, ritualistic character
of the actions. The need to do and then redo or undo the same action a certain number of times (e.g., to stretch out an arm
ten times before writing, to even up, or to stand up and push a chair into "just the right position") is compulsive in quality
and accompanied by considerable internal discomfort. Complex motor tics may greatly impair school work, e.g., when a child
must stab at a workbook with a pencil or must go over the same letter so many times that the paper is worn thin. Self-destructive
behaviors, such as head banging, eye poking, and lip biting, also may occur.
extend over a similar spectrum of complexity and disruption as motor tics (Table 3). With simple vocal tics, patients emit
linguistically meaningless sounds or noises, such as hissing, coughing, or barking. Complex vocal tics involve linguistically
meaningful words, phrases, or sentences, e.g., "wow," "Oh boy, now you've said it," "Yup, that's it," "but, but...." Vocal
symptoms may interfere with the smooth flow of speech and resemble a stammer, stutter, or other speech irregularities. Often,
but not always, vocal symptoms occur at points of linguistic transition, such as at the beginning of a sentence where there
may be blocking or difficulties in the initiation of speech, or at phrase transitions. Patients suddenly may alter speech
volume, slur a phrase, emphasize a word, or assume an accent.
The most socially
distressing complex vocal symptom is coprolalia, the explosive utterance of foul or "dirty" words or more elaborate sexual
and aggressive statements. While coprolalia occurs in only a minority of TS patients (from 5-40%, depending on the clinical
series), it remains the most well known symptom of TS. It should be emphasized that a diagnosis of TS does not require that
coprolalia is present.
Some TS patients
may have a tendency to imitate what they have just seen (echopraxia), heard (echolalia), or said (palilalia). For example,
the patient may feel an impulse to imitate another's body movements, to speak with an odd inflection, or to accent a syllable
just the way it has been pronounced by another person. Such modeling or repetition may lead to the onset of new specific symptoms
that will wax and wane in the same way as other TS symptoms.
grimacing, nose twitching, lip pouting, shoulder shrugging, arm jerking, head jerking, abdominal tensing, kicking, finger
movements, jaw snapping, tooth clicking, frowning, tensing parts of the body, and rapid jerking of any part of the body.
touching objects (or others or self), throwing, arranging, gyrating, bending, "dystonic" postures, biting the mouth, the lip,
or the arm, headbanging, arm thrusting, striking out, picking scabs, writhing movements, rolling eyes upwards or side-to-side,
making funny expressions, sticking out the tongue, kissing, pinching, writing over-and-over the same letter or word, pulling
back on a pencil while writing, and tearing paper or books.
finger" and other obscene gestures.
gestures or movements of other people.
of TS can be characterized as mild, moderate, or severe by their frequency, their complexity, and the degree to which they
cause impairment or disruption of the patient's ongoing activities and daily life. For example, extremely frequent tics that
occur 20-30 times a minute, such as blinking, nodding, or arm flexion, may be less disruptive than an infrequent tic that
occurs several times an hour, such as loud barking, coprolalic utterances, or touching tics.
be tremendous variability over short and long periods of time in symptomatology, frequency, and severity. Patients may be
able to inhibit or not feel a great need to emit their symptoms while at school or work. When they arrive home, however, the
tics may erupt with violence and remain at a distressing level throughout the remainder of the day.
It is not
unusual for patients to "lose" their tics as they enter the doctor's office. Parents may plead with a child to "show the doctor
what you do at home," only to be told that the youngster "just doesn't feel like doing them" or "can't do them" on command.
Adults will say "I only wish you could see me outside of your office," and family members will heartily agree.
with minimal symptoms may display more usual severe tics when the examination is over. Thus, for example, the doctor often
sees a nearly symptom-free patient leave the office who begins to hop, flail, or bark as soon as the street or even the bathroom
to the moment-to-moment or short-term changes in symptom intensity, many patients have oscillations in severity over the course
of weeks and months. The waxing and waning of severity may be triggered by changes in the patient's life; for example, around
the time of holidays, children may develop exacerbations that take weeks to subside. Other patients report that their symptoms
show seasonal fluctuation. However, there are no rigorous data on whether life events, stresses, or seasons, in fact, do influence
the onset or offset of a period of exacerbation. Once a patient enters a phase of waxing symptomatology, a process seems to
be triggered that will run its course - usually within 1-3 months.
In its most
severe forms, patients may have uncountable motor and vocal tics during all their waking hours with paroxysms of full-body
movements, shouting, or self-mutilation. Despite that, many patients with severe tics achieve adequate social adjustment in
adult life, although usually with considerable emotional pain. The factors that appear to be of importance with regard to
social adaptation include the seriousness of attentional problems, intelligence, the degree of family acceptance and support,
and ego strength more than the severity of motor and vocal tics.
and early adulthood, TS patients frequently come to feel that their social isolation, vocational and academic failure, and
painful and disfiguring symptoms are more than they can bear. At times, a small number may consider and attempt suicide. Conversely,
some patients with the most bizarre and disruptive symptomatology may achieve excellent social, academic, and vocational adjustments.
Behaviors and Cognitive Difficulties:
As well as
tics, there are a variety of behavioral and psychological difficulties that are experienced by many, though not all, patients
with TS. Those behavioral features have placed TS on the border between neurology and psychiatry, and require an understanding
of both disciplines to comprehend the complex problems faced by many TS patients.
The most frequently
reported behavioral problems are attentional deficits, obsessions, compulsions, impulsivity, irritability, aggressivity, immaturity,
self-injurious behaviors, and depression. Some of the behaviors (e.g., obsessive compulsive behavior) may be an integral part
of TS, while others may be more common in TS patients because of certain biological vulnerabilities (e.g., ADHD). Still others
may represent responses to the social stresses associated with a multiple tic disorder or a combination of biological and
may present itself purely as a disorder of multiple motor and vocal tics, many TS patients also have obsessive-compulsive
(OC) symptoms that may be as disruptive to their lives as the tics - sometimes even more so. There is recent evidence that
obsessive-compulsive symptomatology may actually be another expression of the TS gene and, therefore, an integral part of
the disorder. Whether this is true or not, it has been well documented that a high percentage of TS patients have OC symptoms,
that those symptoms tend to appear somewhat later than the tics, and that they may be seriously impairing.
of OC symptoms in TS patients is quite variable. Conventionally, obsessions are defined as thoughts, images, or impulses that
intrude on consciousness, are involuntary and distressful, and while perceived as silly or excessive, cannot be abolished.
Compulsions consist of the actual behaviors carried out in response to the obsessions or in an effort to ward them off. Typical
OC behaviors include rituals of counting, checking things over and over, and washing or cleaning excessively. While many TS
patients do have such behaviors, there are other symptoms typical of TS patients that seem to straddle the border between
tics and OC symptoms. Examples are the need to "even things up," to touch things a certain number of times, to perform tasks
over and over until they "feel right," as well as self-injurious behaviors.
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):
Up to 50%
of all children with TS who come to the attention of a physician also have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),
which is manifested by problems with attention span, concentration, distractibility, impulsivity, and motoric hyperactivity.
Attentional problems often precede the onset of TS symptoms and may worsen as the tics develop. The increasing difficulty
with attention may reflect an underlying biological dysfunction involving inhibition and may be exacerbated by the strain
of attending to the outer world while working hard to remain quiet and still. Attentional problems and hyperactivity can profoundly
affect school achievement. At least 30-40% of TS children have serious school performance handicaps that require special intervention,
and children with both TS and ADHD are especially vulnerable to serious, long term educational impairment.
deficits may persist into adulthood and together with compulsions and obsessions can seriously impair job performance.
Lability, Impulsivity, and Aggressivity:
Some TS patients
(percentages vary greatly in different studies) have significant problems with labile emotions, impulsivity, and aggression
directed to others. Temper fits that include screaming, punching holes in walls, threatening others, hitting, biting, and
kicking are common in such patients. Often they will be the patients who also have ADHD, which makes impulse control a considerable
problem. At times the temper outbursts can be seen as reactions to the internal and external pressures of TS. A specific etiology
for such behavioral problems is, however, not well understood. Nevertheless, they create much consternation in teachers and
great anguish both to TS patients themselves and to their families. The treating physician or counselor is often asked whether
those behaviors are involuntary, as tics are, or whether they can be controlled. Rather than trying to make such a distinction,
it is perhaps more helpful to think of such patients as having a "thin barrier" between aggressive thoughts and the expression
of those thoughts through actions. Those patients may experience themselves as being out of control, a concept that is as
frightening to themselves as it is to others.
of those behaviors is often difficult and may involve adjustment of medications, individual therapy, family therapy, or behavioral
retraining. The intensity of those behaviors often increases as the tics wax and decreases as the tics wane.