Intergenerational Trauma | Naas Siddiqui | Madness Radio

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What if psychotic experiences express historical and intergenerational trauma? Does one person’s emotional crisis reach beyond their own individual mind? Could synchronicities and meaningful coincidences guide recovery instead of just being “symptoms”?

Naas Siddiqui, a psychiatric survivor and therapist in training who founded the Spiritual Emergence and other Unusual Experiences student group, descended into altered states after withdrawing from psychiatric medications. She discovered how her Bangladeshi heritage shaped her madness, and found a unique pathway to use her visionary states to heal personal and family trauma.

http://www.madinamerica.com/2015/10/transmuting-historical-trauma/

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6 comments on “Intergenerational Trauma | Naas Siddiqui | Madness Radio

  1. Thank you, Naas . . . you embolden me. Your story is my story . . . in an archetypal way. Yet trauma is different for each person, each culture. My culture is that of white privileged, highly militarized, alcoholic violence and subversive violence, going on now, in fact. And what you say about RAGE ravages my fierce heart just now.
    As to altered states, I once dispensed with everything, fairly slowly I thought (with the deadly anti-psychotic dumb down drug, Seroquel. Yet had a VERY REAL connection and guidance experience by my ancestors while on a greyhound bus to New Mexico . . . headed for Magdalena, ended up laughing as I was handcuffed for being a clown in Truth or Consequences . . . involuntarily hospitalized . . . chuckling at their foolishness. So they shoved me back on Seroquel, and all my non-violent fun was over, and the Kokopelli fellow disappeared along with other beauties..
    You are really making me look at this rage. I have it strongly today. I have practiced Tibetan Buddhism for over 16 years, and this unfolding has been, and still is hell. I am acutely aware that the current and past dysfunction that has caused and is causing so much suffering in my family is due to ALCOHOL. I am the only one who does not drink, having taken a lay person’s vow not to take intoxicating substances. So I am seeing so much more clearly. And have also a newfound connection with my estranged father; and on the other hand, after being close with my mother for decades, we have suddenly cracked each other apart. I too feel that I was sent here to heal this family. I have felt this for 20 years. I have had “dream instructions” and visions . . . . all for the good..But those of us who feel such things are so easily blown off balance. Wonderful and horrifying and comforting to listen to.

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    1. Thank you Mickey! I really appreciate your perspective and storytelling.

      I feel like there’s an archetypical narrative that is shared in this- irregardless of race. it’s true that race really really impacts how we are treated in this world, and how we are raised, etc., and there are clear disparities in the way white people are treated in comparison to people of color (POC).

      thank you for acknowledging this, yet i’m trying to figure out who this universal archetype that is emerging now is, and i’d appreciate hearing ideas. It’s kind of like a spiritual super hero wounded healer who is rescuing us, as humans, from our collective dreaming of war, oppression, and loss of connection with ourselves and the divine or Creative Source. We are the wounded healers. We’ve been wounded by intergenerational trauma, personal trauma, war, violence, a crazy psychiatric industrial complex, and by loss of spiritual connection in our human family. Even though its such such such hard work, (I’m thankful that alcohol did not impact my family because I know that can be a huge struggle), we have to keep fighting the good fight!

      Tibetan Buddhism has always interested me- do you try to heal yourself, and maybe others with lucid dreaming? i know lucid dreaming is a practice in that tradition… I’m very interfaith and spiritually flexible/curious, and I’m so impressed and intrigued when people dedicate to one faith! Also finding ways to express and utilize the human rage we are carrying as wounded healers is important! i use my rage to guide my social justice work that is relevant to my own story, shaped by my local community. Finding ways to take care of myself and always go back to compassion is also essential! I hope you continue to develop these tools and don’t lose faith on this hard journey!

      Thank you for listening and sharing your thoughts! So appreciated,
      naas

      ps. I need to visit Truth and Consequences sometime- I had a friend who had some experiences there! 🙂

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  2. Wow, this was so good. I especially liked about the idea of normalizing this experience. Also I just liked hearing your story. That in itself helps to normalize this. Also, the thing of mindfulness when you are in the state…and bringing/living in the now…and some have more sensitivities…

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    1. Thank you so much Irene! Thank you for listening and responding. Happy day!

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        1. Thank you, Jesse! Glad you liked it!

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