I see my voices as emotions, repressed emotions that I haven’t been able to do deal with. That makes sense to me. When I repress my emotions the voices are negative. When I express my emotions like through the creation of my children's book the voices are able to be more peaceful and can take on a kindly tone.
A student posed me a very interesting question – she said I hear what you are saying about trauma – does trauma create the voices or does the impact of trauma create an opening in your psyche that enables spirits in? I think that is an absolutely fantastic question and the honest answer is I don’t know.
I don't believe in the biogenetic model and I am open to other ideas. I think the link to trauma is overwhelming. I am not going to argue with anyone who tells me that their voices are spiritual or any other explanation as long as that understanding says something to them, through which they can have a quality of life. Drug taking to get rid of the voices means that you have no quality of life- you put on 15 stone – you can’t get out of bed, you have akathisia you are sexually impotent – what life is that? Then it becomes a vicious cycle in society – these individuals are labeled as no hopers, but then persecuted for being scroungers unable to contribute to society. Well society has labeled them that way – so society has a responsibility towards them.