Redefine your Crazy: 5 Declarations of Independence from the Norm.

Contess de Castiglione, circa 1865 ~ 'Scherzo di Follia' (Game of Madness) by Pierre-Louis Pierson.

Contess de Castiglione, circa 1865 ~ ‘Scherzo di Follia’ (Game of Madness) by Pierre-Louis Pierson.

“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” ~ Alan Alda

Don’t believe them, when they tell you something’s wrong with you.

The world is full of psychopaths, sociopaths, killers of revolutionary creativity. They’re lying to you when they tell you you’re a broken toy, so they can put you in a box with all the other broken toys, where you won’t cause any trouble by asking questions, wearing hats or lighting the curtains on fire.

Insanity is a privilege when it’s not aborted by the other, more common forms it takes in the world. If you see your madness through to its end, you will realize that true insanity has been re-branded as normalcy.

You will fall on your knees at the altar of your greater self as you come to realize what you really are. You will be appalled by the ordinary life. You will hear your own song for the first time since you left the spheres of heaven, and will worship no truth but your own.

“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.”

~ Charles Bukowski

These people, who have been given status because they’ve gotten with the program are not there to help you become free.

They will offer you a chemical strait-jacket or some other kind of cage and promise you release from your pain but, pain is just what you need to become your true self. It is an electrified fence, a vast virtual landscape that stands between you and all that is divine. It is designed to shock you awake. Don’t let them take it from you.

Consider your depression, your bi-polar disorder, your DID, your ADD, your PTSD rites of passage. They may feel disorderly, but they are not without order. In fact, they are perfect road maps designed to bring you through your shadow valley and into the promised land.

And you orchestrated it. Aren’t you clever? Aren’t you brilliant? And of course, they’ll tell you it’s not real. They’ll tell you you’re too sensitive, that your brain malfunctions, that you don’t know the difference between reality and non-reality.

When you are tempted to believe them, look out at the ordinary world. Does it seem sane to you? Does it seem sane to you to live in a world where chemical companies are making your food, putting frog genes in your tomatoes?

Does it seem sane to you that when you look up at the sky the sun is a faint, fuzzy,  globe struggling to be seen through layers of wispy silver clouds that emerge in long lines from the assholes of military aircrafts?

Does it seem sane to you to that a faceless corporation dictates—directly or indirectly—when you can eat, sleep, smoke, shit as you sit for two hours in traffic, heat rising in waves from cracking pavement on your way to the factory line where you put screws into the backs of barcode scanners all day long?

Who would want to be sane in a world like this? Who would want to be satisfied, compliant, accepted here in the nuthouse of now?

Your inner pain is the chaos of the world. The war is inside you. The enslavement is etched into your cells. The silver skies are your pain blocking your never-dimmed, bright and shining soul from view. The distance between who you think you are, and who you really are is a wasteland of lies.

Only you can create clear vision from blindness. Only you can pluck the diamonds from the singed earth. Only you can slash your way through a thousand miles of mazes: a techno-magical obstacle course filled with wizards and riddles, designed by you and for you to make your smallness feel real.

How else could you be a victim? How else could you show up to fold shirts at the Gap? How else could you know despair? How can the sun see itself but through the humble eyes of earth? How is value understood without contrast?

If you’re not traumatized by the ordinary life, you are already dead; you are a goat about to be sacrificed to the lion, surrendered on your back, waiting for him to take his fatal mouthful. What have you left to be scared of? What can you risk that is not already at stake?

 

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Here are some declarations to help you reclaim your brilliant and unique shine:

 

1. I am willing.

I am willing to stand on the precipice of the greatest adventure of my inner life, and liberate all that I am from the lonely, dark , forgotten places within me. I am willing to risk all that I am for all that I might become. At least then, I will know. I am willing to leap madly into my destiny, and meet myself where the worlds collide in celestial fields of glory and redemption.

Willingness is all that is necessary to begin. You don’t need to pack anything else. You will become determined as you go, entranced by the infinite mystery of yourself. You will become invested as you find out what you’re willing to fight for. Metaphorical blood will spill, resurrections will occur,  immaculate conceptions will happen, and points of no return will be passed.

You will become increasingly pregnant with the light of yourself, and consumed with meeting the Christ-child in your belly. You are living the story that creates and dispels all myth, all religion, all the forces that bind heaven and hell to the sidewalks.

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2. I am not the labels cast upon me.

They are like spells from small men with big hats waving sticks. I am greater than these. No spell within which I do not believe may hold power over me. I define who I am. I define what is right and what is wrong with me. I cannot be labeled. I transcend labels. There is no language that can hold me, no lie that can bind me.

“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”  ~ Lao Tzu

The mind is shaped in large part by words. It is a meta-computer, referencing a lifetime of programming: tribal programming, cultural programming, national programming. It absorbs everything it sees and hears: on television, in church, at the flea market, in those little welcome packets you glance over when you take a job at the big box store, on the radio playing from a tinny speaker in the dressing room.

Your depression, your anxiety, your internal screaming is just a sign that the truth within you contradicts what you have been downloaded with, and the hospitals will tell you it’s the blue screen of death. And they’re right, it is. It’s the death of the android self, the death of “Yes, Sir,” the death of time cards.

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3. The meaning of my experience is only that which I assign.

It is up to me whether I use my experiences to run towards or away from my true self. It is up to me whether my pain is a beautiful and ingenious means to sift for gold through many miles of river bed, or just a cruel prank played by sadistic gods who get off watching me cut myself and complain.

“To change, a person must face the dragon of his appetites with another dragon, the life-energy of the soul.” ~ Rumi

If it benefits you to believe you’re crazy, then by all means wear your tin foil hat to the grocery store. If you are comforted by having your personal responsibility stripped from you, shivering outside while the hard cold rain whips your naked flesh, then you have chosen to resign yourself to begging for crusts of bread and pennies from heaven while the vast riches of your true nature stay in a cave, guarded by a dragon that only you can slay.

As in every hero’s journey, you will find the resources you need along the way, so don’t worry if just yesterday you were a peasant sheering sheep. You’ll remember where you left your dragon when the moment of truth is upon you. You will remember all kinds of magnificent things you’ve forgotten.

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4. I am the expert of my experience, and the only authentic expression thereof.

There is no oracle with greater insight than I. No one knows this terrain better than me. I lead this expedition and only the loyal, the courageous, the compassionate bearers of lanterns and secret soul scrolls may accompany me. Everyone else, step aside; you would not survive here.

“If I had not created my own world, I would certainly have died in other people’s.” ~ Anais Nin

Don’t be afraid of the wreckage. Don’t be scared of the dark. You are the dark, too, and in the beginning only the tiniest spark will light your way. It’s in your belly.

You will see almost nothing but the tips of your shoes and you will straighten your ankle and sweep your foot out in front of you to be sure there is ground there, before you move: just one step. Sometimes, just a half step. And somewhere, in a world you can’t yet perceive, your greater self will step toward you 10,000 times.

You will learn to become decisive as you come to realize what’s at stake. You will find superpowers you didn’t know you had. You will pick up rings of power and rubies and emeralds that you steal back from ogres and sorcerers and creatures your ancestors wrote myths about. You will use them later to pay back the gods of karma or to cross the River Styx with Charon. Stay long enough to be reborn.

You will bump into your selves again and again, and most of the time you won’t recognize them: they will be great glowing angels, they will be raving red-eyed demons, they will be priests and will be star-dusted. You will fall out of time and space. You will tumble down rabbit holes inside of rabbit holes.

You will do impossible things. You will summon your weapons from air so thin no flesh could survive it. You will make things disappear and reappear. You will scream, and topple cities. You will cry and the mothers of mercy will come to you when you are on your knees, begging. You will shape a new earth this way. You will write your plans here, so you can live them later.

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5. The only way out is through, and I am predestined to win.

Even though it doesn’t look that way, the game is fixed in my favor. The out-there, is in here, and I am the Kali of this microcosmic universe. I destroy and create. I am creator and created. The resolution of opposites happens here, on these hallowed grounds within me.

“I am not afraid. I was born for this.” ~ Joan of Arc

We think that it’s normal to be five-sensory. Things are simpler that way. In five sensory reality, we participate in a shared illusion, and it comforts us. What we see makes us wretch, but when everyone is covered in vomit, it’s en vogue.

When your spirit starts speaking to you, everything within you that is anything else feels it first, and in great chaos it will rush at you, and form a wall of fire through which you must pass.

You have been cryogenically frozen and you are thawing already. The bondage of your encasement in ice is melting away leaving you, perhaps for the first time, with a choice. To you, it may seem like many choices, but really there is only one. One glorious, blazing choice. One moment of unspeakable courage.

If you think there has to be more to it than labor and alcohol, then say yes. If you believe you are destined for something great, then say yes. If you know—and you don’t know how you know—that somewhere inside you is something that has no master, then say yes.

Say a prayer. Write your will. Have an adventure. Bring an angel with you. Find God in the fire. Be changed, from soft and impressionable clay. Get reshaped on the way by the swords and the teeth and the claws of your inner enemies, and when you are perfect, you will emerge with a story to tell, and little left to fear. You will have discovered the wizard behind the curtain.

The world will still fear you because you will have found the eternal within yourself, and that which is eternal cannot be bullied, cannot be brutalized, cannot be stolen from and cannot be manipulated. This is not the state of the average or normal person, but by now, you’ve let go of normal in exchange for something of far greater value.

And you will know this. You won’t think it, or intellectualize it or wish it so. You will know it, and your very existence will be an impossible rebellion to suppress.

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
~ Joseph Campbell

 

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Alison Nappi

Alison Nappi

Writer, Catalyst, Coach at Write with Spirit
Alison Nappi is an esoteric writing coach, writer, seminar leader and founder of Write with Spirit. She has earned her B.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in communication. With professional experience as a ghost writer, copy writer, editor and proofreader, Alison is well equipped for living the creative life. Like Alison on Facebook or send an email to be added to her mailing list. Learn more or get coaching on Alison's website: Write with Spirit.

97 Comments

  • Tracy Wisneski
    Tracy Wisneski commented on June 19, 2013 Reply
    I held my breath through most of this until I began to sob. The earth just quaked.
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on June 19, 2013 Reply
      Sounds like your spirit saying YES! <3
    • Mon Molotkiewicz commented on July 2, 2013 Reply
      I concur! Still integrating. I was very moved. :)
      • Alison Nappi
        Alison Nappi commented on July 14, 2013 Reply
        Hi Mon! Sorry I didn’t see your comment right away, but thank you so much for sharing your feedback. It’s so powerful for me when someone says they have been moved by my message. Thank you <3
    • Go commented on June 28, 2014 Reply
      Stop. Medicine happens for a reason. This is insanity. The people who wrote this are asking for anarchy. I got to this site from their other site called 13 signs you are a witch. Well, if you truly believe in power and light, you will not condone this writing. Love and light does not equal summoning weapons from thin air. The credit I gave you for the other site is hereby withdrawn. I was looking to help my daughter transition into her intuitive powers. I would never let her read this insanity.
      • ?? commented on October 8, 2014 Reply
        Wait… Did you take this literally? I don’t understand.
  • Mamaste
    Mamaste commented on June 19, 2013 Reply
    Alison, this is so insightful. Thank you for redefining “crazy.” I am proud to admit that I am willing and yes, I am “crazy.” ~Mamaste
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on June 19, 2013 Reply
      Mamaste, crazy is what the world is. Awakening is what the rest of us are! Your crazy is the crack in the cloud cover through which your soul shines. Congrats!!
  • SR Atchley
    SR commented on June 19, 2013 Reply
    Yes. Yes. A million times, yes!
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on June 19, 2013 Reply
      Now that you’ve said yes, the miraculous can begin! Hoorah!
  • melanieimhoff commented on June 19, 2013 Reply
    I was in the PTSD bucket, I broke my chemical restraints, and here I am, more “me” then ever!
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on June 19, 2013 Reply
      I’m so proud when we are willing to sit with our emotions without the haze of artificial masks! You are a hero among us! EMDR is a great tool for ptsd!
  • Victoria Erickson commented on June 19, 2013 Reply
    Wooo hooo yes! Great piece. I suddenly got a blast of energy.
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on June 19, 2013 Reply
      Thank you so much for your support, Victoria!
  • Carolyn Riker
    Carolyn Riker commented on June 19, 2013 Reply
    I’m standing on my roof shouting, #2….”I am not the labels cast upon me.” Brilliant essay! Thank you!
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on June 19, 2013 Reply
      Yes! Don’t let those old geezers get you down. What do you think the big hats and sticks are compensating for? LOL
  • Lucy commented on June 20, 2013 Reply
    Absolutely powerful and heart breaking opening stuff. This is my personal shifting medicine right now. Thankyou so much for your brutal truth and authenticity. Yes!!!
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on June 23, 2013 Reply
      I’m so grateful for readers like you who remind me that art is a powerful spiritual catalyst. Thank you for reading and engaging with me and my work!
  • Lorra commented on June 20, 2013 Reply
    this is so bloody amazing, holy fuck.
  • Peter Yates commented on June 20, 2013 Reply
    love it
  • Mia Efrem commented on June 20, 2013 Reply
    In my truth & experience there are plenty of younger people wanting to beat others into submission, one need not be old & with cane, that said; Lovely article, quotes and mind set, “in a world of live as I want you to, live to accommodate me, & the box standard”… it’s both validating & inspirational, in my crazy opinion. Thank you for sharing.
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on June 23, 2013 Reply
      I love your crazy opinions and I’m so glad you’re here! Thanks!
  • I. M. commented on June 20, 2013 Reply
    Wow. I’m really glad I didn’t read this when I was anorexic. I’d be dead now.
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on June 23, 2013 Reply
      Although my art is not to be considered a replacement for medical advice, I’m glad too! LOL
  • Julie Hendrickson commented on June 21, 2013 Reply
    This is beautiful, ballsy and made my heart laugh AND sing. Just astounding soul-filled writing…every word of it. Thanks for using your gift to help give the rest of us hope and endurance!
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on June 23, 2013 Reply
      Thank you, Julie for your wonderful feedback~ it’s comments like yours that keep me typing through writer’s block and inner-critic fist fights!
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on June 23, 2013 Reply
      Thank you, Julie for your powerful feedback! It’s readers like you and comments like yours that keep me typing through writing blocks and fist fights with my inner critic!
  • marylisadedomenicis commented on June 21, 2013 Reply
    I LOVE this. Thank you! I want to share it with the world. There are so many well-written paragraphs that when I did share via Facebook & twitter I had a difficult time choosing which quote to pull for the post! Wonderful.
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on June 23, 2013 Reply
      Thank you so much for helping me get my work out into the world. I feel honored to know that it is being shared and appreciated!
  • barryjohnjohnson commented on June 30, 2013 Reply
    I love this :) very awesome open ended awesome
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on July 12, 2013 Reply
      Thanks so much for reading… I’m so happy you liked it!
  • Catherine Ann commented on July 1, 2013 Reply
    Thank you! Yes!
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on July 12, 2013 Reply
      So glad you enjoyed this! Thank you for commenting!
  • Veena Vasista commented on July 1, 2013 Reply
    ROOOOOOOAAAAAARRRRRRR!!!!!!!! Thank you, sister. Thank you.
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on July 12, 2013 Reply
      Roar. Yes. Yes. Yes. We are wild women!
  • Piera Bonventre commented on July 2, 2013 Reply
    Jumping over the moon for this! WOW I could quote every word as brilliant insight!!! Fricken amazing! thanks for sharing your soul. Namaste sista’!!
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on July 12, 2013 Reply
      Thank you for letting me know that my spirit has stirred yours. It makes me so happy to know that you enjoyed this piece so much! <3
  • SunnyJim BlueberryMoonface commented on July 11, 2013 Reply
    I have a crush on you!
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on July 12, 2013 Reply
      Lucky for you, I’m single and open-minded! {Just teasing! I’m totally honored!} Rock on, sistah!
  • JRD commented on July 11, 2013 Reply
    I shared this on my wall, not just cuz I thought other people might need it, but so I could always find it. So now iv read it several times and each time it makes my dreams seem a tiny bit more realistic and posibal. Thanks
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on July 12, 2013 Reply
      So great to hear you liked enough to re-read it! Awesome! Thank you.
  • b3sttgrl commented on July 29, 2013 Reply
    What an amazing piece of writing perfection.
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
      Wow! What a compliment. Thank you!
  • Nandini commented on July 29, 2013 Reply
    Needed exactly this in my life right now. Amazing piece of writing. Thank you for sharing this with the world.
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
      It means so much to me to know that my work is needed in the world. Thank you so much for reading and engaging! Please feel free to connect with me on FB.
  • Arun Ks commented on July 29, 2013 Reply
    hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss! Thank you god bless you.
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
      Awesome! Thanks!
  • Cassie Stocks commented on August 4, 2013 Reply
    Alison, after reading this and your post “Let Your Record Stand”, I have to say you are one hell of a Writer (capital W intentional). Absolutely brilliant.
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
      Oh, Cassie, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Yours is one of the most powerful comments I’ve received; I feel it in my body… thank you so much. I would love it if you would connect with me on fb.
  • Soumya commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
    i’m jolted awake! Thanks for this write-up.
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on August 15, 2013 Reply
      Not as quick, but it lasts longer than espresso, yes? Thank you for reading!
  • Juliana commented on August 19, 2013 Reply
    Beautiful! Thank you, I Love this!
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on August 27, 2013 Reply
      I appreciate that so much Juliana. Thank you!
  • Donna commented on August 24, 2013 Reply
    Great piece. I’ve shared it with my friends who would get it. Being a little to the left of center makes for a much more interesting world.
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on August 27, 2013 Reply
      Thank you, Donna! I really appreciate the shares!
  • norahsilva commented on August 27, 2013 Reply
    This is awesome and so what I needed to read tonight! Thank you – your amazing!
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on August 27, 2013 Reply
      It’s truly my pleasure to know that this piece was resonant with you at the perfect time, Norah. Thank you so much for reading!
  • Molly Moblo Perusse (@WorkofArtStudio) commented on August 27, 2013 Reply
    This spoke to me in volumes, what a beautifully amazing writing. I have to read it over and over to catch all your brilliance. It’s like everything I’ve ever read about enlightenment in one itty bitty article. Genius. Thanks for sharing your glory with us heathens. Peace be with you.
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on August 27, 2013 Reply
      Molly, I’m so grateful to know that you were moved by this piece. Enlightenment is a worthy goal, but just as worthy, I think, is finding our inner authority, our true truths, the voice of our own spirits. Thank you so much for reading and engaging with the work and with me, here, on this virtual bulletin board.
  • Valerie commented on August 27, 2013 Reply
    Yep, I was forgetting, but this was exactly what I needed to read tonight -Thank you.
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on August 27, 2013 Reply
      My joy and my pleasure! Thank you so much for reading!
  • tim commented on August 27, 2013 Reply
    Thank you! These pages help me in many ways. Whooooosh! What was that? That was your life mate! Oh! Can I have another one? No- sorry.
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on August 27, 2013 Reply
      Tim, I love your sense of humor! Thank you so much for reading. I’m so grateful to know you are moved by my work and find it helpful on your journey.
  • Gloria Branton commented on August 27, 2013 Reply
    Lately I have been questioning my life…this was so reaffirming and peaceful that I can now make a decision about some important areas of my life. Thanks so much for this. I will now take a deep breath and move on. Glo
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on November 10, 2013 Reply
      Glo on, Gloria. You know what to do. <3
  • Girish Nambiar commented on September 9, 2013 Reply
    Thank you Allison. These things you speak of resonate on deep and buried levels, I look forward to greeting my soul with open arms and remembering that which you’ve asked us not to forget. Beautiful writing. May the force be with us all. :)
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on November 10, 2013 Reply
      So happy you enjoyed the ride, Girish. Thank you for reading.
  • Kim Tapio-Nuzzo commented on September 11, 2013 Reply
    I need to memorize every word, sentence and paragraph you’ve written here — or else, I just need to come back and re-read this post every day. I am in literal awe of the many thoughts you’ve turned into beautifully written passages that I am simultaneously sobered and intoxicated. Thank you.
  • D commented on September 12, 2013 Reply
    Thanks your words are eloquent and fluid. They sit in my mouth and move slowly to my head then heart to finally rest in my stomach. I am hungry now to make positive changes from inside out. I thank you in whispers as my soul shouts.
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on October 10, 2013 Reply
      What a joy to share this delicious meal with you!
  • Jenny commented on September 12, 2013 Reply
    While I really love and agree with a lot of the points and ideas expressed here, I must argue that my path to self discovery was aided by “chemical” substances. After many years of avoiding any kind of treatment, the antidepressants I took was the only thing that offered me enough clarity to look outside of my depression, to figure out its purpose and to differentiate between reality, and the clouded lens of depression that distorted my vision of the world and of myself. If I had not taken them, I would have given up and killed myself. I think this is true for many people. Taking medications for bipolar, depression, schizophrenia is not weak, nor does it make a person less “authentic”. When used properly, it can be the very thing that helps a person to discover their “authentic” self. I know it did for me, and I am very grateful that I did it.
    • athingapart commented on October 10, 2013 Reply
      I have to agree. I love the intention behind this piece but in the wrong hands this could be disasterous advice, and certainly promotes an us/them mentality.
      • Alison Nappi
        Alison Nappi commented on October 10, 2013 Reply
        It is my sincere hope that the message my readers take away is not condemnation, but encouragement, empowerment and validation. The message I hope to impart is really about personal responsibility, and only you can decide what is the responsible action for you at each stage of your journey.
    • Sue Adams-Snelson commented on October 20, 2014 Reply
      Our eyes open when we are ready…. love & light to you!
  • Penny-Anne Beaudoin commented on September 12, 2013 Reply
    Alison, this devastated me, tore me to bits. What’s next?
    • Alison Nappi
      Alison Nappi commented on October 10, 2013 Reply
      5 Signs You’re on the Hero’s Journey, and my newest article, soon to be released 5 Signs Your Soul Mate is a Villain!
  • Kimberly Ann Pine commented on September 13, 2013 Reply
    Chills sweet spirit speaking
  • Anjana Love-Dixon
    Anjana commented on September 24, 2013 Reply
    The very best discourse on authenticity on the internet.
    • YES! #Truth commented on November 16, 2014 Reply
      Exactly!
  • Jason Lane commented on October 10, 2013 Reply
    Wow Sister, your words have touched my soul. Thank you! I have just moved to a new place and this wonderful post has given me strength. Stay crazy!
  • Laura commented on October 14, 2013 Reply
    You’ve managed to say exactly what my heart and soul feels and has felt for a long time. This world makes no sense to me. Following the rules of society that make us good citizens is the road to a dull soulless meaningless existence. You have deeply moved me and given me courage and hope. It is not only “okay” to pursue the life of dreams but it is “mandatory”. There is no turning back for me now, thank god!
  • Ramanjit Garewal
    Ramanjit Garewal commented on November 9, 2013 Reply
    Dear Alison …:-) Insane … Crazy … Mad … Brilliant … From your Loony Bin … Splash this Normal world … With your rabid colours of Crazy … Brush away non crazy … Paint in Crazy… Love … :-)
  • Marisa HarNadh commented on November 10, 2013 Reply
    Sat Nam Alison <3 InSpirit indeed. Thank You <3
  • Calvin Ray commented on January 13, 2014 Reply
    “…You will be appalled by the ordinary life…” I love those words and they are so true!! Brilliantly written my dear, you are awesome!! This will need to read again and again!! I enjoyed this writing of yours very much!!
  • KAG commented on April 9, 2014 Reply
    I am incredibly impressed by this piece. And then I thought to myself, just say impressed. Why would I be surprised by the brilliance of someone who has faced the hardest critic – themselves – and said, “yes” to the honesty of building and writing this down. But, stil, incredible to this working mum. Well done and thank you.
  • Amy Harbison commented on June 26, 2014 Reply
    Thank you, thank you, thank you
  • Alyssa Dodson commented on June 26, 2014 Reply
    This is AMAZING! I needed this so much right now – I’m not going to listen to all of those who are trying to make me conform. I’m going to be me – to hell with them and their opinions!
  • Ann commented on August 17, 2014 Reply
    There is a lot to love here but I agree with Jenny that for many taking meds with a caring doc is of great relief and sometimes the only. Which allows people to gain greater insight. Thanks for your wonderful piece.
  • Jennifer commented on August 17, 2014 Reply
    OMG! YES! A thousand times YES!
  • wizewmn commented on August 17, 2014 Reply
    Is it Alison Nappi’s writing above between Alda and Bukowski’s quotes, and, if so may I quote a short paragraph if I give you credit?
  • gofasterrabbit commented on August 18, 2014 Reply
    beautiful article and great powerful kick-ass quotes
  • Banu Sekendur commented on September 11, 2014 Reply
    This was fantastic! Thank you!
  • Austen commented on February 10, 2015 Reply
    I don’t use the word Witch. I don’t use the word Magic. I don’t this. I don’t that. It’s truest for me to use the words: Intuitive, Quantum Mechanic, and LOVE. It’s also true that in reading this article something broke, forever. My “don’t” broke. F*ck Don’t. Label-Fear broke. I broke…wide open. Thanks!!!
  • Teyah commented on February 14, 2015 Reply
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