I’m hearing voices. What do they mean and should I do anything about them?
Whenever I get really angry, I start to hear voices, when I hear those I cannot discern them from reality, save for the context of the messages. When I hear these voices I hear a plethora of voices, like I’m standing before a crowd of people, then one person screams above the rest to make his/her voice discernible among the rest. The voices tell me to harm the people around me, whether they are the cause of this anger or not. They tell me in graphic detail what to do to them. Then the voice dies into the crowd and a different one rises up. These voices were all angry and jeering. Oftentimes it was hard not to act on the repeated commands given to me. During this particular episode I was hurt by a group of people, and removed myself from them as soon as I started to experience this phenomenon. Before I left the group I remember I saw what people usually describe as seeing red when under extreme anger. And I remember hearing them asking if I was okay, for they seemed to regret doing what they did after they saw the affect on me. They commented on my changed appearance, I believe this was because I had entered fight or flight stage. I knew the impulse to harm them would grow if I stayed, with the voices repeating their incessant commands to harm/kill them in graphic detail with the objects nearby. When I removed myself I laid down in the parking lot (it was the only place with no people) and everything was moving, and the voices calmed down a little once I was alone. I was brought inside, (no one but those people knew what was wrong, and they wouldn’t tell anybody.) I wanted to scream, the voices were driving me insane, but I knew if I screamed they’d think I was crazy, I don’t think I’m crazy. I left them to retire to our sleeping quarters before everyone else did, hoping to sleep before people came in. I went into the bathroom and did something of a whisper scream towards the voices, like how you hear those screamo bands talk closely into the microphone. I finally went to sleep and when I woke they were gone.
Ever since this first incident, whenever I get somewhat angry I hear remnants of these voices, not as distinct as that time, but enough to tell they’re there. And recently I’m becoming very tense and apprehensive of my surroundings. I get an urge to hurt people around the same time each day. It usually only lasts about 5-10 minutes though. I’m getting annoyed a lot easier, and as a result I’m isolating myself more. I’m always in search of someone to confide in, but always fail when I finally let go and trust someone again. I believe I also have some trust issues.
Suggestion by Lindsey Rieser
Graham Cooke, Denver, April 13, 2007
It is not normal to hear voices in your head, at least in my culture. Yet many of my friends claim to. If you confessed to ‘auditory hallucinations’ you would normally be diagnosed as borderline schizophrenia by your psychiatrist.
Among psychologists there is little agreement as to why people hear voices. Most relate the experience to our unconscious minds, which presumably aims to resolve our past troubles. Today there are dozens of support networks to help people learn to cope with their voices and the problems that may lie behind them. Not every one who hears voices is mentally ill, nor do they drown their children, like Andrea Yates.
Recently I spent two days with a growing number of true believers who aim to induce each other into ‘hearing voices.’ They are part of what Pentecostal Christians call “prophetic ministry.” They claim the practice of listening to the Holy Spirit goes back centuries to biblical prophets such as Elijah, Daniel, or even Jesus. Granted, few claim to “hear voices” in the literal sense, but they do claim to hear God through the “inner voice” of their spirit.
While receiving personal guidance has been widely practiced in Christianity, especially among Quakers or Friends through the “inner light,” the modern day prophetic claims it receives guidance far beyond personal matters. A contemporary web site, the “Elijah List” aggregates daily prophetic “words” to a subscription base of over 130,000, about matters ranging from church sloth to U.S. foreign policy crises.
Few books offer an objective view of the prophetic movement. Most are written to the choir, like Pytches and Buckingham’s 1991 account, “Some said it thundered: A personal encounter with the Kansas City prophets.” As an insider to this sub-culture, Clifford Hill has written a fairly balanced overview entitled “Prophecy past and present” (Vine, 1989).
Some boast the 21st century prophetic is part of a new breed of believer, who is spiritual charged to take back what’s been lost to a secular culture. While the warfare motif is strong across the prophetic, which some number up to 500,000 in the U.S., there is a modulating bridal dynamic at work, calling believers to recapture a new innocence with their Lord.
Few demonstrate this self-reflective, “bride of Christ” focus better than Graham Cooke. Recently I went to hear Cooke, after being prodded by a friend for nearly four years. The conference was packed wall to wall with 600 people, mostly suburban 40- and 50-somethings.
Following an extended session of worship the first morning, Cooke gave a 100-minute talk. His British manner was very disarming. His conversational style and anti-institutional rhetoric was the polar opposite of a TV evangelist. In talking about upgrading one’s life, he spoke in street-language as appropriate to an Irish pub, as much to a church. I was surprised also, that unlike other prophetic superstars, he did not engage in any “called-out” prophecy to his audience, made famous by psychic medium John Edward, in a parallel world to Christian fundamentalism.
To me Cooke’s message was surprisingly refreshing–and future-oriented. He spoke about living out out of our dreams, nurtured by God’s love. He talked about “suddenlies” or encounters with life that re-orient us to who we can become, not just who we have been.
Perhaps taking a cue from Reggie McNeal’s book, “The Present-Future Church,” Cooke labeled these as “present-future” experiences, rather than “present-past” fixations. To deal with our baggage, the Holy Spirit must speak to us from the future. The Word renews our identity, and makes way for us to inherit a larger work and service. In turn we are called to relate to our spouses or relatives as emerging, in their present-future potential, rather than present-past stereotype.
While the main sessions went from dawn to dusk, the real action was in the back room. Everyone who had been pre-registered was scheduled for a “personal prophetic ministry” time with a “trained prophetic team.” My name tag was marked 2:00 pm. So taking my appointed time as destiny, I lined up in a cue along with other seekers for an encounter.
I was amazed at how organized the entire endeavor was. High tech facilitated high touch. Prayer teams were sorted into bull-pens, while those scheduled for ministry were escorted in, efficiently.
I sat down across from two prophets. One asked me if I had read the disclaimers, and I said yes. They then bowed their heads, flipped on their Sony cassette recorder, and sought “the presence of God.” Seven minutes later they were done with their prayers, and perhaps–I too was finished!
Their spoken words during the prayer session were intended to offer me assurance of my vocation, using imagery from gardening, jogging or at times, making declarative statements about God’s accelerating work.
To be honest with you, I don’t hear voices in my head. On the other hand, I
Suggestion by Mechanosapience
I think they mean you should see a therapist.
Suggestion by Penelope Appleby
Go to church and get some holy water maybe ask a priest for help… you need to get rid of those demons following you….. also, DO NOT give them ANY attention because that is what feeds their negative energy… they thrive on it. Find something that will keep your mind off that anger level.
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