We cannot determine whether another persons experience is true or false, it would be the same as telling a man, that the dream he has experienced during the night and talks about right now is not true, but of course it is as the person has experienced it, even if it cannot be seen or understood by the other person.
I imagine a psychiatrist may have equally experiences, if he tries to understand a patient's thinking pattern. The content of what the person tells is actually true and makes sense to the person. It is a matter of straining to understand each others imagery. We have our own in addition to our common imagery. As if I use an Old Danish expression and say: "that's uphill", it means that it is difficult, the younger generations of today would understand as: “It is in good progress” and further back in time it would be understood very concrete, like: “I went up the hill”. Likewise with another Old Danish term: "encounter" which in the past meant: “going against” a person. Today it means: “a willingness to meet a person” and then there is the very concrete meaning: “to go and meet a person”. Each of us has our own unique imagery, which is typical for us and the time and culture, where we are raised. Therefore, it is inappropriate and may even be psychological harmful to another person to call their perceptions untrue, and discuss whether it is right or wrong.
It is no longer a question of being right but to understand, and it happens if we are open-minded, and with a natural curiosity and a willingness to listen and understand other people. This could help all of us in a given situation, whereas fear of the unknown may shut down for our awareness, and in this way for our common higher consciousness. Therefore, anxiety and the many different feelings behind the anxiety, such as anger, jealousy, and ignorance are very important to relate to, perhaps even more than the spoken word. All the many different emotions, which make us, behave and perceive in different ways.
So which reality is true: “the reality of the psychotic person" or “the reality of the person with awareness anaesthesia " or “the reality of the person with near-death experience " or " the reality of our dreams" or "he normal" reality or all of them?
To me all realities are normal: normal in time, normal in the culture, normal at a given moment in life for a given person.
I know that it is possible to exist in different states of awareness simultaneously. And it can be a wordless beautiful experience.I also understand and respect, that it may be a terrible painful experience. In particularly I am thinking of the psychotic persons who experience what we call hallucinations in a state of great anxiety and with a sense of unreality. Also I understand and respect patients, who describe a "locked-in" syndrome caused by psychotropic drugs. And I understand the healthcare personal, as it is not that easy wanting to relieve distress in another person, and at the same time be able to let go of the need for control of the situation. Perhaps it is about not really knowing what the other person really needs, and maybe the person either not knows for himself, what he really needs. I believe that the most important thing is calmness, spaciousness and being able to listen. And continuously relate to the other person’s condition that changes from time to time, so the medication can be adjusted up and down and even completely out. So it is about being aware of the present reality as it appears from time to time in a person.
To me everything is true. Everything exists whether it is a thought, an image or a physical manifestation. The question is, if we choose and succeed in manifesting our ideas. Imagine if the man who first received the idea of making a table or a car or a plane never persecuted his first thought, because he was met with a dismissive arrogance like: "It is not realistic ". We would never have been that conscious as we are today. And who knows maybe he was met in this way at first hand, but fortunately, life is strangely powerful and magic in all of us regardless of others who are trying to control it.
So when everything is true, whom to trust and have faith in?
We can trust our own sensations inclusive our intuition, the specific inspiration from our higher consciousness. Having faith in other humans is a question of trust. And even there we mostly sense if other people speak their truth by heart without a hidden intention to achieve or convince. Put in another way, if a person is manipulating us intentionally.
Further on it is a choice to trust each other, and of course it is coloured by our previously experiences, especially from early childhood, where we needed to trust our caregivers to survive. Still we need to trust each other to live and survive, and we need trustworthy people.
However the best way to increase our awareness comes through life experiences, so the best we can do is to keep on experiencing and trusting life knowing that all are true experiences.
ps. thanks to the artist who made this wonderful drawing, his name is in the bottom at right corner of the drawing.