From the evolutionary experiences garnered during my practices of psychology, spiritual teaching, and shamanism; in addition to recognizing that the brain activates states referred to as “Safe Mode” and “Survival Mode” in response to real or imagined conditions; I have learned that, for some, the brain triggers an abnormal state of excitement, which I am herein defining as “excitosis.” From my observations, this state is entered from Safe Mode; involves gradient scales of euphoria, agitation, impulsivity, cognitive distortions, irrational beliefs, obsession, grandiosity, loss of control, rage, delusional thinking, paranoia, and/or hyperactivity; and is found in the traditional diagnoses of high functioning autism (e.g. Asperger’s Syndrome), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, PTSD, various personality disorders (e.g. schizotypal), and substance abuse. Within this abnormally excited state, people will cross over from what started out as a naturally happy, positive place into Excitosis Mode, which often results in unexplained meltdowns, rage, impulsive decision making, extreme or bizarre behavior, breakups, violence, and/or suicidal thinking. The most unfortunate thing about this state is that, when people finally start feeling really good, their joy may morph into madness in a millisecond without their knowledge of the shift.
When their natural enthusiasm crosses over into Excitosis Mode, people begin thinking, feeling, speaking, and acting quite differently without realizing it. They usually believe that they are still in their previous state of happiness, don’t understand why others are treating them so differently, and often believe that people just don’t want them to have any fun. They will no longer be able to make rational decisions, balance priorities, or handle responsibilities. Judgement is impaired, perception distorted, and reality lost. Their sole focus now becomes doing more of what they want or what makes them feel good, regardless of the cost, consequence, or impact on others. When caring people point out their concerns, they are usually met with some form of anger, defensiveness, or withdrawal. These reactions typically occur first in thought, then emotion, followed by word, and finally through action (although they can instantly explode into raging words and actions). When ecstasy turns indignation, all involved may find themselves thrust into Survival Mode.
For example, If you are feeling seriously stoked after a vigorous workout, receive sweet praise from your honey, and treat yourself to a Nutella banana crepe; and if this natural enthusiasm transitions into a hyper, impulsive, grandiose surge of over-stimulated, uncontrollable agitation; then you have shifted from the normal excitement of Safe Mode into Excitosis Mode. Just as the brain, when it shifts into Survival Mode, blocks access to all thoughts, possibilities, and courses of action except those that will help us survive when under threat; when switching on Excitosis Mode, it blocks out all thoughts, possibilities, and courses of action except those related to helping us get what we want in the moment. In this mode, our survival instincts, safety precautions, priorities, responsibilities, judgement, and access to the relevant truth of our past experiences are severed; while we demand immediate gratification of our impulses without consideration of the consequence. Since we can no longer access the context of truth related to our situation, we can easily believe that our demands, methods, and decisions are valid, justified, and appropriate (in this mode, we are unable to access the memories or information that would show us otherwise).
Due to its inherent influence upon judgement, reality testing, and self control; Excitosis Mode can create tragic and destructive consequences in our lives. People will end relationships, quit jobs, stop going to college, cancel valued activities, destroy friendships, and attempt suicide. They will overspend, engage in risky behaviors, cross boundaries, ignore commitments, or disregard important plans. They will do these things with the self righteous conviction that they are fully justified in their actions. At these times they have no access to the parts of their neural net that could show them otherwise. They need serious help but are unlikely to accept it. When you try to show them the truth, you will probably be attacked, blamed, or left. Those in Excitosis Mode do not realize what they are doing, and need our help whether they want it or not. After they act out in Excitosis Mode, and then shift into Survival Mode; they will eventually return to Safe Mode again. If we can hold on, protect them from themselves as much as possible, and be there when the storm has finally passed; then we can help them see the truth again, at last.
To deal with this, one must work continuously to remain calm, balanced, and lucid; monitor thoughts, emotions, words, and actions; and enlist the help of someone who is usually available to provide reality testing feedback. Since this is a dynamic and unpredictable phenomenon, it could occur at any time, anywhere, under any circumstance. However, when studied, it is usually possible to predict most of the people, places, and things that may trigger the shift.
My belief is that those with these unique and sensitive brains are links to the evolution of humankind. They pick up on more sensations, stimuli, and energy than most; and are overwhelmed by it. Most others do not share their experiences, so they feel weird, different, or crazy (and are often labelled as such). They are too sensitive for this world, but live in it nonetheless. Until it evolves, they will be unstable, uncomfortable, and often unaccepted. They will often hate themselves for being different, and be avoided by others. Society will try to force them into conventional boxes to make itself more comfortable; either destroying them, or medicating them into “normality;” prolonging the time it takes to grow and change. When someone is sensitive enough to access higher vibrational frequencies, the spirit world, or the cosmos; they are the teachers, healers, and minstrels of the future. I believe we need to welcome, accept, and care for them until they help us find the higher truth and light. Once the world has evolved, what I am calling Excitosis Mode will become our normal means of accessing higher consciousness (this greater sensitivity will then represent the most advanced brain with the greatest capabilities).
This is the general introduction of this concept, which will later be broken down into specific examples, situations, and premises. If it is difficult to understand how something that is currently destructive will eventually become highly beneficial; the answer lies in the conditions of higher consciousness. When directly plugged into universal consciousness, which requires a great degree of sensitivity, belief-based focus, and joy; there is no need to refer to our past experiences, commitments, or priorities; because we will dynamically be experiencing everything, everywhere, every when. Those described above are already beginning to have these experiences, although they do not usually know what to do with them (because they are not recognized by the masses). We do not want to doubt or diminish their experiences simply because we do not share them. We want to learn from them.
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