Verging on madness?

Sep 4th, 2017 | By | Category: Articles, Ayni Books, Healing, O Books, Soul Rocks Books, Spirituality

by Judy Hall, originally published, in a longer article @

Last night I finally found time to watch a programme on psychosis that I’d recorded some time ago. Listening to the experiences of the people hearing voices and experiencing vivid hallucinations, I was reminded of something a schizophrenic friend asked me many years ago: “Why am I locked up and given electroconvulsive therapy for something you get paid for? What is the difference between being schizoid and psychic?”

That’s a question I’ve been pursuing most of my life. I was one of the many children who had an invisible friend. “Don’t sit on Barbara,” I screamed at a woman on a bus. Much to the embarrassment of my aunt who had to explain that Barbara wasn’t really there. “Yes she is. Only you don’t have eyes to see her,” I retorted. Age 3. The woman moved to another seat.  I’ve never been sure it whether it was out of kindness or to get away from the mad child. One of my primary school friends talked to fairies, so I gave it a try. Fascinating little people. And it took my mind off the spirits haunting the graveyard behind the school.

As a child, I was always ‘seeing things that weren’t there’. Colours around people. Glimpses into the past – and the future. Strange people going upstairs to my room made me terrified to go to bed. I’d have to pluck up the courage to gingerly peer under the bed to check no one was lurking there. I needed the door open and the hall light on – and I slept with my back to the wall. Fortunately I had two psychic grandmothers who explained that I was seeing spirit people who were moving around in another dimension (not quite the words they used but you’ll get the picture). As I grew older I learned to communicate with these beings from another world, many of whom were not even aware they were dead. And so, in time, I joined a spirit rescue circle and used my gift to help them move on – or to clear spirit attachments from their unfortunate hosts. My ability to time travel is utilised in the karmic readings that assist people to know why they are here. And if you read this blog regularly you’ll know all about my crystal experiences.

Let’s return for a moment to ‘Barbara.’ Many years later I met a Barbara, psychic like me, who had lived not far from where I grew up. Her invisible friend had been called Judy. We recognised each other immediately. We both made a living from our psychicness. She as a spiritualist medium. Astrologer-me as a ‘far memory seer’ and crystal communicator.  Are we/where we both mad? I don’t think so. But that’s my expanded reality. A psychiatrist friend assured me, “You’re as sane as me.” He talks to the landscape and communes in crop circles. Who is to say who is mad and who is sane? And does it really matter? Replace the word ‘mad’ in this quote with ‘psychic’ and you’ll know how I feel.

“When you are mad, mad like this, you don’t know it. Reality is what you see. When what you see shifts, departing from anyone else’s reality, it’s still reality to you.”  ― Marya HornbacherMadness: A Bipolar Life

An internationally known author, astrologer, psychic, healer and workshop leader, Judy Hall has been a karmic counsellor for over forty five years and is the author of the million selling Crystal Bibles, and O-Books’ series Crystal Prescriptions: the A-Z guide to healing crystals. Her books have been translated into fifteen languages. She was voted the Kindred Spirit MBS personality of the year 2014 and has appeared four times on the Watkins MBS list of 100 most spiritually influential living writers.


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