Blessed is He in whose hand is the kingdom, and He has power over all things. It is He who has created death and life that He might try you—which of you is best in deeds, and He is the Mighty, the Most Forgiving. (Al Quran 67:2-3)
Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD
When she was a Roman Catholic nun, and for many years after, religious scholar Karen Armstrong was plagued by mysterious ailments such as fainting spells, bouts of amnesia and even hallucinations. After years of suffering these undiagnosed symptoms, Karen finally got an answer. Find out what it was and why she says it was one of the happiest moments of her life.
For many a successful people, the trajectory of events in life follow three phases, best identified by the mythologist Joseph Campbell as the “hero’s journey.” The life of a hero or a heroine follows a pattern of separation from the world, initiation into new understanding (usually through trials), and return to the known world. For Karen Armstrong these three phases of life are her enrollment in a Christian seminary, followed by epilepsy and finally her emergence as a great writer and religious philosopher.
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When she was a Roman Catholic nun, and for many years after, religious author and scholar Karen Armstrong was plagued by mysterious ailments. Fainting spells, bouts of amnesia and hallucinations were just a few of Armstrong’s symptoms, creating a frightening world that was made even more difficult by the fact that Armstrong couldn’t seem to get a diagnosis.
In this video from her interview on “Super Soul Sunday,” Armstrong recalls her years-long ordeal with the mystery medical condition. “[I was] having moments of absolute terror,” Armstrong tells Oprah. “Absolute terror, when the world is unrecognizable. It’s a state they call ‘jamais vu’ — it’s the opposite of déjà vu because you’ve never seen it before.”
Armstrong says that this confused state makes you forget even the most basic daily activities and objects. “You forget how to go down a flight of stairs. You forget what a glass of water is,” she explains. “The world becomes absolutely unrecognizable.”