A Post By Bruce Ario
Living in the Lodge was the best place to help me with my symptoms.
There is one major reason for this: the situation was understood. I'm not
saying others could read my mind and tell what my thoughts actually were.
I am saying the Lodge members understood the illness - the need for others,
even strangers, to know your thoughts.
Lodge members knew that this wasn't healthy. I had a Messiah complex
and I was sure if people could read my mind I could save the world. Some
normal people, artists in particular, walk down this path, but I was extreme,
and my plan wasn't working. I was in dangerous territory. I needed help.
Lodge members had a code for symptoms: don't enable them but
recognize that are real. Give the guy space. Outside of the Lodge, symptoms
would not be understood at all. I felt like an alien, but inside the Lodge the
situation of having symptoms was tolerated and handled.