Before Aristotle solidified the worship of human reason as the highest measure of exhistence , Morton Kelsey writes, "Plato believed that besides reason and sense experience, there was another way of knowing. He called it, "Divine Madness" and differentiated four forms of it: prophecy, healing (cleansing), artistic madness, and the madness of love.
"A version of the third form of "Divine Madness", artistic madness, is still practiced among Navaho medicine men. The medicine man goes to the sick person and makes a sand painting representing harmony and wholeness. The wholeness of the painting then influences the soul of the patient, takes control over it, and heals it. The beautiful icons, paintings, and architecture of the Orthodox Eastern Church emerged from a similar way of thinking. The Church in Orthodox thinking is the vestibule of heaven. Upon entering the church, one comes into contact with the heavenly because of the artistic perfection."
"The fourth type of "Divine Madness" wast the greatest of all - the madness of love. It is through love that we connect to what is deepest and most meaningful in our lives."
"Plato's "Divine Madness" has parallels in the New Testament. Not only do we find prophecy and extra-sensory perception, but we also discover that healings account for 20 percent of Jesus' activity. One of the reasons why modern Christians do not understand Jesus is that they think of Him as a university professor of ethics rather than a shaman." - Morton Kelsey, from his book "Dreams: A Way to Listen to God". Drawing by Albrecht Durer.