After building and selling a successful tech company, Mark Hattas was diagnosed with Bipolar I disorder and told he would never be well. This shook up his life, marriage, and relationship with their five children for quite some time. Then, after an out-of-body experience on 11/11/11, while giving a TEDx talk, Mark prayed, “If you can heal me from this, show me the way, I’m yours”. The response was instantaneous as Mark’s hand was moved from his lap and picked up one of a dozen books from the side of his bed.
His hands opened to page 59 of “Teresa of Avila, An Extraordinary Life” and he read the words that changed the trajectory of his approach to becoming well:
“Phenomena such as visions and trances, which frequently accompany mystical experience, have produced even stronger reactions of fear, wonder, skepticism, and perhaps a measure of envy. They have been denounced to medical science as pathological states bordering on madness, as nervous disorders similar to catalepsy, or as akin to somnambulism. The mystics have affirmed that the genuineness of the experience is seen through its effects, for instance in increased humility and love.”