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I enjoyed the article about Seizures that may be caused by strobe lights at club parties.
It should be noted that Photo-sensitive Epileptic seizures can also be caused by some types of religious services, including Pentecostal-type Christian church services. These services can also cause seizures with thumpy-thump trick-bass music, and certain types of incense or scented candles.
Church of God in Christ (COGIC),
Assembly of God,
United Pentecostal Church,
many non-demoninationals, etc., all make use of:
other types of lights (various speeds and colors);
fast, thumpy, jittering or swaying musical rhythms;
fast, thumpy, jittering or swaying body-movement rhythms;
galloping floor pulses, sometimes combined with ultra-slow floor pulses, tricked out as if caused by a strobe-"Sound" machine (whether music-caused, or from a separate vibrating machine);
and/or sometimes scents,
in order to make the congregation ultra, extra excited to bring the people into the "Spirit".
I've visited some types of these services, partly out of curiosity, since I was a teen. Including even an Assembly of God funeral at which people started wiggling and laughing, I assume due to the bright flashing lights and percussion rhythms.
Some charismatic-type services are quiete...
Some charismatic-type services are quieter and milder than others.
As a teen, at a fairly mild United Pentecostal church (where women wear no makeup and never cut their hair), I spoke in "An unknown tongue," which, in my case, turned out to be the Yiddish a relative had spoken when I was a baby. I babbled and trembled for several days after. But I returned to my Baptist church, and cut my hair soon afterward. The girls who'd invited me assumed I was going to Hell.
I was more recently forced by a caregiver to attend a COGIC spirit service with bright strobe lights, painfully thumpy music, and everyone screaming in "Tongues".
Women, men, and children were skipping up to the altar, hugging each other, jumping up and down, screaming, defecating and urinating, fainting in joy and ecstasy. All caused by strobe lights and trick-bass drum music.
I'd already developed severe epilepsy- or at least finally been diagnosed with it. I've had seizures since I was quite small. I could never stand twinkling Christmas lights, for instance, which even at 4 years old made me so dizzy and NERVOUS I would start screaming.
(A gentle car ride would calm me down wonderfully, as would a vacuum cleaner in the next room).
I've been diagnosed with Vertigo;
Jacksonian, Partial-Complex, Petit Mal Seizures;
Constant Body-Wide Migraine Statous including severe nausea and blinding light sensitivity;
All triggered by bright lights;
fast-moving and/or flashing lights;
certain musical or dancing rhythms;
carnival rides including especially the Tea Cups and the Tilt-A-Whirl;
smells including ammonia and Musk perfume;
among other triggers including pesticide exposure.
I spent two hours hiding in the church bathroom, and managed to get out of the life situation fairly soon. The COGIC congregation was wonderfully friendly to me at other services and events. My body just couldn't stand their Rapture service.
The last 10 years (I'm 57), I seem to have developed Grand Mal. My head rolls around like The Exorcist. My tongue falls between my jaws (No dentures). I fall asleep, wake up weak.
My state's Medicaid won't give me proper diagnosis, or even medication, due to simple underfunding and rationing.
My seizures are mostly caused by TV antenna signals, even if not badly pixelated. I must ration TV, and sometimes even computer. Although I still get crazy, miserable reactions from all the boom cars in my apartment complex, Punk and Rap both full of Trick-Bass.
These types of seizure-causing, Charismatic Religious services may bring joy to some people. I've even heard rumors of people taking Ecstasy and Coke or Crack, Speed, etc, to boost their spiritual high. One woman stated to me,
"I would be willing to faint and die at the altar, if only I could die and be in God's Spirit forever".
The ministers and leaders of these highly physically emotional Spirit services possibly do understand the science of light and music and even smells they utilize to cause their desired result- just as regular Catholics, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Lutherans, and Methodists, with their methods, understand how to bring simple peace and serenity to their congregations. Of course, most congregants, and even some leaders, prefer to think God is the only cause of what happens to them.
My friend is an Interpreter for the Deaf, whose job is to interpret at several Pentecostal and Spirit-type services through the week. She experiences severely disabling, blinding Ocular Migraine Auras and headaches, exacerbated, or maybe caused, by the overly-bright strobe lights at her job. She (and I) are also deeply affected by blinking fluorescent lights, especially Curly CFLs. She's constantly exposed to these lights at her M-F school interpretation job.
I spent plenty of time at Disco/Rock N Roll house parties in the 1970s, 80s. (No drinking- causes migraines, no drugs, just great, happy people). But I could never stand bars which played these same songs, since the Bass Boost was always turned up high, and made me "Nervous." Some of these clubs also had flashing colored Neon lights, with the speed turned up high. I got sick at America's Favorite Bar from the lights and music. Nauseated from dizziness.
I don't know enough to comment much about modern Orthodox/Hasidic Jewish services,
Druse or Sufi Islam services,
"Whirling Dervishes" (Isn't that Hindu?),
various Pagan rites, etc. I bet, at least in some cases, the same type of cathartic, soul-releasing effects may be brought about by certain methods such as strobe lights, thump music, thump dancing, and other effects, as occurs in Charismatic Christian rituals, or a 1990s Body-Slamming Punk Metal concert. While others like myself prefer a calmer type of religious joy.
(A PBS "Rick Steves" special, can't remember which country, portrayed a marvelous "Whirling Dervish" who slowly, steadily swirled and gyrated himself into a beautiful, deep, simple religious ecstasy. Calming for me to watch.)
As with a friend in White Dove, I wonder if some people already have Bi-Polar Mania, or seizures, or some neurological reaction which causes them to "Speak in tongues," have extra wiggly, shaky, excitable bodies, etc, that may make them feel more comfortable at ecstatic religious services or club parties, than at staid old sleepy services such as even Southern Baptist- which is not nearly as sleepy as some other Protestant services!
I myself like the "sleepiness," which relaxes my body and brain as well as medicine does.
If I broach the idea of "Seizures, or Mania" to certain people, they may even scream at me in denial.
"I'm just NERVOUS is why I'm wiggling and shaking and screaming at you! I need a church service!"
(That person HIT me while shaking and screaming.)
"I'm not babbling incoherently; I'm just speaking in tongues."
(Whether it's actually Bi-Polar word salad, or some type of seizure or neuro reaction.)
"No, don't let the Devil let you have seizures. God will heal you."
(This at a religious service which was rapidly worsening my seizures and Migraine.)
I guess giving medication to them is tantamount to taking away their religion.
To Each His Own.
I still think people should be taught what may happen to them at certain type of religious services, as well as these Rave, EDM, whatever, Pagan-type Club parties. Then let them make their own decisions, for themselves and for their minor children.