Did I get enough love?

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By Elaine Mansfield — “As soon as you begin to ask the question, Who loves me?
You are completely screwed, Because the next question is How Much?” Tony Hoagland — And after that, Does he love me still? and Does he love me even though he’s dead? And then, When do I stop feeling married to a person who is no longer here? and Why do I feel lonely in a room full of people because he’s not smiling from across the room? … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Non-medication ways to relieve depression: online course CE/CME available

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ERICKSONIAN HYPNOSIS IN THE TREATMENT OF DEPRESSION
*Treating Depression Hypnotically and Strategically emphasizes the importance of utilizing proactive and well-targeted interventions when treating depression.
*Out of the Blue: Six non-medication ways to relieve depression
*Altered States: Why Hypnosis Helps Depression
* The Many Faces of Loss, and how to resolve it.
*Hypnotic Brain Change for Depression: Help Your Clients Practice Positive Mental Habits.
*Getting Your Life Back: Healing Depression with Hypnosis
*What Can Solution Hypnosis Contribute to The Treatment of Depression? … [click on title to learn more about this opportunity]

Managing a meltdown

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by Elaine Mansfield — My heart sank and my belly knotted. I felt like a helpless child. I scolded myself for making a catastrophe out of an inconvenience, but that made me more desperate. I felt lost and vulnerable, captured by what C.G. Jung called a psychological complex. Where was the calm woman who gives book readings and radio interviews? Where was the part of me that could face death without flinching? … [click on title to read and view more]

The wounds we carry

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By Elaine Mansfield — “They’re all wounded,” I thought as I watched people in the grocery store or on the street, “but I can’t see their scars and they can’t see mine.” … I wished them happiness because I knew their life hurt as mine did, even if we were the lucky ones who had food to eat, a place to sleep, and medical treatment. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

I am the oppressor

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By Jen Peer Rich — When will we recognize that we are all being oppressed and oppressing all the time? If any one part of the system is oppressed, so too am I oppressed. Humans, animals, the earth, it’s all under the heavy weight of oppression. Every being deserves to be championed by the system from which it is born. We are all participating in the fate of every life. We have many communities within our life system that need rehabilitation from the oppressions that come with the belief in separation and the dislocation of the psyche from nature. So long as we keep the competition between oppressions alive, we can’t really help. .. [click title to read the rest]

Finding your “best” path

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by Gary Weber — One of the ongoing disputes is whether there is a particular single path to awakening or whether many different paths, or blends of paths, will work for awakening, depending on the participant. There are endless arguments from some proponents about how folk can only awaken by their particular route, from which they are, interestingly, benefiting financially.

There are useful scientific descriptions of these two alternatives on whether goal or path is what matters…a State function and a Path function. … [click on title to read and view more]

Breaking down in the service of breaking through: can madness save us?

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by Paris Williams — Over the years of my explorations into psychosis and human evolution a very interesting irony became increasingly apparent. It is well-known that people who fall into those deeply transformative and chaotic states typically referred to as “psychosis” often feel, at different points throughout their journeys, that they have received a special calling to save the world, or at least the human race. Indeed, this experience played a particularly prominent role in my own extreme states, as well as within those of at least two of my own family members. From a pathological perspective, this is often referred to as a kind of “delusion of grandeur,” though in my own research and writing, I have come to feel that the term “heroic (or messianic) striving” is generally more accurate and helpful. The great irony I have come to appreciate … [click on title for the rest of the post]

7 Billion Paths to Awakening: healing from what is often called psychosis

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In the diverse array of terms now used – extreme states, madness, spiritual crisis, kundalini, psychosis, crazy, shamanic initiation – I see my own experience in all of them. To me, they’re all expressions of what I call Shades of Awakening. Each one with it’s own flavor, meaning and transformational path to recovery. — After over a decade of soul searching, a new question emerged. How can I support others who are integrating to find their own truths, their own narratives and their own answers? (Be sure to visit the Shades of Awakening series page to learn about Dabney’s free series of interviews with many folks who’ve moved through spiritual emergence (which often otherwise gets pathologized by psychiatry) and are now thriving.) … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Rep. Tim Murphy’s Bill Promotes Forced “Treatment” over More Effective and Less Expensive Voluntary Care

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On June 4, Congressman Tim Murphy introduced legislation (HR 2646) designed to dismantle the federal mental health authority – the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – which has successfully promoted recovery and community inclusion for individuals with serious behavioral health conditions for 25 years, as called for by President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. The bill would replace SAMHSA with a new Office headed by a politically appointed government official, controlled by Congress and robbing people of their civil rights through forced treatment and increased institutionalization. … [click on title to read and view more]

No apologies for being sensitive to the earth and its suffering

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By Jen Peer Rich — If we took a mere 50% of our global weaponry and technology resources and applied them towards sustainability actions, we could live in a much different world. It’s possible to stop kicking the earth in the teeth with destructive behaviors. Why not address the suffering of our species and endless other species? But we don’t. We keep feeding the machinery of separation. And why? … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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