The Way of Zen

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Letting go comes only through desperation when you know that it is beyond you – beyond your powers of action as beyond your powers of relaxation. When you give up every last trick and device for getting it, including this “giving up” as something that one might do, say, at 10 o’clocktonight. That you cannot by any means do it – that is it! That is the mighty self-abandon which gives birth to the stars. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Informed choice: knowing potential of harm versus the potential for help in order to make a reasoned choice

drugs

Yesterday was the beginning of iatrogenic illness month because people are being gravely harmed by medications that are being overused and misused. Knowing this can help us make informed decisions. Informed choice means one must know about the potential of harm versus the potential for help in order to make a reasoned choice. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Iatrogenic illness month

iatrogenic illness month

All my work is now motivated by the fact that I’ve worked with and corresponded with thousands of people who have been gravely harmed by psychiatry. The denial of the great potential for harm in psychiatry must end. The harming of so many innocent and vulnerable people must end. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Weaving the golden path of integration

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While the transformative fires of love may never feel safe, it is only through tender kindness to your immediate experience that you will know the mysteries of lover and beloved, broken and whole, and separation and union. You can slow down. There is no urgency. You need not answer any questions, scramble back to clarity, or resolve anything… for now.

There is so much intelligence moving within you. You are okay. Nothing is wrong and nothing need be fixed. … [click on title to read and view more]

Healing through the dark emotions

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Fear, grief and despair are uncomfortable and are seen as signs of personal failure. In our culture we call them “negative” and think of them as “bad.” I prefer to call these emotions “dark,” because I like the image of a rich, fertile soil from which something unexpected can bloom. Also we keep them “in the dark” and tend not to speak about them. We privatize them and don’t see the ways in which they are connected to the world. But the dark emotions are inevitable. They are part of the universal human experience and are certainly worthy of our attention. They bring us important information about ourselves and the world and can be vehicles of profound transformation. … [click on title to read and view more]

It gets better: Neuropsych doctor confirms psych drug iatrogenisis, PTSD, brain injury

brain-injury

Indeed, I do not consider myself ill anymore. I consider myself HEALING which is a vibrant state of movement and change. My limitations do not mean that I am sick. Learning to make boundaries for my well-being has been one of the healthiest things I’ve learned to do. Deeply respecting the needs of this body/temple is one of the most wonderful achievements of WELLNESS. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The exiled scapegoats, the black sheep, the nonconformists and creative maladjusted…

A neighbor's goat

Exiled scapegoats can, thus, return to serve the collective as agents of its deepest and most difficult needs…. But they are also a community unto themselves.

They form a loose society of nonconformists. It is one devoted to transpersonal processes underlying the individuality and secular collectives.

Those in this society listen for the guidance that comes from the intersection of life and death, joy and pain, love and wounding. They are more or less willing to feel its paradoxical and raw nature. Since they struggle to continually accept that intersection in their own hearts, they can work with inevitable shadow projections, not as a prelude to scapegoating and splitting in order to attack, but as a means of life long personal growth and ethical actions. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Native American flute to meditate by…

flute

I’ve been listening to Native American Flute lately. I can feel both dance and music and sound changing and healing my brain’s neurons. Seriously. We can change our brains and I’m doing it. Neuroplasticity. Everything else in my healing protocol takes part in this movement of healing as well. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

What does it mean to heal?

magnolias

I also like to say that being healthy (in both body and mind) is simply about living well and this illness has allowed me to learn how to do that in a profound way, for which I am very grateful. Being mindful of all that I do moment by moment throughout every day is a life lived in conscious sacredness. That is the healing path in my mind. One that never ends. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

We need a smorgasbord of mental health options

choice

This is the idea behind all my advocacy around mental health…we need a smorgasbord of options available to folks. I used that line (smorgasbord of options) in this radio interview I did recently…it was the first time I’d used it…it just popped out spontaneously while I was talking…but I’ll be using it more. It’s exactly what we need and it’s how a sane infrastructure must look like if it’s going to support meaningful healing options for real people in the world. Not only do different people need different things to heal…the same people need different things at different times. Healing is about evolving and recognizing change as much as anything else. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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