Folk Counseling

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Our modern forms of helping people in emotional distress (talk therapy and medications) have largely supplanted more traditional forms of healing. In some cases this is a continuation of oppression and colonization that has gone on for hundreds of years. — Indigenous healing practices are denigrated and seen as unscientific, based on superstitions, or as an adjunct to the proper, modern way of helping people in distress. In this way, we have ignored and suppressed folk methods of healing that are often highly effective. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

What I looked like during psych drug withdrawal

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I really don’t know what I looked like during that time. Honestly, I didn’t have the energy to consider such things. I can still often feel shitty these days, but at this point when I feel like crap I fall strictly in the invisible illness category. There was nothing invisible about how I was sick when it was really bad. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

What is bipolar disorder? Grandiosity and mania, what are they really?

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“Grandiosity” is a state of reactivity brought about by having been rejected, abandoned and invalidated in childhood. In a similar vein “mania” is a dissociative state. This is something that is rarely understood. In understanding mania as dissociative we see that it is a form of post traumatic stress. We are disconnected from the body when we experience mania. We are literally ungrounded. All of this can be healed by becoming aware on all fronts. Body/mind/spirit. I have done it and I know many others who have too. Healing is a journey that doesn’t end. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

John Nash, nobel prize winner in economic sciences has died

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John Nash has died. Besides being a brilliant man who won a nobel prize he was once diagnosed as schizophrenic and became very famous for that fact as well, when the movie “A Beautiful Mind” came out. John Nash has died. Besides being a brilliant man who won a nobel prize he was once diagnosed as schizophrenic and became very famous for that fact as well, when the movie “A Beautiful Mind” came out. — I am doing this post in his memory. I’m recovering from a nasty stomach bug so it’s being put together quickly. Included is footage where John Nash once again clarifies that he didn’t take psychiatric drugs for most of his life. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The art of contemplation (vis a vis meditation)

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I tend to use the word meditation for all my contemplative adventures when I speak of them on this blog…simply for lack of a better way to explain my process. Here Richard Rudd speaks to the different sorts of ways our inner experience can be experienced. I found his definition of contemplation helpful because I often feel like meditation HAPPENS to me…and here it seems perhaps he would call that contemplation. Contemplation is physical too. This is what I liked about what he talks about. In contemplation we can change our body and transform in some very literal ways in body/mind and spirit. This is something I experience daily. I believe this is in keeping with epigenetics too. It has everything to do with healing from trauma. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Becoming our truest selves with one another

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Below I’ve collected a few status updates from the Beyond Meds Facebook page in the last few days. I’ve cut and pasted them here and then added links to posts that discuss the status update more in depth.  *** The body needs to speak too. Suppressing physical symptoms by any means possible can be the […]

God and nonduality…yes, no, maybe

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Nonduality is a place I’m comfortable learning to inhabit. It is a stance that allows for the great diversity which is the human experience. We are all in this mystery together, doing our thing. Surrendering to the mystery has been a large part of my healing process. — As a religious studies student both in college and in life the question of god/no god has always been one I have played with. I have found myself on all sides of the spectrum and everywhere in-between at various times. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Stand still. The forest knows Where you are. You must let it find you.

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An incredible poem by David Wagoner shared below. Please read it. Then, following the poem, there is a relatively short video with David Whyte discussing this poem in conversation with Jeffrey Mishlove. Wonderful. Enjoy. … [click on title to read and view more]

2015 Yale Symposium – Dr. David Healy: video about dangers of psych drugs

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Wonderful! I’ve only listened to a bit because I have a meeting in a few minutes but this is Dr. David Healy at Yale speaking about the dangers of psychiatric drugs and the denial about that fact in the medical establishment. … [click on title to read and view more]

Are you at the end of your rope?

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This is a very brief but wonderful meditation and emotional release. I highly recommend it. — little excerpt (While) feeling so frustrated with all the trying and “efforting” that we put into things, I’d like us to go a little deeper and explore what the real underpinning is of all of that push to try to be in control of things. So in this moment can you allow yourself to just feel how much you just want to ‘effort;, in fact it happens a lot, all day long… … [click on the title to read and view more]

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