What if grief is the natural order of things, a way of loving life anyway?

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From a young age we see around us that grief is mostly an affliction, a misery that intrudes into the life we deserve, a rupture of the natural order of things, a trauma that we need coping and management and five stages and twelve steps to get over.

Here’s the revolution: What if grief is a skill, in the same way that love is a skill, something that must be learned and cultivated and taught? What if grief is the natural order of things, a way of loving life anyway? Grief and the love of life are twins, natural human skills that can be learned first by being on the receiving end and feeling worthy of them, later by practicing them when you run short of understanding. In a time like ours, grieving is a subversive act. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Do antidepressants work?


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Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, psychiatrist and senior lecturer, University College London: speaks. Also lots of more info on antidepressants.

To refer to SSRIs as no better than placebo is misleading because while it’s technically true in clinical trials — SSRIs are also very different than placebos…they are NOT inert…they are very active and they make EVERYONE feel differently. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

A little non-dual Jesus for Easter

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What has always been basic to resurrection, or Easter, is crucifixion. If you want to resurrect, you must have crucifixion. Too many interpretations of the Crucifixion have failed to emphasize that. They emphasize the calamity of the event. And if you emphasize calamity, then you look for someone to blame. That is why people have […]

Limbic Kindling — hardwiring the brain for hypersensitivity

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This is a very interesting and important article. It’s in keeping with my posts on how the autonomic nervous system is impacted in psychiatric drug withdrawal and how that is similar in many different chronic illnesses. This piece goes into a deeper understanding of these issues. It’s very brief but encompasses much that is not explicitly discussed.

The author concludes that healing from these illnesses requires tending to the whole body/mind/spirit complex.

This is the greatest and most profound lesson this illness has taught me. Having and healing from these illnesses offer a penetrating look into the nature of humans as holistic beings that exist as part of the world and greater universe. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

A therapist who gets it speaks

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Jonathan Keyes speaks to the very serious issue of psychiatric drug withdrawal and specifically the society wide denial about the issue and the lack of support for those of us who brave the journey. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Whisper Rapture

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WHISPER RAPTURE: A BONFIRE MADIGAN SUITE is a 26-minute symphony of song and cinema featuring six original compositions by cellist and composer, Madigan Shive, four of them brand new and unreleased. The title refers to Madigan’s childhood fantasy companion, Whisper, who she used to talk to through a doorknob-smashed hole in her bedroom wall. Her conversations with Whisper paved the way for her visionary songs of rapture and rage, now poetically visualized with luminous imagery by award-winning filmmaker Ken Paul Rosenthal … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Uplifting Energy: energy healing for body, mind and spirit

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Donna Eden also healed herself from Multiple Sclerosis after western doctors told her she only had months to live. She works with a lot of people with auto-immune illnesses too. Psychiatric drug withdrawal often triggers serious auto-immune issues and they are often a part of the constellation of issues that people with protracted withdrawal have. I have dealt with several serious auto-immune issues some of which have healed completely and others I’m still working on.

When she had MS she also had severe food sensitivities to the point that she could only eat one food. Those all cleared up for her too. Many of us with protracted withdrawal issues also have such hypersensitivities. I do as well. Lately they’ve been starting to clear up for me as well.

She underscores that everyone heals differently (and we all experience energy differently) and that we need to, above and beyond all else, listen to ourselves and trust ourselves. Doesn’t that sound familiar? … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The growing edge

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Look well to the growing edge. All around us worlds are dying and new worlds are being born; all around us life is dying and life is being born. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Mamma earth in action and my big brother

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otherwise titled
“I Actually Woke up This Morning Thinking I’d Arrived, I’m Well . . .”
I actually woke up this morning thinking I’d arrived. I’m well…even if still sick in some regards.

Perhaps from the outside looking in I’d be perceived as still ill in many regards. I have many practical limitations. I remain unable to make most commitments that most people take for granted, for example.

But from my standpoint I’m well. I’m in touch with what I need to do to live and thrive and be happy…that is being well as far as I’m concerned. I know what I need and I know what sort of boundaries and limits I need to make for myself. This is good stuff. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Ecstatic dance: trance and movement for healing and transformation

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I’ve gone to several 5 Rhythms Waves now. They are the most joyous and wonderful moments of my life right now as I continue to rehabilitate. When one surrenders to the energy of these waves one is swept away in the energy of the room, dancing from this trance state is a miracle every time as your body leads the way doing things you didn’t even know it could do. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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