Restoring the Body: Yoga, EMDR, and Treating Trauma

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“Trauma really does confront you with the best and the worst. You see the horrendous things that people do to each other, but you also see resiliency, the power of love, the power of caring, the power of commitment, the power of commitment to oneself, the knowledge that there are things that are larger than our individual survival. And in some ways, I don’t think you can appreciate the glory of life unless you also know the dark side of life” … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The mal-practice of psychiatry – By Paul Levy

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I first entered the psychiatric world in the middle of a life-transforming spiritual awakening which had gotten catalyzed because of intense emotional abuse from a psychopathic father. Spiritually emerging into a more expansive and whole part of myself, I was beginning to recognize the dreamlike nature of the universe, a universe in which we were all inseparably interconnected with each other. I was so enthusiastic about my realizations that the anti-bliss patrol got alerted and I got put into psychiatric hospitals, where I got (mis)diagnosed and medicated out of my mind such that my spiritual awakening got extinguished and I felt traumatized—literally, made sick—by the treatment I received. While I was under the “care” of psychiatry, it was a waking nightmare: the more I was solidified in the role of being the sick one, the sicker I got, which in a diabolically self-perpetuating feedback loop, only confirmed to the psychiatrists how “sick” I truly was. After the “treatment” I received from the psychiatric system, I became truly sick. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

What is Mental Health Herbalism?

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By Jon Keyes

Mental health herbalism is the practice of working with herbs and other plants to improve well being, develop keener insight into patterns of imbalance and to reduce emotional distress. As a licensed professional counselor and herbalist, I often incorporate the use of herbs for helping people to get stronger and feel better. I have seen herbs improve mental health and I have also seen herbs bring profound insights that help a person work through emotional knots. Plants not only work on a physical level, they are able to transform people emotionally and spiritually as well. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Healing bath: a longstanding coping and gently medicinal therapy

Oh yeah, I wish I had a tub this deep

Baths have been one of the most consistently helpful therapeutic practices I’ve used since I became ill with protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal. For a few years it was a daily and sometimes twice daily way I managed. A bath with the right ingredients can take the edge off of all manner of painful and debilitating symptoms. Sometimes just briefly, but when you’re living in the moment, out of necessity, that is enough. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Obey me

Obey Me - Photo by Thomas Fallon

I got an email from Thomas Fallon. He submitted the below photograph (self-portrait). I thought it was powerful and that too many of us know what that image is conveying. It’s hard for me to look at, but I’ve been there. Have you? … [click on title for the rest of the post]

On Hearing Voices: Recovery as Social Action: The Personal is the Political

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Jacqui Dillon is the National Chair of the Hearing Voices Network in England. She has also helped develop HVN USA and has been involved in our Facilitator Trainings.

I love this because I’ve often viewed my healing process to simply not be just about me. It’s about all of us. It is for all of us too. And I also could not have done it without the constant communication with all of you out there. This has been a relationship process even when I’ve had to go deep into myself and spend most time alone.… [click on title for the rest of the post]

Intellect vs Love

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Lovers know there are roses in the bloody veil of love; they live astounded by Love’s matchless beauty. The intellect says, “The six directions are blocked!” Love says, “There’s a way!” Intellect sees a market and starts to haggle; Loves sees thousands of markets beyond that market. How many mystic martyrs hidden in Love’s soul […]

change, change, change

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I’m utterly amazed at how many more professionals now read and share my work all over social networks…it’s incredible how much has changed since I first started doing this sort of work… I see things change everyday and am constantly motivated because the one thing I do see, always, is change…

The monolith which is the system may take more time, but change is everywhere…in every one of us always…

And if I didn’t think I could help folks heal and change etc, I wouldn’t get up in the morning, frankly. I’ve seen 1000s of folks get better after being harmed. I need nothing else to keep on inspiring others do the same. Healing is by it’s nature, also, change… [click on title to read and view more]

WOW! ‘Deadly Medicines & Organised Crime: How Big Pharma has Corrupted Healthcare’ wins first prize in British Medical Association book awards

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This is amazing news. The British Medical Association gave first place to a book that is scathingly critical of the health care system. Things are definitely changing in the right direction. There is evidence of this often now even while there is plenty of reason to still be very concerned as psychiatry continues to harm. … [click on title to read and view more]

the triumph of being common

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When I was reading this book while still in college I can’t imagine I really had a clue what Bernadette Robert’s was talking about, but I did find it fascinating. I’ve been enjoying revisiting Bernadette Roberts lately. … how many can honestly appreciate the triumph of being common? Who can understand what it means to learn […]

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