Finding your “best” path

same mountain

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]

The shamanic nature of consciousness

jung-curling-snake-red-book

The biggest problem in our society now for those who get diagnosed with any sort of “psychosis,” is that they are most often met by professionals that do not even believe that healing can occur, let alone deep transformative growth. Deep transformative growth, could be the norm, if those claiming to be healers actually knew what was involved in the individuation journey. Meeting the dark underbelly of the psyche as those of us who have been labeled psychotic at one time or another is a calling and an act of heroism. One that is rarely encouraged in society. … June 2015 Sign up for: Shades of awakening: integrate and claim your gifts from spiritual emergency (often mistaken for psychosis) a free series of interviews coming up soon — [click on title for the rest of the post]

The apex and decline of evidence-based psychotherapy and psychiatry

Dr. Potter's newest book

By Brent Potter, PhD — I am grateful to be alive during to see the apex and decline of evidence-based psychotherapy and psychiatry. Honestly, I didn’t think that I’d see anything like it in my lifetime. It was looking pretty daunting for a while, but we’re not only making substantial progress, but winning. — Please don’t mistake me—we have plenty more to do. We’re not in the clear yet, but we’re light years ahead of where we were roughly 20 years ago. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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

paris

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]

Melt into your own life

art work from genekeys.net

I’ve been studying The Gene Keys for a couple of years. I find the work a delightful contemporary mythological window into reality that truly does penetrate into the cells of the body if one contemplates the process that unfolds. — “People don’t need help. They need love.” … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Sunday mellow music

Pleiadian

This provoked some fun stuff up and down my chakras. Happy summer solstice. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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

dabney

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]

Welcome the fear, the anxiety and thus transform it

life force

Anxiety is basically a clinical term for fear which everyone at one time or another experiences with or without a diagnosis of some sort of anxiety “disorder.” Psychiatry pathologizes much of the normal human experience and in opposing fashion fear and/or anxiety is often referred to in Buddhism and other alternative philosophies as normal. A normal form of human suffering. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Selfless love and giving yourself away

gary:rich

I still like the words love and compassion unlike Gary (he says they’re overused, and I do agree with that)…I think they have many meanings and can be fluid. Words are always, at best, pointers. And you’ll see he ends up using the word anyway…because there really isn’t another. What he says love is…is being present to those around you. Yes. — Rich says, our life is not our own. That too is a wonderful way to consider love. We are here only for one another, really. — This moves into the idea of surrendering to life which is something I contemplate often now. — “Shut up the blah, blah, blah and love.” … [click on title to read and view more]

Depression (psych labels in general) reflect the dis-ease of civilization

Depression---what-is-it

“The health of the society and the health of its individuals are inextricably linked. To end the worldwide epidemic of depression, we must combine individual psychological therapies with new social and economic systems that respect the earth and more fairly distribute the worlds resources. Such models already exist. What we need is the political will to implement them. If we can do so, we will be able to create a more equitable culture that optimizes the mental and emotional health of each of its ciitizens.” … [click on title for full view]

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