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]

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]

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]

Healing is about becoming conscious of infantile parts

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Once we’re adults we cannot expect another adult to fix the infantile parts of ourselves that were never appropriately nurtured by our parents. Healing is about becoming conscious of those parts and then learning to reparent those parts for ourselves. No one else will ever know what all the little hurt children within us need. We’re the only ones who can hear those parts and tend to them. This is the biggest reason the mental illness system fails. It pretends to be a parent and further infantilizes it’s adults clients. Until it understands how to support folks to trust themselves and thus empower themselves it will continue to cause further harm. … [click on the title to read and view more]

Counting thoughts: simple meditation practice

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Choose an important area of your life where you have difficulty or conflict. Bring to mind the key beliefs you hold about the situation, the people, the institution, the circumstance. “They are….”, “I am….”, “It is….. “, etc. After you have brought the beliefs to mind, question them. Are they completely true? Are they one-sided? Who made up this story? What if some of the opposite was also true? What is our experience if we let these thoughts and beliefs go? … [click on the title to read and view more]

The gift of our bodies and the foods that we feed it

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I wrote most of this post for The Receiving Project group which I posted about a couple of days ago. It’s got dietary info if you’re into that sort of thing. I’m healing and food continues to be a phenomenally important part of that gestalt. — Astonishing loveliness. This is a weird gift and may not mean much to most of you but it’s so HUGE and FUNDAMENTAL to me that I’m going to share it anyway. Yesterday afternoon I went to my amazing healing chiropractor man and he gave me a suggestion. … [click on the title to read and view more]

Thank you. Thank you.

I awaken to the morning cacophony of birds. As I eat my breakfast I am struck by the fact that I’ve not said grace before a meal since childhood. What’s more I am eating sautéed dandelion greens that grow wild in my backyard. This is truly the earth feeding me in a most immediate way. Thank you. Thank you. That is my grace for today. … [click on the title to read and view more]

Who am I? Meditative self-enquiry

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Gary Weber shares with us another lovely meditation in the spirit of Ramana Maharshi: Who am I? I’ve included below the meditation a bit of information about the man and his teaching. Included is a link to his wonderful and concise manual with direction for self-enquiry. This is one of my practices as well. I was delighted to find that my husband had one of the early editions of this little manual. It’s quite a delight to behold. I read it the first time in one sitting and it was a profound experience. It has the capacity to be profound again and again. It’s free to download so I highly recommend it. … [click on the title to read and view more]

The isolation of illness comes to an end – IT GETS BETTER

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I know a lot of folks who are still in earlier phases of withdrawing from psych drugs are still feeling desperately alone and sicker than they ever imagined possible. It does pass. A lot of us have made it through that hellish darkness. Things really do get better. We come to thrive again. — My mother is visiting next week. I’ve not seen her in 6 years. I was too ill to have visitors who couldn’t abide the extreme nature of what I was dealing with when I was struck with the drug iatrogenesis (medical injury). That included almost everyone.… … [click on the title to read and view more]

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