The body electric…genetic geniuses everyone of us…we need only pay attention…

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The below picture is what it feels like to be in my body. No kidding…the psychiatric drug brain injury opened me up to intense sensitivities and this piece of amazing artwork expresses what it’s like. We are not alone in this experience. Many people are being greatly challenged in similar fashion. Learning to interpret all these sensations can be overwhelming. I am grateful that people everywhere are getting clued into this reality. We need only pay attention. Then we not only start to learn about the mystery that we are living we also start to find one another. Awareness is key. It’s time to wake up. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Not knowing and living with confidence

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The more we engage with our lives without requiring reassurance, the more we realize that this is already the case at all times. We can never have objective confirmation that we are making the right choice. We don’t know who we are, what happens when we die, how to have the best relationship or be the best parents possible. No one has ever been able to prove just what it means to live the best life possible or how to do so. Basically, we’re just falling through space, making it up as we go. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Stimulate your vagus nerve and thus chill out: simple, natural, uninvasive methods

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What was really fun is that Yasmina gave me a new really fast fix. I can feel pretty much the minute my body goes into an immune response now. And so last night when that happened, I filled up a bowl with ice cold water and dunked my head in the bowl. AWWW…an instant improvement in stress, anxiety and the immune response disappeared. LOVELY. Yes, it really did chill me out in more ways than one. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Some Wu Wei wisdom (non-doing as path to freedom)

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The concept of non-doing has been a big part of my practice lately. It’s a way to always have exactly as much energy as we need. It is what happens when we find ourselves living in synch with nature. Paying attention in mindfulness helps one get a sense of this being a profound living reality of which we need only become aware. . … [click on title to read more]

Befriending fear

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The practice of being with all that arises within. Fear here can be translated to “anxiety,” which is the 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 fear and/or anxiety often referred to in Buddhism as such. Normal. There are techniques to learn how to be with these normal feelings, whether they’re very intense or not. — And boy does protracted psych drug withdrawal open the floodgates of fear and terror and trauma, like nothing else. It’s not like anything natural that occurs before drug damage as those of us gravely impacted discover. But even with this sort of iatrogenic damage I’ve found that the best solution is to treat it like all the rest. I’ve decided that in the end, it’s the same thing as though on steroids. … [click on title to read and view more]

F*ck That: A Guided Meditation

Illustration: Oscar Ramos Orozco

If you’re offended by expletives you may not want to do this meditation…otherwise please have fun with it. In spite of (or perhaps, also because of) the language, it’s a calming and lovely short meditation and it’s funny too. Meditation collections are included below the video. … [click on title to read and view more]

Be madmen, drunks, and bastards…

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What it is to be true to ourselves…that is, what is sometimes and perhaps often involved as we muddle through. Yes, that initially painful process we must all forge through should we wish to really live. It’s a different adventure for every one of us. We are a kaleidoscope of the living universe…each one of us an aspect, aperture and/or lens…all of us necessary and important and best when we dare to be who we are in every moment which I’ve found to be a delightful and ever changing thing that cannot be defined. … [click on title to read and view more]

Finding your “best” path

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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

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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]

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