Healing the second pharmaceutical brain injury… some details

The below are some of the things that helped me this time around and during a short period of time. Everything is always changing for me. Healing is a dynamic thing…it is by nature constant change. What I share is a tiny bit during a very tiny window of a much longer journey. Everyone is different. I share not so that what I’ve done might be copied but so that the energy of how I find what is appropriate for me might be gleaned. We are all different. Healing looks different for everyone. 

Leaflin: purveyor of magic

by Leaflin Lore Winecoff — I would like to not think in terms of words like “anxiety”, “depression”; “chronic pain” and “disorder”, because I feel that these words cloak secret treasures. I got “magician problems”. …

On trauma and madness in mental health services

BY Noël Hunter That’s when I decided, wisely or not, to join the very field that almost killed me. My entire motivation for returning to school was to explore the human rights violations and social injustices of the mental health field (I had no idea what I was in for!). …

Rest in peace my dear friend and comrade in madness…Ian Scheffel (formerly Bill Scheffel)

We have no memory of being in the womb or emerging from the birth canal. Dreams are quickly forgotten if remembered at all. We experience emotions but may not always know why. The most fundamental dimensions of our experience cannot be found in any solid way, quantified, or even seen. How can we understand spiritual emergencies and other spiritually transformative events if, as R.D. Laing wrote, “We can see other people’s behavior but not their experience?” …

News and the forgotten value of waiting

by PAUL WOODWARD People everywhere, but especially in America, have been conditioned to feel that there is no experience in life more intolerable than having to wait.

To wait is to be tortured by a cavity that urgently demands filling.

Waiting destabilizes the nervous system and seemingly the only way most people can prevent an imminent seizure or some other kind of systemic breakdown these days is by clutching the ubiquitous grounding device upon which everyone now depends: their smart phone — a grounding device that helps each user feel connected by disconnecting them from where they are.

Trilogy of the shadow child

This was written in three parts in consecutive order over time. I thought they should all appear together in one place as they represent a journey through time and psyche both.  …