Dr. Judith Blackstone seems to be approaching people with some of the emotional issues that often end up getting a psychiatric label in another way that is wholesome and affirming of their experience. Certainly many people who find themselves in conventional psychiatric treatment are very sensitive and drugs do a good job of numbing that out. Then the gifts of that sensitivity are also lost, not just that which is difficult about said sensitivity. There are more and more people recognizing this and learning to help people in more holistic and healthy fashion that they might grow and learn from their sensitivities rather than drug them into oblivion. Unfortunately the people who have these skills are largely not in mainstream mental health centers.
Tami Simon speaks with Dr. Judith Blackstone, an innovative teacher in the fields of psychotherapy and contemporary spirituality. With Sounds True, Judith has created the audio course The Realization Process: A Step-by-Step Guide to Embodied Spiritual Awakening and has authored the books The Intimate Life: Awakening to the Spiritual Essence in Yourself and Others and Belonging Here: A Guide for the Spiritually Sensitive Person
In this episode, Tami speaks with Judith about the gifts and challenges of spiritual sensitivity, what it means to be transparent to life, how getting in touch with the internal space of the body connects us to the outer world, and what a definition of spiritual maturity might be. (63 minutes)
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