An Intimate Walk through the Labyrinth of Madness and Mysticism

(2018 – some of the links on this post are no longer good…I couldn’t find another source, sorry)

Today I’m doing something unusual and posting two posts back to back that highlight a new blog. I’m quite delighted to introduce the work of Vanessa D. Fisher today. If you didn’t see the first post today, it’s right here. Here I highlight a quote that she shared by Robert Augustus Masters. Below this quote, is a link to her site where you can listen to her interview him.

“Darkness simultaneously entombs and enwombs us. It swallows us, densifies us, contracts and solidifies us, burying us alive, giving us ground to grow up from, ground against which to expand and form. Darkness brings us down, down. Darkness is universal uterinity, ever pregnant with Being…

Do not seek the homogenization of Light and Darkness. Instead, permit them interplay and intimacy. Allow yourself to be honed, refined, alerted, remade by their immense attraction for each other. Their loveplay is both your heartland and your deathdance. Allow their interaction to unravel and remake you. Know them as the primal threads of all form, as well as the loom of the Beloved. Give Darkness its full due, letting it lead you through every face of every shadowland, until it is no longer other.” ~ Robert Augustus Masters, from Darkness Shining Wild: An Odyssey to the Heart of Hell & Beyond: Meditations on Sanity, Suffering, Spirituality, and Liberation, 2009

h/t Vanessa  D. Fisher: visit her blog to listen to an interview with Robert Augustus Masters: Darkness Shining Wild: An Intimate Walk through the Labyrinth of Madness and Mysticism


Both Vanessa Fisher and Robert Augustus Masters understand the realm of the psychotic from personal and professional experience…the realm of the spiritual emergent, emergency.

Other posts that feature Robert Augustus Masters on Beyond Meds

An exciting new book  is now available by Paris Williams too. This is an important contribution because the fact is much that gets labeled pathological in psychiatry can actually be healed and transformed like Vanessa and Robert have both discovered. The heavy use of pharmaceuticals can actually impede this process:  Rethinking Madness: Towards a Paradigm Shift in our Understanding and Treatment of Psychosis

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