To those who claim we rant

Someone on Twitter challenged Kelly Brogan MD and I about her article about SSRIs yesterday. She said that she and I were "ranting" All my work is now motivated by the fact that I’ve worked with and corresponded with thousands of people who have been gravely harmed by psychiatry. The denial of the great potential for harm in psychiatry must end. The harming of so many innocent and vulnerable people must end. I’m happy to keep helping people find other ways until no one is being harmed any longer....what follows too are some of my tweets in response to this woman … [click on title to read and view more]

Always nice to hear from a psychiatrist who gets it

Good article by Kelly Brogan MD at Mad in America -- always nice to hear from a psychiatrist who gets it...she says: All you have to do is spend a few minutes on or to appreciate that we have created a monster. Millions of men, women, and children, the world over are suffering, without... Continue Reading →

2014 in review

Thanks to all my many readers all over the world for your ongoing support and for your commitment to becoming who you are meant to be in a world that makes it very difficult for us to do that. We all need each other to do that. That we might heal not just ourselves but our families, communities and our planet. Happy New Year and much love to you all. … [click on title to read and view more]

Service as a way of knowing

It's become clear to me that service is essential to a healthy and whole life. For me it's been essential to healing. Focusing on others, if nothing else, takes the focus off ourselves. There is freedom in that in a multitude of ways. I love how Deikman speaks below to how service is a kind... Continue Reading →

Beyond Meds: top 10 posts of 2014 and of all time

I generally find numbered lists annoying but this is one I do every year. I do find the end of year stats interesting and it seems fair enough to share some of them with the readers of this blog without whom there would be no stats. I continue to be pleased to know this blog is being used as the resource I've been making it into. Most of the highest trafficked posts are collections from the archives which allow people to peruse by subject matter. They're listed beneath this years top posts. They're also always readily available from the drop down menus at the very top of the blog along with a lot of other collections from the archives. … [click on title to read and view more]

LAST CALL – Online Conference: Therapy on the Wild Side – Depathologizing and Working with “Psychosis” and Extreme States of Consciousness

REPOST: last chance to enroll in this online course. The conference will closing down to new registrations December 31st at Midnight. CEU's are included and folks can use them for this year or next year. Thanks to the work of those who have recovered from extreme states of all sorts and also to those who have assisted them on their journeys, there now exists an ever growing resource of humane and humanizing strategies that can allow us to help folks who often have psych labels in ways that bring all of their uniqueness and personhood into the world – without stigma and without pathologizing. … [click on title to read and view more]

I’m an ass, you’re an ass

A friend shared that Anthony DeMello once talked about writing a book called, "You're an ass, I'm an ass." So I looked it up and found an article from which I've excerpted the below, because, well, we're all asses and Anthony DeMello speaks to this truth quite beautifully. He also goes on to talk about how one can be with mood states and not get involved with them. Something I've been learning and practicing on this healing journey. One can be witness to what goes on in the body/mind and simply look on interested while being just fine even with what would have been at one time rather destabilizing. There is a fine teaching in the below paragraph. … [click on title to read and view more]

Nature brought me to stillness

Silence yesterday, today we consider stillness. … [click on title to read and view more]

Silence as an Alternative Consciousness

A contemplation for Christmas: For me, the two correctives of all spirituality are silence and service. If either of those is missing, it is not true, healthy spirituality. Without silence, we do not really experience our experiences. We may serve others and have many experiences, but without silence, nothing has the power to change us, to awaken us, to give us that joy that the world cannot give, as Jesus says (John 16:22). And without clear acts of free service (needing no payback of any sort, even “heaven”), a person’s spiritual authenticity can and should be called into question. Divine Love always needs to and must overflow! … [click on title for the rest of the post]

brightness and darkness on Christmas eve

Midnight mass is spoken at the end of Christmas eve. I thought this lovely poem first uttered in 1941 would be nice again today for all of us. Have a wonderful holiday however you celebrate and also if you do not. Your brightness is my darkness. I know nothing of You and, by myself, I... Continue Reading →

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