What passes for health are a variety of degrees of anesthesia

We live in a society that has a hard time with idiosyncrasies and differences; that doesn't recognize the uniqueness of each individual predicament. This turns the experience of life as a struggle into an anomaly when in reality, I think life is a struggle for everyone. People differ in as much as they successfully or unsuccessfully construct shields that make that struggle unconscious. But no one can really embrace life without seeing how much pain it contains. So what passes for health are a variety of degrees of anesthesia. ...

Becoming conscious is risky business

When people are sensitive and they get labeled mentally ill...the force of all of society believing it's an illness is projected onto us...If we don't come to understand the actual toxic force of this it will kill us. That is the tragic truth. And it's no small thing to do that. When all of society projects the belief that ugly, intractable uncontrollable forces are making us sick...well, no surprise...we get sick...

Embracing darkness and shadow that we might also be light and joy

Here's the thing...in as much as we cannot abide the pain in others we are unawake to that pain within us...heal ourselves we heal the whole ... people who studiously avoid the "negative" are missing out on their own healing...we don't need to go look for it, but avoidance is denial. ... those who need love most...are the ones we studiously avoid ...the "difficult" people who've been hurt in ways we can't abide...sometimes others find me to be that person...most readers of this blog perhaps have felt rejected in this way too at one time or another. 

Somatic imperative with Chris Cole: Waking Up Bipolar Podcast

Over the years now I've been interviewed on radio and podcasts a number of times. I've had fun every time. This interview with Chris Cole, though, I believe is my favorite so far and that's because he went straight to what is most important to me at this time in my work. That is the... Continue Reading →

New study: stopping psych meds is difficult, but most “satisfied with choice”

"Despite numerous obstacles and severe withdrawal effects, long-term users of psychiatric medications can stop taking them if they choose. Individuals who discontinue report that self-care and social support help, but mental health professionals could be more helpful." ...

Dissociation, psych drugs and chronic illness

In healing chronic illness with many acute, chronic pains I've seen that dissociation is not simply psychological but profoundly physiological...The process of getting chronically ill included layers of ever deepening dissociation from the body creating multiple broad spectrum illnesses...a dissociated body/mind cannot meaningfully take care of itself. Psych drugs allowed for these ever deepening layers of dissociation as they made the body sicker and sicker, the drugs largely numbed it all (though we're often not aware of it because, generally, we still feel really shitty anyway!)...

Happiness coexists with despair

The wise ageless one within. It's there...aching to emerge. *** Happiness can coexist with despair. It really can. We need to stop having such narrow view of what happiness is. The clearer we get, in fact, the more this sort of thing occurs. When we are clear we can feel anything on the emotional spectrum... Continue Reading →

Psychiatric Drugs Cause Harm — #WorldBenzoDay

This is the video I did last year for this day. Help raise awareness and please share it and other information about benzodiazepines today.  Visit: --  World Benzodiazepine Day: Change through Unity  (Facebook page) -- Recently I wrote another post about what it was like when the illness incurred by the drugs was at its worst: When medicine and doctors almost kill you…  Because, yeah, I was on death's door for a long, long time. It can still feel traumatic to really think about that time. I do hope we can help others avoid such a fate. ...

Video and Article: “Benzo Blue” #WorldBenzoAwarenessDay

by Richard D. Lewis                                                   “Benzo Blue”                               A Song of Protest and a Search for Liberation... Continue Reading →

Heavy metal, gut bugs, the brain and profound healing

I'm doing heavy metal detox...intense. Rarely mention it because people don't understand how insane it is. I can feel metal leaving my brain. Metal hangs out in biofilms  with infectious agents...as this comes out so does decades & lifetimes--via ancestral lineage -- of emotional crap. Virtually no support during this process, really...not that I've found... Continue Reading →

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