I can disagree with your opinion… but I can’t disagree with your experience. Once I have a sense of your experience, you and I are in relationship. – Krista Tippett
I’ve been working on a project with Chris Cole and Ian Scheffel. We want to create community and support for all of us who’ve experienced madness as having significant spiritual significance. Whether we’ve been psychiatrized or not and whether we’ve considered madness in terms of the psychiatric labeling or not. That would include anyone labeled with psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar, schizoaffective, or psychotic NOS. That would also include anyone who has had experience with altered states that have not been pathologized by psychiatry, by self or others. Perhaps by naturally delving deep in meditation or with the aid of psychedelic drugs or practices like holotropic breathing. Basically anyone who has experienced altered states and resonates with what we are doing are welcome.
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So – I’ve been thinking a lot about how we’re going to bring radically different perspectives and experiences from the mental health worlds and beyond together for our project Mad Spiritual. Here are some of my musings.
Mad Spiritual Collective is a community organized around the intersection of mental health and awakening. The principles of mutual recovery and decentralized authority are central to our mission. Our primary focus is to offer online courses that support recovery, healing and becoming awake. We welcome your involvement!
We’re all just walking each other home.
— Ram Dass
Past work that deals with inclusivity and diversity in mental health on this site:
- To be or not to be on psych meds – Everything Matters: Beyond Meds
- Choice and emotion: a short essay with some musing – Everything Matters: Beyond Meds (questioning free-will and choice as it’s commonly understood: I always did that which I could most skillfully do at any given time…we all do that, it seems and we learn in non-linear ways so it’s always unclear “where” exactly someone is on their path. These days I assume I can learn from anyone if I am open to hear their experience…we all have expertise in one thing or another. It may not be conventionally understood that way but when we’re open to hear the expertise developed simply by having lived life we find that everyone knows something very well and we’re all infinitely diverse so we always stand to learn a whole lot from everyone who comes before us if we are open to that possibility)
- The emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, social, political and ecological…(must be viewed as a whole if we hope to heal) – Everything Matters: Beyond Meds
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