The awakened heart is a broken heart

There’s grief in awakening. Grief at the loss of autonomy, grief at the loss of purpose and meaning. Grief at the loss of knowing and certainty, however deluded they were. There’s grief over losing one’s power, and one’s familiar identity. There’s so much loss in awakening. When it dawns that there’s nothing we can keep, nothing can be retained beyond its prescribed time, and all that we know and love must pass, then a natural grief for all of it can come. And since this knowledge of loss is for all of it, for all time, then that ache of grief is an ever-present refrain, a broken heart, amidst the delight at the miracle and mystery of life. …

Rethinking Madness: Psychosis and Spiritual Awakening

First posted at Crazywisefilm.com Over the past 30 years, the broken brain and chemical imbalance theory of “mental illness” has had mixed results at best.   While sales of psychoactive pharmaceuticals have increased 8000%, suicide and mental health disability rates in the US have also shot up. It’s time we rethink madness. Are there spiritual aspects […]

Shades of awakening interview: food sensitivities and the psyche

In this interview, we talk about:
*The relationship between food and the psyche
*How healing and detoxing with whole foods can actually unearth past memories and emotions
*Why informing yourself with science AND your own inner knowing is key to finding out what works for you
*What your gut health has to do with your emotional and mental health

Shades of awakening: when what gets labeled psychotic or hypersensitive is really about becoming conscious

THIS IS HAPPENING NOW…it’s day 3…I’ve listened to a few of the interviews…they’re all really good and this is truly an important and cutting edge event…you can still listen for free now and there is an option to buy the whole series. It’s so exciting to see the huge positive response as we bring together these cutting edge thought leaders for 3 days of informative and inspirational interviews covering a range of topics on spiritual emergency, consciousness, and de-stigmatizing mental illness. … [click on title to read and view more]

7 Billion Paths to Awakening: healing from what is often called psychosis

In the diverse array of terms now used – extreme states, madness, spiritual crisis, kundalini, psychosis, crazy, shamanic initiation – I see my own experience in all of them. To me, they’re all expressions of what I call Shades of Awakening. Each one with it’s own flavor, meaning and transformational path to recovery. — After over a decade of soul searching, a new question emerged. How can I support others who are integrating to find their own truths, their own narratives and their own answers? (Be sure to visit the Shades of Awakening series page to learn about Dabney’s free series of interviews with many folks who’ve moved through spiritual emergence (which often otherwise gets pathologized by psychiatry) and are now thriving.) … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Awaken your inner shaman

Within each of us is one who walks in beauty and balance—the one with access to unlimited knowledge, power, and tranquility,” says Dr. José Luis Stevens. “I call this true self the Inner Shaman.” … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Awaken the inner shaman

What the Inner Shaman is and how we can access it through practice and surrender. Jose explores shamanic ways of seeing, relating to your body, and actualizing your potential. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Psychosis or Spiritual Awakening: Phil Borges at TED

The biggest problem in our society now for those who get diagnosed with any sort of “psychosis,” is that they are most often met by professionals that do not even believe that healing can occur, let alone deep transformative growth. Deep transformative growth, could be the norm, if those claiming to be healers actually knew what was involved in the individuation journey. Meeting the dark underbelly of the psyche as those of us who have been labeled psychotic at one time or another is a calling and an act of heroism. One that is rarely encouraged in society. …