Dr. Gabor Maté ~ Who We Are When We Are Not Addicted: The Possible Human

Whether or not you’ve ever dealt with a full-blown addiction, the compulsive desire to distract oneself from the pain of being human is universal. For this reason Gabor Maté’s work and insights can be valuable for anyone.

Gabor Mate does an excellent job considering how Western modern human beings are all subject to addiction of one kind or another. I’ve shared his work here several times. Our capitalistic and consumer driven culture depends on the addict in all of us. Here Dr. Gabor Maté gives us clues as to who we are when we are not addicted. … [click on title to read and view more]

From the upcoming film CrazyWise: Gabor Mate — myth of normal

Physician Dr. Gabor Mate began his interview by addressing the “myth of normal” that divides us into the normal and the abnormal with pathological traits. Dr. Mate mentions that he doesn’t see a division but a continuum where mental distress, of some degree, is present in all of us. He explains how mental distress and pathology are largely a result of a materialist culture that “idealizes individualism and ignores our emotional needs.” … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Mental illness, addiction & most chronic illness is linked to childhood loss & trauma (Gabor Maté)

Here Gabor Mate tells us the medical profession are the most difficult to speak to about what he’s learned in his work because they don’t recognize that so-called mental illness and most physical chronic illness is the result of childhood loss and trauma.

We don’t need anymore research he says. We know the cause of these issues.

He points out that the barrier to the health professionals is that they’ve not cared for their own trauma. This is clearly true. Many professionals are afraid of their own darkness. This makes it impossible for them to correctly recognize issues in their patients and clients. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Emotional, spiritual and physical health are intimately connected

Because there is virtually no understanding of the above reality in medicine, nor psychology, psych drugs instead are far too often agents of trauma rather than being therapeutic. The entire mental illness system actually acts as an agent of trauma because of this lack of consciousness. That is exactly what my first comment above is pointing to. Whatever I met psychiatry with all those years ago when I was drugged, (my story is here) the psych drugs magnified and made worse exponentially (not so much in ways that show up obviously in behavior, but in how the entire body/mind/spirit was affected). There is no way anyone who goes through this and comes to the understanding we’ve come to on this side of the trauma can stay silent on the topic. We are here to change things. Simply because we know what we know. … [click on title to read and view more]

Addiction: what is it?

Addiction is a societal issue. Consumerism and capitalism is dependent on the addict in everyone. Recognizing this fundamental issue with our society is part of a much deeper social commentary that this speaks to. Gabor Mate, Marion Woodman and others speak to this expertly if you’d like to do further research. Our society needs healing, it’s not just particular individuals who need to heal. We are all connected. Inextricably so. This argument can be true and we can also note real differences in how people use drugs. There is no argument there on my part. Language is inherently imprecise and context must always be considered.

Nature vs nurture — Why biological psychiatry is so sorely misguided

Genes are not deterministic. Epigenetics explains why. This is why theories on mental illness that try to blame genes are always over-simplified. Environment and what you eat and the amount of stress or trauma one lives with all are part of the picture. Everything matters.

The genetic and biological models allows the luxury of ignoring past and present social factors, says, Gabor Mate. He calls the genetic argument a cop out.… [click on title to read more]

What is Love? What is Trust?

Jack Kornfield and Brother David Steindl-Rast are two of my favorite men in the world (along with Gabor Mate). Love seeing them together here. At the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, the renowned authors and religious teachers define love and trust, and explore the relationship between these two critical concepts … [click on title to read and view more]

We are all addicts…

Update: This article gets people upset on occasion and yet no one who has gotten upset has responded to what I’m actually saying in this piece. Please read it carefully. It’s not talking about YOU. It’s talking about HUMAN BEINGS in general. Addiction is a societal issue. Consumerism and capitalism is dependent on the addict in everyone. Recognizing this fundamental issue with our society is part of a much deeper social commentary that this speaks to. Gabor Mate and others speak to this expertly if you’d like to do further research. Our society needs healing, it’s not just particular individuals who need to heal. We are all connected. Inextricably so. This argument can be true and we can also note real differences in how people use drugs. There is no argument there on my part. Language is inherently imprecise and context must always be considered. This is a simple argument of inclusion. Arguments that concentrate on differences can be true simulataneously. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!! 😀

Waking After a Lifetime: Ingrid’s Voice

This bodymind named Ingrid has so much to say…and what seeks expression is not just for the sake of my own healing, but to serve as a beacon for anyone on a similar path, who needs to know they are not alone. Mine is a path of emerging from profound trauma, adversity, and lack, and of living in the world as highly sensitive, gifted, neurodiverse, and spiritually awakening. We are the people who so often find ourselves in the offices of professional helpers…and I will write for them, too, as it is imperative that those who would presume to walk with us, understand what actually helps…and be willing to challenge that which does not…even though this will take them straight into the heart of their own pain….

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