CG Jung And The ‘Leap Of Faith’ Into Individuation

The Red Book has been described as Jung’s creative response to the threat of madness, yet it has also been seen as a deliberate exercise in self-analysis. I believe it’s likely both. When creating The Red Book, Jung knew he was on the verge of madness, and he also knew his analytical skills and expertise as a psychiatrist were his best chance at alleviating suffering, if not creating the conditions for transformation. … [click on title to read more]

The individuation process: growing into a mature human being

Suppression, repression, oppression — sadly the way of psychiatry most of the time. My mind is free to roam now again after more than two decades of shut-down. There is great joy in experiencing the full spectrum of what it is to be human. Even as there is pain, too. If we wish to mature and live a full life this process is a necessary part of experience. … [click on title to read the rest]

The individuation process: growing into a mature human being

Suppression, repression, oppression — sadly the way of psychiatry most of the time. My mind is free to roam now again after more than two decades of shut-down. There is great joy in experiencing the full spectrum of what it is to be human. Even as there is pain, too. If we wish to mature and live a full life this process is a necessary part of experience. (more by Carl Jung)

Healing psychosis: stories, information and resources

This post may be cut and pasted in it’s entirety and shared without further permission.  Stories of healing and transformation Below this updated section remains the list of recovery stories and resources for that which is labeled psychotic. See also: Drug free recovery from depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, etc… The below statements started out as a brief thought… Continue Reading →

What does it mean to heal?

Healing to me does not mean returning to what one was before something went wrong. Wholeness does not necessarily mean normal. And even the word recovery is problematic because, frankly, I don’t want what I had before. Who wants to go backwards anyway?

Guest authors

This blog owes much of its success and influence to the great authors who chose to share their work here. Below are just a few of the more prolific contributors. There are links to their blogs or websites in the body of the posts where you can get more information about each author. There were… Continue Reading →

Fall equinox today. Celebrate the season.

The longer I am psych drug free the more amazing my connection to all things becomes apparent. Not just the seasons, but the cycles of the moon, the weather, sun flares and everything in my environment matters. Yes! Everything matters. We are deeply holistic critters and we are part of all of life and the universe. Everything is connected. I am aware of cycles within cycles influencing everything about me and my environment. … [click title to read more]

The Shamanic-like nature of consciousness

When it comes to understanding the psyche it’s often helpful to use many different models. These are posts that deal with the distressed psyche from a shamanic interpretation or similar. 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… Continue Reading →

Come into the full potential of our humanity: neuroplasticity, complete with cool infographic

I now have the distinct sense that healing for me is also transforming me into more than I ever was. This is certainly not simple “recovery.” We can individuate like what Jung talks about and fully come into the full potential of our humanity. It’s a rather astonishing and all to often not discovered process. It is something virtually never discussed in mainstream psychiatry or psychology. It involves the body and the mind and the spirit. It is a profoundly holistic journey in which everything we do matters. For those of you who love visuals, below is a nice infographic on neuroplasticity. … [click on title to read and view more]

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