By Jen Peer Rich — True-nature is overdue for normalization. Self-awareness and living a conscious life is often reserved for gurus, teachers and “spiritually enlightened” folks. In our Western culture, it is the norm to put people who wake up to true-nature on a kind of a psychological and spiritual pedestal. This approach is flawed because it maintains an illusory hierarchy of consciousness, an exclusively human mind-trick. We tend to make simple things mysterious. This is exactly what keeps true-nature such a carrot-stick mystery for many.
Nature has kept me alive and given me hope. Over and over again. It’s too bad this is considered a joke because it’s very serious. People are dying (literally and/or spiritually) because we are largely cut off from our understanding of who we are. We are members of a community of many diverse species on a planet bursting with yet more life. We are all connected and we need it all. We must remember that we are just one bit of the web of life. Still…go ahead and enjoy the video…I did. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
“There is of course a reason for everything in nature. Your body tells you when you have moved out of harmony so you can adapt and find the most effortless way forward. But we were never intended to live out of harmony. We actually become addicted to stress and the hormones it releases inside us (adrenaline). It’s not that we enjoy it. No one enjoys stress – it’s deeply uncomfortable – but we do become addicted to it. When you only think with your mind, you are operating out of a mere fraction of your true potential. The ancient Chinese called this hexagram ‘Keeping Still’, and it is symbolised by a mountain. Its message is – there is no hurry. The fear that you will miss out comes from this Shadow – the fear that you haven’t got enough time. It’s all about time and our perception of time. When you are stressed, time is always running too fast, or too slow. Stress also has a passive manifestation – which is when we feel stuck. That feeling comes out of this 52nd Shadow. When you feel stuck, it’s because your breathing isn’t reaching down to your base. You can never really be stuck. You just aren’t accepting where your rhythm is.” … [click on title for the rest of the post]
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 […]
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. … June 2015 Sign up for: Shades of awakening: integrate and claim your gifts from spiritual emergency (often mistaken for psychosis) a free series of interviews coming up soon — [click on title for the rest of the post]
A post for those who missed it the first time and anyone who’d like to revisit it: Nature vs nurture, biological vs. psychological: how about both/and rather than either/or
Silence yesterday, today we consider stillness. … [click on title to read and view more]
I see all aspects of being human as existing on spectrums of sorts. All these spectrums interact with each other so that experience is like a kaleidoscope perhaps…endlessly varied from human being to human being and even within the life of a solo human being…no moment is ever repeated…we are new in that way in every instant. … [click on title to view more]
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]
A very important film at a very important time in the history of mental health legislation.
THAT’S CRAZY follows Eric, diagnosed schizophrenic, as he refuses court ordered medication and pursues his own path to wellness. Eric’s decision triggers a series of personal, medical and legal battles providing a window into the conflicting issues raised by mental ilness. … [click on title for the rest of the post]