Emotional Intimacy

Robert Augustus Masters is an Integral psychotherapist, relationship expert, and spiritual teacher whose work blends the psychological and physical with the spiritual, emphasizing embodiment, emotional literacy, and the development of relational maturity. Here, Robert and Tami discuss emotional literacy and how it is lacking in our culture today. They consider differences in cultural conditioning between men and women when it comes to expressing emotions and the need to develop a toolkit to identify and work skillfully with anger. [click on title for the rest of the post]

Welcome the fear, the anxiety and thus transform it

Anxiety is basically a clinical term for fear which everyone at one time or another experiences with or without a diagnosis of some sort of anxiety “disorder.” Psychiatry pathologizes much of the normal human experience and in opposing fashion fear and/or anxiety is often referred to in Buddhism and other alternative philosophies as normal. A normal form of human suffering. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

LINKS to blogs and resources

These have been collected since the beginning of Everything Matters: Beyond Meds. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, nor is it updated as often as it should be. Healing and Recovery Blogs ♦ Innercompass – withdrawal information ♦ Let’s talk withdrawal ♦ Living life gently ♦ be whole now ♦ Corinna West ♦ Holistic… Continue Reading →

The anger and rage collection: what we don’t engage we cannot transform

Anger is an emotion many people have so much trouble with that what happens is that is they end up denying that it’s how they feel and also then, in turn, become unable to be present to it in others.

This is not an effective way to heal if one has good reason to be angry. In fact it becomes impossible. Most people have good reason to be angry. We live in a culture of abuse and trauma and we’ve all been hurt. We also see a world where forces that feel much bigger than us are hurting many 1000s and millions of people all over the world. We also watch as our world and planet is being destroyed. So many good reasons to be angry, yes. And so many good reasons to be totally and completely aware of what is going on around us. We need to get it together! The world is a mess and it’s a mess because of us. Human beings.

So, what do we do about it? … [click on title to read and view more]

Fear is life force… (in clinical circles it’s often called anxiety)

I am, now, grateful that I was forced onto what was often a heinously difficult path that psych drug withdrawal created because in the end, it was the only way for me to truly and deeply heal. The drugs weren’t just a dead end for me, they were slowly driving me downhill to my spiritual death. Getting off that ugly merry-go-round involved facing far worse in the short term but on the other side now, I see a freedom that simply wouldn’t have been possible if I’d stayed on those drugs. My experience is shared by many others. Again, if it’s not resonant for someone, that too is okay. I do not write assuming that all I say will have meaning for everyone. We are all on different paths. … [click on title to read and view more]

Fear will create all sorts of havoc in the body

Fear will create all sorts of havoc in the body.

Most of us are terrified of being alive…(or alternately terrified of dying, which is the same thing)

I’ve found that as I heal the autonomic nervous system fear is absorbed into the body and slowly dissipates…

Healing the autonomic nervous system has required me to slowly and systematically face the terror of being human… … [click on title for the rest of the post]

As holistic beings medical & psychological/spiritual issues are almost always intertwined

Sadly people want to slice the human experience up…all the time…even the most enlightened among us… People want to make out that SOME people really are sick beyond help…it just doesn’t hold up…what is apparent is that far too many people don’t know how to help those who get labeled with psychiatric illness. Not that they are actually hopeless. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Heads and tails (love and fear)

There is a difference between being motivated by fear, which keeps us operating with the same old state of consciousness, and being motivated by love, which comes through us as we face our fears. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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