Healing the brain/body/mind from trauma and psych drug injury

When you’re healing weird neurological problems and you finally figure out how to move past six months of daily migraines….  …  past the migraines  …  suddenly you’re accessing parts of your brain you’ve never accessed that were drugged into submission for decades. It’s disorienting and scary…the animal body leads and all you can do is surrender in awe….

I am exhausted. This process is relentless. It’s like the brain/body has some chronological sense and is making up for time. Decades lost. To numbing and soul squelching drugs.

This is what is happening to all our *psych diagnosed* youth…their brains are being short circuited and stopped on psych meds. It’s like a genocide of the animal body/spirit and yet hardly anyone is aware of it. They find us hyperbolic when we speak of it.

I am only more and more devastated by what has happened the more I heal…the more I see what my body/mind would’ve been…the more it becomes clear how much harm we are causing countless innocent beings…and the more I realize how little support there is for those of us who want to take these transformative healing journeys into LIFE.

Let us please open our eyes and help one another to see. Right now those in public and sanctioned positions to help us are actually harming us unintentionally. We must bring this to a stop. We must help one another. There is no motivation to heal without drugs if there are no safe places to do it. Right now it’s not safe for most people most of the time. This alone will keep people from even attempting to do it or even realizing or acknowledging it’s possible. It’s scary and the fear is justified and even rational given what we face. I am in a rare and privileged and lucky position and I still get frightened too. This is scary stuff. Nonetheless most folks do not find themselves in such situations where healing is safe. Let’s find one another and help one another. Trust your gut on how to do this. We all have the capacity to know exactly where we should be at all times in order to both heal ourselves and others.  ** You are your own guru** (we still need one another’s support and we all have different paths and must find our own way)

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Also listen below to: History in the system and my vision for mental health on Nonduality Talk:

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*it is potentially dangerous to come off medications without careful planning. Please be sure to be well educated before undertaking any sort of discontinuation of medications. If your MD agrees to help you do so, do not assume they know how to do it well even if they claim to have experience. They are generally not trained in discontinuation and may not know how to recognize withdrawal issues. A lot of withdrawal issues are misdiagnosed to be psychiatric problems. This is why it’s good to educate oneself and find a doctor who is willing to learn with you as your partner in care.  Really all doctors should always be willing to do this as we are all individuals and need to be treated as such. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up

It’s become clear to me that whenever it’s possible that it’s helpful for folks who’ve not begun withdrawal and have the time to consider a carefully thought out plan to attempt to bring greater well-being to your body before starting the withdrawal. That means learning how to profoundly nourish your body/mind and spirit prior to beginning a withdrawal. For suggestions on how to go about doing that check the drop-down menus on this blog for ideas. Anything that helps you learn how to live well can be part of your plan. That plan will look different for everyone as we learn to follow our hearts and find our own unique paths in the world. Things to begin considering are diet, exercise and movement, meditation/contemplation etc. Paying attention to all these things as you do them helps too. The body will start letting us know what it needs as we learn to pay attention. 

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the parts that hurt: email to the man who told me to go see a psychiatrist

this is a response to the (ex) mentor and friend I wrote about in this post: And recently, this happened…  I was recently hurt very badly and continue to process the betrayal:

Dear Ex – Mentor/Friend Person,

So, funnily enough, I did go to a psychiatrist. Someone I met some years ago. He’s in the mainstream and well-respected there because he knows how to float between worlds. He’s awake. He and I talked about your work some years ago. He was familiar with it and respects it. He’s one of the kindest human beings I’ve ever met.

I contacted him recently because it had been three years since I spoke to him. We had a nice chat and I remembered why I liked talking to him so much.

He validated everything I’m doing. He understands the sort of injuries these drugs cause better than anyone I’ve met even though he rubs shoulders with and works in the world of mainstream psychiatry. He’s a deeply lovely man.

He assured me that I’m doing everything right and that he’s not met anyone else who can feel into the injuries like I do.

so there you go. I did, after all, see a psychiatrist, as you suggested.

your referral however was cruel and misguided because any other psychiatrist would have put into motion things that would kill me — this is not hyperbole. I have no idea how you can be so out of touch with the reality of what regularly goes down in psychiatry after having interacted with me for so many years but, there you go. You are.

Your incapacity to face the pain in others…to be with that pain both in yourself and others is a dangerous flaw. My work has always been about being able to meet myself and anyone. Anywhere. In any emotional or physical state. Anything else is not being fully awake. I have some way to go yet. Perhaps you do too.

I doubt you’ll consider what I say but I needed to say it.

my best to you that you too will find it in your heart to love the parts that hurt,

 

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This is how we get locked up and forcibly drugged for no good reason

Woah, everyone who has never seen the cops (or mental illness professionals) out of control for no good reason whatsoever should watch this.

Yeah, this is like what happens to us when they don’t understand our altered states as well…things just start happening and it’s all out of your control. Next thing you know you’re in four point restraints and they’re shooting you up with drugs to shut you up and disable you. Literally. People have no idea unless it’s happened to them. It’s ugly, it’s violent, it’s traumatic

Truth is my “altered states” only look that way to those who cannot see truth & are threatened by it at this point. (relative) Clarity for me can be dangerous. Totally. I can only be what I am and I freak the shit out of some people. People in power are particularly dangerous for that reason. Pure vulnerability. When some of us innocents are confronted with hostile people in power we are simply at risk. This is not understood by most people. Simply not understood.

UPDATE: the cop was apparently fired and the woman released for having done nothing wrong. I want to point out that this woman is a white professional in a largely privileged and protected class. cops illegally arrest many more vulnerable people every day and those lives are ruined and traumatized permanently. the way it goes down is very much like in this video but there is no viral video to help show how hostile and ugly the cop was. Or in the case of many african american arrests and even murders perpetrated by cops there is a video and no one gives a shit. This sort of thing happens all the time and most of the time the innocent (like this woman) is permanently traumatized and often their lives are completely ruined.

 

 

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This post includes a list of links to articles about forced treatment. Scroll down for the list.

Updated 4/2013 with info about this study from the Lancet: 

This is a study that was published in the Lancet, a leading medical journal. I’m sharing the results as I already know that coercive psychiatric “care” not only doesn’t work, but it also causes graves harm routinely in many different ways. Below the excerpt from the study is more commentary and then links to additional information about forced treatment.

Community treatment orders for patients with psychosis (OCTET): a randomised controlled trial

Compulsory supervision outside hospital has been developed internationally for the treatment of mentally ill people following widespread deinstitutionalisation but its efficacy has not yet been proven. Community treatment orders (CTOs) for psychiatric patients became available in England and Wales in 2008. We tested whether CTOs reduce admissions compared with use of Section 17 leave when patients in both groups receive equivalent levels of clinical contact but different lengths of compulsory supervision….

Conclusion:

In well coordinated mental health services the imposition of compulsory supervision does not reduce the rate of readmission of psychotic patients. We found no support in terms of any reduction in overall hospital admission to justify the significant curtailment of patients’ personal liberty. (read the full report about the study from the Lancet)

Thanks to Mad in America for calling attention to this report…via an article in The Independent

Beneath this post is a listing of other articles on this blog that deal with involuntary treatment. Most importantly there is an update: UN report states that involuntary treatment of those with psychiatric labels is torture

Richard Bentall has a piece in the Guardian today questioning the routine use of coercion in psychiatric treatment. He points out most significantly that most people who are labeled with psychiatric diagnosis have trauma and abuse histories. Further coercion from the system are additional traumas perpetrated against already vulnerable people.

I’ve added a collection of posts from Beyond Meds on the topic of force at the end of the post. I will add this post to the navigation menu at the top of the page for those who want to explore the topic of force and coercion in psychiatric care. It will be updated as appropriate and remain there as a resource.

From the Guardian:

Many mental health professionals, especially psychiatrists, see coercion as an essential tool, so it is important to understand why it should be avoided if at all possible. Respect for autonomy – the right to make choices – is, for good reason, a widely recognised principle in medical ethics. Aside from the fact that autonomy is regarded as a virtue in its own right, its denial is usually distressing. Indeed, a compulsory admission to hospital is often experienced as traumatic, sometimes leading to the same kind of post-trauma symptoms experienced by victims of assault or life-threatening events. Of course, many psychiatric patients have previously experienced physical and sexual abuse, bullying and other kinds of victimisation – that is often why they develop psychiatric problems in the first place – so coercion by services adds to a burden of adversity that is already too great to bear. It also damages relationships between patients and services, often leading to greater reluctance to seek psychiatric help during future crises.

Defenders of coercion typically argue that it is a necessary evil, because patients do not know what is in their best interests. This argument, of course, assumes that patients are irrational in rejecting psychiatric care, that psychiatric treatments such as antipsychotic medication are always beneficial, and that patients compelled to receive treatment do better in the long-run.

Each of these propositions is dubious. (read more to find out why)

If you’re not aware of just how brutal and coercive psychiatry can be, it’s well worth understanding. Some of it is so extreme it’s hard for those uninitiated to conceive of  but, sadly, it’s very common.  The bottom line is psychiatry, in general, at best, is subtly coercive. Drugs are generally presented as necessary rather than one, often far less than ideal, possibility for treatment. This means one is made to believe through somewhat more subtle coercion that they have no choice but to take drugs with very dangerous adverse effects that include disabling physical illness and very early death.

A book by Richard Bentall — Doctoring the Mind: Is Our Current Treatment of Mental Illness Really Any Good?

More on this topic:

●  UN report states that involuntary treatment of those with psychiatric labels is torture

●  In honor of the woman I witnessed being tortured in a psych ward

●  That’s crazy: powerful documentary on the coercive nature of psychiatry —  If you’re not aware of just how brutal and coercive psychiatry can be, you should really watch this. This may seem extreme to those who’ve not seen it happening but it’s very common and the bottom line is psychiatry, in general, at best, is subtly coercive. Drugs are generally presented as necessary rather than one, often far less than ideal, possibility for treatment. This means one is made to believe through what amounts to subtle coercion that they have no choice but to take drugs with very dangerous side effects.

●  Forced treatment isn’t the answer

●  Forced Psychotropic Drugs, Assertive Community Treatment, (in-home forced treatment)

●  WNUSP statement on the Implications of the CRPD on Forced Treatment

●  It’s open season on people with psych labels…please take heed and help educate the dangerously ignorant

●  The chill of forced incarceration and psychiatric “care” (otherwise known as gun control??)

●  Demands that it be easier to involuntarily commit the mentally ill are knee-jerk and irrational

●  (against involuntary “treatment”) The reflexive call for fewer liberties: by Glenn Greenwald who remains lucid in the chaos

●  Robert Whitaker’s response to E. Fuller Torrey. About the rationale for forced psychiatric treatment

●  My Forced Psychiatric “Treatment”

●  This is how mental health professionals argue against INFORMED CONSENT and support lying to those they serve (new)

 

See also: Healing trauma links

Do people recover and thrive after being told they cannot by psychiatry? Yes we do. All the time.

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The trip to Boston (first travel in a decade since the pharmaceutical brain injury)

These are the status updates and tweets since my trip began in chronological order. I’m swamped and don’t have time to do anything more formal. At some point I will because so much more is happening than what I’m able to share in these limited reflections.

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August 18. (while flying) The amount of stimulation among a mass of humanity in the airport and now on this plane is really over-whelming. (I’m mid-flight right now) It’s wild. I’m literally having a rebirth experience in a public setting and having to be quiet and act normal…toally insane. I’ve not traveled in over a decade and been mostly homebound. I’d like to be curled up on the floor sobbing but that’s not an option.

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August 19 I am in boston…they lost my luggage and the cab dropped me off at the wrong address in the middle of a city I don’t know…big misadventure. I had to cancel my presentation because without out my luggage and none of my self-care articles I went into a massive auto-immune flare. I also may be stuck in boston indefinitely because I am not well enough to travel and I don’t know how long that will last…

life: it’s a wild trip. And I’m okay with that.
yup…it’s been a nightmare but now I’m enjoying the insanity…not worth staying in dismay about it…

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my body is genius…of this I have no doubt

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August 19. I’m doing very well…sick as hell but HAPPY too. ha ha…such is my life.
My body is always a big challenge…I’M THRILLED TO BE IN A NEW PLACE!! all is good.
Although, yes, initially, I had to process some devastation about not being able to do the presentation…now, I’m good…life is amazing…this body is amazing.

getting SO much support here. I seem to know more people in Boston than I do in Asheville…seriously…people are coming out of the woodwork helping me and offering assistance. I now have a place to stay at a friends for a week while she is out of town!! Amazing…beautiful and perfect. I am loved!!

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August 20. If you find you cannot manage to avoid it, drama is ok. Simply pay attention while you’re in it. Fact is the dual plane is one of unavoidable drama. Dual plane of existence necessitates drama. May get more and more subtle with growing awareness, but that doesn’t mean it’s less significant.

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August 22. This is how I sleep now in order to manage the edema which is out of control as a result of the flight. Pull the blankets right on over me…

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August 23. I’m stuck in Boston which is actually fun…if I’m gonna be physically challenged anyway, might as well do it in a new place.
really happy to be somewhere other than Asheville…the new energies floating in the urban air are really good for my brain.
as much as I love nature with a passion and need to be around it too on a regular basis I am also very much a city girl and I’m loving it.

I am the full spectrum!

I felt like I was back in my apartment over market St. in SF last night. Noisy street traffic was soothing. I loved that apartment. Healing takes on many weird forms. And revisiting my history in whatever way my body can manage seems to be part of that.

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August 23. The universe/nature/life force strike me as both fundamentally benevolent and amoral. Another wondrous paradox that holds the mystery.

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August 25. My body can be a very scary place. The injured traumatized child is running the show…in order to heal…I need to let her do that…the traumatized (deeply embodied child ) needs my trust to heal…she also needs me to parent her some and calm her down from time to time

the healing process is a razors edge…sometimes she starts to spin out of control. My adult isn’t always good at separating from her terror. We’re working on it.

Chronic illness is the traumatized child writ large upon the body screaming for attention. I am listening.

The traumatized self, in paradox, holds within it the highest functioning self. It’s clear I cannot be healthy without heeding the child.

See: subpersonalities

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August 26. So some crazy shit has gone down since I got to Boston. First I got stuck here because of weird body stuff that won’t let me fly home.

Then a good friend left town and let me stay in her wonderful, comfortable, very private apartment at no cost.

Then I found out my brother’s ashes are buried here with his mom’s (She died when he was 3, we grew up together from day 1. He’s my brother)

I didn’t know where he was buried because his funeral was in CA and I was too sick to go to the ash burial 2 years later)
BUT!! not only is he buried here, he’s actually in Medford (not Boston proper) AND Medford is actually where I’m staying at my friends house. Given that I’m on foot or bike this was an incredible reality because it was easy for me to go to the cemetery and hang out on his grave.

NOW…not only all of this, but his son, my nephew, is in college here in Boston — I didn’t know that either.

I’m estranged from most of my family because no one really believed or understood I was on death’s door for many years. This sort of familial estrangement is typical with these sorts of pharmaceutical brain injuries. Since the medical establishment denies us…It’s very easy for most people to be dismissed as simply “the crazy” one in the family. We’re messed up in so many ways when this happens.

In any case, my brother (and mother, too, really) were the only ones who believed me and loved me and understood me. His kids grew up in the meantime.

I am meeting my nephew for the first time in 10 years tomorrow. He was 9 years old last time I spent time with him. We are going to visit his father’s grave tomorrow.This is a mythical journey and my body/mind placed me here knowing exactly what it was doing.

Lots and lots more is happening but I don’t have the wherewithal to report on it now. I’ve hardly been online because there is too much to do and I don’t have mobile access either. Life has taken some radical surprising turns.

I’m being blown away…it’s like the psychosis is now my reality…and it’s all very very real, tangible and provable!!

ha ha…seriously.

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Got to hang out with Bob Whitaker too! (he happens to be one of the kindest human beings on the planet…has been helping me out in big ways.)

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Waking up, food intolerances and chronic illness

Waking up and healing the body of autoimmune, chronic illness etcetera – are destructive processes that then require rebuilding of both body & psyche. Healing, as an act of both destruction and creation, requires Kali energy. I was not consciously aware of this when she first entered my life. See: Goddess Kali posts

When it’s come to food intolerances I’ve learned that which I don’t tolerate most is often what I need the most…This is a very difficult conundrum and razors edge to walk. the intolerance is real and physiological. Sometimes even life-threatening. See: Becoming conscious is risky business

Walking into that catch 22, repeatedly, is necessary to heal…it’s facing your worst nightmare, over and over and over again. They shun us and cut us off if we speak to it. Radical healing is serious business and we might not come out alive. We must face death.

Face death and the rest will follow.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. – Psalm 22

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All diets are bullsh*t

The below post started as a response to this article posted by one of my friends on a social media platform: The Best Fat Loss Article on the Motherf*****’ Internet  – I don’t speak to fat or weight loss but healing diet because really eating food that doesn’t ultimately help us stay healthy is pretty much insane. We are an insane world and most of us eat food that is so highly processed our bodies no longer know what to do with it. As you can see, in the spirit of the article that inspired my comments, I too used profanity in the title for a little fun, but the phrase did come out organically in my response to someone as I thought about all of this on social media.  

This is what I’ve learned during my healing trip. What made me sustain a healing diet is getting the nutrients I actually needed. Different people are in need of different nutrients at different times…macro and micro. What you eat, for that reason matters greatly.

What a healing diet looks like is going to be radically different for each person and is going to change a lot for individuals over time .. if one is healing there is no such thing as homeostasis, so it follows that your needs are going to change. With my radically dysregulated nervous system my needs can change daily. So becoming acutely mindfully aware of those changing needs became critically imperative. See: Somatic Imperative

When one is grossly imbalanced or grossly deficient in various nutrients it gets more complex. Sometimes what we need most we can’t even tolerate because we’re so dysregulated. (See: Hypersensitivities) At those times we do the best we can in spite of what all the know-it-alls tell us about exactly what we should be doing even though they’ve never been in our bodies and have no idea what they’re talking about. There are no rules. We learn to be kind to ourselves on this journey. We must. In paying attention to my experience and learning to be kind to myself I’ve learned to be compassionate to both myself and others. This life is one heck of a challenging trip. For all of us.

As deficiencies etc are corrected our dietary needs change. What we eat matters…there is no way around that for sustaining good health…

As I’ve healed my body from the brink of death I’ve found that what I like/want is largely what I need now…intuitive eating got me here.

That’s what acute mindfulness 24/7 with a brain/nervous system injury has brought me. In any case, flexibility is also very important…

Believing we can control anything is a problem…do your best at whatever makes sense to you and pay attention. then you learn what works for you…it doesn’t matter what anyone else insists must be the case. What is it that works for you?

I’ve done just about every permutation of healing diet now…(from vegan variations to paleo/ketogenic etc variations) I learned from all of them…none of them are the ultimate truth in any shape or form. We all have different needs at different times. I’ve often wished I could be vegan all the time. I’ve gone months doing just that…but, man, my body, sure as hell tells me when that is no longer sustainable. There is no denying my body. My body knows. I listen. See: Diet and nutrition dogmatic ideologies are everywhere

I now know what I need and when I need it and the more I learn the more I simply eat whatever I want/need and now that’s pretty much always right. It took time to gain confidence but it comes. Our bodies know what we need…and we can learn to hear what they’re telling us…that’s what doing all sorts of extreme diets taught me…it was never about being on the *right* diet…it was always about learning about food and how it acts in the body.

All diets are bullsh*t…but they helped me a lot because it was otherwise overwhelming to figure out what was what… elimination makes it easier..all diets are in some regard elimination diets – that makes it easier to pay attention to whatever it is you’re still eating.

Someone said to me:

“I like this idea. Is it possible to learn to separate the “emotional ” impulses around food from the intuitive/nutritional? Must be.”

My response:

Yes, in fact, that’s been a huge part of healing for me…it’s an ongoing task however…perhaps never-ending.

The thing is, the “emotional” involvement with food is long-standing and therefore, quite often literally embodied and physical…illness is correlated with emotions in that way and I’ve seen from that – that there is literally no separation between emotional and physical. We are the whole ball of wax and everything matters.

Healing and coming to clarity is the untangling of all of that…again, most likely a never-ending process…and then the body dies in any case.

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Pain

Owning my pain. Once its owned it loses its power. Pain is a neutral sensation. It is impersonal and part of being in a body. Pain is not only a neutral sensation but when experienced as such, in clarity, it offers pure data. Wordless info that only the body can convey.

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Posts from the archives to help us think about pain (at much greater length than the above little contemplation):

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And recently, this happened…

The below is a bit out of context because it was shared on twitter where I’d brought up this circumstance before. I had a friend/mentor/ teacher that I spoke to once a week for about four years and then remained in contact for a couple more. I never considered him a guru or anything but I found our conversations helpful and being that he was a couple of decades older than me and his interest was consciousness/awareness etc… he was definitely in the role of mentor/friend as I’ve been waking up on this healing journey. Relatively recently after several years of him knowing me and my work he told me to go see a psychiatrist! This is so completely ludicrous, so ridiculous and was so out of left field given how well he knows me and also knows what my work is, well…he certainly shot himself into complete irrelevance and I immediately cut ties with him. There is no way he could have not known that this was a total and complete dismissal and betrayal of our relationship and friendship.  It was so mind-bogglingly messed-up and out of touch with what was actually called for that it was freeing and hilarious too, not just devastating (which it also was). A final betrayal. And in that way it was beautiful too because it allowed for a complete break from that pattern that has haunted me my entire life. 

Here are my tweets from today as I finish integrating what happened:

The mentor asshole who told me to see a psychiatrist when I dared be explicit about the nature of the pain the brain injury still brings…

He imagined I was suicidal for some reason which underscores what an idiot and how out of touch he was since I love life with passion…

Or more precisely he wasn’t equipped to understand that wishing for death in the face of insane pain doesn’t necessarily equate depression…

He then told me our emails would be held in confidence which held zero credibility since he’d broken others confidentiality numerous times…

The man is a menace…a fraud…a ridiculous caricature, I can see clearly now. I’m embarrassed to have thought otherwise.

And yet, the fact is I learned a lot from him that has benefitted me greatly. I cannot regret our contact, though it also pains me…

I’ve always known he didn’t appreciate nor understand my work…still this level of betrayal blew my mind.

Nonetheless it also served to liberate in ways that would not have otherwise been as effective I suppose.

The karmic, archetypal trauma pattern of my life enacted one final time to release the entire neural nightmare from my body…

I did have to feel it all…the embedded imprint in the body–because trauma truly becomes embodied in ways in which most people have no clue. It becomes chronic illness and can be expressed in just about any conceivable way that physical illness manifests…it can also be unraveled. (Trauma links)

In the end we must recognize ourselves. We must see. We cannot rely on anyone else to do that. It was our parents job first and they failed.

Our parents failed not because they were bad-not because they didn’t love us. They failed because their parents also failed. Hold them in love. Our lineage is everything that we are. Our lineage connects us to the entire human race. We are human.

 

UPDATE:

Spiritual teachers who do not understand how trauma gets embodied and what is involved in healing the body are dangerous and don’t know it.

Really any teacher that denies the body is a danger to all their students and the risk of massive spiritual bypassing gets increased…

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What passes for health are a variety of degrees of anesthesia

My husband and partner, Paul Woodward responded in an email he shared with me to yesterday’s post (Becoming conscious is risky business) like this:

It made me think of a few things. Firstly, the idea of The Fall is rejected by most people who see in Old Testament Christianity a brutal relationship between god and humanity, but I think the idea that we are all flawed can be constructive and an equalizer. In other words, the idea that we are all “broken,” or “fallen,” isn’t as negative as it might sound because I think it can foster a sympathetic attitude. When asked what defined “beat” in the Beat Generation, Jack Kerouac said it meant sympathetic — the ability to resonate with the people and everything else that surrounds us.

The problem with labeling some people as mentally ill is that it wrongly implies that everyone else is mentally well. (See: Everyone in mentally ill)

We live in a society that has a hard time with idiosyncrasies and differences; that doesn’t recognize the uniqueness of each individual predicament. This turns the experience of life as a struggle into an anomaly when in reality, I think life is a struggle for everyone. People differ in as much as they successfully or unsuccessfully construct shields that make that struggle unconscious. But no one can really embrace life without seeing how much pain it contains. So what passes for health are a variety of degrees of anesthesia.

The concept of inclusion was something I never paid much attention to until I heard the Pope using it. It struck me as a bland liberal idea that lacked substance. But I now see how fundamental this is. I think an inclusive attitude is one that doesn’t categorize people — it’s not about embracing a multiplicity of identities and affirming them all. It’s more about tapping into core humanity and the things we share because we are fragile creatures and life is fragile. Beauty and the tendency to break go hand in hand.

See also: The Purpose of Life and the Human Conditioning

and more of Paul Woodward’s work on this site here

and some of my musings (from twitter once again) upon posting yesterday’s post as well…I kept thinking about it too:

Dissociation is normal…I had no idea how much I’d been dissociating…the more I heal the more it becomes evident that almost all “mental illness” are dissociative states…

What is interesting and also very significant is that “normal” healthy people are largely dissociated too. Normal is dissociated.

Those with so-called mental illness are simply dissociated in different ways and we’re made into pariahs…

An inclusive non-hierarchical society would recognize that life is hard for everyone and we are all dealing with reality as best we can…

We need to support one another and not impose our expectations on others that we might all blossom to that which we are by nature.

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