(ART SHOW) Therapeutic face/body painting for PTSD: by the gifted Katya Wild

I would call what I do emotive face painting therapy, in a daily selfie. It’s like a daily journal, but using colors on my own face. Sometimes I cannot find words or even music to express how I feel. When I am feeling an intense feeling that is troubling me or exciting me, I’ll sit in front of the mirror with my paints out and choose what color(s) I’m drawn to spontaneously. Sometimes a simple color comes, sometimes many, sometimes an entire character or persona. Sometimes I feel the entire world, sometimes I feel the entire universe, sometimes I feel a very selfish dark feeling. …

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Rethinking Madness: Psychosis and Spiritual Awakening

First posted at Crazywisefilm.com Over the past 30 years, the broken brain and chemical imbalance theory of “mental illness” has had mixed results at best.   While sales of psychoactive pharmaceuticals have increased 8000%, suicide and mental health disability rates in the US have also shot up. It’s time we rethink madness. Are there spiritual aspects […]

Expertly guided by the genius of my DNA

Healing is, among other things, a process of creating new mitochondria and new neural pathways. The body is transformed. I’ve never been here before — expertly guided by the genius of my DNA. Healing in part for me is a deep acknowledgement and acceptance of my animal nature. I am interdependent with all of life just like any other creature on this earth. This understanding when taken in deeply and profoundly is as painful as it is liberating and therefore joyful too. …

The neuroscience of music

“Ultimately the way music works for me is indicative of yet another way the mystery of our interconnectedness with all things manifests.” …

Paradox in healing and life

  The coin of health has illness on the other side. The currency of joy has sorrow on the reverse. Turn the coin of serenity and there is the stamp of worry. You always have to take what is underneath and reckon with that too. Happiness rests on sorrow, life upon death, calm upon turmoil. […]

What does it mean to say that the psych drugs “work?”

We need to ask what does it mean when people say that psych meds “work”… Because when they “work” that does not change the fact that they are also neurotoxic substances that often gravely harm people – sometimes to the point of death. (not altogether rarely, either) … For me, this fact is held together with the fact that if other options are not offered there can be no reasonable judgement against those who, in a system that doesn’t offer choice, choose to use these drugs. …

What to say when folks don’t believe how the drugs have harmed us

I wrote the below response to someone who (admitted she) couldn’t be bothered to read my post nor watch the video but felt it important to tell me that bragging about being drug free for seven years was nothing to be proud of…(LinkedIn is always the source of these sorts of comments that come my way these days…it seems people come upon the work and it simply shocks them) It was this title she was responding too: 7 yrs off psych drugs: a message to those labeled by psychiatry …