Relationships heal. Spirit Reins – where traumatized kids meet horses.

There are as many ways to heal as there are human beings. Spirit Reins works with children and families who have experienced trauma to make sure they have the tools and resources they need to reach their full potential and contribute to their community. - This is a beautiful and touching short film. Included is also more links to information on trauma and how it pertains to that which gets labeled mental illness.

Children — ADHD & bipolar (history etc) Robert Whitaker – Psychiatric Epidemic

Here, Robert Whitaker looks at the research that specifically deals with Children -- especially ADHD but also so-called Bipolar Disorder. The evidence is clear: the ethics behind the use of these toxic medications on children is highly questionable. He repeats the information about the studies that have shown that ritalin is essentially long acting speed. The research comes from a very mainstream source. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Unlived lives

Motivation to do what we can to become conscious. "Jung felt that the “unlived lives” of the parents deeply impacted the lives of the children, as if “branding” the children with a particular destiny. The unlived lives of the parents is an ancestral inheritance which has great weight and gravitas, in that it literally shapes the lives of the children. Jung elaborates on the notion of the parents’ unlived lives when he says it is “that part of their lives which might have been lived had not certain somewhat threadbare excuses prevented the parents from doing so. To put it bluntly, it is that part of life which they have always shirked, probably by means of a pious lie. That sows the most virulent germs.” … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Mental handcuffs: how this young student describes his ADHD drugs

About his ADHD meds: "I don’t know how to explain them except for mental handcuffs. They take everything you like and make you hate them. And they don’t replace any of your likes with any other likes, you just hate everything." – Minimum Max I can certainly relate, Max, and so here I am sharing your message. I tend to call the effects of the drugs I was on chemical restraints or chemical lobotomy, but mental handcuffs sound just about right to me as well. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

the most deadly of all possible sins

Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit; for such mutilation undercuts the life principle of trust, without which every human act, may it feel ever so good and seem ever so right is prone to perversion by destructive forms of conscientiousness. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Violence – a family tradition

This is very lovely and beautiful in that the harm that spanking creates is very simply explained. Please listen. "Spanking is sanctioned violence against children" … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Trauma, Brain and Relationship: Helping Children Heal

Children and trauma...many traumatic events may not be obvious to all adults. Learn to protect your kids. We need to heal ourselves to be the best parents we can be too. I've posted this video before because it's so excellent. If you've not seen it I highly recommend it. "Developmental trauma, or ambient trauma, is trauma that is just everyday life. It's in the neighborhood, it's in the household..." "It's very easy for adults to dismiss the profound impact that a traumatic event can have on a child because very often, they will do most things pretty well." [click on title to read more]

Trauma as a foundational factor in that which is labeled mental illness

This post is not just about children even though the article that is excerpted below is. It's about just about anyone who has been labeled with a psychiatric diagnosis. Children grow up and become adults. When they acquire a psychiatric label it's often for the same reason children get them: trauma. Without appropriate care and integration trauma changes both our bodies and minds for many years and sometimes for our entire lives. Right now the mental health system knows virtually nothing about how to care for people who have been traumatized and in fact often traumatizes them further. It's changing now however. Slowly it's becoming more widely recognized and embraced. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Integrating Personal and Social Transformation and Healing Sex

Staci Haines mentions straddling two worlds...that's a very familiar position for me...perhaps, though, I straddle several worlds including the ones she mentions. I'm finding the concept of spiritual activism a very important one these days and that it must integrate both the social and the personal is of vital importance. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

How to escape education’s death valley

3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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