Beyond the world of opposites

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Quite often my healing journey seems to be the bringing together of opposites. The resolution of paradox and the burning away of conditioning. These things are thematic. Here are a few quotes that are (at least in my mind) somehow related to this process.

The-Way-of-Transformation-Durckheim-Karlfried-9781596750142Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over again to annihilation can that which is indestructible arise within us. In this lies the dignity of daring. The goal of living life and inner peace is not to acquire a state of harmony where nothing can ever trouble us – inner peace allows us to be perturbed, to be insulted, moved, broken, battered, in order that we may discover in doing battle that which awaits us beyond the world of opposites. We must have the courage to face life, to encounter all that is most perilous in the world. ~ Karlfried Graf Durkheim


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The Nourishment Model of Counseling

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

By Jon Keyes


The practice of counseling is based on the idea that the simple act of in depth conversation can lead a person to develop profound insights that can lead to transformative changes and improvement in emotional wellbeing.  Essentially, the process of modern counseling is based on an intellectual premise that words and thoughts underlie experience- and by changing one’s limiting beliefs and personal narrative, a healing metamorphosis can take place.

The modern talk-based model of healing emotional distress really began in the early 1900’s when the practice of psychology was first developed by Freud, Jung, Adler and others.  These early psychoanalysts focused on the idea that by examining early family dynamics, the subconscious and childhood trauma, insight could be gleaned that would lead to personal transformation and the cessation of “neurotic tendencies.”

Though most counselors do not use these early Freudian psychoanalytic theories in their practice, they still…

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The other side of the fence: Iatrogenic stigma.

Hole Ousia

This is an Editorial that I submitted to the British Journal of Psychiatry. It was rejected for the following reasons:

MS ID#: BJP/2012/115832

The strengths of this paper are:

  • It discusses an important set of issues ie how far psychiatric staff themselves contribute towards stigma

The limitations of the paper are:

  • It takes a rather anecdotal approach eg a colleague of mine recently wrote etc
  • The paper does not seek to examine the evidence that stigma more generally, or more specifically within the psychiatric profession, are getting better or worse
  • The paper tends to go over old ground somewhat eg in rehearsing definitions of stigma
  • The literature review is rather patchy ie citing the Angermeyer review on biological causal explanations of mental illness but not the recent Schomerus paper
  • The discussion is rather wide ranging eg referring to ‘herd instinct’ and Kierkergaard etc
  • There is a fairly substantial literature on mental…

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Lauren Spiro (there was never anything wrong with her)

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Like so many of us diagnosed with bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, etc, there was never anything wrong with Lauren. One of my favorite teachers planted that delightful seed (there was nothing wrong with me either) in my head while I was thinking that way about myself. Many of us learn this one way or another as we transform the conditioning of a lifetime.

Lauren Spiro

laurenI am a human rights worker, community builder, visionary artist, consultant and educator and have been featured on national media. I have served on numerous boards, co-founded two non-profit corporations, co-founded Emotional CPR, and recently stepped down from directing the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery to follow my passion of embodying inner peace to create global peace.

A video about Lauren’s new book:

The book: Living For Two: A Daughter’s Journey From Grief and Madness to Forgiveness and Peace

See Lauren Spiro’s…

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