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2010

Things are starting to get underway for the development of a Canadian HVN! Maria Haarmans from Toronto, Ontario. Maria is the INTERVOICE representative in Canada and is bringing together organisations and individuals to stimulate development of hearing voices work across Canada.

Hearing Voices Forum

 Intervoice Canada
Updated 16/02/2013

Quebec: La Pavois is mental health organisation based in Quebec, they work with the Francophonic community and have been developing work on hearing voices since 2007, including providing training and supporting groups, producing DVD's and conducting research and evaluation projects.. They have translated "Working with Voices", and are also translating ‘Accepting your Voices’. 

A Union of Voices

By Patricia Lefave, Monophrenic 

I would like all of you who hear the internal dialogue to think about something as a possibility.

Imagine that when we are altered in consciousness what actually happens is that our individual boundaries are temporarily dissolved.

Suppose that what we have been hearing is actuallyeach other, all over space/time, on a universal level of existence.

(Come on; humour me for a little bit here)

If that is the case, then we would have to deal with that in a different way wouldn’t we, since all any of us say or do would be directly affecting everyone else in that 'space.'

Holding that as your premise of reasoning then, let’s begin from that point.

 (If you have trouble accepting this as possible, just do it ‘as if’, you believed it.)

I would like you to think about this experience which the majority of hearers seem to have:

Some hearers are terribly frightened by being yelled at and called evil by some of the voices. Voices yell at them to ‘get out’ or to kill themselves. They may be told that God will not forgive them or that they are going to ‘burn in hell.’

Still others tell us that they deal with the voices in their space by suggesting to them that they go ahead and kill themselves, or they yell at THEM to ‘get out’ and they tell them THEY are evil and that God will punish them.

If we were in fact, , or psychic, or having an out of body experience, that we did not understand we were having, and did not know how to control, what might that mean for all of us?

What if both of the above hearers were only dealing with each other but did not know that, or understand that?

Wouldn’t we then be making all of this even worse by handling it the way we were?

What would happen if we took the “Golden Rule” into the collective inner space with us and with self focus practised the principle of mutual respect instead? How fast and how much could we change the quality of that experience if we did?[1]

I believe that whether you think I am ‘crazy’ or not, that we must all try to do exactly that; for our own sakes as well as others, and that this is not an either/or choice at all.

All ‘the voices’; yours, mine, ours, inner space or outer space, must respect, honour, explain and support the collective experience to all the other 'voices.'

As I once said to the ‘others’, “It is just us we hear. We are, or can be, the best support group the world has ever known. Nobody understands it better than those who have gone through it.”

Especially those of us who make it out the other side of the collective chaos in one piece.

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[1]  I actually wrote this in 2003 but since then have discovered Marrius Romme has much the same idea and so do many voice hearers.

                                              Intervoice Online 

The People Who See What Others Do Not 

Every generation has within it some people who see the group behaviour and the collective insanity for what it is. If you looked at the metaphors of their times without declaring them to be meaningless as YOUR defence mechanism, you would see that. You might also see that those people represent a minority in their own time and as such, the majority who don't see what thy minority sees, declare them to be crazy. Every generation creates and defines reality by group consensus.  It is also known that the MAJORITY of people are followers and not leaders. That is why the minority write fairy tales like The Pied Piper, Through the Looking Glass, and the Wizard of Oz. The majority need to  talked to in metaphor as they routinely reject genuine direct communication as “normal.” It is too scary for them. So we must resort to “Once upon a time...”

 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 

 

Madness Radio

First Aired 4-2-2010    Duration: 48:28 

 

Madness Radio:
Violent Voices Erica van den Akker

 

 

 

People who hear voices are no more violent than anyone else -- but what about the small number of voice hearers that do actually commit violent crimes? Are medications and locked wards the best way to help those who act on their aggressive "command hallucinations?" Dutch psychologist and Hearing Voices Movement member Erica van den Akker discusses her innovative counseling work with violent offenders in the Netherlands. alpouvar1(at) tomaatnet(dot)nl

 

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