Personal Empowerment

The Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Medications.



Neither

pro- nor anti- medication, the guide provides valuable information for making wiser decisions, and supports people coming off as well as staying on meds. It was developed with the editorial involvement of 14 health care professionals, including psychiatrists, registered nurses, and acupuncturists, and published by The Icarus Project and Freedom Center. You can find out more about the Guide by clicking on the link in the Title. PLease make sure you scroll down far enough.

Read about the making of the Guide.

 



What the Dalai Lama has to say
 for 2010




Gianna's Corner



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The Beyond Meds Archives

 By Gianna Kali,

Social worker/
Psychiatric Survivour
 

Gianna is going to take some well earned personal time to live a life.

She goes off line from her very personal, open and shared journey and withdrawal from psych meds. (drugs) After several years of the daily sharing of that struggle and all the genuine emotions expressed that have gone with it, she has now reclaimed her own power.  

Anyone who is still struggling with such issues should drop by and perhaps travel along the road to hope and recovery. It is a well travelled road with plenty of signs along the way to help you know that you are not lost and alone. Hopefully, you too will find the information and supportive voices you need to make it easier. 

Now it is time for a personal and private time. I wish her all the best and a great soul restoring and indefinite vacation from 'recovery.'

 

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Four Ways to Get Over Trauma
Video by Psychotherapist Bill O'Hanlon

 



More on Personal Boundaries
Connects to Religion


Adult Bullying:

Is it Happening To You
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How You Can

 Fight back

 

Taking Personal Control: Mind, Body, and Soul


Creating Connections Through Dialogue

For a free Podcast of Rufus May on Voice Hearing go to the Free Downloads page

The Collective Level

Psycho-Spiritual Experience and Generic Meaning

By Patricia Lefave....Monophrenic

How do does that translate into concrete reality on an individual level?

Well, all words have multiple meanings depending upon the context in which they are used. This is equally true for ALL people, not just those of us who have experienced altered states, for one reason or another. So I found the best context to be a generic one, to start with, that we can all use, and then we can see it as individuals from that point on.

The word used to describe the process of reproduction by means of fission is "schizogenesis." Isn't that interesting?

For if there was nothing BUT God, then the material used for creation must have BEEN God, him/her/itself. Schizogenesis- Big Bang- Fission...

Now if you think of the God-head as the nucleus of our Being, which was, is, and always will be, unchanged, and of creation as revolving (like a solar system ) around that nucleus, it makes it easier to understand your own role and identity. Right? What the rest of us are is as God's "Babies." (something I said into our collective "being" when I was personally fragmented. )

Though we are not equal to the God-head, we are all equal to each other. It is only when we doubt that, that trouble follows, for we cannot, in reality, be either more, or less, than our human brothers and sisters. To believe either of those poles, is, in reality, delusional.

I once heard an altered person say, (from our collective "Being"... "I am

one...Who am I?" (he was very confused about meaning at the time)

So I told him, "It's not "I" anymore..It's "we." The "I", became "we." So, "we" are "one" (connected together as one spirit) and "we" are "many." (separate and unique as individual identities.) This is how we are together AND apart at the same time, and it is only a fact and not a contradiction.

Though we can share information and ideas with each other, we cannot, and must not try to impose them, or to impose our will, on others. So set your personal boundaries and stand. The gift of life is your unique personal identity and THAT is what you get to define as an adult "child" of God- JUST your own. It will make it much easier to understand your own role and identity.

If you don't believe there IS a God, use something else; like quantum physics, or psychology, or parapsychology, or philosophy, or math, etc. as the concrete FRAMEWORK for understanding the same principle, but keep the same principle intact. It is the principle that matters; not the framework used to talk about it. The framework is secondary to the principle you use to anchor yourself to concrete reality and to your own identity.

Personally I am not limited to one view, as I see and hear the same truth in all of them which is simply expressed in a variety of ways. But if you need to use just one; do that. That is your right as an individual. Just don't needYOUR framework to be the only one that counts for others. This too is about setting boundaries. It is ALWAYS about boundaries.

True Psycho Social Spiritual Health..

...is the same for all.

It means we can all get to, and ultimately remain, in a place of stillness and peace, having Self Defined, Self Controlled (in both action AND restraint as necessary) and Self Directed. That is what self actualization is all about. The gift of life (or the really weird accident of life if you prefer...) is about having a personal and unique identity- Self creation with boundaries developed and kept intact that show that you KNOW that all others have the same right as you. As long as they also know that boundaries must exist between us, life works for ALL of us. When life works for all of us, we are, once again, "One" in Spirit, but changed, for NOW we can have REAL friends to play with.

When we finally complete our journey through creation- fission stops. When fission stops it means "the end of time." The end of time though does NOT mean the end of everything. It just means there is a permanent sphere within which lives all of creation. There, time will no longer be understood as something simply linear, but more like light is understood now, as particles and/or waves, depending upon your point of VIEW. Time is both linear and spherical, depending upon your point of view...that means we all actually live in BOTH time AND timelessness, physical and metaphysical. I am sure the day will come when people will wonder why we made such a big deal out of this, in a way similar to wondering how we could have believed that if we made it to the horizon, we would fall off the edge of the earth into an abyss! We are a childish group of spirit beings, that's for sure.

Time is ALREADY eternal on it's own level. Perhaps that is what the concept of heaven is about?? Eternal BEING?

The end of time can mean "stasis." "Stasis" can also be a synonym for stability.

So, what words MEAN depends in part, on HOW you hear them, and how you hear them, depends upon who you understand yourself to be....or not to be....that is the ANSWER, to the same question.

Stand solidly on the principle, the foundation stone, of mutual respect and equality, boundaries going in both direction at the same time, given and expected, as your starting point AND as your goal. If you do, everything in between the starting point and the end point, the Alpha and the Omega, (as it is also stated) will straighten itself out. It is simple but it is not easy, as it involves more of an undoing of long standing, collective error and some things will be very hard to face. Yet face them we must if we are to return together to our right minds on a collective level.

Though you cannot MAKE others treat you with respect, you CAN let them know that you expect them, as equals, to respect your personal boundaries and you can do that with WORDS.

Changing Disturbing Visions into Visions of Peace

When altered in consciousness myself, I was "the rebirthing mother." Now I use that "revelation," translated into concrete action, "back in time," here on the concrete level of my physical life, with my boundaries FULLY intact. In fact, I am even stronger, now, than I was B.C. (before cracking!) My website is part of my concrete action.

Each of you can do the same, from his or her own unique concrete perspective, using the same PRINCIPLE as your premise and goal. Together (ONE in spirit) we can all participate, as equals, in helping to "save the world." (another common theme) God knows the world really NEEDS saving, and so do we know it. What none of us can accomplish alone, we can do together, if connected to a nucleus of being that does not change.

Wheel of Life

If we think of all points of view like part of the Wheel of Life with all the paths we follow as the spokes in the wheel, we will recognize that we need all the spokes to move this wheel forward toward our destination. We will also realize that what really MATTERS most is not any one of the spokes, but rather that ALL of the spokes in the wheel lead to the HUB of the matter.

So USE your amazing experiences to reconnect to concrete reality, each one from his or her unique point of view. For this is how we, who WERE "one", which became "many," become "one" again...in a way that works well for ALL of God's "Babies."

The Spiritual "Family" grows up at Long Last. ..and Lasts Long...maybe even Everlasting. It is worth aiming for, and it also makes for a MUCH more enjoyable trip. I believe that the improved trip alone is worth the group effort.

Do you?

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Following the Leader

 



Coping Video Below is 49 minutes long

 

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For individuals, members of a people can have a sense of 'belonging' to people's 'reality', only if the others around them are prepared to respond to what they do and say seriously; is if the are treated as a proper participant in that people's 'authoring' of their reality, and not excluded from it in some way. For only then will they feel that the reality in which they live is as much theirs as anyone else's (39)..

John Shotter's

Conversational Realities
Constructing Life through Language


Sage Publications, 1993

Part I: A Rhetorical-Responsive Version of Social Constructionism

Wellness is About Understanding Personal Boundaries; BOTH Yours and Others and Knowing What is in Your Power to 'Fix" and What is Not. If You are from a Dysfunctional Family You May Never Have Really Known This.