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Miracles and Mental Illness

Marianne Williamson (1992) wrote: A glass vase is meant to hold water. If more water is poured into the vase than its volume can contain, then the vase will shatter. So it is with our personalities. The power of God, particularly at this time, is pouring into us at a rapid pace and high velocity.  If our vessel, our vehicle - our human channel-is not prepared properly through devotion and deep reverence for life, then the very power that is meant to save us begins to destroy us. Our creativity, rather than making us personally powerful, then makes us hysterical. That is why creative power-God within us -is experienced as a double edged sword: if received with grace it blesses us; if received without grace it drives us insane." p. 76. Marianne goes on to write that "Miracles are everyone's right" says A course in miracles, 'but purification is necessary first. Impurities mental or chemical--pollute the system and desecrate the alter within. Our vehicle then can't handle the experience of God. The waters of spirit rush into us, but the vase begins to crack. It's not the flow of power we have to work on, God's love is already pouring in as fast as we can handle it--but the preparedness with which we receive it" p. 77.   Psychiatrists in my past have diagnosed me with a medical disorder called Bipolar I.  I believe that diagnosis in no way defines me, my personality, or the experiences that I have.  I imagine the very narrow biomedical model of psychiatric care and their diagnostics do not work for most people going through any kind of spiritual experience or phenomenon in the developed world.   It is however all our socialized healthcare system has to [...]

By |May 16th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Transformational Leadership

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Interview with Peter Gøtzsche

On Pharma, Corruption, and Psychiatric Drugs “My studies in this area lead me to a very uncomfortable conclusion: Our citizens would be far better off if we removed all the psychotropic drugs from the market, as doctors are unable to handle them. It is inescapable that their availability creates more harm than good.” - Peter Gøtzsche, MD;  Co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration Click here to SHARE this video.

By |January 8th, 2014|Mental Health|Comments Off on Interview with Peter Gøtzsche

Leadership Healthcare Specialty

So here is the good news for all my friends and colleagues that believe they have had more than their fair share of suffering and setbacks. Nassir Ghaemi in his 2011 book A First-Rate Madness; Uncovering the links between Leadership and Mental Illness put forward the following hypothesis. He wrote “of course, everyone suffers. But life’s pain can come harshly or gently, earlier or later. For the lucky, suffering is less frequent, less severe, and delayed until it can’t be avoided. The unlucky, who early in their lives, endure hardships and tragedies –or the challenge of mental illness---seem to become, not infrequently, our greatest leaders”(p. 56). He further wrote that German Psychiatrist Ernest Kretschmer was the first modern researcher who noted a link between insanity and genius. Kretschmer said “If we removed the insanity from these people we would convert their genius into merely ordinary talent. Insanity is not a ‘regrettable.... accident’ but the ‘indispensable catalyst’ of genius (p. 17). So here is to embracing our inner madness.

By |April 15th, 2013|Mental Health|Comments Off on Leadership Healthcare Specialty