I wrote the following essay for Emerging Proud, which supports folks with mental health challenges "coming out of the spiritual closet." Check out their work and continued offerings at emergingproud.com.
This is a great honor to be able to write something for Emerging Proud. When I think back on my story of awakening, I'm very careful to recognize that what I think of as “psychosis” and what I think of as “spiritual awakening” were never separate to begin with. The unity that I suddenly realized, the utter and complete wholeness of the universe and my place in it, was both excruciatingly painful and profoundly liberating.Read More
As I consider the implications of Mental Health Awareness Month, I'm recalling the nature of sickness and illnesses and diseases of all kinds, and how open and courageous those folks with cancer are—how they are proud to endure, to have overcome, and even provide sage wisdom in times of great hardship, including death. But while cancer effects mental wellness in painful ways, the effect is somewhat predictable, and so it's not so hard to get on board with a cause we understand, to offer compassion, to see ourselves in each other's suffering.Read More
Mad thinkers, movers, and shakers, as well as neurodivergent and marginalized folks of numerous locations, have shown me that what we think of as pathology exists in relationship—with ourselves, each other, and our environments. Ideas that psychopathology exists in the vacuum of one's isolated experience only serves to silence discourse and marginalize divergent experiences. If nothing else, it reveals a rudimentary comprehension of human development. Because I can't quite come up with the perfect name for such a conglomeration of radical thought, I am calling my holistic model The Mad Triangle until further notice. I particular felt the need to publish a blog post about this, to document much of what I have been presenting lately in group settings, workshops, and dialogue.Read More
Carl Jung coined the term synchronicity to describe “meaningful coincidences,” the coming together of inner and outer events that are not themselves causally connected. For Jung, the meaning attributed to these events—the connection of one’s mind to material reality—is a function of the unconscious psyche, which is inextricably united with the phenomenal world. Jung saw these connections present in dreams, symbols, and universal archetypes across all cultures.Read More