For a lot of us, getting a diagnosis automatically wipes away any spiritual insights, rolling them into a long list of painful symptoms. We had glimpses of spiritual realization perhaps, but we also couldn’t sleep or eat, or we dropped out of school, or we hurt a loved one, or we made some other horrible decisions with detrimental consequences. We sort of accept that any movement toward spiritual awakening belonged in the same heap of garbage as those unsavory symptoms. And this would work wonderfully, except that even when all those symptoms go away and we feel stable and functional, the spiritual piece may remain. Then what?Read More
I know it might sound strange to leap from psychosis to ego transcendence, possibly even dangerous, but the two were so intimately related for me. I felt as if I had understood God for the first time in my life, not as an object, but as an experience. It was ineffable, a moment in which the little me no longer existed, my identity disintegrating into the vastness of the universe. And though my ego structures were breaking down without my consent, it didn’t change that I had encountered some sense of nirvana.Read More
I had the opportunity to be interviewed for a new podcast, titled "My Secret Symptom," focused on spiritual experiences within bipolar disorder. It turns out I'm not the only Jesus out there!
We had an awesome conversation, and I'm getting more and more inspired to see how much spirituality is getting validated in the arenas of mental health. From twelve step recovery models, to up and coming Buddhist and mindfulness-based treatment options, to yoga and meditation booms, there seems to be a real shift in consciousness around how these issues overlap.Read More
The following blog post was first published with the International Bipolar Foundation.
With bipolar disorder, particularly manic psychosis, there are often peak experiences of undeniable spiritual profundity, but the extent to which those insights are integrated will ultimately be the measure of their usefulness.Read More
Someone recently reminded me of my conversation with Christy Harrison on the "Food Psych" podcast a while back, and I realized it was not posted to the blog--OOPS! Anyway, it was a fun time, and those interested in more dialogue around Health at Every Size, Intuitive Eating, and body acceptance will find both her podcast and our particular interview engaging and thought-provoking.Read More