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
The following blog post was first published with Expanded Consciousness.
“You are Jesus! You are Buddha!” Master repeatedly shouted into the microphone. His voice bounced around the small, dark room where I was being initiated, or brainwashed, or maybe even becoming enlightened. There were about twelve of us students, but I knew his words were for me. He was affirming something I had already intuitively understood, if only through psychosis.Read More
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