Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Yes, slowly but surely there begins a recognition that what gets called mental illness cannot be explained with the bio-medical model.

From The Wilson Quarterly an article well worth reading with the recent history of how that which is called mental illness is considered in society and how that is changing since the psychopharmacological era has clearly failed:

In the 1990s, scientists declared that schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses were pure brain disorders that would eventually yield to drugs. Now they are recognizing that social factors are among the causes, and must be part of the cure. (read it here)

We are in the midst of a revolution in how those labeled with mental illness are understood and cared for. Many will remain stuck in the bio-medical model but the fact is the tide keeps turning and it’s wonderful to watch it happen. More and more people are…

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CONSCIOUSNESS the inside story

Copyright © 2012 by Steve Perrin.

Self-reflection is a process you go through to understand yourself better than you do now. In CONSCIOUSNESS: The Book, I call it introspection—looking inward. Basically, it is thinking about thinking. And about seeing-hearing-touching-smelling-tasting. And experiencing emotions. And remembering. And planning to do something. Self-reflection directs your personal attention to everything going on inside of yourself that you can become aware of at the time. Particularly to projects and relationships you are engaged with.

The problem with self-reflection is that nobody tells you it’s a good thing to do, much less how you might go about doing it.

This entire blog is about me self-reflecting on what concerns me at the time I write each separate post. Now I’m going to share the deep secret of how it is done. You simply pay attention to what’s going on in yourself. What concerns or interests or…

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Legend Of A Nomad

Is there any credibility and value in states of “trance”, and if so, what can we gain from them?

Trance states are a legacy from what we call “primitive” cultures. When performed properly, they can introduce significant elements of traditional wisdom into our modern vision. The deep experiences in these states have proven that the representations of the universe developed by primitive societies are not only based on superstition or some magical way of thinking, but also on the direct experience of another reality. In some states of trance we can experience a journey into other existent dimensions, by diving into a huge pool of ancestral memories that illustrate various aspects of nature and the universe. These revelations allow us to get a glimpse of the outline of a new global concept of ourselves.

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Nice post on states of consciousness…

The Calm Monkey

What actually happens to your brain when you meditate?   I teach this in my ‘Learn to Meditate’ class.  I’d like to share this with you.

If you have ever meditated, I would bet money that you have fallen asleep, and falling asleep during meditation may even be one of your biggest meditation challenges.  The ideal state for meditation is just before you feel that you’re falling asleep, but are still lucid.

Here are the different major brain wave states:

Meditation brain wave states

BETA– the state when we are fully awake, conscious, interacting with our environment, and going about our normal day to day activities. The outer world is more real than our inner world.  80% of what we process is visual.  When we are in ‘high beta’, we tend to over analyze, and we may have trouble thinking objectively. Good answers are not found in this state of high beta.  The…

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 Many people struggle on their path to    meditative states of consciousness, becoming downtrodden when their minds refuse to obey the orders to be silent and blank.  A cycle of periodic “empty” mind moments infiltrated by incoming thoughts erupts, infuriating the practitioner whom simply wants to achieve a peaceful state on their path to personal enlightenment.

For years, I grappled with these rules I believed surrounded meditation which kept me from achieving the insight I was seeking.  There were even times I thought I was just incapable of quieting my mind; it always seemed I had thoughts rushing in and out faster than I could realize them.

Eventually, I came to understand it wasn’t always an empty mind that was necessarily the effective component for growth and expansion in my meditations, but the peaceful, uncontrolled viewing of the visualizations that ebbed and flowed through my mind.  Still, I wanted to…

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How to bring your intentions into the world of matter…

http://theheartofawakening.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/ – a guided meditation for this exploration. Thank you, Beth.

The Heart of Awakening

“For the last four hundred years, an unstated assumption of science is that human intention cannot affect what we call “physical reality. Our experimental research of the past decade shows that, for today’s world and under the right conditions, this assumption is no longer correct. We humans are much more than we think we are…” – Dr. William A. Tiller

We have come to a place where science and spirituality meet in many ways. For those who have had a focus on energy, whether through Acupuncture or Eastern Medicine, Energy Healing such as Reiki or Pranic Healing, Yoga or other spiritual practices, it has long been accepted that matter follows energy. It is exciting that science is now on board with this concept. A major focus on the Heart of Awakening blog is to support a shift into a new paradigm. This begins with an inner shift in our thoughts…

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