Spiritual awakening: doctors label it delusional but one healer calls it magic

Hi there.

4261868579_0f6990cce9_oThis week on Mental Health Talk I interview Gary, a participant in my storytelling program at a local mental health centre.

I have a vested interest in this interview because I wanted to get his perspective on spiritual awakening and spiritual emergency… something I have been pondering about my own psychotic break ever since I read the posts on Schiz Life about schizophrenia and spirituality.

A little teaser from the interview:

The room at the back of the Krasman Centre is dim and dusty from the windowless walls and second hand furniture.  I do not mind because I am happy to be in Gary’s company for our second interview together.  The first time we talked about the war against the poor on the streets of Toronto.  This time we are going to cover a completely different topic.

“The wounded healer…” Gary mutters our interview topic as he looks through his knapsack to find me his latest handout advocating against Public Health recommending chest compression in response to an opioid overdose.  He hands it to me and I read the title ‘Never Give Chest Compressions to a Non-Cardiac Patient… Chest Compressions is the Worst Thing You Could Do.’

Gary is as much a student of humanity as he is a student of mysticism.  He was introduced very early to the healing arts and to belief…

How come he did not become obsessed and delusional like I did when I was introduced to the practice of the healing arts?  What made our situation different?

These are some of the questions I ask him.

Please click here to head on over to mentalhealthtalk.info and read the rest of the interview.  I am also looking for your experience and/or opinions on this topic so please do not hesitate to comment… I will make sure Gary gets your feedback.

Thank you!

Much love,


Bipolar… medication or self-discipline?

Hi all.  This week on Mental Health Talk is Trev sharing his experience with the National Health Service (UK), medication, and his decision to self-manage his bipolar experience.

From Trev’s story: “I would say, self management of bipolar disorder is the best option. Rather than a potential lifetime on prescription drugs, that’s only my opinion.  But I would hope, many others would tend to agree with me.”

A controversial topic indeed and he’s looking for your input.

If you could please check out his full story over at MentalHealthTalk.info at the link: http://mentalhealthtalk.info/bipolar-medication and give your opinion and/or experience while you’re there, we’d love to hear from you.