by Paul Levy
The would-be shaman has to pass through the experience of madness without getting stuck in it. In the experience of madness the shaman descends into the underworld of the unconscious, where they have to come to terms with the darker parts of their being...
Editor's Note: A true pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Levy describes the correlation between being traumatized, abused, and wounded, and having a shamanic initiation/spiritual awakening. See Part 1 and Part 2.
by Paul Levy
I tried to explain to the psychiatrists that I WAS sick, however, but just not in the way they were imagining. I had a creative, psychological illness, which is to say that my seeming madness was an expression of my creative self, alchemically transforming an underlying perturbance in the field of consciousness so as to heal itself...
Editor's Note: A true pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Levy describes the correlation between being traumatized, abused, and wounded, and having a shamanic initiation/spiritual awakening. See Part 1.
by Aimee Carroll, DC
When pregnant, your new baby should be many things to you, but it shouldn't be a pain in the...pelvis! Outside of having a major trauma, such as a fall or car accident, symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), is most commonly associated with being pregnant. Up to a third of pregnant women are affected with this and around one in four women have pain up to four months postpartum, with some even up to twelve months after the birth...
Editor´s Note from Abbey Denaro: As a woman's body changes during pregnancy, pain often accompanies other physical changes. Among them is symphysis pubis dysfunction. Read Dr. Aimee's article to find out if you have this dysfunction and what you can do about it.
by Paul Levy
In 1981 I spontaneously went into such an ecstatic state that I was hospitalized by what I call the “anti-bliss patrol.” The authorities had become alerted because I was simply unable to restrain my enthusiasm at the “good news” that was beginning to reveal itself to me about the nature of reality...
Editor's Note: A true pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Levy describes the correlation between being traumatized, abused, and wounded, and having a shamanic initiation/spiritual awakening.
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Trauma, mental or physical, shapes our lives. These three surprising friends experienced both types of trauma and have formed a permanent, and unlikely, unbreakable bond.
Animals & Pets
From YouTube - 'Picking up a paint brush or decorating a mask is something we often associate with child's play. But it turns out that art-making has the power to do much more. War News Radio's Elliana Bisgaard-Church reports on the healing effects of art therapy for trauma victims, specifically for combat soldiers home from Iraq and Afghanistan.'
Arts & Art Therapy
by David Gerbstadt
When I tell my best friend the state of affairs, he tells me, “You have gotten this far -- over 1,800 days -- and everyday you have enough to get through the day. Enough: food, shelter, money, and love...
Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that has many of the same symptoms as depression, but occurs after a person has seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death. This is an article by artist, David Gerbstadt. He wrote this as a blog entry to describe his daily life and how he is coping with PTSD.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Alana Eve Burman
We've written about how sports massage therapy can help football players, stating that regular massage can help keep players refresh during long periods of training, as well as help players avoid or manage their injuries. Yet another way massage therapy can help all athletes – and especially football players – is in its ability to treat pain associated with scars...
Editor's Note: Massage is not just for relaxation. It is gradually getting more attention for being a pain relief therapy. Scar tissue can form from any injury and traumatic bodily experience. This can cause serious pain. Read this article to find out how massage can help permanently relieve this pain.
Massage & Bodywork
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