>Almost two years ago, before I had even made a video, I was searching the internet, doing my best to discover the difference between what had happened to me in my Spiritual Emergency (which I am eternally grateful for) and what happened to my younger niece, Ana, who had been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and medicated.
It was in meeting Gianna Kali through her blog, Beyond Meds, that I began to realize that there is very little difference between the two. You see, in 1985, Gianna had a spiritual experience after taking psychedelic drugs. Now, after over 20 years, she continues her battle to get the psychiatric medications out of her life, renouncing her label of being ‘mentally ill’ along the way.
Gianna gave a terrific interview on Madness Radio last week. I think what she had to say will be very enlightening to anyone reading this blog, especially in regard to the depth of her struggles with medication withdrawal.
Click here for the link: Gianna on Madness Radio
>In 1972, Harvard student David Lukoff had an experience lasting over 2 months in which which he thought he was Jesus Christ and Buddha and was on a messianic mission to save the world. What was really weird…he was Jewish!
Luckily for David, his experience happened during the hippy trippy ’70’s and some friends of his in California just let him hang out and work through what I´m sure they thought was some kind of acid trip or something like that.
Fast-forward to 2009, and Dr.David Lukoff is a leader in the fight to get spiritual experiences of so-called psychosis recognized in the psychiatric field. A leading transpersonal psychologist, he helped get the term ‘Spiritual or Religious Problem’ accepted in the DSM 4 (The Bible of mental illness).
Today, not only does he work with people with serious mental disorders, he has a website where he works to educate mental health professionals to the importance of the spiritual aspects of our experiences.
He gives a great interview on Madness Radio about his experience on the Other Side and his recovery. I highly recommend that you give it a listen, its great.
Click here to listen to the interview…
I’m not sure if you remember me emailing you the first time but I just finished reading your book and was extremely moved by it. I feel it has also given me a better perspective into my experiences thus far and for that I cannot thank you enough. I also cannot thank you enough for you helping me promote my own beliefs that medication IS NOT THE WAY FORWARD. Medication made me feel completely ignorant towards my thoughts, feelings, beliefs, ideals and emotions to the point where my brain functionality felt like it had completely broken down. Where-as I felt like I used to be able to think in great depth it felt like there was some kind of blockage in my head that was preventing me from rationally completing my own individual thought process which felt both unnatural and unhealthy. Taking the particular medication that I was on (Prozac) not only gave me chronic stomache aches but I also believe that it contributed to my self harming as I felt even more trapped inside myself as I was not able to think things through or piece things together. I have stopped taking the medication for about 2 weeks now and although I do not feel any less in touch with my mind, I hope that I will do over time. I do not want to repress things any further, I want to feel them and understand them so that I can fully heal and understand myself on a much deeper level.