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Some Links from today -

Third Dimensional Earth Matrix Has Collapsed! Separation of Human Species Now Widening, Fabricated Reality Becoming More Uncomfortable -


20 Diversion Tactics Highly Manipulative Narcissists, Sociopaths And Psychopaths Use To Silence You -


Millions of Brits plunged into food poverty – and we think it’s a good idea -


5 Topics That Are "Forbidden" to Science -


Ministers ‘should be held accountable for huge rise in prison suicides’ -


Scrap benefits sanctions or risk mental health crisis, doctors warn -


I’m Not Religious Or Spiritual I Just Meditate -


Nisargadatta Maharaj "I Am That" Quotes -

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The winner of the 2017 AAPP Karl Jaspers Award is

Will Davies, for his paper “Social Explanation in Psychiatry.”

The paper was submitted when Davies was a postdoctoral research fellow in philosophy at the University of Oxford. He is now a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham.

Social explanation in
psychiatry -


Article & articles page here -



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Eyewitness to the Ruination of a Public Mental Health System




Woah, this piece is powerful.........written in 2012.  All I can say is.........when will they listen?  when will they hear?



To be at peace with a troubled world is not a reasonable aim



This too........short but to the point.


Thanks cpuusage.


And best,



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"ABOVE ALL  Imagine a man on a raft lost at sea. A boat pulls
alongside and for several minutes someone shouts encouraging
words down to the drifter. Then, the boat deliberately sails
away, leaving the lost man stunned and furious. This is exactly
what a sick society does to everyone within society. It smiles,
it promises - and sails away, leaving you alone. You must see
this so clearly that you want above all else to discover the
meaning of self-rescue. It means everything to you."


Vernon Howard


Freedom from a Life of Hell, # 40

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 The Life conclusion, in the words of who was arguable the greatest psychiatrist & psychologist this World has seen -

“I have now, after long practical experience, come to hold the view that the psychogenic causation of the disease is more probable than the toxic [physico-chemical] causation. There are a number of mild and ephemeral but manifestly schizophrenic illnesses - quite apart from the even more common latent psychoses - which begin purely psychogenically, run an equally psychological course (aside from certain presumably toxic nuances) and can be completely cured by a purely psychotherapeutic procedure. I have seen this even in severe cases”.

- Carl Jung


Jung Circle / Maureen B. Roberts -




Michael Cornwall, Ph.D. -



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Jim van Os & ISPS -

We are in my opinion in need of a fundamental shift - a meta-paradigm shift within our collective understandings & approaches to mental health.

ISPS is an interesting Global Organisation trying to change the story around mental health. Below are some of the main points as to why this change needs to take place.  



What is the evidence really showing us, and what does it mean for tomorrow's mental health services?
Much of the language and practice of mental health care is based on apparently simple (but false) concepts, for example:

    that symptoms are caused by mental disorders
    that evidence from randomised controlled trials are required to inform evidence-based guidelines that can be applied to individual patients
    that the highest intensity of care is admission to a hospital bed
    that professionals have no lived experience of mental illness
    that severe syndromes are of 'biological' and mild syndromes of 'psychosocial' origin
    that the technical ingredients of psychotherapy are more important than the therapeutic relationship
    that effectiveness of interventions is reflected by reductions in symptoms
    that there is an urgent need for a medical model of prevention of mental illness
    that  deep brain stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation and manipulation of the immune system hold major promise for the treatment of mental illness
    and that the organisation of mental health care is best placed in the hands of large and complex organisations that negotiate contracts based on production parameters and quantitative outcome measurements.

Close analysis of these assumptions shows that their apparently strong and even unassailable logic is increasingly being questioned.
Scientific demystification of professional knowledge and practice suggests that a critical transition may be approaching that requires new concepts, language, science and practice to address the issue of mental distress in populations.
Jim van Os is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands, and Visiting Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK.

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Soteria Network (UK): AGM

Saturday 1st April 2017 11am – 4pm.
Kirkgate Centre, 29a Kirkgate, Shipley. BB18 2EH

- a network of people in the UK promoting the development of drug-free and minimum medication therapeutic support for people experiencing 'psychosis' or extreme states
Part of an international movement of service users, survivors, activists, carers and professionals fighting for more humane, non-coercive mental health services
11.00am – 11.30am      Arrival/Registration, Tea and Coffee
11.30am – Welcome and introductions – Present and Apologies
11.45pm – 12.30pm Soteria Network UK business – Minutes of the last AGM, Chairs Report, Treasurers Report, Election of Trustees, AOB.
12.30pm- 1pm  Mental Health Awareness in Schools – Rowland Urey, Bill Morgan, Shirley Smith, Paula Quick.
1pm – 1.15pm – Questions and Discussion
1.15pm – 2pm Lunch
2pm – 2.45pm Soteria Bradford
2.45pm – 3.05pm Comfort break/Tea - Coffee
3.05pm - 3.30pm – Soteria local groups.
3.30pm - 4pm – Open Forum Discussion - End

*Soteria House began life in 1971 as an experimental research project in America which was designed to see whether people experiencing a ‘first episode’ acute psychosis, who might otherwise be diagnosed with schizophrenia and treated with medication in hospital, might fare just as well in a house with minimum medication, but with maximum support
Soteria Network (UK) Registered Charity number:1146183

Soteria Shropshire/Shrewsbury.

There is a strong hope of setting up a Soteria group  in Shropshire/Shrewsbury area. Please would anyone in that area who would be interested in joining let me know, and say if you'd be willing to be contacted by the organisers. Thank you.

Margaret Turner. Secretary, Soteria Network.

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Atom, Archetype, and the Invention of Synchronicity: How Iconic Psychiatrist Carl Jung and Nobel-Winning Physicist Wolfgang Pauli Bridged Mind and Matter
Two of humanity’s greatest minds explore the parallels between spacetime and the psyche, the atomic nucleus and the self.


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Treatment with or without psychopharmaca and the basis of our knowledge: Panel Debate

Published on 10 Feb 2017

Panel: (Ordstyrer: Halvor Kjølstad)
Håkon Rian Ueland - Robert Whitaker - Jaakko Seikkula - Magnus P. Hald - Jan Ivar Røssberg

The instruction from Ministry of Health and Care Services
regarding establishing treatments without the use of medicine
in the Mental Health Services in all health regions in Norway
Håkon Rian Ueland

Psychiatric wards without medication: Why is it a bad idea?
Jan Ivar Røssberg


Rethinking Antipsychotics: Recovery Rates and Long-term Outcomes
for Unmedicated Patients with Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders
Robert Whitaker

Open dialogue with families increase resources for avoiding unnecessary medication and improve the outcome in psychotic crises
Jaakko Seikkula


Panel debate

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Increasing awareness / commentary within the media for systemic change -

Our Political Economy Is Designed to Create Poverty and Inequality
Poverty is not an abstraction. People wear it on their faces, carry it on their backs as a constant companion—and it is heavy -


The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% - ex CIA spy
The man who trained more than 66 countries in open source methods calls for re-invention of intelligence to re-engineer Earth -


Revolution and American Indians: “Marxism is as Alien to My Culture as Capitalism” -


The western idea of private property is flawed. Indigenous peoples have it right
Julian Brave NoiseCat -


The Era of Ownership Is Ending
by Nordic think tank Demos Helsinki -







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Alison Brabban National Clinical Advisor for Severe Mental Illness, NHS England A NATIONAL STRATEGY - COULD IT REALLY HAPPEN?


The evidence for effectiveness of psychological therapies for people with psychosis is growing. But the evidence is that they are rarely available.
Alison Brabban's plenary will focus on Making Real Change Happen through:

    A national strategy
    So that everyone with a first episode of psychosis can access quality CBT and Family Interventions
    Putting psychological therapies on a par with medication
    Offering genuine choice
    A step-by-step guide to the strategy to improve the availability of psychological therapies for people suffering with psychosis across England

Alison Brabban is a clinical psychologist with a special interest in CBT for psychosis. She works as an Expert Advisor to the Adult Mental Health Progamme at the National Health Service, England. She works clinically in an Early Intervention in Psychosis service in the North of England. She has a keen interest in implementing both evidence and values based care.

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There's wisdom in this -

Announcing 'i'm offended' is basically telling the World you can't control your own emotions, so everyone else should do it for you.

What mind freedom this can bring, if you feel upset when you feel offended then you will always be upset. The awareness that one can change their mind, response and behaviour is so empowering! It appears so simple, but our habitual unconscious response (ego) doesn't like change, that is why we suffer, but that simple awareness allows you to make a conscious choice, enabling an individual to understand and take responsibility to why other peoples behaviour may offend them. Once you take responsibility for your reaction, you are free!

Emotional Suppression/Unhealthy Emotional Expression leading to mental illness
Basic Model -

Layers of emotional 'mechanism' - (personal/interpersonal & transpersonal)

Psychosis/Mania (breaks through the depressed state, & seeks resolution/healing/integration)
Depression - [Depressed emotional/psychological state]
Denial - Invalidation/Trivialisation - covers -
Anger - Blame - covers -
Sadness - covers -
Fear - Ignorance (lack of understanding/healing) -
(original trauma(s))

i don't personally think these areas can be properly understood without some understanding of the esoteric nature of the Self.

Leaving aside the Higher Spiritual planes/levels -

The Spiritual/Psyche/Physical -

What can be considered to be the material realms (according to certain models (of many)) -

Corresponding centres - Awareness/phenomenal level -

Atmic limit
Higher & lower impersonal Self >
Crown - Atmic (Limit of Kundalini)
Brow & Throat - Intuitive
Lower & Personal Self >
Heart Centre - Higher Mental
[Mind Bridge]
Solar Plexus - Lower Mental
Emotional - Astral
Spleen - Etheric
Physical (Body/Brain)

Spiritual Emergencies: Understanding and Treatment of Psychospiritual Crises -

Discussion of each in below link -

1. Shamanic crisis
2. Awakening of Kundalini
3. Episodes of unitive consciousness (Maslow's "peak experiences")
4. Psychological renewal through return to the center (John Perry)
5. Crisis of psychic opening
6. Past-life experiences
7. Communication with spirit guides and "channeling"
8. Near-death experiences (NDEs)
9. Close encounters with UFOs and alien abduction experiences
10. Possession states
11. Alcoholism and drug addiction


Very short summation of some Theosophical ideas -

"Our essence is beyond space and time, aware of itself as a part of infinity. I'll call this Spirit

This essence puts a very small part of itself - the soul - into the world of space and time, incarnation, and so develops its consciousness through experiencing duality.
After hundreds or even thousands of incarnations, the soul is ready to merge into its spirit and continue its evolution in worlds beyond our imagination.

The soul itself creates another layer - the personality or ego - which is the vehicle of consciousness for the soul in one particular life time.

In Western culture the soul is strongly encouraged to forget its own identity, and to identify itself solely with its personality. This makes for a cheap, obedient workforce.

Spiritual emergence in this model occurs when identification with the personality/ego is broken, even for only a moment. The personality/ego has to come to terms with the realisation that there is much more to life than it had realised (made real).

Once this limited identification is broken, the ego will desire to return to its old way of life, yet usually has to concede it has a bigger purpose than it wants to know about. Consensual reality no longer works for it, so it must experiment and create a larger map of reality.

Often ego inflation occurs at this stage. The ego has a strong sense of separation, yet has had a glimpse of the immensity of the universal mind. It may then decide it is the messiah or God or a chosen saviour. As a spirit, it is indeed God, however as a soul and ego, it is still evolving to become God incarnate.

A spiritual emergence is a part of the evolutionary process when awareness shifts from ego to soul. With mindfulness, we can observe if our thoughts, emotions and actions arise from our ego - that strong sense of a separate me - or from the soul.

Eventually, the ego has had enough of suffering, and is ready to accept it is a part of a much greater being than it believed itself to be, and to be grateful for that."

The etheric body, ether-body, æther body, a name given by neo-Theosophy to a vital body or subtle body propounded in esoteric philosophies as the first or lowest layer in the "human energy field" or aura. It is said to be in immediate contact with the physical body, to sustain it and connect it with "higher" bodies.

The English term "etheric" in this context seems to derive from the Theosophical writings of Madame Blavatsky, but its use was formalised by C.W. Leadbeater and Annie Besant due to the elimination of Hindu terminology from the system of seven planes and bodies. (Adyar School of Theosophy).

The term gained some general popularity after the 1914-18 war, Dr.Walter John Kilner having adopted it for a layer of the "human atmosphere" which, as he claimed in a popular book, could be rendered visible to the naked eye by means of certain exercises.

The classical element Aether of Platonic and Aristotlean physics continued in Victorian scientific proposals of a Luminiferous ether as well as the cognate chemical substance ether. According to Theosophists and Alice Bailey the etheric body inhabits an etheric plane which corresponds to the four higher subplanes of the physical plane. The intended reference is therefore to some extremely rarefied matter, analogous in usage to the word "spirit" (originally "breath"). In selecting it as the term for a clearly defined concept in an Indian-derived metaphysical system, the Theosophists aligned it with ideas such as the prana-maya-kosha (sheath made of prana, subtle breath or life-force) of Vedantic thought.

In popular use it is often confounded with the related concept of the astral body as for example in the term astral projection - the early Theosophists had called it the "astral double". Others prefer to speak of the "lower and higher astral".

The human being that lives on Earth and through understanding finishes the existence of his/her ego, opens his/her consciousness, which becomes diffused into the universe and in this way reaches the level of Great Understanding. After that, the human consciousness arranges all accumulated information into the level of Cognition that is completed by Enlightenment. After this process the human being turns into an energetic being and leaves the physical universe. He/she enters the higher luminary world of positive energies where the being continues to develop and learns to create increasingly higher and higher positive energies. The final stage is the conscious creation of the highest energy – the Absolute and becoming the part of it.

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