How I Overcame Frozen Emotions, and Re-Connected With Myself

Words can hurt. Words can heal. Words can create profound and lasting changes, or humiliate and destroy us. But they only have that power if we can feel.

A person with frozen emotions is not moved by language. She hears the words, but they float around somewhere “out there”. Syllables strung together, hardly meaningful. Syllables like stones bouncing off a lake.

The closed self is like a lake covered in hardened steel. Below the cold metal, nothing is alive, because nothing can breathe. The deep soul within becomes static. Locked in a cavern of darkness, unmoved, unmovable.

I have been

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The Sacred Fire Community: Taking a Stand for the Planet

by Gwen Broz, D.O, and Marakame in the Huichol Tradition.

Gwen Broz

Editor’s note: Our Alternatives 2012 psychiatric survivor community is working on the same thing as the Sacred Fire Community but from slightly different angle: When people come awake and alive, sometimes it hurts and they can get sidetracked away from the necessary personal and spiritual transformation.

Listen to this awesome webinar from The Sacred Fire Community: http://sacredfirecommunity.org/blog/hear-eliot-cowans-webinar-about-taking-the-stand/

Recently Eliot Cowan, author of Plant Spirit Medicine, gave a talk on taking a stand for our planet and why this is so important for our continued existence. Eliot is

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Bump up the Connect Power Buzz Factor

What is our Connect Power Buzz Factor?

Online buzz is a measure of social messaging impact. It’s the amount of tweets, Facebook shares, You-tube videos, Tumblr posts, and social engagement around a certain issue. For instance, my thought is that this year, the presidential campaign will show us the importance of buzz compared to corporate funding of campaigns. To a large extent, money can’t buy our interest, so buzz is a good measure of which political party is truly grassroots. This might be the first campaign where our aggregate voices are louder than all of the political ads.

You can

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Pyschiatric survivors can fund entrepreneurial mental health revolution

(This was originally posted on Mad In America.)

How We Want to Create Entrepreneurial Mental Health Revolution:

I’ve been working for 2 1/2 years on a system to provide non-medical care for people with emotional distress. I want it to be evidence based, peer provided, non-clinical, completely voluntary, cheap enough to pay for ourselves AND available nationwide and worldwide very soon. This is what I think our community needs to create entrepreneurial mental health revolution, and after spending around 6000 hours working through the permutations with much of your online input, I think we’re just about there.

Black history

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I feel my anger to prevent victimization

by Gwen

To feel my anger, I have to allow myself to truly experience the emotion:

After years of not feeling our emotions what happens?

Before I learned to feel my anger, I was trying become more enlightened, and a better person by not getting angry. Instead I said things I didn’t mean to say. And my emotions leaked out when I least expected. Sometimes, I said the exact opposite of what I wanted to say. And worse yet, sometimes I said things I didn’t even remember.

I was downright cruel at times.

How I learned to feel my anger

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