Let me start with some wise soul’s quote:
“You have to create the conditions for insight to arrive. You have to stand on the edge of the unknown.
If you rearrange the pieces of the known world you still have the known world.”
How to translate this? My reading of this is that we need to create a culture of bliss, touch and attending to our own emotional needs before we can move forward. This is not promoting a bleeding heart philosophy where our emotional worlds run riot over reason. Rather, I am calling for techniques in our daily routine allowing the time and space for that “gut feeling” to arise. Once we have established our “gut-feeling” do we throw reason and logic out the window? No. We could allow our intellect to be at the service of out instincts rather than the other way round. What then, is the correct course of action when we are not in over stimulation mode or in a state of emotional chaos?
In the present maelstrom of western culture, mental problems arise due to the increased complexity of actions and functions we are required to perform, in the benignly enforced pursuit of survival or economic gain.
This is not to say that fair economic gain is not of value. What if our culture created a form of economic or status reward for reflecting upon matters of a philosophical or internal nature?
Given that we have a general apathy toward substantive philosophical introspection in Australia’s mass mind, what is the next step for like minded souls who want a substantial shift in the culture of our thinking from reactionary to visionary?
We have a culture in Australia of “not rocking the boat”, both in our personal worlds and in our political worlds. Our larrikin nature is rarely witnessed in the political sphere or in our personal inner sphere. Our larrikin nature just gets swallowed up by social reverie.
Key to the answer is learning from direct experience. So many sources “inform” us about the state of the world “out there”, and often, through the power of suggestion, how to react or respond to such “outrages” or “crises”. Global warming is a case in point.
Both town and rural dwellers can see first hand every day the gradual shift in the physical conditions of trees, paddocks and rivers from “normal” drought to “extreme” drought. Responses to this dire state of affairs are very mixed. Some want to just walk off their farm and retire early. Some want to cash in their water right and change course. But is there any substantial shift in the direction away from domination of the landscape? It would appear not. Whilst direct experience of changes in the physical world starts to play a role in shifting attitudes, it is not the full picture.
Shifting attitudes, however, are more powerfully seen in western culture’s noticeable shift in how it deals with mental illness.
Thanks to the rise of diagnosis and treatment through new generation drugs for depression, it’s out of the closet, big time. That is to say that mental health issues are forefront of our public health providers and thanks to organisations like Black Dog and Beyond Blue the stigmas around mental health issues are breaking down rapidly.
Things have clearly moved on from one hundred years ago, when people used to go and picnic on a Sunday in London parks and pay to laugh at the lunatics let out of the asylum for the day. Now we are all involved directly or indirectly in diseases of the mind. And no one’s laughing.
How do we deal with this as a society? By self-medicating with mind altering drugs, whether illicit or prescribed. But even this relief valve can only go so far, as evidenced by the drug user getting to a point of either bodily disintegration or spiritual crises where extreme selfishness sets in - the ego’s last stand.
What valid techniques are out there which are just as powerful as illicit drugs such as ice, ecstasy, LSD or prescribed anti-depressants? To meet the deep need for connection to non-ordinary states of consciousness, we need new schools of training which can address the multi-dimensionality of consciousness.
Inducing altered states without the use of drugs is simple and powerful. These states can lead to visions, insights, and intense feelings. All these states can assist the individual to gain insights about problems, issues or other blocks to moving forward in life in our day to day lives.
Whilst the new age is often ridiculed for its soft cushioning effect from life’s hard realities, if we can pick the best fruit from the new age tree and present it to the mass mind like a juicy apple, we are on a winner in terms of the transformation of the western mind from robotic and reactionary to unique and visionary.
Cutting edge healing techniques such as “peak states” which accesses biological genetic memory and “breathwork” which uses elegantly simple accelerated breathing to induce trance states are beginning to make inroads into previously very conservative populations, such as Canberra’s.
There is strong anecdotal evidence that previously spiritually conservative people are seeking a way out of the western mind’s prison without resorting to a medicated solution or aligning strongly to a religious faith.
This exciting trend in western society is the future of transforming our personal and professional relationships and our landscapes.
Today I quote from Johann Hari:
"Up to now, we have put the onus for solving depression and anxiety solely on depressed and anxious individuals. We lecture or cajole them by saying they have to do better (or swallow the pills). But if the problem doesn't originate with them alone, it can;t be solved by them alone. As a group, together, we have to change our culture - to strip out the causes of depression and anxiety that are causing such deep unhappiness."
It's not all about a 'chemical imbalance in the brain' - it is about external forces gradually wearing away at you, then internalising those feelings. Please feel free to call me at the Anxiety Solution in Canberra to discuss a way I can help you. Phil Morey
Browsing through the mental health offerings in Canberra on the web, I was pleasantly surprised to see Calvary Hospital's dedicated mental health faciliity Hyson Green are offering diverse ways to help heal their clients. Their list is long (see below) and all these approaches are useful.
If you would like a free copy of the Breath Blueprint, go to
http://m.me/inspiredbreathnow?ref=542125d18419b04a9d. It gives you tips to control stress on a day to day basis.
When a man explodes in anger over something seemingly small, he may appear like an idiot. But he just be anxious.
Anxiety problems can look in different in men. They are more likely to use alcohol and drugs to cope with anxiety, so what looks like a drinking problem may actually be an underlying anxiety disorder.
Aggression tends to be more socially acceptable to many men than anxiety. It is anxiety disorders, rather than depression that are strongly associated with suicide attempts. "People who are panicky and have a desire to escape a situation they perceive to be intolerable, that could be the spark to act on their suicidal thoughts" says Matthew Knock, psychology professor at Harvard.
I offer men a powerful and effective breath based meditation therapy in Canberra which can ease anxiety, treat addictive behaviour, and get men back on track to their true glorious selves.
Imagine this...you are mediating peacefully in your apartment, letting go of distracting thoughts and feeling relaxed in your body. Yet down the road, there is a meeting of like minded fascists working out ways to divide and conquer the world with their populist lizard brain politics of distraction. Now, two days later you discover this fact and stop for a moment and wonder 'should I devote so much time to internal self-reflection when every day the world gets weirder, harsher and less loving'?
My answer is no. I still need inner reflection time, however I can always fall into the trap of overdoing the cult of achievement (I am a Happier Fitter Brighter person in order to be more productive and less stressed and a better consumer). I need more time for OUTER reflection. How can engage with society to help negate the bitterness that is starting to creep into our culture.
So is the solution getting mad, bad and dangerous to know? Well that's generally been a proven failure unless pulled off at some massive scale of popular rebellion. I believe that the best path is to get a grip of the true state of the world as it is right now. That is, I need to accept that the world as we know it is finished. Allow grief for the things that have been destroyed. Don't hang to some notion that everything will work out fine if I just keep on self-improving. I cannot hang onto some nonsense about 'hope' through good deeds, 'just being in the now' or magical thinking that the 'universe will provide for us' if we just wish hard enough. (God I wish I didn't waste my time with 'The Secret' all those years ago).
Breathwork (or re-birthing if one must call it that) is a great therapy in that it can give you a sense of internal re-calibration with the truth of YOU plus the truth of the culture around you. This includes allowing grief to surface and be expressed. This gives then a solid foundation on to which to see the world as it really is. Take action from that place, not the pack of cards of the achievement cult.
Take home message: DESPAIR ARISES IF ANGER AND GRIEF ARE HELD DOWN IN THE BODY AND PSYCHE. TAKE ACTION TO RELEASE THESE FEELINGS. THEN TAKE ACTION IN THE WORLD FROM THAT PLACE.
That's all for now. Phil Morey Canberra
One of the best things to come out of California was the late Jack Painter, a guy who pioneered emotional body release work. Sure massage can make you feel really good, however I've found that Bodywork made my whole posture better over time. I had a slumped right shoulder which gradually lifted as I released old trauma.
The body transformation process integrates Gestalt therapy with bodywork as well as breath work, and fine energy work. The initial seven sessions address specific body areas and focus on releasing defensive armoring habits, characterized as "letting go of the old self". During sessions, spontaneous emotional expression is encouraged. Additional tools include drama therapy, attention to body language and self-awareness.
Body Transformation works simultaneously with the physical, mental and emotional aspects of the whole person, it contains elements of both psychotherapy and bodywork.
It is powerful and it works long term. I am now offering this in Canberra and Bega.
1. Anti-depressants are not a long term solution for the vast majority of people who are given them for
2. If you have a low status job with no meaning who are much more likely to be depressed.
3. If you have the perception that you are isolated form a community or your family you are more likely to be depressed.
4. Loneliness is not the absence of other people, rather it's not sharing anything significant that matters in your life with others.
5. Ask what's not inside of your head, ask what your head's inside of.
So if you would like to try something different to pills or talk therapy, please call me for a chat about a using Breathwork to assist your recovery from anxiety, depression or just plain busy-ness!
What is Breathwork?
In my experience, Breathwork helped me to get in touch with my bodily and emotional pain which was shielded under ‘tiredness’ and ‘numbness’. These two layers were almost insurmountable during my early sessions. It was a huge breakthrough for me to acknowledge that my feelings of joy, anger and personal power were all buried under ‘I’m too tired’ or ‘it’s too scary to let my real feelings out’.