An abstract painting of someone with angelic wings crouching.

Reading Time: 4 minutes I really want to help people. That’s what I have been telling myself, at least consciously since 12 years old when I participated in the D.A.R.E. club doing skits about not taking drugs at a rave party. But how? How can I REALLY help people? My parents wanted me to be a doctor, and I […]

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The Healing Forest

February 16, 2021

A black and white zebra print wall torn vertically four ways through the wall by green plant vines.

Reading Time: 6 minutes To enter the world of trees is to open the door to nature’s magic. They are central to the landscape, play a large part in myth, legend and custom and are a huge source of inspiration to both artists and scientists. Their healing powers can help the individual, as in herbal medicine, or even aid […]

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A painting of an array of colors, from beige, periwinkle, blue, red, light green. There is also a pair of drawn out hands that is the outline of two hands meeting one another on top and in all of the colors.

Reading Time: 6 minutes When I was in hospital during my first psychotic episode in 1996, aged 27, I didn’t realize that I was experiencing psychosis. To me it felt like a spiritual awakening. I couldn’t understand why the doctors thought differently. They weren’t the ones on the inside of it and didn’t even ask me what I was […]

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Painting on a black canvas. A blue and white lotus flower budding out a mandala type shapes showing the difference phases of the moon then flowering out which are all a white, purple of blue shade. The background of these images is a white patten of the flower of life.

Reading Time: 6 minutes Last year the pandemic in our world created an extraordinary opportunity for me. I studied and became a master shaman which allowed me to fully embrace what I have always known, being sensitive to energy and curious about the human condition. I like to say that God created me with all of my sense settings […]

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A painting of an adult black man riding the bus behind an older, "better" dressed white man, the former looking dreamingly pensive.

Reading Time: 21 minutes Excerpts from Large-Group Psychology: Racism, Societal Divisions, Narcissistic Leaders and Who We Are Now (2020), written by Vamık D. Volkan, M.D., DFLAPA, FACPsa, in response to the deadly 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Volkan is currently President Emeritus of the International Dialogue Initiative (IDI) and the Senior Erik Erikson Scholar at the […]

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Reading Time: 6 minutes Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the word “deinstitutionalization” became a familiar term in America’s psychiatric world as per the government’s initiative to reduce the nation’s state psychiatric hospital population. The idea, supposedly, was to remove patients from inhumane conditions. What we ended up with, in many respects, was something even worse. Those with severe […]

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A woman looking up with snakes coming out of her head like Medusa.

Reading Time: 4 minutes In the 1990s, computers overtook us, humans, in chess. In the 2010s, technology smoked Jeopardy phenom Ken Jennings in trivia. Now, self-driving cars are delivering passengers more safely than they themselves do. Eventually, technology will surpass us in all the areas once considered accomplishable by human genius alone—but not yet. So, when it comes to […]

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A painting of a woman about to dive, and another woman mid-leap, watched by a group of three in the foreground.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Abuse Abuser – Audrey Michelle Once upon a time I felt the beauty of an entangled existence As another body coated my soul with the sweat of true acceptance It soaked into my needy pores Disease infected through its absorption Constantly intoxicated by new found spirituality You were my prince And I, sir Was your […]

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An abstract mainting with light colors and a figure representing a person in the foreground.

Reading Time: 4 minutes I was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) on April 26, 2007. I received one year of chemo and one month of radiation. Undergoing both treatments simultaneously was not easy. With chemo, I lost my hair. My appetite evaporated. It made me felt nauseous and would indeed cause me to throw up. When I was getting treated […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Our initiative has been going through a bit of an identity crisis and I don’t mean this in regard to our name recently changing from Healrs Network to Healers Magazine. I’m referring to our attitude toward mainstream healthcare and therein psychiatry especially. In order to explore our stance we decided to make the theme of […]

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