Global ‘Action Plan’ report document to be made available to show the impact of International #EmergingProud day…

What do we hope to achieve through the inaugural #EmergingProud day, and how? 


The overall aim is to create a safer society in which to openly talk about our ‘madness’, without the fear of recriminations. But where do we start?

With Open Space action- planning discussions happening in 10 countries, (to start with!) that’s how:

  • Each location will discuss the BIG QUESTION: “Rethinking Madness; How can we create a safer society in which to openly talk about our madness?
  • EVERY DELEGATE in EVERY country who would like to, will be invited to share their ideas in the Open Space marketplace – do you have a burning project idea to bring?
  • Then each idea raised will be discussed for the afternoon in smaller groups, with those people who share the passion to act on that topic.
  • At the end of the day ‘Action plans’ will be created, and each country will call in LIVE to the host hub, LONDON, UK, to feedback on their outcomes
  • After the event, my ISEN colleague Rozalia and I will collate all of the Action Plans from all of the events and create an INTERNATIONAL OUTCOMES REPORT which will be made freely available online.
  • We’ll then follow – up with all country Reps 3 months later to see what is unfolding, to ensure things are carried forwards.

This is the start of a movement; not a one- off event!

Can’t make any of the launch event locations around the world? Why not host your own premier screening and discussion, alongside the 10 countries taking part in the 12th May celebrations, and feedback the action points from your group into our International Report?

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT HOW – It’s very simple!

Only together, can we create a better world….


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After an initial breakdown, #EmergingProud the Film is now set to breakthrough, as it premiers in 10 countries on 12th May 2017

In November 2016 the Indiegogo campaign I ran to make the #EmergingProud campaign and film was a complete flop. Looking back I’m not surprised; I suppose it was kind of incredulous that someone who had no idea about film- making or social movements could make a film about one in 6 months. I needed to raise at least £8,000 to make it happen. I raised £1,200.

I sat on the bed in my Spanish rental studio and sobbed. I felt like a failure, and had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with my life next. I felt so alone.

Someone commented on the campaign video that I should go to prison for taking money from vulnerable people. I felt very vulnerable.

But the fire in my belly wouldn’t let me stop. I’d come this far; there was no flipping way I was about to give up now. People were dying, and if I didn’t do this I might as well be dead…

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And so I borrowed £5000 and pretty much became a recluse for the next 4 months; shut away in the Spanish mountains listening to my intuition, recording interviews and working mostly 12 – 14 hour days.

I lived on 50€ a week.

The campaign happened.

I made the film.

And the best part of it was, that I connected with some of the most beautifully brave and giving people all over the world…

Those who have #EmergedProud in support of creating a safer society in which we can talk about extreme human experiences and mental distress, it’s YOU who kept the fire in my belly burning, and could help prevent people from suicide, and I’ll be forever grateful ❤

People donated art.

People donated music.

People volunteered to transcribe the interviews.

People gave their time, expertise; anything they could to make this happen.

It was a labour of love for us all, born from pain, passion and determination. But most of all, born through beautiful, authentic and soulful vulnerability:

“This is more than a movie, this is a movement! A new paradigm of mental health and human awareness is emerging and these are some of the pioneering voices heralding that change. I watched the Emerging Proud film with tears in my eyes thinking of the lives that will be saved and of the possibilities and gifts made available when human transformation is managed well. And this is just the beginning…..” – Kimberley Jones, UK.

None of us can create change alone, this is time to come together … join us at the host event in London on 12th May for the international launch, and let’s start to BE the change we wish to see in the world.


The other day I felt an unfamiliar feeling, I think it might be pride.

I am #EmergingProud…

Katie ❤

Change the world

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*Research Participants Needed* for Kings College, Medical Research Council funded, study into the importance of ‘social safeness’ when sharing ‘#Emergence’ experiences

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The #EmergingProud campaign aims to create a safer society in which to share anomalous experiences. 

This Kings College London study aims to explore relationships between social factors and anomalous experiences, like changes in perception, spiritual-type experiences, hearing voices, or extrasensory communications.

Many people describe having anomalous experiences. For some these experiences have a negative impact on their life and result in input from mental health services. For others, these experiences have a positive impact and can be life-enriching. This research aims to explore the protective social factors that might enable people to integrate their experiences in a helpful way. We would like to recruit people who have recently accessed a support network for spiritual crisis/emergence. For this study, it is not important how you describe or explain your own experiences, but if you have look for support through a spiritual network, then we would love to hear from you.

Taking part will involve meeting with the researcher, either in person or via Skype, to discuss your experiences. This will last about 1 hour, including a short interview about your experiences and some questionnaires about, e.g., how you see yourself in relation to others. We are able to offer you £15 remuneration for your time. If you are eligible to also participate in the online follow-up part of the study, we will be able to offer you a further £10 for each assessment point, so a maximum of £35 for all three assessment points (0, 3, and 6 months).



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From a diagnosis of psychosis, to a Masters research thesis in Communication and Health Promotion on the #EmergingProud campaign…

Hear Anne- Kirstine Klitmark bare her soul to talk about how the crises experienced in her own life led her to focus on the #EmergingProud campaign for her Master research Thesis in Communication and Health Promotion in Denmark:

We’re only 6 months in to the campaign and already there is an international research study taking place – I am overwhelmed with the support happening around the globe for this movement. It’s with huge gratitude to Anne- Kirstine for speaking out about her own experiences and grounding the stories of everyone who has #EmergedProud so far in theoretical science ❤

Anne- Kirstine’s Study biography:

International Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Health Promotion

Master program in Communication and Health Promotion

I have done an internship in Health Promotion at Ignatius Healing Center

in Denmark studying spiritual healing.

I did a Master program study abroad semester in Communication at RMIT University

in Melbourne, Australia following a journey through Australia to

experience my connection with the Aboriginal people.

Currently writing my Master Thesis in Communication and Health Promotion

about the spiritual phenomenon. A transformation perspective study of the

stories in the #Emergingproud leading to a critical perspective on diagnose and mental

illness. An optimistic approach to see mental distress/crisis as a catalyst for healing


Anne- Kirstine gives a written account of her journey to this day:

I was born into a family of love. As far back as I can remember, I always felt that there is more than meets the eye. When I was 9 years old I decided to get baptised as I felt a presence of divinity.

In 2008 at age 22, I fell into a crisis in my former relationship and within myself. I found myself in a severe state of anxiety and was trying to pick up all the pieces that had been the catalyst of it and make sense of what was going on. At first I did not find the help I needed in a coach that I felt did not have the sensitivity to meet and understand what I was going through. A clairvoyant and psychotherapist on the other hand, helped me look into the trauma I had come in contact with and I started a healing process. However, it did not take me out of the severe state of anxiety and I considered to be hospitalized. My mother drove me to the facility, but when we parked in front of it a clarity and calmness came over me and I decided to turn around. I got my hands on the book by Eckhart Tolle “The Power of Now”. He told his story from severe depression and suicidal thought to a spiritual awakening. I remember thinking “This cannot happen to me”, but somewhere in a profound place inside me, I hoped for it to be possible. I went to a meditation evening with a Shaman, an ancient healing practice. He spoke about spiritual animals and asked us to lay down for a mediation to let our spiritual animal come to us. I was shown a deer running in zig-zag through the forest and that woke me up from the state of anxiety I was in. I came into a state of the now and deep peace. Tears were running down my face and I started to release all emotions that came to the surface. Afterwards, I felt so peaceful and had a vision of sitting on a mountain top and of moving into an apartment that had white walls and a wooden Buddha standing there.

I decided to reconcile and move back with my boyfriend and started a process with a psychologist to talk through the traumatic memories I had come in contact with during the state of anxiety and other things that were currently happening in my life. The whole experience had sparked the need to find a direction of study that was true for me. I was in the beginning of my International Bachelor of Arts and soon had to decide my specialisation. I first took some time off study to do another short 6-month education as a campaign organiser, to promote awareness around the problems concerning climate change and one year after that I travelled to East Africa. I also worked full-time as a fundraiser for different organisations. Through all my experiences and because of how I was working on healing and transforming my life, I decided that I wanted to specialise in Communication and Health Promotion.

Despite my profound experiences and my early feeling that there is more than meets the eye, I was sceptical of my mother sharing her spiritual experiences and also because of emotional challenges between us at that time that had not been healed.

In 2012, I went through a hard period with my former boyfriend again. In the late summer 2012, I went to a funeral of my mother’s friend, and on the way there my mother told me she had been in contact with the spirit of the deceased. It scared me because, it at that time challenged my own understanding of life. Everything accumulated and from one day to another I had a breakdown. I was thrown into a state of anxiety that made me feel that I had died of trauma. I fell in contact with traumas of this life-time, but also past lives.

I left my former boyfriend and stopped all contact to stay at my parent’s place. I could only get up to walk, eat, write and read spiritual books. That was the one thing that could bring any peace in the state I was in. I also went to different kinds of alternative treatments that helped a bit each time. I remember a woman I went to, that said I was going through a spiritual transformation, “the dark night of the soul”, and some part of me knew it, but my mind was like, what is going on with me and how can I fix this? My former doctor said I had a psychosis, but it did not resonate within me.

At the darkest hour of this experience I was suddenly surrounded with an enveloping unconditional love that filled up my being, it felt like the energy of God, a love with no limits. However, I was thrown back to the state of anxiety again and I had unwanted suicidal thoughts. I went to a new doctor because the former doctor I had couldn’t see me only diagnosing it as a psychosis. My new doctor had grown up with alternative treatments. I felt seen by him and not from a diagnostic perspective. However, he could not help me at this point where I was and I was hospitalized for a month, given the diagnosis of a severe depression. I was received by a nurse, and she came into the room and saw the only book lying on my table, an angle diary by Doreen Virtue, to which she responded, “I have that book too. I read it for my children”.

I did not tell anyone of my spiritual experiences because I felt they would not understand, maybe I could have told her about it, but at that time I didn’t know whether she would understand so I kept silent. I was given medication, but quickly said I wanted to get off anti-psychotics and was placed only on anti-depressants. The time being there I felt love emanating from my soul to the people in the hospital. The presence of love I felt at my darkest hour was now working through me for others around me. Slowly I was getting better. I talked to a psychologist while I was hospitalized. I told him how what I felt emotionally, I sensed in my body too. He looked at me and said with a frustration that resonated from within him, “Nobody understands that here.” In the hospital facility the mind and body indeed felt separated in the way that they treated people. They seemed like two separate realms. Medication was given to balance the mind, and exercise was given to the body. A spiritual dimension was out of sight. At some point in the month I was there the voice of my intuition pulled through with the words, “What you need is healing”. I was released from the hospital and was left with the following words from the nurse I was received by: “While you have been here, I have been reading the angel book more for my children. Maybe some people think it is crazy, but we believe in it”.  I then truly felt she sensed the spiritual dimension and she saw my soul.

Not long after being out of hospital my mother found access to a documentary called “Healing” showing a healing place in Brazil founded by the healer, Joäo Texiera de Faria. He is a healing medium to the spirit world. While watching it, something profound happened. Love started streaming through my body, dissolving the anxiety I felt and I then knew in my heart I had to go to Brazil.

In the meantime, I attended a healing weekend at Ignatius healing Center in Jutland, and departed with them on a healing retreat to Montserrat in Spain. I felt profound healing and started to be rooted in my spiritual transformation. My intuition was now speaking loud and clear; I knew from that day I was to follow that voice within my heart. These words came from my soul when I was there:

Everything we experience is maybe not meant to be,

But it is meant to be for us to follow our intuition,

Because that is the truth about ourselves,

What is right and wrong for us, good and bad.

This is where the trust, love and safety within us

Is to be found, because that is the voice from our soul.

If we because of mental patterns, pain, fear or things

Out of our control making us not to follow or enable to

Follow our inner voice, we can eventually go through

The deepest darkness you ever imagine.

And here one thing is for sure, and to be remembered,

Which is that we are meant for light, because we were

all born in a bright light and there is always a guide in us

To return to it. To our path in life, to our inner truth,

Out of chaos and back to the voice of our soul.

While I was in Monserrat I bought myself a Buddha made of wood that I found in a small shop.

I went to Brazil and lived there for 3 months. The first month my mother was there too and it was a month that was deeply healing for our relationship.

The vision I had of sitting meditating on a mountain top became true there. While I was there the connection to my own soul and the spirit world expanded. Healing came naturally. One of my greatest insights was when I found myself asking the question, why do we judge? When we stop judging anything, everything starts to flow naturally. I could sit with any emotions and let it flow through me. I learned and experienced to surrender to the divine within and allow nature. I experienced freedom coming from embracing it all and knowing love from within.

At my return to Denmark in the summer of 2013 I moved to Jutland and became an intern at the Ignatius Healing Centre (IHC) in Denmark. I moved into a bright white room where I placed my wooden Buddha. The vision I had 4 years before had come true. I finished my work there with an internship report about spiritual healing for my first semester on my Master’s program in Health Promotion. I continued working as a volunteer at IHC until the end of 2014 and in the beginning of 2015, I moved to Australia to study communication at RMIT University in Melbourne. I travelled through Australia to get a deeper understanding of the history, livelihood and the healing tradition of the Aboriginal people. The journey made me feel deeply connected to the land and nature. Then back in Denmark a year later I started to research for my thesis wanting to write about the Aboriginal people, but then I found my way to the ‘#EmergingProud campaign’, embracing spiritual experiences of people all around the world. Katie’s vision of mending the gap between psychiatry and spirituality fell into my story. I knew this was the direction that my thesis needed to take, to be able to study the spiritual phenomenon worldwide and within the framework of Health Communication as the role of spirituality in health is in its infancy to be collectively understood.

While writing my thesis I have attended a spiritual ceremony. Under the ceremony I noticed that a figure of one animal was standing in the ceremony decoration: A deer. Taking me back to my first spiritual experience in 2008, with my spirit animal presented as a deer. I now feel that I am ending a circle in my own life with the writing of this thesis and a new door will be possible to open.

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#EmergingProud forges links in Uganda


Supported by the BUTABIKA RECOVERY COLLEGE and initiated by the Founder of HEARTSOUNDS, Joseph Atukunda, plans for the #EmergingProud launch event are underway in Uganda, Africa. It is important that #EmergingProud is transcultural, and thanks to support from Dr Nakku and Recovery College staff, an agreement has been made for an inclusive event.

Joseph says:

“We have been donated £200 which will help to transport and feed 25 mental health service users for the day. We plan to have the service users come in the morning at 8:00am, have breakfast, have a peer support meeting, share stories, have lunch at 12:00 noon and the service providers and the rest of the public will join us in the afternoon. At 2:00pm, we explore aproaches of more holistic ways of handling mental health treatment that is more comfortable for all.  The film screening will be from 4:00pm, then karaoke entertainment and celebration in the evening. People will be free to leave at their own convenience and some who have time and safe transport means will stay until the time we report our outcomes from the afternoon to London through the internet at 7:20pm local time.”

The event coordinator is Bongo Guma Rutahigwa Ruhinda, and can be contacted via email: or Facebook or phone +256700256700, +256771895895

Venue for the day is:

Heartsounds Guest House,

Ave Maria Rd,


P.O.Box 30221 Kampala

Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.
—Richard Wright, NATIVE SON (1940)

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Susie from Arizona has a message for everyone; “The thing about awakening is that it cannot be stopped. Your awakening is more important than anyone’s confusion or fear about you.”

Susie Beiler from Sedona in Arizona had been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome  and was deplete of energy when she woke up to another reality; the reality that she has lived by for the past 12 years, learning to heal and embody love…

Susie tells her story:

I grew up Mennonite, a conservative sect of the Christian religion. In one respect, my upbringing gave me a strong foundation for my spirituality, but in another, it oppressed me, leading to illness and anxiety. On December 13th, 2004, I had a miraculous awakening experience. I was on the acupuncture table and suddenly I knew that my diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was no longer relevant. I was completely healed. That moment changed everything for me. I set out to heal every aspect of myself on deeper levels. It has been a long, intense journey. Many gut-wrenching tears have been shed. I have rewired my brain after nine years of taking Prozac. Had I not had the proper support, I may have thought I was crazy. Well, truthfully, I did have a few moments…

For me, emerging is an ongoing experience. In 2015, I began to spontaneously channel Prime Creator. If my family hadn’t thought I was crazy before, they certainly did now. The thing about emerging though, is that it cannot be stopped. For the past 12 years, I have remembered more about who I am, more about my spiritual nature beyond my humanity. I am always pushing the boundaries about how I share myself and my spirituality. What was hidden a year ago, is now readily available for the world to see. I believe in transparency, in sharing my gifts in a visible way, in being vulnerable. My soul mission is to restore earth to her original condition as heaven. If I’m a leader, I lead by example. Nothing is hidden in “higher dimensions”. This means that if I want to live on a planet where there are no secrets, I keep none from myself and I share the deepest, most raw parts of myself with my community. This is what is needed as we emerge together- openness, honesty, vulnerability, mutual support, and willingness to leave the womb and expose ourselves.

While I had a legendary “light-bulb moment” in 2004, the true story of my awakening and emergence unfolds in each day, in each moment, in each choice I make to hide or to emerge. It’s not easy to have a Christian family that doesn’t understand me, but my mission is greater than their fears. I will not suppress myself to fit in their box for their ease. I don’t like that they are scared for my soul, but I refuse let the fears another stop me or slow me down.

Can I inspire you to emerge no matter what? Yes? It does not matter what other people think about you or how they feel about your awakening. You may be misunderstood and even judged. Your awakening is more important than anyone’s confusion or fear about you. Will you share your Light with the world? Yes? Then I have done my job. Thank you for receiving.

Create Heaven on Earth with me!

Susie Beiler




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‘Rethinking Madness: An Integral Vision’ Sean and Ligia share their #EmergingProud plans for Brazil

People are working their socks off behind the scenes to make the 12th May a success all over the world. Sean Blackwell and his wife Ligia Splendore have really gone all out and are hosting a 2-day event; the first at the State Chambers and the second at the largest psychiatric hospital in Sao Paolo! Sean says what you can expect from their event…

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“We will have a live panel of people speaking about their #EmergingProud experiences at the event. In addition, we’ll be screening the CRAZYWISE film with Portuguese subtitles and I’ll be sharing David Lukoff’s story on the professional’s focused day, day 2.

We have three people involved here (Ligia, Manuel and Cris Barros) that are experienced at giving weekend courses in transpersonal psychology. So our day is largely being guided by their experience in working with Brazilians in large groups. Our days are educational in focus, as this subject area will be quite new to most of our audience. We will meet with resistance, no doubt. But, there will be plenty of time for discussion and exchange of ideas for carrying forwards…

We have representation from University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo Psychiatric Hospital, a shamanic teacher from another university, as well as the state psychological organization (CRP)  and the major transpersonal associations (ALUBRAT). The room for the first night has been given to us free by the City of Sao Paulo, it’s in the state chambers. Day 2 takes place as the SP Psychiatric Hosptial. So….we’re gettin’ political down here! We really couldn’t access more high profile, influential people and organizations here in Brazil.”


With huge thanks to Sean and Ligia for all of their hard work and dedication to organising such a dynamic, inclusive event; we look forward to hearing all about it on the harvest call- in to London!

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