Join the production team for an informal festive film screening (bring your mulled wine!) of the first 2 of our film trilogy A Call to Awakening. A series of films, inspired by and made during the COVID-19 pandemic, about our times and how to navigate a changing world.
These short films are about our individual and collective awakening and how we can use crisis to awaken and find our calling in order to make the world a better place. They are made from the interviews of those who themselves have experienced transformation, and now work in fields from psychology to human rights and spiritual healing.
The first short film ‘THE AWAKENING’ is about how we can individually use this current crisis to awaken and transform.
The second short film ‘THE CALL’ is about how we can take that inner work and start to do the work outside, finding our purpose and working collectively together.
The evening will include an interactive discussion about these concepts with the opportunity for the audience to reflect, feedback and discuss ideas for the 3rd film;
At this time of global shift, layers are being removed left right and centre. There’s truth telling, there’s illness, there’s wild-desire for healing and peace. It’s clear that, collectively, the human race is OVER IT! Over pretending and keeping sh*z hidden in the shadows.
This is because it’s time. Time for the unravelling of the old and worn out. Time for the end of pretending that fear-based-living is okay. Time for the creation of the awesome, rainbow-lit world we came to make.
Are you sick of feeling tongue tied? Sick of being sick, of muffling emotion and being polite?
It’s time for your truth to out, my friend, and your power to fly.
We came here to realign – radically – with mother earth. And this magic requires ALL of you. The world needs your neck untangled, your belly flowing and your gut sending love signals to your brain.
You are a channel. Your body, your soul, your voice. And – as we live through this time of unravelling and rebuilding – we need your channel clear.
Yesss – there you are; knowing what you’re here to do, knowing how you want to do it, following what feels right to you, loving your breath, feeling vital and creating our new world.
So how? How to live this way? How to know your body’s impulses and let them flow? Well – I’m delighted to share that something’s coming which will support you to do just that.
There’s another realm that’s been created for you to spend time in, this November, within which you will hear and honour your body’s language. This is a realm where your felt sense, your truth and your joy come first. And, within which, you’ll effortlessly birth pieces of our new world.
Entering this realm is easy because – for five days only – it’s manifesting in the form of
This retreat was created by my dear friend and colleague Ellie Paskell who is a Somatic Soul Coach™, award winning actress and embodied revolutionary.
Cradle Your Body, Unleash Your Fire is unlike anything that’s come before. All sessions within it are curated to bring your body a delicious truth freeing experience. And, holding space for you are world renowned coaches, award winning artists and throat-freeing revolutionaries .Rest, dance, heal, play; soothe yourself to your next level of being. There’s somatic practices, music, performance and spine realigning discussion.
And as if all this wasn’t enough – the event is also wound with a world of story. Each day an episode of the story ‘Tabby’s Way’ will be available for you to hear so that, as you journey with your own body, you get to travel with Tabby who – like you – is finding new ways of being as the world shifts on its axis. Join her as she unwinds her being, frees her guts and, together, you’ll be co-creating our new world. ‘Tabbys Way’ has been written and performed by Ellie Paskell and I can’t wait for you to enjoy it.
It’s time, my friend. Time for a new way of being, healing and creating and I’m so excited for you to embrace this and sign up, free for Cradle Your Body, Unleash Your Fire:
“Back To Love shares and tells the story of my self-rediscovery, as well as psychological, spiritual, social and racial healing Journey, undertaken after experiencing, what was then in 1987 called, a Nervous Breakdown. This Mental health crisis – which I go on to more aptly reframe as a Spiritual Breakthrough – was brought on by a range of traumas experienced in childhood and triggered at that time in 1987 by a toxic relationship with my child’s father and a troubled relationship with food, namely Bulimia. This book offers hope and the message that: however ones life starts out, however the world tries to bury one in “statistic, ” that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and there’s THAT SOMETHING inside sooo strong that can help us make it through, begin again, and go on to live a mostly joyous, purposeful, wholehearted and complete life, according to how we choose to experience it.”
Denise is a 55 year old mother of 2 sons and an overjoyed grandmother of 4. She works as a Counsellor in a thriving Private Practice. She has a huge belief in the transformative power of creativity and learning & growing through the sharing of experiences. She is a lover of life who is passionate about mental health and well-being and raising awareness around it and negative impact of Adverse Childhood experiences.
When Denise became a mother at 18 years old, she promised herself that being a mother would be the new start she felt that her life needed at that time, having come out of a childhood which never truly got started. As a young mother she promised herself, and her new born child, that this would be his-and hers’-very best of starts. That decision changed her path and squarely placed her on the road of healing and self-rediscovery, an unfolding and maturation that continues in her life to date and is the subject of her autobiography book, Back 2Love.
Denise also keeps the following blog, sharing insperiences and thoughts on topics very close to her heart:
It’s 2020 – and we’re at a point of mind-fizzing transition on Earth.
Scary? Yes. Awesome? Absolutely.
At this time of global-unknown, a portal has opened; a portal through which we’ll step to create our New World.
It’s time. It’s exciting. And… how will we do it!? We cannot make this world with the level of thought that created the fear-based one we live in. To align with love, the Earth and to create a wondrous world, we must open to our felt-sense guidance.
It’s Time For The Body.
It’s time for your body; your felt sense; your true, inner yearnings to be given space, channeled through and allowed to take the lead!
Your body is your compass. She’ll tell you when, how and what to do in a way that feels good – feels right – and just happens to align with everything else in the natural world. This is how we’ll rebuild our world. This is how awesome your somatic (embodied) intelligence is. It’s your power compass for times of uncertainty.
Your body is your piece of the Earth; She speaks only with love, only with truth and only in alignment with Gaia.
Perhaps your body’s been giving you clear signals, already; maybe you live with an illness or there’s new emotions or energies present at this time. Maybe you simply need a new way to navigate.
So – how do you follow your inner whispers (or yells) when the world can be so loud, upside down and demanding?
Well – I’m delighted to share that something’s coming which will support you to do just that.
There’s another realm that’s been created for you to spend time in, this November, within which you will hear and honour your body’s language; a realm within which you’ll let go and effortlessly birth pieces of our new world.
Entering this realm is easy since – for five days – it’s manifesting in the form of:
This retreat was created by my dear friend and colleague Ellie Paskell who is a Somatic Soul Coach™, award winning actress and embodied revolutionary.
Ellie’s gathered over 30 of planet earth’s most magical somatic space holders to create this event for you. There’s world renowned coaches, award winning artists and throat-freeing revolutionaries – all together to create a deliciously new kind of a retreat. Rest, dance, heal, play; soothe yourself to your next level of being. Let your body choose which sessions to attend. There’s somatic practices, music and spine realigning discussion.
And as if all this wasn’t enough – the event is also wound with a world of story. Each day an episode of the story ‘Tabby’s Way’ will be available for you to hear so that, as you journey with your own body, you get to travel with Tabby who – like you – is finding new ways of being as the world shifts on its axis. Join her as she unwinds her body, frees her guts and, together, you’ll co-create pieces of our new world. ‘Tabbys Way’ has been written and performed by Ellie Paskell and I can’t wait for you to enjoy it.
It’s time, my friend. Time for a new way of living and creating and I’m so excited for you to embrace this and sign up, free for Cradle Your Body, Unleash Your Fire by following this link: https://www.cradlebodyunleashfire.com/ ]
Hi, my name is Nikita and I am a Trainee Counselling Psychologist. I have always been interested in the intersection between spirituality and mental health, and I am currently conducting my doctoral research on the topic.
My research question is “How are spiritual experiences constructed as mental health problems in therapy (or Mental Health Services) in the UK?”.
I feel that this is a very important area of work and research, not least to ensure representation within Mental Health services for all – from all backgrounds, faiths and belief systems. I am currently recruiting for participants
– Anyone over the age of 18 who has shared a spiritual experience with a GP, mental health professional or therapist in the UK and feels it was understood as a mental health problem.
– The commitment I am requesting for participation is a 90 minute online interview – which will be semi-structured and give the opportunity for the individual to share regarding their spiritual experience, and the experience of it being understood as a mental health problem.
– The spiritual experience shared does not have to have been the main or initial issue of concern that the GP, mental health professional or therapist was approached with
– The experience does not have to have happened in the UK, although the interaction with a mental health professional, therapist or GP must have occurred in the UK
Please email if you are interested in supporting this study by sharing your experience.
My Beautiful Psychosis: Opening the Doors of Perception
Don’t miss your glimpse into Emma’s world;
When I had my first episode of so-called psychosis, aged 27 years old, the psychiatrist wanted to know if I had heard voices. She wasn’t asking out of interest, but to confirm her diagnosis. When I told her that I had, she wrote something in her notes and didn’t ask any more about it. She didn’t want to know that the voice was positive. She didn’t want to know that I had only heard it once. She didn’t want to know that the voice seemed to come from behind me and not in my head. She didn’t want to know that it had helped me rather than disturb me. It had said, ‘You are beautiful.’ None of this was of interest to her. She was focused on confirming that she had made the correct diagnosis. She would then be able to rest in peace knowing it was another job well done. She may have made the right call according to her training but as one human being to another she had utterly failed me.
I have been given the diagnosis of bipolar, schizophrenia and even paranoid schizophrenia, depending on who I speak to. I am none of these things. I experience what the mental health services call psychosis, or cyclical psychosis to be precise. This does not mean I have a condition or an illness. It means I am particularly susceptible to my ego disintegrating and the doors of perception opening to a non-ordinary state of consciousness.
The perception of psychosis as being out of touch with reality is at best arrogant and at worst, false. For a start, there is no way of knowing what ‘reality’ actually is. It is something the brain constructs. Cats see everything blue and green but that does not make them deluded. It makes them better hunters. There is no reason why consensus reality of humans is any more real than cats. It is simply the one that humans have evolved to perceive in order to best function in our world. Perhaps there is another animal that sees reality more clearly than us.
An experiment shows that people with schizophrenia, the condition involving repeated psychoses, are actually able to perceive more accurately than so called normal people. It uses the Hollow Mask Illusion and involves identifying whether an image of a mask is concave or convex. All the participants with schizophrenia could distinguish between the two types of photos, whereas control volunteers without the condition were fooled 99 per cent of the time. ‘Normal’ perception is not something we can even trust as accurate.
During my own personal experiences of psychosis, I was able to see auras around objects and people, in real life and onscreen. I knew about certain traumatic events from childhood that I had repressed and forgotten. I saw a sparkler of light appear and form a figure of eight shape, the infinity sign, before disappearing again. I had memories from past lives play out with certain people around me. I could hear incongruent thoughts that people were thinking but denied so, which I thought was coming to me from their unconscious mind.
Even in times when I was not experiencing psychosis, I have had some unusual experiences that would be interpreted by our modern material reductionist view as not being real. I saw a golden ribbon of light come from my belly button and attach itself to the duster that I was holding. I have also felt the energy of spirits inside my body communicating to me how they had died, by taking the shape of the weapon that had killed them. Each time I acknowledged their death, they sent love into my heart as thanks before moving on. I have also communicated with dolphins, psychically. There is no way we can prove that any of this in not real. Unfortunately the onus is on me to prove that it is and that is not possible either.
To say a person is out of touch with reality is to ignore the validity of the reality that they are in touch with. This is not only disempowering, it fails to celebrate the journey that the person is on, albeit in their alternate reality. It is also, more tragically, a missed opportunity.
I have been able to study psychosis, first hand, as someone with a degree in psychology. I have also been a professional shiatsu therapist for 10 years, which has given me an eastern perspective through which to view my experiences. I now believe that psychosis is actually an attempt by the psyche to heal.
Psychosis comes from the Greek word for ‘psyche’ meaning soul and ‘osis’ meaning process. So it can be seen as a soul process. On the highest level, it is the soul attempting to return to wholeness. It does this by first moving the ego out of the way. The ego is an identity that is constructed by the mind in order to survive as a social species. It doesn’t exist per se, as a physical organ, like the brain. It is simply the mind’s created idea of who it thinks it is. The ego provides a useful function: making sure we behave in a socially acceptable way so that we’re not banished from the tribe and made vulnerable to predators. The ego helps us survive by taking care of ourselves as a separate body. If we were to remain like a baby, feeling oneness and bliss gazing into faces and eyes, we’re likely to walk across a busy road and get splattered. But when it comes to the health of the soul and the spirit, the ego is not only unnecessary, it can be an obstruction.
So once the ego is offline, the soul can take over. It can re-connect with Oneness, Bliss, Peace and Love. This is the point at which some people mistake their own Christ Consciousness for being the actual Jesus. Without the ego to remember who it thinks it is, mistakes like this are easy to make.
Next all of the repressed psychological material that the ego banished to the basement of the subconscious comes up to join the party. The love actually attracts it out of hiding. This psychological material needs to be fully digested in order to re-integrate rejected parts of the self that were treated by the ego as socially unacceptable. To fully digest it would be to accept and welcome it. When that happens, it no longer causes problems. To label these as symptoms is to miss a unique opportunity. Psychosis is a moment in time in which we have privileged access to our repressed nature. It therefore holds the potential for transformation, if we know what to do with it.
We can see it like a broken clock that doesn’t work because there is too much dirt in the mechanism. The mental health service puts the clock on the shelf labeled ‘damaged’ and gives it a little oil so it feels less bothered about the fact that it doesn’t work properly. But there is nothing wrong with the mechanism: it just needs a good clean. Psychiatry could and should be doing just that. I believe that psychosis makes the ego disintegrate for a very important reason: in order to access the dirt that is clogging up the mechanism. This dirt is the trauma from childhood and even further back. What if psychiatry were to help clean this out?
It’s time to tell a new story about psychosis. One that shows how it is process that holds within it the potential for transformation. My Beautiful Psychosis describes the process of 7 episodes of psychosis as I try to make sense of them. It is published by Aeon Books.