spirit & mysticism

Hearing Voices Groups In the Western MA Area

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 13:17

Freedom Center helped start Hearing Voices groups in the Western Massachusetts area and beyond - to find out more information, contact the Recovery Learning Community, which is actively involved with organizing Hearing Voices groups in the area. Thanks!


Hearing Voices groups are popular and fairly widespread in Europe, specially England. Hearing Voices groups do not pathologize the experience of hearing voices or experiencing other altered states, instead they ask the voice hearer: What do the voices mean to you? Join us for the first Hearing Voices group east of Wisconsin and share and get support from others with similar experiences! *Co-sponsored by the Center for Human
Development, RLC and the Freedom Center

12 Shades Of Snow

Submitted by admin on Mon, 12/22/2008 - 03:59



12 Shades of Snow

By Anne Onimous



I Dreamed A Dream That Was Bestowed

By Higher Beings In The Know

I Dreamed A Dream I Thought Was Fake

Until The Moment I Awake

My Sleep Drenched Eyes Gaze 'Pon This Place

As Pillows Nestle To My Face

My First Thought Of The New Day Springs

What Is Rainbow's End To Bring?



Like Sun O'Er Meadows Alone I Rise

And Float To Mirror's Familiar Eyes

A Glint Appears, A Light Turned On

A Day On Which To Shine Upon

I Twist A Loop Within My Hair

For Mirrror Knows Who Is Most Fair

Special Screening of "A Balancing Act" at the RLC Jan. 23!

Submitted by oryx on Fri, 01/18/2008 - 19:40

Recovery Learning Community to Screen “A Balancing Act”


Weekly Movie Night to Feature Local Filmmaker, Marc Israel



Meditation group

Submitted by chaya on Wed, 01/09/2008 - 21:03
New meditation group! Thursdays, 6-7pm, Quaker space, 43 center street, side entrance. All are welcome, free. Led by Chaya. Meditation followed by short sharing of gratitudes and spiritual inpiration. Co-sponsored by RLC.
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Buddhist Magazine Publishes on Retreat Discrimination

Submitted by admin on Wed, 06/20/2007 - 12:03

Download scanned version here.


Freedom To Sit: Welcoming People Labeled with Psychiatric Disabilities at Buddhist Retreats
by Will Hall

Turning Wheel: A Journal of Socially Engaged Buddhism, Publication of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship Summer 2007

(download pdf scanned version)

Freedom Center Audio 11-06: David Burns: Freedom Center Origins, Inner Work, Howard Hughes Syndrome

Freedom Center founding member and organizer David Burns discusses the early days of Freedom Center, when he worked as a "secret agent" on the streets and in a Northampton mental health residence, collecting information on psychiatric abuse for Freedom Center's human rights activist campaign. Dave also describes his life and experiences labeled "obsessive-compulsive disorder" from a spiritual and creative viewpoint, including the "inner work" he does.

Freedom Center audio: Drugging Our Distress? Rufus May at Mt. Holyoke College 11-13-06

Schizophrenia survivor and leading UK activist Rufus May talks about his experiences with madness and becoming a psychologist at the Mt. Holyoke college Freedom Center event.

Alternatives Conference Portland Oregon2006: Will Hall Trauma, Wildness, and Body Awareness

Drawing on Peter Levine, Hakomi, and Process-oriented psychology, Will Hall presents a short introduction to a body-oriented approach to healing emotional trauma. Also check out the attached trauma handout, below.

Freedom Center Audio 12-05: Arlene & Jean-Claude Audergon Process Work Psychology

Based In London, Arlene Audergon and Jean-Claude Audergons' Process Work approach, a spiritual and psychotherapeutic method developed by Jungian analyst and MIT-trained physicist Arnold Mindell, addresses extreme states and psychosis, addiction, conflict resolution, organizational development, creativity, dreams, and other human problems. This interview is an overview of Process Work with madness and psychiatric symptoms, including community work in mental facilities, and includes discussion on psych medication, suicide, and addiction. Check out www.processwork-audergon.com and www.rspopuk.com.