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In traditional, indigenous societies many of the symptoms we associate with mental illness, from depression through to psychosis, were often viewed as a sign that a person was being marked out and called by ‘the spirits’ to a life as a shaman or medicine person.
This talk will explore whether it is possible, or beneficial, to approach mental illness from such a psycho spiritual perspective in a society that doesn’t value the spiritual conditions that give rise to sickness and is stuck in bio-chemical causation model. Asking questions such as what if some of the symptoms we deem pathological, are actually intimations of, or initiations to, a greater level of consciousness?
This will be done without romanticising the real pain that mental illness can cause and will also explore when a spiritual causation approach may be useful and when it may not.
Jimmie Read is a Shamanic Practitioner, trained in Reiki, who assists people in understanding the relevance of Shamanism in the modern world.
As a personal trainer and lifestyle coach in Singapore, she has been enabling women and also helping people with their personal growth in work, social and spiritual life.