This page features articles that examine the difference between mental health "symptoms" as understood in the West and the way these experiences are understood from the perspective of traditional healing and ancient wisdom.

Thanks to the undying support and love of one of my main spiritual mentors, Kathleen Maier, I had the opportunity to study for 3 days with a very advanced spiritual teacher -  Sobunfu Some.  She was married to the famous teacher and mystic, Malidoma Patrice Some, whose book changed the course of my life.   Maliodoma Patrice Some was born in a Dagara Village, however he was soon to be abducted to a Jesuit school, where he remained for the next fifteen years, being harshly indoctrinated into strict and rigid European ways of thought and worship. The story tells of his return to his people, his hard initiation back into his community which led to his desire to convey their knowledge to the world. Of Water and the Spirit is the result of that desire; it is a sharing of living African traditions, offered in compassion for those struggling with our contemporary crisis of the spirit.

Teacher Sobunfu traveled the world teaching Westerns how to grieve. Through ritual, ceremony and discussion, we learned that oftentimes those of us who came into a family to transform trauma are the ones who are often cast as "mentally ill."

Oftentimes, we are lightworkers, highly sensitive people who feel the trauma energy in our family and often carry it for the family.  Since we do not operate the way that others do and because we are truth-tellers, our very existence can be very threatening to our families.  The situation that I just described is a social phenomena of our times.

If you do not fit in with the norm, have always known you are a healer, I suggest three things to you:

  1.  Read my article: 7 Signs that you may be a Healer 
  2. Read the below articles
  3. Make a vow to yourself that you will take back your own truth of who you are - that you will trust your heart and your inner knowing about who you are and what you came here to do;


The Shamanic View of Mental Illness - by Jayson Gaddis

Rethinking Mental Illness:  Are we Drugging our Prophets and Healers? - Published on High Existence and (I have not been able to identify an author for this important article)