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Daniel, Have you seen the video yet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BX6WTL88j4
I received your documentary \"Open Dialogue\". Watched it today. Very intriguing to see how those family therapists and doctors are baffled by your question \"are you personally at risk by not medicating?\" The only thing that is missing from the film is to interview some policy makers at the municipality level or perhaps the next-higher-up level of governance.
Hi All -- thanks for commenting. John -- I\'m actually in Melbourne right now, and I\'ll write you a backchannel email. wishing you the best, Daniel
Hi Daniel, are you coming to Melbourne, Australia this month? Cheers!
Hi Daniel, I am currently reading your book Toward Truth. It makes REAL sense. My whole life I have been existing through eyes of dissociation. A horrible never ending hell of nothingness if it wasn\'t for a brief collapse of the false self I was convinced that this existence was reality. The veil of illusion lifted I finally could SEE for the first time in my life. The internal voice was gone everything was in 3d. I felt true feelings not pretended ones. I was a part of everything . Next day it was gone hell returned I wanted to commit suicide as a result of this. One day of true living in 3 decades of living?. Your book is revolutionary. How separate I am from myself a walking zombie damaged a monster. The ego reminds me incessantly. An optimal life of a human is living thru the true self.
Just found your website having been reading Alice Miller for some time. Thank you.
Finding the road back to liberation from suffering is no mean feat, but once achieved i can see the individual can bring so much hope and love to many others. Its a life time work. Your clip on healing suffering shows much wisdom. How refreshing to see someone who is prepared to do the ultimate in hard work to be real and stay real. A message of hope. When i became a mother and watched that process of control unfold from all the adults around my children and even observing my own behavior, i know this negatively effected my children\'s unique spirit - my intuition knew what was right but circumstances impact us more profoundly than we can ever predict.
Daniel, I am so glad to have been able to buy all four of your DVD\'s. You are doing good work and are a true inspiration. I am glad to have found your blog - I just read some of your writings about dreamwork and agree - I have done minimal dreamwork but find it fascinating. Dreams can be one way to deepen our understanding of ourselves. I have found miraculous physical and emotional healing through nutrition, supplementation, Energy Medicine and Energy Psychology, and feel truly blessed in that sense. It is something I want to share with the entire world, but unfortunately, there are those who just don\'t want to believe that if it isn\'t in the form of an FDA approved prescription, it can\'t possibly work. How frustrating!! Thanks again.
Hi everyone! I\'ve been responding to these guestbook messages backchannel. Thanks for posting!! all the best to you-------- Daniel
Hello Daniel, how are you? I am sorry,but my sister ordered the wrong DVD without german Subtitles,could she send you the DVD back? And trade it to a DVD with german Subtitles? It would be nice. The name of the DVD is \"Take these broken wings\". Greetings, Alex
Your site is amazing.I would like some input from you on my troubled relationship with my mother,and I love the work you have here.I left most details on a comment under \"good enough mother\" blog entry.I would appreciate at least your thoughts on my situation.Anyways,thank you for the remarkable work.
Hey Daniel, I tried ordering the 4 DVDs from the DVD page but couldn\'t get the purchase to go through. Wanted to see if you were having problems with paypal or anything. I can also send a check. Lemme know what the best way is, thanks! j
hi, Daniel, My name is Katie Kach, im a kinesiologist, soul therapist, painter and poet from Slovenia. I read your articles and watched your videos and fully agree that medication is no solution to mental and soul problems and only helps in supressing the real roots of the pain that always originate in ones childhood. I studied all the books by Alice Miller and widened my understanding of the effects of child trauma and abuse early on in ones life experience. I have been a healer for 20 years and specialize in cutting the ties with parents and significant others. I feel that in case of severe mental illnesses and personality disorders no other system that i use for healing has had more beneficial results than energetically and vibrationally clearing the energies between child and parent, so that all negative and deeply supressed emotions can be cleared and karmic patterns released as well. I was abused as a child by both parents and luckily i had a compassionate witness ,my grandparents living with us till i was 5 years old, that is perhaps the reason im not in some mental institution now, but it took me decades to heal my own pain and feelings of guilt, low self worth and other problems including depression, perfectionism and self harm which in my case was subconsciously brought on ( broken bones, accidents, vicious attacks by others causing me serious harm, plane accident, severe mold poisoning that almost killed me and took a year to recover from, etc.) I lived in London for ten years and studied healing, energy medicine,kinesiology, Psychology of Vision,Diet and nutrition, Spiritual response therapy and i hold ITEC Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology. As a healer i have developed my own healing methods over the years and have been most successful in helping peope heal from childhood traumas and psychological illnesses, partly i attribute this to high sensitivity i have developed as a child to help me survive, i have studied Mediumship at the College of Psychic studies in London and am a professional medium also, but i feel that the main ingredient in my being able to assist effectively in healing journeys of my clients comes from deep compassion and understanding of the level and causes of their pain and is a result of my personal suffering. I have a strong desire to help others find solutions quicker than i did. I was so ill during period of my life in London that my marriage broke down and i was unable to walk a flight of stairs for years due to chronic fatigue syndrome and severe yeast infection.Then i embarked on an innr healing and spiritual journey and studied alternative methods of healing and that changed my life(i was an english teacher and art historian by original education from Slovenia). My CV and other details about me and my work can be found on my blog which i do not use for communicating with people but more as a bit of initial information about my work, energy paiting and spiritual poetry. If you would like to write to me and exchange experience and ideas it is best you write to my email address and i will be very happy to return any emails. Thank you for all that you have been doing to heal self and others. I see immense value in that effort and from my heart i wish you love, joy, freedom and creativity. Much love, Katie
Hi Daniel, i thank you for your work in looking for cures for mental illnes without any medications. My sister has been at the hospital for schyzofrenia, just 1 month ago. i\'m sure this desease has causes in the childhood, and not (only) in biological system of anyone of us. Hope science grows up in resolving mental illnes just with psychology! tahnk you.
Dear Daniel, thank you so much for sharing your valuable experiences! Like many others here, i also found a lot of things i could relate to in your story. What an intriguing and interesting journey this Life is! Though i have to say that there is something that is deeply bothering me in your approach. The way you manifest about breaking up with your parents almost gives me the feeling that you will never obtain the goal of your journey, your final peace of mind, until you turn back to actually face your past instead of trying to seemingly block your parents of your life. I say seemingly because you seem to be processing them a lot and even working on a book about them, so this is clearly THE topic on the agenda of your inner journey at this stage. You say: * * * It’s about the subject of breaking up with one’s parents. (...) I think it will be groundbreaking, because I don’t know any other books that address this subject in remotely as much emotional depth and intensity. * * * Does \"emotional depth and intensity\" here mean the same as bitterness about your past? For me these strong emotions are a sign that you still identify yourself strongly with your feelings of bitterness and your role as a victim. As long as you do that you will not be free. I have always understood that the way to Enlightenment goes through Compassion, Love and Forgiveness. How about trying something different, a true journey inwards with the aim of letting go of the past and giving up the role of a victim and the hatred and bitterness towards your parents? Would it be possible to find a way to accept and live with the past, to cherish all the good things that your parents have given you, and even the seemingly not-so-good things they gave you at least lead you to an interesting journey and career path so in my opinion that is something to be sincerely grateful, too. I am saying all this (maybe with a slightly provocative tone) because for years and years i was also on a constant inner battle against my parents. For my own well-being i am extremely happy to have let it go, to have been able to accept the past, to forgive them their lack of perfection and to move on. It´s still not always easy with my parents but a lot easier than before. Keeping my parents in my life, facing them with all their imperfections, provides still valuable lessons for my inner journey and forces me to handle my own traumas, a process that i am grateful for. I do not want to escape the problems but to face them, to learn and to develop. I want to keep my parents at a certain distance (i have chosen to live far away) but still have good terms with them WHILE they are still alive. There will be a day when it´s too late to talk to them. Perhaps that is the way Mother Nature has designed it, a natural break-up is inevitable anyways when our parents will die sooner or later. All the best for you, Daniel!! * * * Love and Light * * * Heli
Hi Daniel, your website and truth has had a profound impact on me. The other day my wife brought home the book \"The Body Never Lies\" by Alice Miller. I\'d never known of her before and upon looking her up online I came across your review of one of her books which is how I happened upon your website. Thank you for your courage to self heal and your transparency in your writings. This site has been hugely grounding and enlivening to my soul. The truth found here regarding the insidiousness of the parental dynamic makes sense to me on gut level and resonates in every way with my personal philosophy and life journey. The stance you take with regards to having children prior to fully healing is the exact reason I got a vasectomy prior to marrying my wife (though I wasn\'t fully aware at the time). Your the first voice of reason I\'ve heard that has made that decision of mine not seem so crazy afterall. Your also the first voice of reason that resonates with the truth of my soul that I\'ve always know to be true from the beginning but had been conditioned to deny because my very survival depended on it as a child. At 17 yrs of age I was involved in a form of chi gung, a kind of breathwork. I began to experience my true Self again but also began to prematurely awake to the traumas of my child within. It was overwhelming and I went through a nervous breakdown as a result. Because I was living at home with the perpetrators of the trauma, the twisted power plays and manipulation kicked into full gear. The pain of the trauma became a literal living hell to me that my parents took full advantage of to further their manipulative and sick agenda. They in essence made it very clear to me that my real Self was not welcome in the family and only the charade of denial and self hate would be adequate if I were to be welcome or accepted. It is so wild to me now to see the role I played in my family as the proverbial dumping ground. I was coerced into wearing a cloak of shame that perpetuated itself because it was the only way I knew to be. I\'m 37yrs old now and have gone through extensive psychotherapy and bodywork over the last 7yrs. I\'m on a healing journey but only because I\'ve learned it\'s ok to have permission to call bull shit on the cult of family; to grieve and process the pain of the deepest, most wounded parts of myself. Learning to feel acceptance and what real love actually is. The Spirit in me Is Unconditional Love! Your message, Daniel, has been a windfall for me because it deftly summarizes what my instincts and heart have been trying to tell me all along. I feel permission to feel more fully now in ways that just weren\'t being accessed before because of the limitations of therapy (and limitations of the therapist). Your message to \'go inside, take back what is yours, mourn and grieve over the evil that was done to you and alas deliverance will begin to unfold\' is the most damn refreshing thing my heart has taken hold of since my healing as an adult had started it\'s course. This tiny shift of pointing out the real root of all insecurity and realizing to what extent the motives of my parents were, has been a windfall for me. It\'s brought clarity of mind and continuity to my philosophy that had been, up until 6 days ago, still rather fractured and segmented, despite how far I thought I\'d come. My deepest appreciation and gratitude extends from my heart to you, brother.
I resonate deeply with your thoughts presented on your videos. I have found a great deal of value in reading Alice Miller also. I find it so refreshing that you can critique her humanness, which does not minimize her ideas at all. I have noticed similarities with other authors that I greatly value. My one question is: what do you think of regression therapy? I know Alice Miller seems to support it at one point and then maybe reversed her support. Do you have any thoughts that might be helpful as I explore it? Thanks so much, Brad.
Hi, I was wondering about something. Great work by the way with this site, espescially the psycological reasons to bag on this site, as soon as I saw the humor one I couldn\'t help but laugh X) anyway I stuck around because I thought it would be intringuing to take some of this advice. So about the dream analysis concept, will recording these dreams improve my focus in life, will it make me smarter as a person and open up more cognotive ablilities, I might not have considered buring all that emotion as I grew up and what not?
Hello! I\'ve been reading your web site for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Austin Texas! Just wanted to tell you keep up the excellent job!
Dear Daniel I want to thank you very much for your helping me to heal through your writing and your videos. It so beautiful to see that there are so smart and honest people like you. I\'m older than you (I\'m 50) but I feel you\'re much wiser than me and i hope I can learn more from you. Sorry for my very simple English, I\'m Italian speaking.
I am so glad to now know, that in a world we live in now, still can have some people like yourself, to stand up and fight against the pure cruelty of \"modern\" psychiatry.
Hi Daniel I included a link to our you tube channel on m site if thats ok , really its just films I find interesting, I heard your interview on madness radio ..which is excellent ..I\'m making a documentary about a bipolar rd trip across USA at the moment some clips of my work are through www.moonblue.org good luck joe
I just watched Open Dialogue. My main question is what happens if the family is abusive to the patient or the patient is abusive to the family. These are major questions in the American mental health system. Is everyone just nicer in Western Lapland, so that there are no abusive people? Or does Open Dialogue have a way of dealing with abuse? Please email me with your response, or post it so I can read it. Thanks, Charles Feldman from RI.
Oh Daniel, who are you and where did you come from. The wisdom you impart to others on your videos has been invaluable to me. I\'m on my journey from broken to enlightment right now (at 52 years old). I\'m probably entering stage 2 right now...the painful part. You have such a soothing way about you. Each and everything you talk about resonates with me. I will be definitely seeking out all of your works as I progress through my journey to wholeness. I also wanted to tell you that if you ever need some excellent research material, I believe the family I come from and the intensity of the childhood neglect that me and my 12 siblings suffered is a unique and exaggerrated version of all the issue you talk about. Now we are all middle aged and no one escaped the damage, but it manifests in many ways. My family is very broken....it\'s so sad. I\'m at a point right now where I\'m in the process of distancing myself from my mother and most of my siblings in order to protect myself from the on going abuse and hopefully to eventually find the enlightenment you speak of so eloquently. Thanks Daniel Mackler!
Daniel, I want to purchase a private use copy of Coming Off Psych Meds. I tried to order and the only option was PayPal and this option doesn\'t work for me. Can I pay with VISA? I don\'t find any \"contact\" information for you other than this guest book page. I\'m leaving my e-mail address and you can respond directly to me. Thank you. I am a psychiatric survivor. More about my work at www.maryvanpelt.com WPDpZ
Hello Daniel, I am Hiroyuki Matsuda, who bought some copies of Open Dialogue from your website. I am teaching social work at a university in Osaka, Japan, When I visited US, Dan Fisher, one of the best friends of mine, let me know about Open Dialogue. I have been interested in it since that time. I was very glad to know that it has the subtitle in Japanese. I have one question. If I bought the DVD for public/educational use, would there be any condition that I should follow? I would like to share this video with more people. I am thinking that inviting consumers/survivors, professionals, and students and holding a screening event might be a good idea. The purpose is not for profit. Could you tell me the condition please?
It took 47.5 years to find truth. Along that journey was many near death experiences involving alcohol and drugs to mask the enormous pain of childhood trauma. Being labeled as having a \"chemical unbalance of the brain, ya right 🙂 \" I painstakingly continued to fit into the norm from 1989. Yes, as a Canadian, I was sent to Macon, Georiga ( Colisium Hosp.) for treatment for addictions, and eventually stayed another month for \"Family Issues\" I cried many rivers and broke a few chairs 🙂 during that treatment. But I left with the impression that I dealt with my childhood and if I remained a committed AA member , I would be on my way to a good life, eventhough I had to take some pills for my \"chemical unbalance brain , ya right 🙂 \".....Instead of walkin around with Vodka on my forehead, it was replaced with \"Bipolar\"......Long story short, I continued to struggl, relapse,hospital stays,loosing careers, long term sobiority, crawl through the house snibbling, etc, etc etc.....meanwhile not knowing that my issues were still unresolved. Was alone 11 days during 2012 Christmas wanting to jump the 17 storey balcony because of 20 years of brutal aniexity, I came across Danny boy :).......just to let u know, I am a Daniel also, but am called by my middle name Barton, Bart...but it was his sharing and ideals that help bring me to all truth within, 9 DAYS i went on a deep dark journey that I could not stop......it came , it came in a profound way that I thought I was gonna physically die, I broke out in big boils on my head and body that puss was flowing out, ewwwwww, but true....yes, i was crawling, fetal postion, pacing, for 9 days, slept when i could, ate when i could, and kept on youtube with Daniel for reassurance( fukkin neighbours must of thought Bart has really lost it, hehehe 🙂 )anywayssss, I made it, and found out it was my own mistakes I made along the way since 89 also(I have 3 beautiful daughters not with me and they know all about Childhood Trauma and the Healing Process) Through Macklers selflessness and own sharing of his life and ideals, gave me VALIDATION that I am not fukked up, I just had to work on some unresolved issues.......excuse me, it just poured out lol......have a good one ppl Bart 🙂
Hidden4love 3/22/2013 9:36:13 AM I don\'t think your crazy Daniel 🙂 I\'m watching your \"Childhood Trauma and the Process of Healing\" i found somewhere on youtube 🙂 It\'s super helpful. I really wanna heal from my truama, i\'ve been having truama and panic attacks for 3 yrs now. only watched 13 mins, but i suppose in a nut shell how to heal is accept how we feel, accept the pain and let it go. ^^ Stefanie denz 3/20/2013 7:10:59 PM Hi Daniel I just read your article as I am a fan of Alice Miller, and found your words quite intriguing. I am a nartist on a residency in Berlin, and am struck by how little females are represented internationally in the art world, realizing I have been in denial. I believe this is becuase it is a world that relies greatly on influence, and projected value as opposed to other professions where a person male or female can systematically fulfill the requirements by following rules-the ladder of academia and what not. Maybe I am in denial here too, but there does seem to be more female representation in medicine, sciences politics etc. So when I read your observations I can not help but see that Alice\'s trauma is mutliplied by her being female, and this is not something she really addresses. Or? One of our prime needs is to belong. As a woman you belong automatically as secondary, ancillary, and to challenge this is to lose one\'s place in society. In my experience we need to be seen, responded to and we fulfill what is required so that we have response. Her letter to the pope clearly shows that this role is being played out. She remains as so many other women as a victim in her own mind, for indeed the reflection back of something else is not there. Cheers Stefanie. www.stefaniedenz.com Wendy 3/20/2013 12:59:45 PM Hi Daniel, it is awesome that you put this stuff out there. I\'ve been listening to your \'Childhood Trauma and The Process of Healing\' video, from 2011. It is so strengthening and helpful. What a life this is!! Bless you. Wendy Amy 3/18/2013 3:02:59 PM HI Daniel, I have been reading this site, and listening to your interviews and conversations on Amy Childs\' podcasts from a few years ago (just discovered these). I have been listening to Paul Levy, who wrote about Awakening in the Dream. As I have been listening, I keep thinking that, because you are doing similar work, and expressing similar things in your owns ways - if the two of you do not know each other, you might like to...thus, i introduce: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kigmklazxPE Thank you for all of this good food for thought! M Reynolds 3/16/2013 7:30:46 PM Posts/comments individual write is sometimes more interesting and entertaining than the article that it is posted for. I had to inquire to the person who commented about the new Pope serving the poor: \"serve the poor: provide them with free birth control education and contraceptives. it\'ll be the gift that keeps on giving.\". I can\'t completely disagree with you. However, as a Catholic, gay, not the best childhood, but my parents did the best they could with what they knew, I would like to remain optimistic that Pope Francis will walk the talk - he already has. I do wonder why some couples or individuals, in some cases, have children - I say individuals because the other, whether female or male, is doing so for the purpose of sex and pleasure only - not caring one bit of the consequences of raising and taking care of a child(ren). From what I scanned on your website, your thoughts etc are very familiar to Iyanla Vanzant. MR Chicago, Illinois Bet 3/14/2013 3:15:42 PM Hello Daniel: I fell into a situation renting a room from strangers, and I feel the screaming, angry, loathing each other parents are affecting their 2 sons in a horrible way. The elder has so much rage toward his mother, he has begun to direct it at his younger smaller brother. Do I report this family to Child Welfare Services? I am moving out at the end of the month, do I wait until I am safely gone? I\'ve never been so conflicted, but your article helped me immensely. I know what I need to do... Claudia 3/8/2013 9:01:14 PM Hi Daniel! I just read you`re working on the translation of your documentaries, I would be interested in the Italian version, if you plan on having one. If not, I can help translating it! Take care! Claudia Maya 3/6/2013 7:24:04 AM Hi Daniel, just wanted to say thank you. bob zimmerman 3/2/2013 8:02:09 PM I have a daughter that was bullied in high school and in the last 7 years gained over 150lbs from antiphysic meds. Labled schiozophrenic. its been a nightmare. Thanks for your website. england_97 2/27/2013 5:26:53 AM Hi Daniel, As much as I love your work/essays - I have to say that I can\'t disagree more about your stance on meditation. As a child I was sexually abused for 3 years and went through a lot of psychical abuse from my parents in the form or beatings, and being locked up in an outdoor cellar. I have been through both psychotherapy and practiced vipassana meditation for the past 5 years. Although psychotherapy helped me a great deal... it failed to go to the root of the issue (which still lived deep in my psyche & body), after 2.5 years of psychotherapy I eventually took my 3rd 10-day Vipassana meditation course and ALL of the memories of my abuse finally came to the surface. It felt as though I was re-experiencing the entire thing. I\'ve read several articles since then about people with similar experiences. http://www.primals.org/articles/wright.html http://www.events.dhamma.org/presskit/2012-12/pauls-writings-en arjuna 2/26/2013 3:32:07 PM Hi Daniel, There is a lot on your website that I can relate to. Although personally I would not be as absolutist about some things as you are, I do think the absolutist view you take on things is a necessary part of the whole picture regarding trauma and the consequences of it. I take part however with your writing about dissociated people. Having suffered from dissociative problems myself, I can assure you that in no way this contributed to me feeling really safe or happy. In fact I found it so unbearable that I came close to ending my life because of it. I am not alone in this. If you look at the suffering that people with dissociative problems as severe as what was formerly known as Multiple Identity Disorder go through, as well as the suffering that people with milder forms of dissociative problems experience, you would know that dissociative problems can cause immense suffering. Yes, dissociation develops as an (unconscious) way to deal with traumatic situations and as such, it does serve a protective function. However, not without the very real possibility of creating enormous confusion, lack of control over one\'s life and immense suffering as it\'s consequences. vivian 2/20/2013 8:23:48 PM Dear Daniel, I am reading Alice Miller\'s work. Do you know of any therapists in North America who recognize and incorporate her theories in their work? Kind regards, Vivian deanna clayton-richardson 2/15/2013 8:52:27 AM excellent site thank you for your wisdom and awareness blessings Justin Paul O\'Brien 2/14/2013 8:43:20 PM 8137201247 I can\'t even think right now. I got a really bad head ache. I love your website though. Jenny 2/13/2013 4:32:50 PM Hi Daniel, Just been referred to you by a colleague. Wanted to send you this blog post I wrote last week. Happy to chat sometime. I run a teleseminar programme for my colleagues. Would be good to have a live conversation with you that others can listen to. http://theopenmindtherapist.com/2013/02/05/unearthing-26-year-old-medical-records-reveals-extent-of-schizophrenia/ Going to take a better look at your site. But feel a resonance already from home page. Best wishes Jenny (therapist - uk) anniechapman 2/7/2013 2:35:32 AM Hi Daniel, HUGE thanks for your wonderful videos. I am currently doing a Hikoi (protest walk) through the North Island of New Zealand re the issue of over-medication and lack of choice for mental health \"consumers\" in this country. I was able to borrow a copy of Healing Homes, watched it with a friend and was moved to tears by all that is shown and implied...the beauty of possibility and the tragedy of what is actually happening on the ground most everywhere... I would love to show excerpts from your docos at public meetings, but I am sorry my funds do not stretch to your public charging rate... would you consider selling the Finnish Open Dialogue at the private rate? I would have thought that this would be good for business ultimately in more people being exposed to your docos. Anyway, let me know what you think, warm regards, Annie Claudia 2/7/2013 1:52:45 AM Hi Daniel, I`m an Italian 33yo, I`m in the middle of a huge process of self-discovery, abuse memory recovery and self-healing (even if that`s a way too rational description of it, the real feeling more often than not is that I`m in deep s**t). I know this is the way because it sounds true to myself, it started in my childhood with some major psychosomatic symptoms, underestimated by my parents and totally inexplicable for traditional medicine, and went on until now, through the reading of Miller`s books (blessed woman!). Until now I`ve done all by myself, not finding any therapist contact/site/description I felt I could trust. But I`m starting to grow restless about the chance of being listened to by someone who doesn`t feel the need to alleviate or deny my pain and fear. I have so so much pain to let out... And the other problem I`m facing now is that I don`t have a job and I`m still so confused that I have no idea how to start about finding one. And the social/financial/rational pressures are part of my family problems, they just stick me deeper in every s**t I`ve been taught by my parents about how the world works. So, my question is, do you know any place in Europe, managed by people open and understanding towards this kind of process, that could allow me to do some work exchange/volunteering job in exchange for food and a bed for an indefinite period of time? Does a community/retreat/center like this even exists in the world? Thank you for your site, Daniel, you`ve been a great support in times of need! I wish you all the best in your life! Claudia Julie Huntington 2/4/2013 3:06:23 PM Thank you so much Dan Mackler. We have not met....but your making of these films has brought me to a new understanding in my life and the world. We need to be humans more often and share our humanness, mistakes can be made, life is lived, but keep an open mind, keep asking questions, keep trying to answer questions. Be. I am sharing your videos with others. Daniel Mackler 2/3/2013 7:12:58 PM Hello All! Good to hear from everyone. I answered some emails privately. But the public ones I\'ll answer here. Pat, you asked how hard it was for the Family Care Foundation to find host families... Well, I think it\'s not so much that it\'s hard to find host families, but finding really good ones! They advertise is local papers, and they also get referrals from other host families, and then the families go through a pretty intense interview process. I\'ve met most of their families and they\'re lovely people. Daniel Yvonne 1/30/2013 2:59:39 AM Dear Daniel, I have truly ENJOYED watching your videos and have forwarded them to friends. I also had a VERY abusive parent and traumatic childhood. Later, I tried traditional worthless \"therapy\" and it\'s too long and traumatic to go into here, suffice to say that I actually had to work on more healing issues from being traumatized by these \"therapists.\" I\'m over 40 now and I only wish that there was the Internet, and Youtube videos and amazon reviews right after my high school graduation to help me clear and heal my past. I really believe in my heart of hearts that it will be the awareness of the general public to the horrors of \"therapists\" and \"psychological drugs\" through authors/websites like yours that will turn this country around for the best! The average person does not really understand abuse and alternative treatments for their issues. I have worked hard through the years on my own personal healing in a very eclectic manner by talking with mentors/friends (who have also recovered from my same abuse issues), reading books, and metaphysical work like astrology, and psychic readings. Please continue writing your books and making videos. Thanks for everything.
Vinish Gupta 1/29/2013 12:11:52 AM Hi Daniel! Greetings from India! Thank you for your good work. I found substance and wisdom in many of the things you say and do... but there is more healing within that needs to take place for greater wisdom to grow. I invite you to take a week out to attend my workshop whenever you can (no I\'m not selling anything; in fact we\'d be happy to host your stay!): http://www.jeevanshala.org/#udaipur Best wishes. Vinish pete 1/28/2013 2:43:56 PM Daniel, i wrote u a message, but you didnt answer my question nor show it on your guestbook, i dont have email. please it was about picasso, and enlightment in people recovered from schizophrenia. Pat Dixon 1/26/2013 3:11:18 PM Hi Daniel. I\'ve been showing some of your videos to people who are open to different perspectives on \'mental illness\' an so-called schizophrenia, as a way of introducing some of my feelings about expanding \'inclusion\', supportive housing, etc. Healing Homes somewhat relates to my own evolving ideas about supportive neighbourhood volunteers, etc. I have a question. While you were there doing the interviewing, video work, etc., did the question come up of how difficult it might be to find supportive homes to \'host\' individuals in distress? So far, I\'m the only person I know who has welcomed a stranger into my home for awhile - with the exemption of \"boat people\" hosts in the early 80s. Do you have any thoughts to share on that? Thanks for all you do! Pat Laura 1/25/2013 1:12:39 PM Hi Daniel, I am Laura from Lithuania and I am writing with one for me important question. I was taking psychotherapy course with Darius Cikanavicius (Lithuania, Vilnius) and I was healed from schizophrenia in about two month. I had terrible time with this healing but healing it self was pleasant and worth to go trough this whole path to freedom 🙂 Now I am starting new life for me, without terrible personalities of my parents and with healed psychological problems. Because I was always willing to reach mental sick people heart and mind after I was dropping medicine my-self, so now I am willing to learn to heal my-self with psychotherapy. What would you suggest to do? I went through this healing my-self, so I know, how it works and the process, I am reading and watching tones of information. I can\'t afford studying abroad for me yet and I don\'t know, if it worth it? And I would love to work in some healing center as in Finland or Sweden as a student first of all and practitioner after. Is it possible and what would you suggest anyway in my situation. I am related with psycho things just because of my previous problems in life and I have Master diploma of architecture from past, so it is not related to my dream work, I write about here 🙂 I am 35 years old and I would love to change my life in this direction. I am waiting for your advice and I admire your work 🙂 sincerely, Laura S. p.s.: I thing that working in healing centers is more safe for clients, because after opening their emotional problems there are to much danger for their life and physical health, I went trough it, I know 🙂 Christina Kramer 1/23/2013 9:30:45 AM Dear Daniel - I just read your essay on Frieda Fromm-Reichmann. Very long story how I got there.....Well, it proves to me once again that as a true seeker you will find the \"\"right people\"\" on your way. \"\"Grope in the dark, through the false, through the groping, the door is found\"\"....and.after knocking on it, I even find there is no other door than \"\"the door(s) of perception\"\". Thank you for being you, I shall further explore your writings. Kind greetings from a Dutch lady (lived in NYC from 1963-68, still homesick). Christina dave byrd 1/22/2013 2:41:33 AM Mr. Maclker, I represent the Mental Health Consortium and we are thinking of sponsoring a film festival about recovery from mental illness and what its like to experience mental illness We are thinking of screening one or more of your documentaries. Would you be available to come to Gainesvile, Florida and give a presentation and answer questions after the films? We are in the planning stages and right now we are looking into possibilities. Sincerely, Dave Byrd daniel mackler 1/20/2013 1:29:47 AM greetings everyone! hi, i just read the last couple of months of guestbook posts, and answered some people (the ones who asked more private questions) privately. happy new year to you all -- and thank you!! ----daniel Heather Howes 1/19/2013 10:39:11 PM Hi Daniel, Wonderful website and work, I love it. Would you consider visiting New Zealand? A group of people would like to create a holistic m/h conference and I am looking for contributors. I have met Robert Whitaker and David Healy so will approach them and we would include the wonderful work of our own Maria Bradshaw www.casper.org.nz. Personally I am already a member of ISPS, a holistic m/h practitioner, hypnotherapist, life coach, survivor, writer and poet (poems are gifted/instructed to me when I am open). I have made a vow to be part of medicine less m/h, have just finished a degree and am starting out in terms of publishing and website etc. Here is the beginning of one of my many poems, its called The Madness Effect: The philosopher is stoned, he smoked his dope Now he is a crazy man with a rope Have you ever stopped and asked him why He wants out of here no matter what? Listen carefully, don’t see him as sick With all of your conditioning your skin is thick He will tell you his experience of life Has worn him down till there is nothing left. She is feeling raw, open, revealed, in sight Then God spoke to her and she got a fright It is this sight that squeezes your heart Threatens and disestablishes you. Now who is the crazy one? Just take a look at what you do Pills and poisons, shock and constraint Anything to bandage them, cover and hide. Would love to communicate further, kind regards, Heather Johanna Greeson 1/17/2013 1:37:28 AM Fascinating website! Our shared friend Mike Mirarchi told me about it. My husband & I also went to Swarthmore, graduated with Mike (\'97). But your name wasn\'t familiar to us. My husband Jeff is a clinical psychologist. Thanks for sharing your insight and experience! Johanna Pauline McKelvey 1/7/2013 11:40:02 PM Dear Daniel, Your example and your words give me so much hope and encouragement. Self-healing has been my lifework (still in progress) and before I die I hope to be able to contribute something more than I have been able to so far towards the liberation of other people (and the protection of their children) from the aftereffects of unloved childhoods. I will be using the inspiration of your and other people\'s work and achievements as support for my own goals and endeavours. My very best wishes and loving recognition to you. Liam 1/6/2013 8:43:10 PM I also think it would be a better name for Schizofrenic to be called Distorted Thoughts Disorder, since that is really all it is. Liam 1/6/2013 8:40:26 PM It\'s a great message you put out there & useful. I have watched your YouTube videos & have found them informative & in turn inspiring. Bart 1/6/2013 1:04:45 PM Daniel, Thanx so much for sharing, you were my last piece to breaking through on growing...I love u:) Misa Tsuruta 12/21/2012 10:12:16 AM Hi Daniel, Thank you for involving me in your translation project. It is very nice to be part of it because the world psychiatry is far from ideal - perhaps especially so in Japan where even people who can relatively easily recover with good therapy (depression, anxiety disorders) can be medicated for a prolonged time. Don\'t know what is the actuality but even more so for schizophrenic people. Plus, I am glad I can make use of some of my training and learning backgrounds in psychiatry. My life has been changed much since I was a clinical psychology student in NYC, so I kind of look back on those days with some nostalgia, cherishment, regrets... rather complex feelings. As your work becomes known in Japan (and elsewhere), there must be more reactions. I am curious how these films are received in the world. Riikka 12/5/2012 5:54:24 PM Thank you so much Anja 11/28/2012 1:03:52 AM Hello, Sorry - have to use your guestbook for asking something: I\'m from Germany and visit therapy for more than 4 years (twice a week!). On the one hand, a great thing is our health system paying this, but on the other hand I don\'t feel it is much use to me (even more dissapointing if you imagine me spending so much time there!). I even changed my psychologist once, but the current one feels quite similar. He hasn\'t even told me my diagnosis, although I asked more than once, but he just said this would just cause that I\'\'m kind of fixated on it. I\'m pretty sure to suffer from depression. Well, if I\'m wrong, it is in any event something serious, which makes life hard to handle and worse: keeps me stuck. I just thought: Well, instead of searching a new psychologist who is also useless, I stay with my current one, because talking to someone is better than nothing, but now after 4 years I\'m really done with wasting my time because it didn\'t get better. I\'m not on medication, because I\'m convinced this would only distort my emotional level, which I want to understand in it\'s \"original\" way! I unfortunately din\'t find any links on your page especially for \"depression\". I assue you are very busy. Whatever: If you read this and if it\'s ok to you, can you please recommend something to me..? A homepage, or book or whatever, which helps me to understand this depression-thing better without my psychologist?
Lluís Martí Olfers 11/13/2012 10:11:42 PM Thank you for your very well explained clarifications on enlightement and dissociation. I am happy and surprised to meet somebody that doesn\'t profess as a guru but has a clear and honest mind about both terms. Your experience must have been difficult, but rewarding to you and to us. I guess music teaches you a lot. Best wishes and thank you again! Levy Arnold 11/6/2012 9:39:12 AM Hello, I\'m very much interested in open dialogue therapy. I\'m looking for stopping medicaments, (that I have been taking for 3 years.) I can\'t find any mail for the center in Finland. Could you help me in giving me a link or a way to join them? thanks to all, Arnold chakula 10/31/2012 1:18:33 PM Learned so much from you, I will be here often Jack 10/31/2012 11:48:45 AM Cool site, keep it up or I\'ll follow you around all day :3 Milly Macker 10/30/2012 5:17:14 PM Just wanted to say hi Ana Ochoa de Eribe 9/21/2012 11:50:56 AM Dear Daniel, Thank you for your energy and deep presence. I watched your video on \"Bullshit -Anti psychiatry and Anti medication and laughed as I know well all this to be true. I am a transpersonal psychotherapist and I have worked in \"the system\" and seen all that you describe in the video in a humorous way. We know how sad this is and how many people are affected by it. The reason I have been interested in the abuse performed in the psychiatric system is because I have a brother, who was labelled with schizophrenia in Spain when he was 15 or 16 years old. He has been in an out of the psychiatric hospital for many years (he is 48 years old now) and now is incapacitated. His last destination has been an old people’s home, where he now lives. He is on leponex for life. His prescription is fixed and even when he is out of the psychiatric hospital this medication has not been revised and is compulsory for him until he dies. I live in England so my communication with him is only by phone. I have to hear him talking about stomach pain, deep cold in his bones, feeling dizzy knowing well that these are all side effects of the clozapine. It looks as if what I can do for this particular situation is limited to talking to him once per week and sharing the love of a sister with him. However I would like to help prevent this situation for someone else and do anything I can to help people understand that following the psychiatric system leads to desempowerment and destruction. If you can think on any way in which I can help you get this message out there please count on me, or if you know any contacts that might be interested in doing something in this area and I could work with them. Thank you so much for caring for the people and the planet and showing up here for all of us. Lots of love and blessings. Ana moe 9/7/2012 4:19:50 AM Your essay begins with: \"I could just as easily start by asking why straight people are straight. Few ask this, because they consider the answer so obvious – “it’s human nature.” But what isn’t human nature for a human to do? Are chimpanzees suddenly not chimps or penguins not penguins when they engage in homosexual behavior (which they sometimes do)?\" \"Straight people\" is a label taken out of its context: \"morally straight\" people. Morals refer to right and wrong. Your reference to human nature is ill-defined as well and, as such, is not an answer to the question you pose. Your statement that since chimps or penguins sometimes engage in homosexual behavior does not make them less of a chimp or a penguin makes no sense. What they do sexually does not define their nature--what sexual behavior does display are normal and abnormal behavioral patterns. When abnormal behavioral patterns are apparent one typically searches for either external or internal problems. Most gay people chose to be gay usually because of trauma with the opposite sex. Heather 9/6/2012 7:03:44 AM Thank you. Joe Tein 9/3/2012 6:51:47 AM Hey Daniel, Nice to read about you ... I tracked down your web site after looking at the YouTube videos you sent me! I like the caring and respectful tone in those Finnish settings ... very different from the standard psychiatric hospitals I\'ve worked in, and I think the main difference is in the people who are running them. And no wonder I enjoy being a translator/interpreter/language teacher a lot more than working in mental health right now! I\'ll be in touch some more via email. Ciao for now 🙂 Erna 8/29/2012 9:51:48 PM hello daniel, i wrote here some months ago so far. i \"consume\" your essays and films for my personal help and because i want to work as psychologist. i just listened to your interview in madness radio and feel very inspired. i also read morton schatzman´s \"persecution in the familiy\". i start to think, that it´s no mystery about the reasons, why people show, what is called psychosis. i would like to ask you one question to this subject, which makes me questioning about whom you speak, when it is about the so called psychotic people. there is a discussion between psychiatrists, if some of the patients, who are called schizophrenic, are diagnosed wrong and if their disorder should better be \"dissociative identity disorder\" (former MPS). what do you think about that? James 8/29/2012 6:38:49 PM Just wanted to say hi crystine Hershberger 8/24/2012 8:43:50 AM D. Are you aware of the term \"political correctness\".. I know it\'s over used and all. But it may be the most simplistic way I can explain linguistic stigmatization to you ... If you have cancer: are you a \"canceric/cancerous\" If you have depression: are you a \"depressic/depressionistic\" If you have indigestion are you an \"indigestionic\" ? If you\'re of African/Austrialian liniage are you a \"Black\" or a \"Coloured\" ? If you\'re of East-Asian descent are you a \"Chinamen\" , \"Oriental\" or \"Slant-Eyed\" ? If you\'re smoking marijuana are one \"the drug doorers\" .... Or if you\'re, let\'s just say A HUMAN, and different from yourself or other regular people you see on a day to day basis; be it language, socio-economic, health, culture, religion, etc : do you refer to \"all of those\" as THEM, THE, A, AN, THOSE PEOPLE, as oppose to \"people who are\" \"people who have/people with\" ??? *** I apologize for the pissy-rantiness, but if you are truly a parody, you SHALL display my message. take care. Crystine Hershberger 8/24/2012 8:40:11 AM DISCLAIMER: I started writing this after reading like 7 of your 32 reasons... and I actually thought you were being serious, and followed some of the links. .... I then began to type a very loquacious response, mid-way through I realize that you were actually [HOPEFULLY] being sarcastic. Anywhom here\'s part of my response: _ I started out liking how you seemed to be gender unbiased... but then, you seemed to become \"scientifically/factually/imaginarily unbiased\". I have a few simple questions: A. Which addition of the DSM are you using? _ B: Where/what are your resources? I mean like REAL resources, peer-reviewed and shit? _ Iris 8/20/2012 11:51:48 PM Hello David. Just now I watched you on youtube and got so surprised, to find someone beside Alice Miller, who speaks out loud what I only dare to think. I hope you never let yourself be intimidated by unsuitable criticism. Your work is precious and I admire you for your courage. I am now at age 40, still struggling to express myself in any form, although it`s my deepest need. I look forward to explore your website( what I`m going to do as soon as I finished this). I am german, writing from Switzerland, please excuse possible language errors. Take care and continue..........The World Needs People Like You. All the best, Iris. rex 8/20/2012 7:08:05 PM just wanted to say hii...