Who they wish I was – Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah



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Mulder, the internet isn’t good for you

Mulder, the internet isn't good for you
Mulder and Scully Meet the Were Lizard

X Files is back!
And how!

Mulder finds that everything the unexplained is now explained many times over on something called he Internet – and if its not a hoax or student prank, it’s just ice.

Now middle aged Mulder has a crisis – all the fun has gone out of investigating conspiracies, UFOsand the like – and especially, monsters.

“Mulder, we have a new case – it has a monster in it” – Scully.

Guy, a 6ft horny toad lizard with an Aussie accent,  gets bitten – and for first time experiences a voice in side his head – his voice.
He becomes aware of how he has experienced his first thought.
And he hates it.

Having been awakened to his new humanity he finds he now has a compelling urge to go out and get a job, so he can get a mortgage – whatever that is.

He needs no skills or qualifications – he now possesses the single evolutionary advantage humans have over all other animals – the ability to BS his way through any situation.

He feels compelled to lie about his sex life. 
And, having been driven to get that job, he hates his job.

Unhappy, he goes to see a “witch doctor” – a psychiatrist
who advises him to go for walks in the cemetery-
to assuage all his anxieties by reminding himself it will soon all be over
when death comes to him too.

Eventually, Guy realises that the only way he can get by as a human is to spend as little time as possible amongst humans and as much time as possible with fury animals.

Then someone takes  his dog.

Sucks being human, eh?


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Morning – Yusef Lateef


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Discrimination doesn’t dissolve with a few tweets

discrimination doesnt dissolve

Discrimination doesn’t dissolve in a few tweets.

We can make a start when we find courage to call it what it is.

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Proud to be maladjusted… Dr Martin Luther King Jr

mlk jr maladjusted

“Modern psychology has a word that is probably used more than any other word in modern psychology. It is the word “maladjusted.

This word is the ringing cry to modern child psychology. Certainly, we all want to avoid the maladjusted life. In order to have real adjustment within our personalities, we all want the well‐adjusted life in order to avoid neurosis, schizophrenic personalities.

But I say to you, my friends, as I move to my conclusion, there are certain things in our nation and in the world which I am proud to be maladjusted and which I call upon all men  of good‐will will be maladjusted until the good society is realized.

I say very honestly that

  • I never intend to become adjusted to segregation and discrimination.
  • I never intend to become adjusted to religious bigotry.
  • I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few.
  • I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism, to self‐defeating effects of physical violence…

In other words, I’m about convinced now that there is need for a new organization in our world.

The International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment‐‐men and women who will be as maladjusted as the prophet Amos.

Who in the midst of the injustices of his day could cry out in words that echo across the centuries, “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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WRAP and Hearing Voices

magpieWhatever reservations, doubts or criticisms you may have of WRAP – Wellness Recovery Action Plan – [if you do, because some undoubtedly do, me too] then you’ve likely seen enough examples of it done less than really well. The same is likely true of Hearing Voices and hearing voices groups.

I’m a WRAP facilitator, have had the privilege to introduce it to over 500 people and I also train WRAP facilitators.

I’ve probably been facilitating both WRAP and Hearing Voices groups longer than most folks have even heard of either.  Now, before you think I’m full of stuff that rhymes with WRAP  let me get over myself. It’s no biggie, and I’m most likely not only the person for whom its true. Six or seven years is not that long really, and both are recent phenomena, at least in North America, where WRAP originates but where  HV is a recent immigrant and is still called “new”. I’d even wager that if you had started only fifteen minutes ago you could say it too without word of a lie.

The point of this doodle? just how new this is, how little we really know – as my voices would say “square root of f…”

I always get a chuckle out of how,  for each,  it is usually the people who’ve not been to either who are the loudest, most expert  experts and the fiercest critics – tis a truism for one as much as the other.

Setting one against t’other is a power game of division and dominance – the basic practice of fragmentation and oppression that leaves so many of us  oppressed, othered, and  struggling – and maybe ill too. It is just this kind of approach that got us into this fine mess in the first place, creating a system that has its head stuck up its own magnificence and serves so few of us well.
Let’s not.

Both WRAP and Hearing Voices are oft-touted as the next/latest fix, the next answer to all [y]our problems.
Lets not.

We cannot emancipate ourselves by copying the methods of those who oppress.
We can only take their place.
– Paolo Friere [sort of]

The Hearing Voices Network and approaches we use do not exist in the world all by their own sweet self. There are many cross-overs with others approaches that people can and already do find useful.

There are many things that are shared and many opportunities to learn from each other. For instance, a key principle in WRAP is Take only what you like, leave the rest – or as I heard it expressed just this week in a HV training- “I’m a magpie – I take the shiny stuff “. [Thanks Rai.]

I’ve come to see both approaches as similar – offering tools for liberation and emancipation that we can use to help us find and use our own power; and a set of values that help create space for learning, connecting, exploring, or just being without being judged – stuff that’s difficult to find in this world.

The emphasis is can – no one makes us, we choose for ourselves. Always.

I use WRAP as do many others  – many choose not to, and that is exactly what its about- same thing with Hearing Voices approaches..

I’d say that, likely, whatever it is you’ve been told about WRAP that you don’t like, you were likely misinformed – because it is anything you want it to be and nothing else – it is only what you want it to be and choose to work at.

The Hearing Voices charter says much the same thing- individuals make their own choices, a Hearing Voices group is designed by its members.

For each, you could almost take the name out and interchange with the other..

If you’ve been shown a different way of WRAP, then it likely was not WRAP but something that rhymes with it, and smells unpleasant. Authentically, WRAP  IS the values. And, guess what, they’re pretty much the same values as those upheld by HVN  – at least in my experience.

Some of my voices have their own WRAP – gotta whole Hearing Voices-WRAP-group thing going on in here..

I also use WRAP – and a bunch of other stuff too- with my voices It has been a powerful framework for me, working with my voices so they help me stay well rather than have them be a as much a pain in the ass [as I can be]. True, the vernacular is way more “earthy” than you might be familiar with but the basic idea is same.

I’ve run WRAP groups for people who hear voices, and I’ve run open-to-anyone -groups in which people who’ve never had a conversation about voices and “any other weird shit” find they can can be very open indeed- sharing their own stuff, finding, sharing  ways to “cope” and thrive with weird, taboo experiences they’ve never talked about before.

It’s these groups [and other stuff] that have helped build confidence to launch The Hearing Voices Cafe , which is quite similar in its openness, and it rocks the house.

Like Eleanor Longden says “we envision and enact a world that understands…”

We will not do that by insisting that only we have the answer,
Because there is no answer.

Whatever works for you.

Always be yourself, or be a unicorn – because unicorns are just cool.

Magpies are cool too,
they might even have more fun.

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If you have come to help me you are wasting your time…


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starmanThere’s a starman waiting in the sky

Look out your window I can see his light a ight

Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie

David Bowie

Goodbye love
Didn’t know what time it was the lights were low oh how
I leaned back on my radio oh oh
Some cat was layin down some rock n roll lotta soul, he said
Then the loud sound did seem to fade a ade
Came back like a slow voice on a wave of phase ha hase
That weren’t no d.j. that was hazy cosmic jive
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
Hed like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
Hes told us not to blow it
Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile
He told me:
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogieI had to phone someone so I picked on you ho ho
Hey, that’s far out so you heard him too! o o
Switch on the tv we may pick him up on channel two
Look out your window I can see his light a ight
If we can sparkle he may land tonight a ight
Don’t tell your poppa or hell get us locked up in fright

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
Hes told us not to blow it
Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile
He told me:
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie

Starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
Hes told us not to blow it
Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile
He told me:
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie

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Songwriters: BOWIE, DAVID
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Banana Splits

the-banana-splitsMakin’ up a mess of fun,
Makin’ up a mess of fun
Lots of fun for everyone
Tra la la, la la la la
Tra la la, la la la la
Tra la la, la la la la
Tra la la, la la la la

One banana, two banana, three banana, four
Four bananas make a bunch and so do many more.
Over hill and highway the banana buggies go
Comin’on to bring you the Banana Splits show

Makin’ up a mess of fun,
makin’ up a mess of fun
Lots of fun for everyone
Tra la la, la la la la
Tra la la, la la la la
Tra la la, la la la la
Tra la la, la la la la

Four banana, three banana, two banana, one
All bananas playin’ in the bright warm sun.
Flippin’ like a pancake, popping like a cork
Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper an’ Snork


Two banana, four banana, one banana, three
Swingin’ like a bunch on monkeys, hangin’ from a tree.
Hey there, ev’rybody, won’t you come along and see
How much like Banana Splits ev’ryone can be

Makin’ up a mess of fun,
makin’ up a mess of fun
Lots of fun for everyone
Tra la la, la la la la
Tra la la, la la la la
Tra la la, la la la la
Tra la la, la la la la
Tra la la, la la la la
Tra la la, la la la la
Tra la la, la la la la
Tra la la, la la la la


Read more: Dickies – Banana Splits (The Tra La La Song) Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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Hearing Voices Training – Workshop #2 – Working With Voices – Mar 2016

working with voicesHearing Voices Training: Workshop #2 

Working With Voices

A two-day workshop with:
Kevin Healey
Dave Umbongo

Thu 17th and Fri 18th March 2016
Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave, Toronto

Limited Spaces.
Registration is required.

register now

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Our intention is that you go away with a deeper understanding of voices, insights you can integrate into your worldview, and practical ways of working in the safe spaces you create with people who hear voices.

As well, and more generally we hope you will feel better equipped to play your role in enacting a world that understands voice hearing – a world that is easier for us all to live in.

Aims of this workshop

  • This workshop builds on Workshop #1 Accepting Voices and offers you a solid introduction to important practical approaches that can aid in a person finding their own power to change their relationship with voices they find troubling. These include: voice mapping, voice profiling, Maastricht Interview, voice dialogue, and Non-Violent Communication.
  • The overall approach is recovery oriented, rooted in openness, curiosity and possibility; assuming no limits to what a person can do, no limits to the changes they can make in their own life – made easier with support within a society that understands.
  • We will also spend time understanding the role that voices can play in trauma, and the importance of preparing for when things get tricky, difficult and painful, including consideration of the other supports a person may need to have in place or to find in order to get through what can be a painful process. Working with voices is always a choice that can only be made by the person hearing voices.
  • By presenting an introduction to a handful of approaches that can be used singly or any combination we hope you will become comfortable – not so much with adhering to techniques, or following steps as seeing these approaches as ways to build relationship, explore, learn together, always letting the person you support take the lead, make choices, find and use their power. This is not presented as therapy or a manualized approach but the material and ideas do lend themselves to being integrating into counselling or therapy work; some are structured, some very intuitive, iterative and creative.
  • The workshop design draws from and mirrors the best of peer work and counselling – not only in shared values but also in the way we share some simple ways of working and of working-through complex, difficult, even distressing experiences yet with firm belief that how a person uses them is entirely and always their choice. Also, we open ourselves to exploring our own experiences using that to connect with others, willing to share our own vulnerabilities, yet always remembering and recognizing that it is the person we support who is doing the hard work.
  • We hope that you will go away less fearful and able to help others be less fearful of experiences like hearing voices,  equipped with ways you can become more curious and  even fascinated by the amazing people that you will meet and have the privilege to support as they find and use their power and learn to work with their voices.
  • In the end this workshop is designed to share useful material but mostly to help you be more open, curious and willing to learn about a person’s own experience – to deepen and broaden your own ability to understand so that you can join us in enacting a world that understands voice hearing, supports the needs of individuals who hear voices and views them as full citizens. 

Who this workshop is for

If you have already attended Workshop #1 Accepting Voices*, you will have learned something of how you can offer yourself as a one-person safe space to a person who hears voices.

This second workshop will enable you to continue that work with increasing confidence, sharing your belief that voices can be understood in context of a life and the possibility that people can find their power and learn to make changes in their experience.

This is not a prescriptive linear process but rather basic steps in learning how to walk alongside a person as they embark on   “an adventure in unveiling” and learning to make choices and find what “works for me”.

It will also enable you to expand and deepen the safe space you can create, adding to your repertoire of ideas, resources, approaches you can share, and the work you can offer to do with a person inside that safe space.

Essentially this workshop is designed for workers who spend regular time with individuals who hear voices and struggle with their experience. Doctors, therapists, counsellors, peer workers community workers – anyone working in the health system, mental health services.

It can also be suitable for anyone who spends time supporting someone who struggles with voices and yet does not get paid for their work- and who wants to deepen and expand their own understanding of the roles voices can play in a person’s life, ways of understanding, key information, ways of engaging.

So, if you encounter people who struggle with the voices they hear and feel you need to understand, and you are ready to play your role in enacting a world that understands, then you may decide this workshop is for you. Please note that if you have not already attended Workshop #1 Accepting Voices* then you will need to join us in February.

*Note – Workshop #1 Accepting Voices evolved in the year after the initial event as part of WHVD Sep 2012. If  you attended any of these earlier versions then you will have missed some important info and may choose to attend the full workshop but it is not a requirement. If you have questions please get in touch.

 This workshop will enable you to…

  1. Increase and deepen your own understanding of hearing voices as a normal human experience, maybe not shared by everyone, but part of what it means to be human.
  2. Share information about who hears voices helping to demystify the phenomena and start conversations about how it is part of being human.
  3. Develop a deeper understanding of the role voices can play in trauma.
  4. Begin to work with approaches that can help discover how voices may be related to life struggles, offer powerful insight and clues to what a person can do to make changes.
  5. Offer yourself as guide or partner for a person you support – walking alongside a person who chooses to work with the voices they hear.
  6. Work with practical approaches for working with voices that can enable a person to find their power to reclaim their life and make changes in their own experience.
  7. Reflect on and share your own challenges, learning, assumptions, and growth as a human being and in any of your roles.


Workshop design…

This is an intensive, highly practical and experiential workshop- a learning circle in which we learn with and from each other.
We will share a number of approaches that can be used singly or in any combination but the real learning comes from how we engage together. For each of the approaches we will…

  • share key ideas, tools and resources;
  • immerse ourselves in practical exercises to explore the approaches and techniques
  • engage in deep personal reflection, shared sense making and dialogue…
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