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John McManamy's Posts

Genius, Madness, and Normal: What is the Connection?

What if I told you there was conclusive research that showed that it was all a lie - that bipolars were no more creative than the chronically normal?

 

Don’t worry, it’s not true. But imagine being told that Van Gogh and Beethoven and Newton and the rest were just statistical flukes, that madness has nothing to do... Read moreChevron

Sound-Healing and Vibration: Where Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Science

In two days, I will be heading out the door with my didgeridoos to participate in a “shamanic sound journey,” along with another person on gongs and another on singing bowls.

 

About a dozen people will be lying on the floor as the three of us immerse the room in primal sound.

 

If this sounds... Read moreChevron

Anxiety: A Core Feature of Bipolar?

If you have been following this blog, you know that I’ve been immersed in the first draft of a book on bipolar. Part of the exercise involves looking at old material through new eyes. Predictably - or, rather, unpredictably - new realizations pop out. My most recent one involves anxiety.

 

Both my first book, Living... Read moreChevron

Welcome to My World: A World Bipolar Day Meditation

Today, March 30, is World Bipolar Day. A confession: I’m not much of a fan of world bipolar days. Every day for me is bipolar day. It’s not a choice, it’s just the way things are. Sample, for instance, the opening lines of a book on bipolar that I am working on:

 

It’s time... Read moreChevron

Passover and Easter Meditations: The Uncertainty of Deliverance

We are entering Holy Week in the Christian faith. This overlaps with Passover observances in the Hebrew faith. The two traditions tap into the universal theme of deliverance - from slavery to freedom, from darkness to light, from death to resurrection, from hell to transcendence.

 

What better reminder than our seasonal... Read moreChevron