BETWEEN TWO WORLDS – A
Shaman’s view of Schizophrenia & Acute Sensitivity
BRIDGE BETWEEN TWO WORLDS
Shaman’s view of Schizophrenia & Acute Sensitivity
Nightsky has had the courage and sensitivity to
present an alternative view of schizophrenia and of other psychotic
believes that people with schizophrenia
are deeply spiritually disturbed, and acutely sensitive to the world and the
universe – around them.
healing pathway she suggests is one that helps people
reclaim the ground of their being, and achieve harmony and
balance within their lives.
like schizophrenia are mysterious – even for people like me who grew up wearing
shoes of science and have since flown in all kinds of directions trying to
understand what’s going on. What I like about Odette’s book, The Bridge Between
Two Worlds, is that she isn’t proscriptive.
gently suggests how she sees psychotic experiences, and then allows the
possibility of numbers of paths to healing,
including the traditional ones of medication if that’s how people feel
safest. Her approach is a responsible one”
is a writer, broadcaster and documentary filmmaker with a long involvement in
human rights issues. She has worked as a journalist for the BBC and the London
bureau of the New York Times. is internationally recognised for her work in the
media and mental health for which she was awarded an Officer of the Order of
Australia. She has also received honorary doctorates by the University of New
South Wales and the University of South Australia for services to the community.
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Genre: Non-Fiction/ Spiritual
Publisher: Poseidon Books
Date Published: 2006
book is dedicated to all those sensitive souls who now know that they are not
These writings are a combination
of wholistic and Shamanic ways to understand and assist those who are sensitive
by nature or acutely sensitive – Schizophrenic and those that wish to broaden
I am Australian born and honour the Aboriginal people that are the
custodians and guardians of this ancient land. I walk this life with a strong
Celtic lineage in my blood and have deep spiritual connections to the North
American Indians and the Buddha field. I walk with the cougar family and have
received what serves me best from each culture. I still have many roads to
May you find
some jewels to place in
Sacred Medicine bag
About the Author
I walked through my own darkness
of the soul in the early 90s. I did not take the psychiatric path to
healing; instead I followed the path of the Shaman. I have been researching,
counselling and teaching others to understand the world of the sensitive/acute
sensitive for more than seven years now; my book, which is collaboration
between Spirit and myself, is a combination of my own tools and views, which
assisted me in finding balance, along with other teachings that, inspired me
to live in both worlds. I was one
of the lucky ones. I am not a savoir nor am I a magician that can fix
anothers sensitive nature. I am a guide to walking a balanced life between
the worlds. I walk the healing
path of the shaman whenever I move out of balance and this approach has
centred me enough to deal with any major upheavals in my life. I still have
much to learn and trust that what I do share brings tools comfort and support
to those who are lost and those who are seeking to be of help whether they be
loved ones or those that seek a career in the welfare, healing and caring
Odette is a trained Shamanic guide and an
advanced member of The
Past Life Healing
and associated Therapies
. (Since the founder has passed away she now is custodian of all the Shamanic
Teachings. She is an accredited Flower Essence Practitioner with The Flower
Essence Society of
. She also works with CATF (Community Awareness Task Force) and is often
employed as a relief manager for mental health to assist in bringing more
awareness to Mental Health care Odettes main goal is to see that Sensitive
Services International fills a gap in the industry
that is sorely needed. Her
hometown is the Byron Shire NSW
contact the author: www.sensitiveservicesinternational.com
twenty years in experimental theatre and seven years researching and working
with emotionally & spiritually disturbed people, I came to the realisation
that insanity is only one option in becoming aware of the abilities we have as
sensitive souls. I too have been lost and on the edge of insanity but
fortunately saw the wisdom behind the crisis which has directed my soul to write
at one time or another has doubted his or her own sanity. That is not unusual.
The difference is what we do when that happens. Some have been blessed by being
able to push through and overcome it, some don’t. Its heartbreaking to see a
soul we dearly love dragged away into an ambulance and taken to a place where we
feel they don’t belong. What other choices are there? I have heard so many
people crying for another way.
would like to share with you what I believe is the truth of people who are
living another reality.
my research, counselling and personal involvement with acutely sensitive people,
I have found that the cause of schizophrenia seldom originates from a brain
dysfunction. I believe they are deeply, spiritually disturbed.
mother earth becomes more dramatic in her healing changes many souls are losing
their grip. This book is a guide for people who are sensitive by nature who may
be walking the extreme of becoming acutely sensitive, whether that be
schizophrenic, or simply too vulnerable and are finding it hard to cope.
is also a handy manual for carers and therapists to understand the world of the
acute sensitive from a more wholistic perspective. Medical doctors are wonderful
in their art and should not be condemned, as they are masters of their craft.
However, they are not doctors of the soul. Religion may benefit those who
follow, although that may not be everyones chosen path.
is another option
I ask of the reader is to drop what you think you know about mental illness and
see an empty canvas where new colours may be painted…. Then after the picture
is finished, stand back and look at the whole painting. Not all artists suit all
tastes, however each painting tells a story, a view through the eyes of another,
which the observer may identify with…this may be one of those paintings for
tools which may help to
balance to a state of
warning to those who dislike medication, I have witnessed clients who instead of
weaning themselves off prescribed medication thought they could stop on their
own. This cold turkey experience sends the Acute sensitive into such a state of
imbalance that in the future they are totally devoid of faith or courage and
often end up back in institutions to be medicated up again and pushed out onto
suggest if you, or someone you know is on medication and feels a strong need to
go off the dosage, please, please, please consult a psychiatrist or psyche nurse
first. Then work out a very slow withdrawal, backed up by quality counselling
and natural therapies, there is a much better chance of success and less
blessings on your journey
trust you may find some
Larisa Bardsley BBSc (Hons) MPsych
(Clinical) MAPsS Transpersonal and Clinical Psychologist
book comes at a time where change is increasingly becoming a constant force in
our society and when a new consciousness is permeating traditional thought.
Odettes book does build a bridge from the currently predominant medical model
of approaching mental health to a comprehensive and practical alternative
approach to working with what she terms extreme sensitivity. Odette’s approach
draws from her experience as a shaman and her extensive personal experience
including many years of working with highly sensitive people.
writing this introduction, I felt that was important to explore the traditional
role of the shaman in healing and also to draw some parallels between the
Shamanic process and how it may compare with the story of someone who receives
the diagnosis of schizophrenia. As a
Transpersonal psychologist, I too attempt to look beyond the current model of
psychopathology that labels people with non-ordinary experiences as ill, to one
that may see these experiences as part of a transformative journey.
What is a Shaman?
role of a shaman is most individual and most archaic of all religions.
The Shamans role is comparable to that of Medicine men or women.
These people possess powers bordering on paranormal that are outside the
understanding of most modern psychology. With one foot in this world and one in
the next, the shaman can travel freely between two worlds.
in ancient cultures can cure and perform miracles.
She or he is the mistress or master of ecstasy.
Their main function in indigenous cultures is to induce ecstasy in