In October Kevin and I traveled to Brazil to learn about the Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals, where spiritual healers work alongside the psychiatrists and psychologists. In Brazil, mental health care that integrates Spiritism is a strong preference among the people. There are actually 70 Spiritist centers in the US, however, there are over 12,000 in Brazil where 1/5th of the population (20-40 million people) will go when they are looking for healing.

Emma Bragdon who has a Ph.D. in Psychology and has authored several books on spirituality and mental health was our guide. She has been taking groups of psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health workers to Brazil for over a decade.

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Visit the CRAZYWISE blog to hear video clips from our interviews with Emma as she shares with us how spiritual experiences can be tied to mental health and why Spiritism is more accepted in the Brazilian culture. You will also find an interview with Dagmar Ramos, a Brazilian psychiatrist and medium, who tells us more about how the practice is integrated into the psychiatric hospitals.

It was intriguing and inspiring to see a culture strongly embracing alternative treatments for mental health. Thank you to Emma and everyone we met at the workshop for sharing Spiritism with us!


6 Responses to “CRAZYWISE Production: Spiritism in Brazil”

  1. Caroline Andrews

    AMAZING! I’ve been dreaming of seeing that in Britain ! WOW!!! 🙂 SO happy to read about this – it gives me so much trust and faith that things will go this way all over the west where we have lost our way so much!

  2. Hmi

    Thank you for portraying a new angle to topics that are discarded too fast from being considered useful or in the other hand considered lacking of any insight to where you stand. It is Calderon de la Barca’s second mouse gets the cheese with the story of the wisemen collecting sage to live. We can use underlaying dynamics from different and previously rejected methods to deal with life.

  3. Athena

    Hi Phil,
    Congratulations on such a fantastic blog. I found it incredibly informative and I hope at this stage Adam is doing much better. I experienced a spiritual emergency myself in 2001. The usual symptoms manifested, aggressive voices, premonitions, walking into other peoples energy. It was very overwhelming. Somehow I seemed intuitively to know what was happening to me so I headed to my nearest “spiritual healing centre” and I was lucky to have a spiritual healer to help me through the worst of the crisis which lasted months, probably a year at best. I can only offer my own experience here, but the aggressive voices were in part, related to some of my past lives (which I discovered through Shamanic healing) and also in part to do with negative entities I had picked up in my energy field along the way. Once I healed those, the voices stopped, however, this is a lifetime of work and constant clearing out and healing as the unwanted energy arises. To give hope to others, I hold down quite a big job an function normally in life although my attitude to life has changed dramatically.
    Thanks again for producing such an informative blog on such an important topic. I wish you the very best of luck and I also wish the very best of luck to Adam

    • Phil Borges

      Thank you! The importance of giving a positive and hopeful context and meaning to experiences like you have shared is at the heart of our film’s message.

  4. Katie

    Thank you Phil for all the work you are doing.You give all our experiences a voice and I’m very inspired by it.

    I am European but also a 1/4 African from the Xhosa tribe(that’s the tribe of Nelson Mandela) I’m from a sub tribe of that tribe the mpondo in that tribe they have shamans called amagquirras their role is mostly to study dreams,and other shamanic roles.About eight years ago I dreamt I was an amagquirra that had to be trained I dreamt this several times at that time my life was pretty normal.

    Eventually six years ago I started having visions,I started to hear things,I had constant prophetic dreams everyday,my intuition was profound.I was put in a psych hospital and diagnosed with schizophrenia and heavily drugged so bad I was frothing at the mouth it was unbearable.

    I would only have an episode once a year which I can only describe as walking worlds,where hundreds of sacred things would happen,all too meaningful and mythic to be the result of a malfunction.

    For six years I resisted all meds since most of the year I was normal,it was hard but I was off them for six years! Then in February I got desperate after it became more frequent I ended up taking the meds it made me totally constipated the entire time and has not let up,hellish to go through and so at last I attempted to come off it tapering down,when I did so I end up with brain damage/injury I now can’t remember well,I can’t think well at all,I have Anhedonia from the changes.I had a brilliant brain before capable of understanding complex theories and many things.My life has been devestated.Even attempting to come off it completely now is too hard, everytime I attempt to lower it I get more damage that’s the complete and utter dependency and changes these drugs cause.So I am stuck on them.

    Please remember why you’re doing all this,so that otherworldly and gifted people like me don’t end up destroyed.Women like me have been venerated since ancient times as sibyls,veledas,volvas,healers,seers,amagquirras only since masculine logic started to dominate everything and the feminine yin principles like intuition,symbolism etc were vanquished that we all suffer so badly.


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