Live Life as Art


“LIVE in celebration of the pain that makes you

And break the ties that bind you to your melancholic nature”

My daemon bride cried aloud

Devoid of a soul I comprised mere flesh and bones

Exhumed from a tomb of my own making

My heart a perpetual beat away from death’s sweet eternity

My mind rendered blank with the noise of my interior distress

And echoes of duality

“Enter me! Enter me! I offer you redemption from the cursory LIFE”

The daemon’s eyes glowed like the embers of her inky black insides

I looked into her eyes and entered AS a nervous youth

Nakedly vulnerable in translucent skin

And searching for my unique and authentic

Poetic voice

On that night I made love with a daemon and found my mortal soul

Projecting my consciousness in the imprints I created

On the heart of human hatred

And the tarnished soil of materiality

“Enlightenment is the capacity to transcend reality,” she claimed

“And live life as (thou) art”

(Meant to be)

Poetry is not the province of academia; it is the voice of the soul. Listen to the bitter-sweet sounds it enunciates.

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Speaking about mental health and recovery, Jan 14 1-3 p.m. 2015


I am giving a FREE TALK about mental health and recovery on Jan 14th 1-3 p.m.

If you are interested in non-medical approaches to mental health/illness or my journey from mental health service user to published writer you are welcome to attend.

The talk is taking place at:

The Thrive Centre

5th Floor, Coventry Point

Market Way

Coventry

To book a place (places can be pre-booked only)  please email marionaslan@aol.com  or  sarah.shelton1@gmail.com

Tele Marion: 0793 4675237

For more details visit http://www.elementalwellbeing.org

Taking back the Power


I am every colour of the rainbow and many shades in between. I own no label, no label owns me. A diagnostic homo Sapien, my bipolar is not me. I am not disabled, though my condition can be disabling. The rollercoaster is a metaphor I narrate in the blank verse of my behaviour, the discourse of my thought’s disorder and my textual laughs and screams. Bipolar is a creative sickness. Psychiatry is a symptom of an intellectual disease

Celebritising bipolar


In recent years, the number of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder has risen and almost every day newspapers strain with stories about the outlandish behaviour of one celebrity or another who, seemingly, is affected by the condition. The sensationalist nature of these stories undermines the seriousness of the disorder and the reality of the suffering it can induce.

In 1980, the psychiatric establishment in the diagnostic and statistical manual (D.S.M.) re-categorised manic depression as bipolar disorder. Whilst the former label articulated in unambiguous terms the defining symptomology of the condition, bipolar disorder is a softer term and more open to interpretation. Accordingly, the criteria by which bipolar disorder was diagnosed widened and, now, encompasses a broader spectrum of symptoms and behaviours which, formerly, were not attributed to the issue.

Many societies relate madness to genius, a notion which is very attractive to many of us who experience mental health issues. The profound and creative thinking that has characterised the minds of many of the world’s greatest thinkers and innovators is comparable to the cognition of individuals experiencing a form of psychosis, resulting from a bipolar type condition. Psychosis occurs outside the boundaries of conventional thought and reason. Whilst celebrity culture manufactures unreason, it offers the world few geniuses.

Perhaps, more than any other mental health condition, bipolar disorder lends itself to the creative process. During episodes of hypomania, creative individuals are often most productive, creating wild and imaginative art, music or text. However, hypomania, like celebrity itself, often culminates in burn-out. The reality of bipolar disorder is that, whilst it can be controlled and, even, overcome, in the long term it effects both the mental functioning and the quality of life of many of those who experience it. Thus, the twenty year old celebrity, diagnosed with bipolar disorder, who qualifies her coolness to the press and media in terms of sexual posturing and addictive behaviour, may not seem as attractive and entertaining, when she becomes a fifty year old crack addicted casualty of psychiatry and celebrity culture.

Defining Luna’s Way


Today, I posted the second part of a series I am writing for artifice comics. My mission is to create the world’s first bipolar superhero. To those affected by this dangerous and often, destructive mental health issue, the correlation of mental illness with superpowers may seem, at best, to lack credibilty. I, however, believe that bipolar disorder can encompass positive aspects.
There has been much discussion about the link between mental health issues and creativity. Employing the old chicken and egg analogy, one could ask which of these factors precedes the other. Whilst most people affected by mental health conditions are no more creative than the rest of the population, creative expression, undoubtedly helps heal and identify sources of distress. I, myself, employ writing as a means of self-expression and am frequently surprised by the nature and content of my writing and what it reveals about myself. Thus, for those feeling lost, but, still able to write, I say let it out in words.
To return to my superhero, she is female and gifted with perceptual abilities, which transcend even words. Omniscience is a power we would all, secretly, like to possess, but how would we apply it to our lives? The possibilities are endless and thus, are the tales I intend to tell. Goodness versus bad, happiness and the sad. If you are interested in reading my tales, part two of Luna’s Way, Our Friend Electro (convulsive treatment) can be read at, artificecomics.com/short-story-lu…or could follow me on twitter @shunterthompson or @artificecomics
I hope that Luna’s Way will be as much fun to read, as it has been to write. All fun, however, has a serious side. Tell every one to read it and watch the world become a better, bipolar place.