Evolving Minds-Psychosis & Spirituality (2002) 

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Melissa Gunasena

What is reality? Who defines it? Evolving Minds offers a fresh and radical perspective on alternatives to the mental health system. Presenting clear information in a humorous style it covers diverse topics such as shamanism, nutrition, psychotherapy, meditation and protest against draconian mental health legislation. Includes exclusive footage of British army experiments with LSD. Produced by Undercurrents & Melissa Gunasena, Evolving Minds explores the connection between psychosis and spiritual experience and provides techniques for people to explore and take control of their own minds. An invaluable resource that will educate, empower and inform.


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on February 19, 2012 at 10:22am

Thanks for that! :)


on March 22, 2011 at 7:04am

I liked this! had some great things in it. This is a story not many people are telling, especially in the US where the drug companies have their largest customer base for psychiatric meds. I have several friends who got schiz. diagnoses in their teens and are now on cocktails of 5+ drugs each. Both suspect the drugs have made them worse. I have another friend who was on psychedelics and got misdiagnosed as psychotic. They stuck him on Haldol, which made him truly psychotic, where he was walking into people's houses and kept getting arrested and got in a lot of trouble. Eventually he found a psychiatrist who believed his story and they took him off the meds. He was fine without the Haldol. I truly think they are chemical lobotomizers. I wonder how many people have had their lives and free wills stolen by getting on these drugs. It's sad that they have turned everything, even disillusionment with the state of our society, into a diagnosis. "We've got a drug for that!" Modern life is becoming like a Philip K. Dick or Kurt Vonnegut novel. I'm glad you had the courage to make this film! Best luck in the future!


on April 10, 2010 at 10:03pm

This documentary puts across some hard hitting points on psychosis and other mental disorders in a light-hearted and easy to understand way which really showcases the passion the people interviewed have for their beliefs. Furthermore, unlike many similar films, this release offers a fairly balanced viewpoint without the need for shock tactics and leaves the audience free to come to their own conclusions using the information presented. Consequently, this film fulfils its promise to, "educate, empower and inform" and also offers much more.


on March 28, 2010 at 1:17pm

Thank you.
I don't have any psychosis, but I took some acid many years ago, and I recognize a lot of it.
I think you help a lot of people with this one.

P.S.: I never layed down laughing, when I took acid!


on December 25, 2009 at 8:15pm

I really liked this movie. it presents good tips, thoughts and information that will help one to cope with psychosis. Very relaxed and good conversations.
The only downside I see is that it fails to show that medication can also help people, to some it works, to others it won't or it will make the problem worse, and there are also good psychiatrists, not all of them are evil people that force feed you obscure medication.

Nevertheless, psychosis and spirituality almost always go hand in hand and the movie shows this very well.