The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a ‘broken brain’? The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what we can learn from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience. In episode four of Mad Wisdom I talk to Phil Borges, the documentary's director about what he learnt making the film - particularly in following the film's two main characters, Adam and Ekhaya - and the powerful lessons ancient Eastern wisdom can teach us in the West.
In this episode we discuss:
- How such a stark contrast between Eastern and Western treatments of mental health came about
- What can we learn from the shamans
- What a combination of East and West might look like in modern mental health treatment
To watch CrazyWise or learn more about Phil's work, please go to: www.crazywisefilm.com, or visit Phil's own website at: www.philborges.com.