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Healing Happens 

Healing bipolar disorder is something most people believe to be impossible. However, if you are prepared, courageous, and patient it can be accomplished.


Get to Know Us

My name is Sean Blackwell, and I've been researching the spiritual dimension and healing potential of bipolar disorder since 2007. However, prior to that, I was sent to the psychiatric hospital in 1996, for a short, but traumatic stay. For me, my experience of so-called "acute psychosis" was more like a spiritual awakening, something for which I am forever grateful.


How I went from being hospitalized to wanting to help people heal their bipolar disorder is quite a story. My inner journey led me on a quest which took me across both North and South America. In fact, it was on a shamanic tour of Peru that I met my wife, Ligia Splendore, who is now a transpersonal psychologist here in Brazil. Together, we live near the city of Sao Paulo, where we help people with bipolar disorder and other related disorders.

My book, "Am I Bipolar or Waking Up?", shares all the details of how we came to this calling. By the time you're finished, you will have a clear idea of who we are and what we're about.

I also share an abbreviated version of my awakening in "Breaking Open - Finding a Way through Spiritual Emergences", a book that dedicated individual chapters to the stories of others who have had spiritual breakthroughs which initially fit the description of mental illness. If you are looking for a broader understanding of the topic, I highly recommend picking this up!


Track our Evolution

While the work with people with bipolar disorder started in 2007, the roots began much earlier.
Check out our timeline to follow the development of Bipolar Awakenings.

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Discover our Innovations

This video describes the healing practices developed at Bipolar Awakenings.