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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

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Try our online therapies

Distance Surrogate Breathwork | DSB

As I've been working with people in the retreat format since 2013, I've made a few important discoveries.

None is more important than the fact that I'm able to help people heal at a distance, using a form of Bipolar Breathwork where I breathe on the clients behalf. 

If you are curious, why not give it a try?

The two-hour session is $200 USD, with a full refund for anyone unsatisfied with their experience.

Conscious Emotional Clearing | CEC

CEC is a simple yet powerful therapeutic approach that can help you clear emotional blockages in your bio-energetic field.


CEC can bring quick relief to conscious emotional problems and help work towards the healing of your disorder. It can be taught through a one-hour coaching session and is used as a compliment to DSB. After just one session, you may be prepared to try it yourself at home.

The one-hour session is $150 USD.


Book a consultation

During a  one-hour online consultation via Zoom, I have the opportunity to hear your story,  as well as discuss possible options for you to consider as you begin your own healing process. A brief orientation towards online healing therapies can also be provided.

Sean Blackwell

Kerstin Ogard

"I’d been suffering for several years from reoccurring psychoses, and despite my efforts to heal, it felt like my condition was only getting worse. Sean's healing retreat was a life-saver. It took me into an intense period of trauma-resolving and inner work. After that I could return to normal life, after years of disability and struggle. I’ve found new strength, joy and ease to life that I never experienced before."

—  Kerstin, Finland (2 retreats)

For more on Kerstin's story, please see her full-length

article at


Sean Blackwell & Ligia Splendore

Awakenings Personal Development Ltd.

CNPJ: 06.922.653/0001-04

Sao Paulo, Brazil

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