Separating the Psycho-spiritual from Psychosis

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Episode 37 – Separating the Psycho-spiritual from Psychosis

We speak about one of Chris’s favourite topics, facing a spiritual crisis. In this episode, we discuss what a spiritual crisis is, and how other mystical experiences and trans-personal phenomena can be of immense benefit to our mental health. We also look at the difference between psychosis and satori, an irregular state of consciousness recognised by nearly all cultures across time.

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This Week’s Links


Synchronistic Experiences and Spiritual Crises – Blog

Dealing with a Spirituality Crisis – Newspaper Article

That’s the Spirit – Newspaper Article

A Healing Voice

Synchronicity, Soul and Mental Health

Supra-rational Thinking Worth Thought – Newspaper Article

Synchronicity, The Lost Soul of Psychology and Psychiatry

Synchronicity, Science and Spirituality


Synchronicity and Psychology – Psych Spiels

Positive Psychology, Science and Synchronicity – Psych Spiels

Chris’s interview with Dr Bernard Beitman on his Connecting with Coincidence Podcast

Chris’s interview with Trish and Rob Macgregor on The Mystical Underground Podcast


Chris’s Book

The Positive Psychology of Synchronicity: Enhance Your Mental Health with the Power of Coincidence

The Positive Psychology of Synchronicity: Enhance Your Mental Health with the Power of Coincidence – Audible (Read by Chris)

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The Physical and Mental Benefits of Spirituality

How to Use Synchronicity to Learn from Depression

Rupert Sheldrake – The Science Delusion, TED Talk


You may also want to listen to the next episode of Psych Spiels and Silver Linings, which is on a similar theme. You can listen on the player below, or on your favourite podcast library.


The Presenters

Rowan Mackey is a content producer and digital creative. After studying sports media and law at the University of Canberra, he found himself drawn to digital media after attending the first conference for podcasters in the southern hemisphere, We Are Podcast in 2016. He is also the principal of Easygoing Digital, where he has been involved in over 400,000 podcast downloads as a presenter and producer.

He currently produces the official Geelong Cats podcast, To the Final Bell and is a producer of the TV show Destination Happiness airing nationally in Australia on Channel 9 and Internationally with the Discovery Channel. He has also worked with notable organisations such as The Geelong Grammar School and Lyons Construction.

Rowan is the Digital Media Manager at Chris Mackey and Associates.

Chris Mackey is a clinical and counselling psychologist and Fellow of The Australian Psychological Society with 40 years’ psychotherapy experience. The second edition of Chris’s book, The Positive Psychology of Synchronicity: Enhance Your Mental Health with the Power of Coincidence, was released internationally in August 2019.

Chris is also the resident psychologist for TV show Destination Happiness, where he presents the “Happy Mind” segment, involving brief tips based on the science of positive psychology. He also writes a regular opinion column for The Geelong Advertiser and is the resident psychologist on K-Rock radio in the mornings.

Chris was the recipient of the 2019 Australian Allied Health Impact Award for his clinical research and training, media involvement and for authoring a book on positive psychology and synchronicity.

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