All about the Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ- Te Reo Oro Oro
““ Groups need to be established in each country where people can talk about hearing voices…it takes groups of people with the same experience to change attitudes…in America and England at the moment, psychiatrists are conducting themselves as parents. My goal is not to change psychiatry, not to change parents but to offer the hearers of voices an organization through which they can emancipate themselves
Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ Inc provides:
- Peer Support groups
- Public awareness events
- Workshops and trainings
HEARING VOICES NETWORK AOTEAROA NZ SUPPORTS RESEARCH INTO NON-MEDICAL ALTERNATIVES AND EXPERIENCED BASED RESULTS
- By sharing the experience of voice hearers that have recovered, we listen to what they say has worked for them on their journeys. Giving credence to the voice of experience. The Hearing voices network supports research into non medical alternatives. We let our members decide what works and what doesn’t.
Coming together to share ways in which people can work to help themselves. For some it may be a simple regime of exercise that helps. Others nutrition. Others changing their point of view of the voices. In our groups we may discuss, meditation, acupuncture, reiki, or any other area of interest.
THE HEARING OF VOICES IS NOT AN ILLNESS, BUT A NORMAL VARIATION OF HUMAN BEHAVIOUR.
Many people hear voices and lead normal lives. It is estimated that 2-5% of the population hear voices, yet less that 1% are diagnosed as unwell.
Research by Marius Romme, has shown that many voice hearers have similar content and experiences. It is how people respond to the voices that causes the distress, not the Hearing of voices. We believe that Hearing of voices is not an illness but a variation of human experience. There is no scientific test that can be taken to prove schizophrenia. Despite the plethora of information of biological causes to the contrary.
Voice Hearing in bereavement is considered a normal experience.
WE VALIDATE VOICE HEARERS BELIEFS AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO EXPLORE THEM FURTHER.
We believe that voices have meaning and encourage people to look for the meaning within their voices. Often it is not literal, it may be metaphorical, or symbolic. We may discuss look at other writings and discuss how people found the meaning in theirs.
Rather than telling people to ignore their voices we encourage exploration into all aspects and experiences of voice hearing within our support groups and in our network. Discussing religious aspects of their voices and experiences can be a relief.
PEOPLE HAVE ALWAYS HEARD VOICES, HAD VISIONS, AND EXPERIENCED OTHER REALITIES
People throughout history have always heard voices and had visions. There are examples in all religions and cultures in all countries. Often sharing information of these beliefs can help to normalise experiences. Examples :
- False (ka) doors in Ancient Egypt for the spirit to leave and enter the tomb through
- Maori God sticks, used for the various gods to “inhabit” during important rituals.
- Kachina of the Zuni bear used by a Shaman
- The aboriginal Dreamtime visions
- Krishna fighting the serpent Kaliya
- Native Americans use sweat lodges to induce visions
- Blackfeet shaman, and other shamans, often perform “power dances, drummings”, or dress as their power animals, journeying to the otherworlds to find their answers.
- Christians have their own rituals and ceremonies, histories of prophets and visions within the bible that were rich in symbols, and fights with otherworldly forces.
In India, sadhus are treated with great respect, and use meditation and yogic exercises to have better control of their visions.
WE PROVIDE POSITIVE EXAMPLES OF VOICE HEARERS
Within our network we like to encourage and share positive stories and examples of voice
hearers, We do this by
- Providing Positive Role models such as Saints, Leaders, Philosophers, Artists –
St Teresa of Avila, saw visions of heaven and hell, Padre Pio had a vision of a heavenly being who thrust a lance into his soul causing agony. Winston Churchill, Socrates, Donna Summer, Sara Maitland, all have said that they have heard voices.
- Bring together voice hearers that are not distressed together with those that are.
- Looking at positive examples of voice hearers helps to remove the stigma that voice hearers feel and encourages them to see the experience as a journey rather than a destination.
We are an society run by volunteers, independent from medical services. Our committee is voted in every year at our AGM.
If you would like to see a set of our rules, please contact us and we will send you a copy.
The HVNANZ Vision is: