It is an honor to keep alive the legacy of my friend, colleague, and mentor Edward Podvoll, and the second edition of his remarkable classic, Recovering Sanity. This Entry is a continuation of Journal Entry 003 “Recovery Is Non-Linear” where the Windhorse Legacy Group explored the living significance of this book. There are interesting aspects to this current Entry. The photo is of Dr. Podvoll and myself in 1985, in the early phase of developing the Windhorse work. The main element is Dr. Podvoll’s “Preface To The New Edition”, which was published in 2003 just months prior to his death. He wrote this Preface as he was returning from his 12-year meditation retreat in France to the Windhorse Boulder community who loved him. This was to be his final opening out. He hoped to recover from the illness that would then take him over the next 12 months. The Preface is his final and heart-felt statement on the significance of his book and the Windhorse work, written 12 years after the publication of the First Edition under the original title of The Seduction of Madness. We conclude with his biography and a collection of endorsements of his book by many of his esteemed friends, all well-known authors in the fields of spirituality and mental health care. Dr. Podvoll has now been gone 15 years, yet his voice remains strong and clear. He continues to point out the truth that recovery from extreme mental states is always possible, especially when supported by sane healing relationships.
Enjoy, Jeff Fortuna.