PYP 085: Ann Bradney on Feeling the Bad Stuff and Becoming Radically Alive

ann-bradneyAnn Bradney's life spun out of control from the age of 13, when she first discovered drugs and drinking. For the next 18 years, she lived in constant misery, self-medicating and functioning barely above life support.

At 31, she had a fleeting yet powerful realization: she wanted to live.

Her story of healing is inspiring, and brutally honest. Utterly without defensiveness, and with a willingness to share her deepest places of shame and regret, Ann traces her arc from antisocial addict to founder of The Radical Aliveness Institute, one of the most remarkable schools of healing in the country.

I met Ann at a Radical Aliveness retreat in Boulder, CO, in the spring of 2014, and experienced her skillful, compassionate, and utterly fierce approach to healing our psychological wounds.

After that intense, sometimes painful, and totally liberating experience, I wanted to share her insights with the world.

In our R-rated conversation (not for the squeamish), we explore:

  • Ann's harrowing journey from addict to founder of the Radical Aliveness Institute
  • the importance of feeling our hatred before attempting to transcend it
  • the core concepts of Core Energetics
  • the five developmental opportunities for wounding
  • the limitations of mind-based psychotherapy to fix ourselves
  • the inherent ironies in placing the blame for our problems outside of ourselves
  • how school and psychiatric meds suppress our healing impulses by keeping our energy under tight control
  • the “self-responsibility” test for evaluating a healing path
  • how Radical Aliveness plays out in the Palestinian/Israeli conflict
  •  the connection between spiritual and psychological health
  • some ways our culture makes it hard for us to be fully alive
  • the connection between aliveness and leadership
  • and much more…

Enjoy, add your voice to the conversation via the comment box below, and please share – that’s how we spread our message and spread our roots.


The Radical Aliveness / Core Energetics Institute

The Radical Aliveness Institute on Facebook

Group Docuseries – an amazing documentary about a Radical Aliveness group that Ann led in 2009

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