EPI-61: The Power In Bipolar
Bipolar People Have Powers The Non-Afflicted Would Envy
But that doesn’t mean much when the illness is leading the way every day.
So, the mission becomes 2-pronged:
- How do I survive this shit?
- How do I repurpose all this juice and whatnot for the good?
Horrifically simplified but that’s basically The Deal.
My bipolar journey has revealed info and insights about myself, the world around me, my place in it and who might value me the most.
It has also made clear to me that I am a force to be reckoned with.
You don’t just DO what I DID!
You fight your way to where I landed.
And the battle is worse than actual physical combat.
What does that tell us about our bipolar selves?
We are strong, beyond measure.
And this illness only hits a small percentage of the population.
What does that tell us?
We are unique.
But that percentage is growing among the gen pop.
What does that tell us?
There are more of us awakening to the fact that shit ain’t right and that we can’t tolerate it as well as those around us.
We’re not meant to.
We’re meant to get the message, develop a response to the problem and share our results with those who need us most, in ways only we can.
I know this might sound like I’m simply polishing a turd.
And if the illness reigns supreme in your daily life, that sentiment is closer to your truth than not.
But should you achieve some level of stability as a bipolar-prone person, I’m telling you…there’s more to you than you probably realize.
And someone out there desperately needs you to see this too.
Just click the “READ MORE” text below for the transcript!
Hey, this is Ken Jensen. I beat bipolar disorder in an all natural fashion back in the mid 2 thousands. Believe it or not, that’s not even the coolest part of my story.
What I learned through that process and what came next and how that applied to bipolar and why bipolar was ever even part of the process, was mind blowing to say the least.
Bipolar has hidden within its strengths. I’m gonna show you what I mean and how they’ve shown up in my life so you can do the same.
Hello, bipolar prone folk. This is episode 61, The Power and bipolar. I got a short list that I’m gonna address clarifying what I see as the summon of powers on bipolar.
There there are many more. I just wanted to cover a few in in this episode and just keep things moving. I popped out of the other side of COVID.
I don’t think I’m entirely smelling everything as well as I used to. I lost a sense of smell. I think since the last episode, I can’t remember, but anyway, 4 or 5 days worth, I couldn’t smell anything. Nothing.
And then little by little, I could start detecting different different things. And now it’s pretty much all the way back. But I I seem to remember, like, when I’m when I’m when I’m making coffee, I used to smell the coffee in the air.
I don’t really smell that now, and the coffee doesn’t smell as strong to me when I’m making it, and I make French roasted. Which is nuclear strength. So that annoys me. Maybe maybe that’ll improve with time.
But I felt well enough that I wanted to lift weights for 2 days and decided based on past experience when I pop out of an illness I feel better way before I’m well enough to really stress the system.
So I’m leaving the gym alone for couple more days. Maybe maybe till Tuesday.
And I’m looking forward to that. But Well, a big part of what I’m about is is helping people understand that to whatever degree to however many of this this might apply to, there’s there’s strengths hiding within bipolar.
And based on different variables, not everybody’s gonna be able to pin these strengths down. They’re not gonna be able to make any use of them particularly if the illness is just having its way with you.
If the if that’s the case, your primary focus is to just survive the illness. Now I got a number of things going on with how I’m positioning my my services and the ways I can help people.
And I’m just gonna put it out there once. This was something I struggled with, mightily. I I figured out how to beat bipolar without meds. Meds were killing me.
That was crystal clear, confirmed by the doctors who were giving them to me. Not all of them, but some of them, the ones that mattered most, And when I stopped taking all the meds for bipolar, I needed less health related meds.
Everything’s tied together. I don’t wanna go too deep down that trail. I I offer that system and anyone that signs up to my newsletter at bipolar excellence dot com.
You you I just give you the whole system that I came up with that that allowed me to leave meds behind which as I said, were only hurting me and eventually attain wellness, which wasn’t even AAA thing I dared hope for When I began building the system, I didn’t even know I was building.
I I was just trying to survive. I was hoping for a listening of the severity of the nasty parts of parts of the illness, and I achieve far more than that. But As I was saying, 1 of the hardest things III guess the hardest thing.
And trying to turn me into a brand and business was I didn’t get how to digitize it. I didn’t get how how you take whatever it is about me that people valued the most, and putting it online.
It’s it’s it’s amusing in retro back because now I see it clear as day, but that that’s how that’s how things go. You don’t see it and if you work at it, eventually you see it. That that’s like any problem.
So life coaching became the thing, and that phrase never sat well with me. Something about it was too jeez. I don’t know. There’s an aggressive nature about me that that didn’t seem to match what life coaching was.
And and the funny thing is When people hire a coach, any coach, besides the information that that coaches made clear that they offer, There’s the coach themselves. That’s why any of us hire a coach is do do we dig this person?
Do we trust them? Do we like them? In some cases, you don’t even like them. You just trust them. And you know that it makes sense to do what this person says even if you don’t care for them.
It’s why I started the podcast, Jason leister from sovereign business dot org. He’s 1 of my coaches. He said, what’s your when do you see the biggest bang for the buck when you’re dealing with people?
How do you deal with them? He said, just talking. People just want me to keep talking to them or they want me around to tell me whatever it is they’ve got to tell me.
Then they want my advice or they just wanna talk to somebody that gets it. And it’s, you know, that coaching, that’s therapy.
That’s a a number of things, but it it I I couldn’t see what the hell that was to put online properly for years. I I’ve obviously since solved it, but Point is you’ve got powers as a bipolar person.
You don’t even realize you have. And it’s my opinion that some of bipolar is these powers run amuck. They’ve gone haywire. They don’t have any limitations put on them.
You probably don’t even know they’re a power because they’re just running rampant like Like a bare wire throwing sparks and jumping all around the ground. That’s power when used the right way.
It likes homes. It provides heat. But as that popping around on the ground wire, it’s deadly. It’s the same thing either way. But in 1 sense, it’s in 1 case it’s being directed In the other case, it isn’t. It’s just a raw force.
And that’s a lot of bipolar, just a raw force. It can be loud or it can be disgusting and quiet. I’ve had every version of it they cared to put a title on. Last last time I ever kept track, which has been many years.
There was 5 different main versions. I had all of them at 1 time or another. All of them. The worst being mixed. That’s when you felt just about everything at the same time. The I don’t even wanna get in all of that.
I’m gonna have to find those articles on my old website and and and drop them into bipolar excellence. I will at some point. I’ll do I’ll do podcasts episodes to I’m gonna make a note right here.
The the I’ll do episodes on the types of bipolar, and really all I’m gonna do is share the articles I wrote years ago because at this point, it’s been so long. I only remember high points, and I don’t remember any details.
It’s been too many years. But it kills me when I meet I meet a lot of people that have bipolar or something like it and there’s usually something about them that I find fascinating.
Sometimes they’re aware of it or sometimes they know that other people are aware of are aware of it, but the person doesn’t feel it or can’t see what everyone else is seeing, and I find that fascinating.
That’s a big part of what I offer when when people come my way. The longer we know each other and talk.
Eventually, I’m gonna see what makes you special. Now you may or may not agree, you may or may not want to do anything with what I I help you clarify. But if you’re working with me, let’s just assume you do want it clarified.
This is 1 of my powers. I can see what makes somebody else sparkle and shine. And we gotta backtrack and figure out how do we contain the rest of the illness well enough to you use the sparkly shiny parts.
When it comes to giving advice to anybody about anything, this disannoys me online. Something is simple as go with your gut. That is wise and sage advice and I I believe I believe that 1 thing can apply to anybody.
But as I learned through 1 of my personality I don’t know what you’d even call this. It wasn’t a test so much, but it was human design. My human design report showed that I’m designed totally to live by my gut.
If I I physically feel whether something’s right or wrong for for me to be working on, my my god will tell me. I I will get very uncomfortable if something’s bad.
And I will I will feel very physically good if something should be pursued, and then it becomes a matter of is that just over excitement and I got to check-in with myself in other areas.
But People have a lot of advice for getting anything done at all.
And I’ve learned I’ve learned of methods of pairing down and clarifying what you really should be leading with as you make any decision at all, including as a bipolar person.
There’s 1 test that I know of, Colby, that is unbelievably valuable for anybody to to to know these things about themselves that Colby will make clear.
Colby can be tricked out by bipolar. Or if you’re emotionally or mentally unstable in any fashion, your answers are not going to be they’re just not gonna be correct.
You can get a false reading out of Colby if your your head isn’t somehow more together than then it can be for some of us at different times.
I found them not long not long after getting well enough. At some point, I’m I’m gonna have to take that test once. It was just called a test.
I’m gonna take that test once again. And make sure that it’s as correct as can be because the funny thing is they tell you that tests will always bear the same results no matter what point of your life you’re in.
You can go decades later and take it again. You’ll get the same result.
Unless you were wiggly when you took it at some point, And I’ve I’ve learned enough about myself that I feel that when I took that test, I was in well enough condition because it it mates up with a lot of other things I learned about myself from completely unrelated areas.
But the point is, I I wouldn’t give every single bipolar person the same exact advice because things just aren’t gonna work because they’re against your nature.
How I think you should get advice is is my nature, and that might not work for you.
But I’ve been doing this long enough that I know when it’s time to to pivot to shift my perspective. Based on the feedback I’m getting from you so that we can help you achieve whatever it is that brought you my way.
At least get you closer to it than if you hadn’t met me. So there’s some of the strengths in in me, And in some some generalities I’ve learned about other all of us, bipolar or not.
There is the The energy in bipolar, whether you’re even when you’re depressed, If you have bipolar depression, my god, that’s a beast.
Can’t remember if I’m getting the title right or not, but I I do know that there was a time when my depression was increased and powered by my mania.
I no longer remember I I can’t make that any clear. It’s been too many years. I just remember there’s depression which we all know is bad enough. Severe depression is that’s that’s something special.
And then there’s a form of bipolar depression where the depression has a power to it. My god. What could be crueler? A forceful depression. I would definitely have to find that article to even clarify that more than I just did.
I just I remembered it happened. I remember being aware of it and remembering there’s flavors. There’s levels to depression. And I think I found the worst 1 when when I was at that stage and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.
But Energy is just energy. If you could figure out how to tap into that power, just the energy of bipolar. My god. What what you could accomplish?
Now there’s a lot of ways to deal with that that I’m not even qualified to to address. So I would I would only address it from the perspective of what I achieved and and through the lens of the people that end up helping me.
And then maybe we figure out how to use your power. In that respect, I don’t know. We’d have to pick that apart and it’s a bit of a dance.
But bottom line, there’s a lot of juice in bipolar. Man, if you could repurpose it re aim it at something else. That would be huge, especially if we’ve got you on a positive growth track.
You have in mind a good thing you’d like to do if only you could figure out what that was or how to go about doing it and then how to tap into that You’d be unstoppable. You’d be like well, you’d be like me.
1 of the comments I got over the years, particularly when people read my book was no matter what happened, you just didn’t quit. You just didn’t quit. And it became clear to me over time as bad as bipolar was.
I kept fighting back against it for 1 even when there was very little left of me as a person as a human There was very little left. My Polish stripped away everything at 1 point.
I was just a shell of despair and fear and rage. There was I I didn’t feel anything else there for quite some time. And I focused on just not hurting anybody unnecessarily physically or mentally.
But I never gave up. I’ve come to understand that bipolar even though that was the thing pummeling me. A part of it Also provided the juice I needed to fight back against it. It took me a while to see that.
I also know that people like us who have or had bipolar When you fight to survive like that all the time and you live with all that pain, Eventually, you’re gonna pick up insights into the human psyche and the way of the world.
How people are to 1 another? Because we are also highly sensitive in nature. I’ve read it before.
I believe it was in Garrett Laporto’s book. The DaVinci method, he called us the Canary in the cave. We sense when there’s a change happening to the whole world before the rest of the world’s even aware that it’s happening.
It’s a Zeitgeist thing. We’re tapped into the energy of of the community, the global community. At the very least, you’ll know it at your local level, I’m sure.
That practically makes you a soothsayer. You’re a visionary at the very least. You can see the future, so to speak. You learned how to use that for the good, for profit, my god. The life you would have and the people you could help.
Because even as I help you guys, we’re not each other. You’re gonna bring specifics to the to the situation that I I don’t have, never did have. Don’t even want. And you’re gonna help your people if I can just help you.
That’s a big part of everything I’m doing here. We think outside the box. We find new avenues of growth. We find new sources of power. Outside of us and within us, and then there’s utility.
When you think outside the box, 1 of the things you do is take a shit sandwich and turn it into a tasty steak. You flip things on their head. You take them a new way, nobody ever knew.
Roughly speaking, you’ll use a screwdriver as a chisel. You repurpose information and perspectives. You repurpose energy. Even emotions, you can take very bad situations and make them good just as I’m attempting to do with you.
That was all I had on the strengths list, but I just wanna make clear to give you a little bit of hope if I can. Not all of bipolar is bad. It’s just an aspect or 2 or 3 of your personality and your physical being that’s run amok.
It could be a spiritual thing. I don’t talk about that a lot because I never really knew how because I wasn’t sure where I stood on on that because I’m sort of I’m more eastern than anything else.
I I with the little I understand. For all I’ve read, I haven’t gone super deep.
But with the little I understand, I I’m more of a Buddhist than than anything. I’ve got a real aversion to structured religion and tell you how much, and I won’t go any I’m not gonna go down that rabbit hole of a discussion.
But again, when I look at my life in total, what I’ve overcome, things that happen to me now that I’m still overcoming, not bipolar, just life stuff like the rest of us.
And the way that I seem to never see things like people around me And I’m glad for it.
It just constantly confirms there’s something special about bipolar people. If we can just find it and use it well. If we can tease it away from just the experience of the illness itself, and look at it a different way.
You’ll find you’ve got more going on for you then then you probably realized I I guarantee it because if you’re just sick, well, there’s just the sickness and it sucks.
And the shit’s gotta end. And that’s it. And I agree with you when the illness is all powerful, nothing matters. And that’s why I say, even in my in my free course I mentioned, you don’t want me coaching you out of this illness.
That’s something that picks up my head because I said that, And most people come to me looking for help with the illness.
I will definitely still coach you. If I feel you’re, you know, you’re hurting more than anything else, not looking to grow. And that that’s not that’s fine.
That’s what you’re at. It’s not it’s not a crime. It’s not a bad thing. I would recommend you look for a therapist. You can use a therapist and me as a coach simultaneously. It it depends on where you’re at.
You know, I’ll know when I bumped into something when I bump into something that’s not my area, and I definitely don’t wanna do any harm. By thinking I can fix your bipolar. I mean, I’m that’s just stupid to even say out loud.
That’s not what I’m offering. I offer a way to do it that worked for me And even just certain pieces of the system I created worked very well for people, just 1 or 2 parts. Well, alone the whole thing I whipped up.
So if you’re coming to me for help with bipolar, I most definitely will talk to you about that, and and I will just be sure to make sure we stay focused on what I know worked for me. You do it that what you will.
We take it from there. Some of you are gonna realize like I did years ago, there’s way more to the illness, there’s way more to yourself. Then then you’re currently experiencing or or You’re not living up to your potential.
I’m gonna help you figure out what that is and what to do with it, should it interest you. But I’m just gonna leave you with that, you know, just that final review thought of.
You’re stronger than you realize. If you’ve had the illness for a while and you’re still here hearing my voice, I commend you because just get a little emotional even thinking about it for you, and what I overcame.
Just surviving bipolar should get you some kind of a a metal.
The the un afflicted will never understand. That there are types of bad feelings that are worse than all the rest. And unfortunately, we’re in the minority of the of the population.
So not too many people are familiar with it, but also unfortunately, I think that percentage is going up. This is a bad thing in that it sucks that people out there suffering with it.
It’s a good thing because think to what I said about the Canary in the cave. I think for a lot of you, The only reason bipolar’s rearing its ugly head is because you’re waking up to a need for change.
Definitely on your own personal level, but there could be something going on in the world around you to whatever scale.
That a piece you wants to address and doesn’t know how, and that is not working well for you, and it’s scrambling your head a little bit.
Or possibly a lot. If any of that resonates, would you? Head over to bipolar excellence dot com at the very least Sign up for my newsletter so that you get that course.
It’s a whole damn course. It’s not like here’s the free cheapy version. Now give me a hundred dollars and I’ll give you the rest.
No. You’re getting all of it, and it’s it’s a it’s a dim It’s a big enough course that you’ll get your money’s worth, but it’s not so big that it’ll blow your mind and just scanning it.
Just scanning it. Gives you the key things you need to know. You don’t even gotta consume everything I provided. That everything I provided will definitely help, give you context. You’ll get to know me better.
Pick at that as you will if you don’t feel like going through everything but I’m telling you if you just scanned the the the title of each lesson in the course, you’ll have what you need to know. You can just act from there.
I do so much look forward to the day I work with some of you because I don’t like regular life. I can’t stand employment. I love the unique. I love to be surprised by people that are doing cool stuff that nobody knows about.
And you’re my crew. You’re the people I want to hang out with. This isn’t just about business. It’s how I want to live. I’m doing it. I want more of it. I want you to come with me. Alright, guys. Be well.