Spiritual Emergence

What is it?

Spiritual EmergenceSpiritual emergence has been defined as “the movement of an individual to a more expanded way of being that involves enhanced emotional and psychosomatic health, greater freedom of personal choices, and a sense of deeper connection with other people, nature, and the cosmos. An important part of this development is an increasing awareness of the spiritual dimension in one’s life and in the universal scheme of things.” (Grof & Grof, 1990)

When spiritual emergence is very rapid and dramatic, this natural process can become a crisis, and spiritual emergence becomes spiritual emergency. This has also been called transpersonal crisis, acute psychosis with a positive outcome, an undoing of the ego and extreme states in awareness.

Christina and Stanislav Grof state from their book The Stormy Search for the Self “spiritual emergencies could also be defined as critical and difficult stages of a profound psychological transformation that involves one’s entire being. These are crisis points within the transformational process of spiritual emergence and awakening”

It is possible to undergo a profound crisis involving non-ordinary or physic experiences, and to perceive it as pathological or psychiatric when in fact it may be more accurately and beneficially described as a spiritual emergency.

Are you in a process that involves transpersonal experiences, extreme or altered states of consciousness? Are you having peak experiences and feeling overwhelmed by fear? Do you feel as if you’re having a ‘breakdown’ or going mad?  Are you experiencing a kundalini awakening, a shamanic initiation, dark night of the soul, or experiences of death and rebirth?

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Other Resources:

Spiritual Emergence Network (Australia)

International Spiritual Emergence Network

Spiritual Crisis Network (UK)

Integrative Mental Health for You

CrazyWise – Film documentary

Crazy…or wise? The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a ‘broken brain’? The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience.

Psychosis or Spiritual Awakening – Phil Borges TED Talk

Shades of Awakening

This site is a resource guide and vibrant hub for connection, validation and learning around the topics of spiritual crisis also referred to as spiritual emergency.

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