One could just as easily call these phenomena existential crisis of the psyche. Spiritual emergence is only one way of viewing and understanding this phenomena. When it comes to understanding the psyche it’s often helpful to use many different models. The psyche is also one with the body.
The most famous person who has gone through a spiritual emergence, and documented it, was Carl Jung see: another drug-free recovery from psychosis
It’s worth considering that “psychosis” and spiritual emergence are exactly the same thing. The imaginary line between “spiritual emergence” and “psychosis” (ecstatic dance, too) – Everything matters
Carl Jung himself said:
I had the feeling that I was in an over-compensated psychosis, and from the feeling I was not released until August 1, 1914. (see here for context)Carl Jung
If you read The Red Book, it’s clear that what Jung was experiencing would have been labeled psychotic by any self-respecting psychiatrist today.
From Wikipedia, a definition:
Spiritual crisis (also called “spiritual emergency”) is a form of identity crisis where an individual experiences drastic changes to their meaning system (i.e., their unique purposes, goals, values, attitude and beliefs, identity, and focus) typically because of a spontaneous spiritual experience. A spiritual crisis may cause significant disruption in psychological, social and occupational functioning. Among the spiritual experiences thought to lead to episodes of spiritual crisis or spiritual emergency are psychiatric complications related to existential crisis, mystical experience, near-death experiences, Kundalini syndrome, paranormal experiences, religious ecstasy and meditation or other spiritual practices (Grof & Grof, 1989; Turner, Lukoff, Barnhouse, & Lu, 1995).
At the bottom of this post there is also links to websites of interest as well as books.
● Mystical experiences, spiritual emergency, madness etc… – includes video
More related collections:
- Shamanic-like nature of consciousness
- Healing psychosis: stories, information and resources
- Hearing voices: living and thriving as voice hearers
- Open Dialogue: Alternative Care for Psychosis
- Spiritual Emergency
- Spiritual Recovery
- A Jungian approach to psychosis
- Jung Circle
- Spiritual Compentency — David Lukoff
- Soteria House—drug free healing house for those in psychosis
- Spiritual Emergence (help, information and referral in Canada)
- Holistic Recovery from Schizophrenia: a mother and son journey
- Rethinking Madness Towards a Paradigm Shift in our Understanding and Treatment of Psychosis ~ Paris Williams
- Psychosis and Spirituality: Consolidating the New Paradigm ~ Isabel Clarke
- Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis ~ Stan Grof
- Trials of the Visionary Mind (SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology) ~ John Weir Perry
- Soteria: Through Madness to Deliverance ~ Dr. Loren Mosher and Voyce Hendrix
- The Stormy Search for the Self: A Guide to Personal Growth through Transformational Crisis ~ Stan and Christina Grof
- The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment ~ Adyashanti
- Am I Bipolar or Waking Up? ~ Sean Blackwell
- In Case of Spiritual Emergency: Moving Successfully Through Your Awakening ~ Catherine Lucas
For a multitude of ideas about how to create a life filled with safe alternatives to psychiatric drugs visit the drop-down menus at the top of this page.
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