That’s right the line between psychosis and spiritual emergence does not exist. There is no line, there is only spectrum of manifestation and none of it is better or worse. It simply is what is arising in that individual at the moment they are met and unfortunately diagnosed. It can change any time too. These mental/spiritual states are not stagnant and often times they’re even responses to the ineptness of the so-called professional experts we find ourselves with. …
“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…
Many people are lost to psychiatry and neurotoxic drugs for life because too few people who might be in a position to help want to really delve into the dark and difficult content that the psyche sometimes presents and then those people experiencing such difficulties are all too often tossed away and drugged for life…a few of us escape to tell the tail of neglect. We too have stories of transformation albeit with some additional struggles that had there been people around to recognize our process and support us we might have been spared some suffering.
One can use the spiritual emergence lens to look at the activity of the psyche when it otherwise is often labeled as psychotic. One could just as easily call these phenomena existential crisis of the psyche too. When it comes to understanding the psyche it’s often helpful to use many different models. Such is the nature of the psyche.
Yes, a psychotic episode that he came through without meds and now helps others like him to transform their lives in similar fashion. His is an experience of emergence and growth. Many of us are similar, but not given the chance to emerge in holistic fashion.
A video that is worth watching on psychosis and mental health. It’s an interview with a psychologist by the name of David Lukoff who had a spiritual emergency as a young man. Yes, a psychotic episode that he came through without meds and now helps others like transform his life in similar fashion. His is […]
Clinical Psychologist David Lukoff talks about his madness experience and the spiritual transformation it triggered. David went on to become a leading figure in the field of Transpersonal Psychology and works to bring greater spiritual awareness into mainstream mental health practice. His website is here. I’ve posted a video with him in it here before. […]
A video that is worth watching on psychosis and mental health again. It’s an interview with a psychologist by the name of David Lukoff who had a spiritual emergency as a young man. Yes, a full-on psychotic episode that he came through without meds and now helps others like him. Here is the video which […]
I posted this in the past. I like to repost stuff from time to time since most of my readers have picked me up in the last year or so and some good stuff was posted before then. Also, I’m not very well right now and therefore often not terribly creative. I’m pretty much hunkering […]
**consider all “mental illness” are variations on this theme. Not just spiritual emergence but generally a trauma response that needs to be met. And yes, trauma responses change the body too, so it’s also a real physical reality. Everything matters. We are holistic beings. And these disturbances affect all levels and layers of what it means to be human. Becoming conscious (healing) can drastically change how it’s all experienced. …