Source: Spiritual Emergence

The terms spiritual emergence and spiritual emergency were coined by Dr Stanislav Grof (psychiatrist) and his wife Christina Grof who have worked for many years as therapists and researchers in the field of non-ordinary awareness and personal transformation. They have written many books about spiritual emergence containing much more information.

Spiritual emergencies are crises during which the process of growth and change becomes chaotic and overwhelming. In such episodes, individuals often suddenly and dramatically enter into new realms of mystical and spiritual experience. However, they may also become fearful and confused and have difficulty coping with their daily lives, jobs and relationships The term Spiritual Emergency was also used when the very ground beneath a personal reality is radically shifting…and those experiencing it may even fear for their own sanity.

Spiritual emergence has been described 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.”

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, positive disintegration and an extreme state. There is no sharp division between emergence and emergency.

Following is a partial list of states that may help one identify a spiritual emergence:

•Experience of deep desire for self-understanding
•Universal or unitive experiences
•Deep states or glimpses of bliss
•Detachment or aversion to current way of living and desire for a more pure life
•Transitory confusion
•Anxiety related to loss of control
•Feelings of overwhelm

” There’s a grace hiding behind every form of suffering. There’s always the possibility of transcendence, which comes from not resisting the present moment. Some people need extreme suffering to be driven to that point and then suddenly something shifts”~Eckhart Tolle

One Response

  1. Thank you for everyone’s attempt to bring this to the attention of psychiatrists and mental health workers having the power to “force psychiatric care, neuroleptics, and hospitalization

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