Spiritual emergency: when personal transformation becomes a crisis

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From Spiritual Emergency to Healing and Rebirth

Increasing numbers of people involved in personal transformation are experiencing spiritual emergencies -- crises when the process of growth and change becomes chaotic and overwhelming. Individuals experiencing such episodes may feel that their sense of identity is breaking down, that their old values no longer hold true, and that the very ground beneath their personal realities is radically shifting. In many cases, new realms of mystical and spiritual experience enter their lives suddenly and dramatically, resulting in fear and confusion. They may feel tremendous anxiety, have difficulty coping with their daily lives, jobs, and relationships, and may even fear for their own sanity.

Unfortunately, much of modern psychiatry has failed to distinguish these episodes from mental illness. As a result, transformational crises are often suppressed by routine psychiatric care, medication, and even institutionalization.

However, there is a new perspective developing among many mental health professionals and those studying spiritual development that views such crises as transformative breakthroughs that can hold tremendous potential for physical and emotional healing. When understood and treated in a supportive manner, spiritual emergencies can become gateways to higher levels of functioning and new ways of being.

In this book, foremost psychologists, psychiatrists, and spiritual teachers address the following questions: What is spiritual emergency? What is the relationship between spirituality, "madness," and healing? What forms does spiritual emergency take? What are the pitfalls -- and promises -- of spiritual practice? How can people in spiritual emergency be assisted by family, friends, and professionals?

This groundbreaking work reveals that within the crisis of spiritual emergency lies the promise of spiritual emergence and renewal.

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Grouped Work ID67e5a638-fbba-95db-cfa2-8e795a2fde10
Grouping Titlespiritual emergency when personal transformation becomes a crisis
Grouping Authorstanislav grof and christina grof
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ils:.b10953607BookBooks1st ed.EnglishTarcher ;[1989]xvii, 250 pages ; 24 cm.
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subject_facetPsychiatric emergencies
Spiritual life
title_displaySpiritual emergency : when personal transformation becomes a crisis
title_fullSpiritual emergency : when personal transformation becomes a crisis / edited by Stanislav Grof and Christina Grof ; [contributors, R.D. Laing ... and others]
title_shortSpiritual emergency
title_subwhen personal transformation becomes a crisis
topic_facetPsychiatric emergencies
Spiritual life