What Is Spiritual Emergency?

Spiritual emergency (also called "spiritual crisis") 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 emergency may cause significant disruption in psychological, social and occupational functioning. Among the spiritual experiences thought to lead to episodes of 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).

Spiritual Emergency: A Documentary by Kaia Nightingale, M.A. (trailer)

(Full version of this documentary is available for purchase at www.kaia.ca.)

Waking Universe: Spiritual Emergency

(An interview with Catherine G. Lucas, author of In Case of Spiritual Emergency)

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