Concepts: Spiritual Emergencies 🚨Apr 21, 2022
Sometimes I work with clients who have big spiritual awakenings that open them a little too much, too fast. This often comes from some sort of external stimulus like a drug (rather than internal meditation or prayer), and results in something that looks like mania—or includes mania, meaning these people are seen as sick. Then they often don’t get much community support integrating the real depth of insight they’re tapping into.
Christina and Stanislav Grof coined the term “spiritual emergency” for these sudden, intense world-view transformations as a way to honor both their growth potential and extreme destabilization. As Joseph Campbell famously said, “The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight”.
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With love, Jordan
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