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Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes Crisis

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From Spiritual Emergency to Healing and RebirthIncreasing 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 t ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 1st 1989 by TarcherPerigee (first published 1989)
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Gudrun Mouw
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For anyone for whom this subject is relevant, this is a must read! I love the quote, the hero's "counterpart is the demon of resistance."
Judith Cregan
Aug 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of essays around the topic of spiritual emergency. There is a wonderful little essay by Ram Das that is delightful to read, and a great description of kundalini awakening.
Nancy Lynn Martin
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love that he stresses the fact several times about being WILLING to do something.
Like WILLIING to face pain and pleasure. WILLING to look at our attachments and reflect and change them if need be.
Whole book was filled with ways to transform your life.

Gaylene
This is an amazing book which easily catalogues a variety of ways people emerge into deeper aspects of spirituality. Grof chose the word "emergency" but I prefer the term "emergence". The idea that it is possible to emerge from one level of spirituality to another more insightful level is very appealing to me. Perhaps the reason Grof chose to use the word "emergency" is because he is trained as a psychiatrist and has had people come to him for help as they make their way through an experience th ...more
Kathryn
Dec 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
The best thing about this book was its attempt to outline when symptoms might indicate "spiritual emergency" and when there is more likely some psychopathology involved. Other, more black and white new-agey approaches contend that there is no such thing as psychopathology, that all psychotherapy and medication squashes a person's spiritual growth, etc. That kind of thinking tends to result in all discussions of spirituality & psychology being painted with the same flakey brush. On the flipsi ...more
Jane
Nov 09, 2007 is currently reading it
Recommends it for: those dispensing antipsychotics/kundalini emergent/awakened and the people that know and love them
excited to read this book as it poses the problem in Western medicine in diagnosing transformative experiences of consciousness as psychotic. distinguishes the difference between organic manifestations of psychotic episode - to be treated with intensive medication vs. viewing some episodes as mystical, transformative and ultimately positively rewarding experience in need of support and understanding in medical community.
S. Div.
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: energy-work, shamanic
A strong soulful effort to bring gentle balance to a difficult but natural transition, much needed in western culture.
Argyris
If the intro rings a bell...it's a 'must read'
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Grof is known for his early studies of LSD and its effects on the psyche—the field of psychedelic psychotherapy. Building on his observations while conducting LSD research and on Otto Rank's theory of birth trauma, Grof constructed a theoretical framework for pre- and perinatal psychology and transpersonal psychology in which LSD trips and other powerfully emotional experiences were mapped onto on ...more