When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis / Module on the Transpersonal Therapist Training
The next module on the Transpersonal Therapist Training is on Spiritual Emergence and Emergency.
ABOUT THE MODULE
Many people who are engaged in personal transformational practices to help them emerge spiritually are experiencing crises when the process of growth and change become chaotic and overwhelming. These spiritual emergencies often manifest as a sense of their identity breaking down, that their old values no longer hold true, and that the very ground beneath their personal realities is radically shifting. Often, new realms of mystical and spiritual experiences enter their lives suddenly and dramatically, causing fear and confusion. Symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and soul loss may appear causing difficulty for them in coping with their daily lives, relationships, and work. They may even be fearful that they are losing their sanity.
Unfortunately, much of modern psychiatry and psychology has failed to distinguish these episodes from mental illness. As a result, transformational crises are often suppressed by these out moded medical model approach to Transpersonal phenomena.
However, there is a new perspective developing amongst mental health professionals and those studying spiritual development that views such crises as transformative breakthroughs rather than breakdowns and have huge potential for body, mind and spirit healing. When understood and treated in a supportive manner, spiritual emergencies can become gateways to higher levels of functioning and enhance new ways of being alive.
On our next Transpersonal Therapist Training day we will explore the different forms of spiritual emergencies, signs and symptoms, causes, and what can be done to help those in crisis and also their family and friends who often feel confused, isolated and helpless in the face of this crisis.
The format of the Day will include lecture, video presentation and group dialogue and discussion. Subjects covered will include: The Dark Night of the Soul, Shamanic Initiation-Wounded Healer, Encountering the Divine, Varieties of Spiritual Emergency, Addiction as Spiritual Emergency, Spiritual lessons from other times and cultures, Modern maps of Consciousness, Strategies for everyday life, Who can help and how.