Spiritual emergence experiences occur throughout the life span, triggered by sudden losses, spiritual practices, as well as spontaneous anomalous experiences. Major losses include questioning or loss of faith, illness, grief and facing death. Anomalous spiritual experiences, such as mystical, near death, and psychedelic experiences challenge our understanding of the world and can be confusing and frightening. The self can become disorganized and overwhelmed by an infusion of spiritual energies or new realms of experience. While such challenges can produce a period of distress and imbalance, once recognized and approached as potentially transformative, many people can integrate such episodes in ways that promote their growth and development. Fostering integration of spiritual emergence experiences rather than trying to “reduce symptoms” can enable them to become Spiritually Transformative Experiences.
Recognizing and Integrating Spiritual Emergence
Friday April 29th
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David Lukoff, PhD is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA and a licensed psychologist in California whose work focuses on spiritual issues and mental health. He is author of 80 articles and chapters and is co-author of the DSM-IV and DSM-5 category Religious or Spiritual Problem, and he recently founded the Spiritual Competency Academy to provide training for mental health professionals in spiritual competency, loss, grief, death, recovery, and spiritual crises.