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Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis (New Consciousness Readers) Paperback – September 1, 1989
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About the Author
In 1967 he was invited to Johns Hopkins University as a clinical and research fellow and to the research unit of Spring Grove State Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where he continued his psychadelic research. In 1969 he was offered the position of chief of psychiatric research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center and of assistant professor of psychology at Henry Phipps Clinic. The research team he headed systematically explored the value of psychedelic therapy in neurotics, alcoholics, drug addicts, and terminal cancer patients.
Stanislav continued these functions until 1973, when he moved to California and became scholar in residence at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur. Since that time, he has focused on exploring the potential of experimental psychotherapy without drugs, in addition to writing and conducting seminars worldwide. He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology and the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association. He has published more than ninety papers in professional journals and is the author of Realms of the Human Unconscious, The Human Encounter with Death, LSD Psychotherapy, Beyond the Brain, and The Adventure of Self-Discovery. He was also editor of the volumes Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science and Human Survival and Consciousness Evolution.
- Item Weight : 0.035 ounces
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0874775388
- ISBN-13 : 978-0874775389
- Dimensions : 6.18 x 0.7 x 9.22 inches
- Publisher : TarcherPerigee; 1st edition (September 1, 1989)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #203,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Looking back now and attempting to blend my subjective experience with that of consensual reality, I believe half of my experience resembled psychosis and the other half a spiritual awakening. My personal opinion is that our unconscious minds are far, far more powerful than we believe possible. This book is a great resource for anyone attempting to make sense of an experience of this type.
For anyone set on reading this that has been diagnosed with schizophrenia or psychosis, my advise would be to discuss concepts such as the collective unconscious with a trusted therapist or counselor because it can become very difficult to tell where the line is between fact and fiction.
My friend Ginger was institutionalized as a teenager. I met her ten years later and she believed she was mentally ill. She was not ill, she was extraordinary. Ginger was a "sensitive," a highly intuitive and gifted person. After working through the false labels placed upon her, she eventually became a successful teacher, and later a licensed mental health counselor and bioenergetics therapist. If this book could have been given to her in 1979, it would have reassured her and clarified what had happened to her in her teen years.
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There are contributions from many eminent people with expertise in associated fields. Ranging from: psychologists; Assagioli and Laing to the great spiritual teacher Ram Dass. There are sections covering kundalini, psychic opening, UFO encounters and much, much more. There are no wasted words either, no padding, it gets straight down to the nitty-gritty.
There is a section on help for people in spiritual emergency and while this is mainly aimed at the professional therapist it makes useful reading. The type of help that might be needed in such an emergency is as vast as the variety of experience because much depends on cultural background, religious or spiritual affiliations, ones personal path of approach and what triggered it in the place; for most people there is a trigger. These can range from meditational and religious practices to emotional trauma and near death experiences and because of this, this book should be on the "required reading" list of all health care professionals and spiritual counsellors of all denominations.
As a qualified Psychologist myself, Stan and Christina's work is down to earth, with a human element that is not on offer throughout the psychology community.
some may relate to it others may not;
the point : you are not alone