TOPIC: Crisis Centers for Spiritual/Meditation Problems
Crisis Centers for Spiritual/Meditation Problems
02 Aug 2014 19:13 #94724
It is very neat that this exists! I never knew something like this was out there. Seems like it would be good if this kind of resource was more commonly known.
There are two sites, (I'm not sure they are related or not, I'm still reading through them): Spiritual Emergence.net and Spiritual Emergence Network.info
What is Spiritual Emergence (SE)
The term Spiritual Emergence has been used to refer to the awakening of the spiritual potential within an individual that initiates the unfolding and expansion of that individual’s way of being. It is a natural process of growth toward a deeper, more connected and expanded way of being, that usually occurs slowly throughout our lives and is gently integrated. When this process occurs rapidly or becomes very intense it can seem disruptive and out of context with everyday life, precipitating a personal crisis which is referred to as a Spiritual Emergency.
Spiritual Emergence can also be referred to as Kundalini awakening (KA), shamanic journey, mystical experience, awakening the Divine within, psychic opening, out-of-body experience (OBE), or near-death experience (NDE).
Spiritual Emergence may be initiated or intensified by major life transitions, trauma, terminal illness, physical or emotional distress, the use of psychoactive drugs, as well as through intensive psychotherapy or practices such as breathwork, certain types of Yoga, deep prayer and meditation.
Although emergence is a natural process, traditional Western medicine and helping professions have not generally recognized it. Spiritual Emergence has the dual nature of being potentially deeply healing as well as potentially deeply disturbing. When those experiencing disturbed manifestations of SE seek traditional health care, they may feel misunderstood or be diagnosed as emotionally disturbed and prescribed medication or other medical interventions. The healing potential of the emerging spirit is often distorted or smothered and the aim of symptom management becomes the goal of therapy.
The spiritual Emergence Service believes that it is essential that the support of SE is open, compassionate and holistic, that is, supporting the whole person – body, mind and spirit. Our aim is to support the process and the individual by providing support and information as well as access to alternative healing professionals.
SEN provides individuals that are experiencing difficulties with psychospiritual growth a therapist referral and support service that is staffed by trained graduate students. In a culture which has not understood issues surrounding spiritual development, the gift of being heard and understood by a knowledgeable and supportive listener can be life-altering. We can provide referrals to licensed mental health care professionals (often in the caller’s area) who may be of ongoing assistance. All members of SEN’s National Referral Directory are licensed and insured and specialize in or have been trained to deal with many psychospiritual issues. Some of our therapist database is now online for self-referral.
If you can not find a therapist from your area there, then click here and fill out our online request form in order to get access to our entire database of therapists. It may take about a week for emails to be returned. You may also leave us a message at our telephone referral center: (415) 453-1106 (24 hours a day / 7 days a week) for information, referrals, and/or support. When you leave your message, give us the same information that we ask for here in our online request form. It may take about a week for us to respond–the request form tends to get faster responses.
This web site is also a spiritual emergence resource guide. Look in our books & links sections in the index above. We are interested in expanding our National Referral Directory to cover all 50 states and their major cities. If you are a licensed counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist or other kind of mental health professional who has been trained or has expertise in spiritual or religious issues and problems and wants to expand your client base, please click here.
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Buy A Sourcebook for Helping People with Spiritual Problems by Emma Bragdon through us. Just send us an email with your contact information and your request and we will contact you. First published as A Sourcebook for Helping People in Spiritual Emergency (LighteningUp Press, 1988), this new edition, renamed: A Sourcebook for Helping People with Spiritual Problems (LighteningUp Press, 1994), is 336 pages long and includes an introduction by David Lukoff, PhD. “This Sourcebook is a valuable resource for anyone interested in spiritual experiences and their relationship to psychological health and pathology. It is a clear, concise statement about the nature of spiritual emergencies and appropriate treatment modalities. It deserves careful reading by mental health professionals as well as lay people who are exploring their own spiritual growth. It provides a well-balanced perspective and a wealth of useful information.” – Frances Vaughan, PhD., author of Beyond Ego and Paths Beyond Ego
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