What is Spiritual Emergence?
Spiritual Emergence is a natural process of human growth and transformation characterised by increased awareness, greater sensitivity and richer connection to others and the surrounding world. It is common to become more concerned with social, economic, health, and ecological issues and the bigger questions in life such as purpose, meaning and values.
What is the difference between Spiritual Emergence and Emergency?
When Spiritual Emergence happens too suddenly or before the person is psychologically and emotionally ready, this can be very stressful and overwhelming for the person who then feels they are unable to cope with what they are going through. Spiritual emergency may occur spontaneously or be triggered by challenging life events, the use of psychoactive substances or by the pursuit of spiritual practices. When Spiritual Emergence becomes overwhelming it is likely to be considered a Spiritual Emergency, also known as Spiritual Crisis.
Am I having a Spiritual Emergency?
A Spiritual Emergency can occur suddenly with no awareness of a previous period of Emergence or the person may move from feeling that they can manage, and even enjoy the experience, to other times when they feel out of control and in need of help.
What can I do about Spiritual Emergency?
This website includes a number of Resources For Experiencers that have been found helpful and the contact details of national organisations which can be contacted for local information in other languages.
The mental health profession is slowly becoming more aware of the need to include a spiritual perspective in helping people suffering from psychological or emotional distress. Alternative practitioners and healers also offer various methods for working with this process.
With appropriate support, people in spiritual emergency integrate their experiences, are more able to create a meaningful life for themselves, and function at a higher level than before their crisis.