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Spiritual Emergency - Edited by Stanislav Grof, M.D. and Christina In this book, foremost psychologists, psychiatrists, and spiritual teachers address the following questions: What is spiritual emergency? What is the relationship between spirituality, “madness,” and healing? What forms does spiritual emergency take? What are the pitfalls — and promises — of spiritual practice? How can people in spiritual emergency be assisted by family, friends, and professionals? This groundbreaking work reveals that within the crisis of spiritual emergency lies the promise of spiritual emergence and renewal.
The Stormy Search for the Self - Christina Grof and Stanislav Grof, M.D. Christina and Stanislav Grof, the world's foremost authorities on the subject of spiritual emergence, draw on years of dramatic personal and professional experience with transformative states to explore these "spiritual emergencies," altered states so powerful they threaten to overwhelm the individual's oridinary reality. This book will provide insights, assurances, and practical suggestions for those who are experiencing or have experienced such a crisis, for their families and friends, and for mental-health professionals. It is also a valuable guide for anyone involved in personal transformation whose experiences, though generally untraumatic, may still at times be bewildering or disorienting.
Mend the Gap - Katie Mottram If you are having what could be diagnosed as an insane experience, but you know, deep down, that it's actually more real than the facade you are trying to maintain to 'fit in' with what society suggests is normal, this book will help you understand the messages contained in your emotions and find out what lies beneath your fears. You will discover how you have access to everything your soul desires, realize that your dream life is not out of reach. If you want to gain the confidence to live as your authentic self.
In Case of Spiritual Emergency - Catherine G Lucus Personal stories of spiritual crises are presented alongside practical and effective guidance in this exploration of a fascinating phenomenon. When spiritual emergencies, such as mystical psychosis and dark nights of the soul, are understood, managed, and integrated, they can offer enormous potential for growth and fulfillment, and this book offers three key phases for successful navigation. Encouraging, supportive, and life-saving, this resource is essential for avoiding the mental, emotional, or spiritual paralysis or exhaustion that can result from underestimating the current age of increased individual and global emergencies.
The Secret Spiritual World of Children - Tobin Hart PhD Many children experience some form of divine union, see visions, or have an inkling of ephemeral truth and wisdom—connections to the spiritual world that they often cannot articulate. If overlooked or ignored, a child's spiritual development quickly fades or disappears entirely.
Tobin Hart, psychologist, professor, and pioneer of the ChildSpirit movement, explains how to recognize and identify children's deep spiritual connections. Children's spirituality is an important part of the development of identity and self-actualization, and recognizing and nurturing this growth process is critical for parents, educators, and therapists. Based on more than ten years of interviews, this book combines startling firsthand accounts of secret spiritual lives, including recollections from adults who have forgotten or repressed such childhood experiences. Dr. Hart's exploration reveals the astonishing complexity of inner spirituality and exposes children's innate ability to access wisdom and knowledge far beyond their years.
The Power of Notes - Nicole Gruel, PhD The Power of NOTEs is a self-empowerment guide for experiencers of NOTEs (non-ordinary transcendent experiences). NOTEs include spiritual awakening, near-death, mystical, kundalini, paranormal, peak, psychedelic, visionary, out-of-body, dark-night, and hundreds of other extraordinary experiences that happen to ordinary people every day across the planet. The Power of NOTEs is a self-empowerment guide for experiencers of NOTEs (non-ordinary transcendent experiences). NOTEs include spiritual awakening, near-death, mystical, kundalini, paranormal, peak, psychedelic, visionary, out-of-body, dark-night, and hundreds of other extraordinary experiences that happen to ordinary people every day across the planet.
Transcending the Level of Consciousness - Dr. David R Hawkins Transcending the Levels of Consciousness explores the ego’s expressions and inherent limitations and gives detailed explanations and instructions on how to transcend them. It expands the understanding of the levels of consciousness as presented in the now widely known Map of Consciousness. This book also focuses on the individual and studies the experiential subjective blocks to the advancement of consciousness, which leads to progressive spiritual awareness and on to higher levels of consciousness preparatory to advanced states such as Enlightenment itself. By analyzing the various obstacles and levels to be transcended, certain principles that support spiritual evolution are self-revealing. It is therefore a practical manual rather than a comprehensive analysis.
The Body of Chris - Chris Cole "In The Body of Chris, Chris Cole opens the window to his soul and allows us to observe a remarkable journey through childhood insecurities, alcohol and drug dependency, eating disorders, and bipolar psychosis to an eruption of spirituality and an experience of accentuated humanness. To the great credit of his parents and to Chris’s courage and honesty, the story unfolds to an uncertain but promising outcome. Anyone interested in spirituality and what it means to be a human being can learn a great deal from this book.”
Farther Shores - Dr. Yvonne Kason Dr. Kason explores a wide range of spiritually transformative experiences - near-death experiences, mystical experiences, spiritual energy/kundalini episodes, psychic awakenings and spontaneous inspired creativity - by sharing fascinating real-life stories. Farther Shores is an inspiring book for those who have experiences the extraordinary and for the health care professionals whom they turn for help. Dr. Kason offers sound advice on how to use these occurrences for spiritual growth and personal healing. "...an exceptional book...[that] takes the reader into a world where mystical happenings bring direction and healing to our everyday lives." - Jyoti (Jeneane Prevatt, Ph.D.) Former Director of the Spiritual Emergence Network
Touched by the Light - Dr. Yvonne Kason Touched by the Light is a synthesis of forty years of Dr. Kason's research on STEs and their profound after-effects on body, mind, and spirit. Filled with fascinating case studies, Touched By the Light is inspiring to all, as well as a practical guide for those experiencing STEs and their counsellors.
The Dark Face of Heaven: True Stories of Transcendence Through Trauma- Janet Elizabeth Colli, PhD How do so many of us transcend trauma? Trauma can initiate transformation, and trigger a natural evolutionary dynamic. Trauma can transport us into otherworldly realms that help us heal. Yet while these revolutionary findings are often overlooked, transformative experience is a vital part of the psychology of the future. Dr. Janet Colli presents compelling stories of spiritual awakening, out-of-body experiences (OBEs), lucid dreams, and near-death experiences (NDEs)—revealed during trauma therapy. Those who experience a dark night of the soul often develop special awareness or enhanced perceptual abilities. Trauma may be a portal to a biologically-based transformation of the human personality. Yet such growth or transformation is a natural evolutionary process anyone can access. Dr. Colli’s transpersonal case stories chronicle the healing of cancer, panic attacks, eating disorders and sexual abuse. Consciousness transforms when our ego identity is threatened and our hearts are challenged to open.
Drinking From a Dry Well - Thomas H Green, S. J. In this small but powerful book, Fr. Green returns to the "dry well" to explore the dryness and help readers discover how to live gracefully while "drinking from a dry well of prayer." This book will help any spiritual devotee going through a dark night of the soul experience, develop the grace to weather the storm.
The Third Appearance - Walter Starcke The Third Appearance is spot on for this critical challenge humanity is facing at this time in our evolution. That challenge is to become more fully conscious as Divine Humans. We must realize the truth, says Starcke, that each of us is the incarnated presence of the divine.
For humanity to move forward into the future, we must become what Starcke terms The Third Appearance, that is, a more fully evolved, spiritually conscious humanity. And the way to do this is through integrating the objective and the subjective. Starcke bases his view of the objective and subjective as a unified whole on recent scientific findings. For example, he discusses the ideas of scientist Greg Braden, whose research has shown that the (subjective) emotions of a DNA donor have a measurable impact on that donor s DNA samples, even when separated in distance.
The End of Homo Sapiens - Thomas Beck, PhD with Janet Elizabeth Colli, PhD Dr. Thomas Beck presents a compelling account of the spiritual awakening of humanity. Our species shift is occurring through the enlightening of individuals such as Thomas, who was initiated into expanded states via meditation and otherworldly Beings. By sharing his own personal story as well as psychotherapy case stories, Dr. Beck convinces us that a phase-transition to a higher-order species, Homo sapiens lumina, has already begun.
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