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What is a Spiritual Emergency?
"The movement of an individual to a more expanded way of being that involves enhanced emotional and psychosomatic health, greater freedom of personal choices, and a sense of deeper connection with other people, nature, and the cosmos. An important part of this development is an increasing awareness of the spiritual dimension in one's life..."
"When spiritual emergence is very rapid and dramatic, however, the natural process can become a crisis, and spiritual emergence becomes spiritual emergency. People who are in such a crisis are bombarded with inner experiences that abruptly challenge their old ways of existing, and their relationship with reality shifts very rapidly. Suddenly they feel uncomfortable in the formerly familiar world and may find it difficult to meet the demands of everyday life." (p. 34-35)
Grof, C., & Grof, S. (1992). The Stormy Search For The Self
Dr. Michael Garbe, DSW, LCSW, shares of his spiritual emergence and spiritual emergency experience and how we can assist individuals experiencing a spiritual emergency through trauma informed care.
Photo: Greg Rakozy
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