Types of Spiritual
Emergence / Emergency


"It is important for helping professionals to have an understanding of these phenomenological categories, in order to conduct culturally competent assessments, when encountering individuals who may seek services presenting with these spiritually oriented concerns" (Garbe, 2020).

Meditation Related

Near Death Experience







Mystical Experience

Past Lives

Hearing Voices

Loss of Faith

Pew Research Center: Religious and Public Life (2009). 

Many Americans mix multiple faiths.

About half of the U.S. public (49%) says they have had a mystical or religious experience. The 2009 Pew Forum survey found that mystical and religious experiences were more common among those who are unaffiliated with any particular religion.

Hodge, D. R., & McGrew, C. C. (2005). Clarifying the distinctions and connections between spirituality and religion. Social Work & Christianity, 32(1) 1 - 21.

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