Spiritual Emergence

Spirituality has been proven to offer benefits for people with mental health issues. Here is an article that discusses a program at USC School of Social Work.

Other organizations focus on mental illness as being part of a spiritual awakening.

Shades of Awakening is a site that explores the spiritual emergence/ spiritual crisis movement. They aim to “create a space to explore compassionate and culturally appropriate contexts for extreme mental, emotional and spiritual states that provide support and healing to those seeking integration, community and validation.”

The International Spiritual Emergence Network (ISEN) offers “compassionate support to those who understand their experiences to be a spiritual crisis rather than a mental illness, raising awareness of a non-pathological integral framework within the mental health field.”

The 2017 documentary Crazywise explores more about this movement.

Other organizations that may serve as helpful resources on this topic include:

Recommended reading:

  1. Kundalini and the Morning Star by Robert Keith Rinne
  2. Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing by Caroline Myss, PhD
  3. Conversations with God books 1-3 by Neale Donald Walsch
  4. A Course in Miracles by Foundation for Inner Peace