Spiritual Emergency: What is it?


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5 ways to define Spiritual Emergency:

  • Two popular TedEx talks speak of the neuroanatomy of spiritual experiences and the relationship of mental disturbance and shamanism.
  • A slide presentation about Spiritual Emergency presented by Emma Bragdon on June 12, 2015 gives a colorful history of the term, organizations spawned from it, and current news from that time.
  • Two articles by two psychiatrists, Stanislav Grof, and Nicki Crowley articulate more on diagnosis and treatment.

If you are wondering how to introduce and define Spiritual Emergency and Spiritual Emergence for others–you might draw from these or share them in full with others.

When: YOU choose when you want to dip into the materials.  There are no scheduled classes to attend.


  • We quickly define spiritual emergency in a one-pager
  • An MD Experiences the Neurophysiology of Spiritual Experiences: Tedx Talk
  • Phil Borges: Psychosis and Spiritual Awakening Tedx Talk
  • Dynamic Video and Slides on Spiritual Emergency: A Unique Presentation by Emma Bragdon, PhD.
  • A More Scholarly Approach: Stanislav Grof, MD article
  • Another Scholarly Article: Nicki Crowley, MD

Facilitator:  Emma Bragdon, PhD, Founder/Director of IMHU.   Emma wrote two of the classic books on Spiritual Emergency in 1988 and 1990. She was a volunteer for the Spiritual Emergence Network for 7 years during its formative stages.  She now teaches IMHU’s  course on “How to Effectively Support Someone in Spiritual Emergency”.  The course has 5 online webinars and IMHU offers an additional live Practicum for those who want to become certified as a Spiritual Emergence Coach.

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