Yvonne Kason, MD., President of SAI
Yvonne is the author of Touched by the Light and other books about Near Death Experience and Spiritually Transformative Experiences (STEs)*. She is now retired as a medical doctor/psychotherapist but continues to speak publically and be supportive of spiritual awakening. June 15 she and her team launched a non-profit organization called Spiritual Awakenings International (SAI).
Spiritual Awakenings International is multi-faith, multi-cultural, non-aligned, and is open to anyone peacefully seeking a higher understanding. They promote respectful and supportive dialogue of diverse views and perspectives on STEs. (See our SAI Resolution on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.)
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*Spiritually Transformative Experiences include:
- Mystical experiences;
- Near-Death Experiences (NDEs);
- Death-related STEs such as deathbed experiences, care-giver experiences, death-watch/shared-death experiences, after-death communications;
- Psychic/intuitive experiences of many types;
- Spiritual energy/Kundalini awakenings;
- Inspired creativity;
- Shamanic experiences.
Yvonne Kason coined the term “spiritually-transformative experiences” in 1994.
Spiritual Emergence and Spiritually Transformative Experiences
People who have spiritually transformative experiences (STEs) are in a process of personal evolution which has been called “spiritual emergence”. When the STEs are disorienting they demand the experiencer take time out to re-evaluate their life. Such an intense experience has been called “spiritual emergency.” This crisis can last minutes, hours, days–even months. IMHU offers a brief FREE presentation online called “Spiritual Emergency: What is it?“. IMHU also offers 5 online webinars on “How to Effectively Support Someone in Spiritual Emergency“. Knowing how to recognize spiritual emergency in oneself or others can make the difference between the label of “mental illness” and “personal evolutionary event”. The first carries stigma. The latter is to be celebrated as it holds the promise of more peace and joy in life. It is important that all healthcare providers understand how to recognize spiritual emergence phenomena and how to offer the right kind of support for this evolutionary step.