Breaking Open – Navigating Spiritual Emergency [ONLINE]
October 13 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
A spiritual emergency is a period of intense and extended disturbance to a person’s ordinary sense of self and reality, which can involve psychotic-like symptoms such as mania, ego-dissolution, a heightened sense of meaning, hallucinations and a confusion of inner and outer worlds. These experiences can be treated as symptoms of chronic brain disorders requiring psychotropic medication. However, they are better understood as attempts by the psyche to seek greater wholeness. If properly handled, they can be transitions to greater maturity, flourishing and wisdom.
As more and more people take psychedelics and have ecstatic experiences, some of these experiences will be messy ‘spiritual emergencies’ and it’s important that our culture (and particularly psychedelic culture) learns more about these experiences and how to navigate them.
On this evening webinar Jules Evans and Louisa Tomlinson will gather together first-person accounts of spiritual emergencies and explore what they’re like and what self-care practices help people through. They will draw on Jules’ new book Breaking Open -Finding a Way Through Spiritual Emergency, which collects 14 people’s account of their experiences and what helped them through.
Louisa Tomlinson is an authority on the relationship between trauma, higher awareness, and our personal and collective purpose in these times.
Sean Blackwell is the author and host of Bipolar or Waking Up
Jules Evans is an author, broadcaster and academic philosopher. He is a research fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. He also organizes the London Philosophy Club, the largest philosophy club in the world. He is the author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations (2012) , The Art of Losing Control (2017). and Holiday from the Self: An Accidental Ayahuasca Adventure (2019). His website is www.philosophyforlife.org
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