This is why so many of us are working to raise awareness and understanding of the highly complex relationship between mental health and spirituality. It is why charities around the world like the UK Spiritual Crisis Network (SCN) and the Canadian Spiritual Emergence Service (SES) exist – to offer support to those who need it.
Our message is simple: please reach out for support; you are not alone; many others have been through these crises and come out the other side. Psychospiritual crisis can be an excruciating process to go through – I know, I’ve been through it. But with the right support it can lead to considerable healing and growth.
There are lots of free resources on the UK SCN website, the Canadian SES, the Australian and American Spiritual Emergence Networks and on my website here. There are also online communities like the Shades of Awakening FB page and Kimberley Jones’ community and some excellent books by authors such as Christina and Stanislav Grof, Emma Bragdon, consultant psychiatrist Dr Russell Razzaque (Breaking Down is Waking Up) and myself (In Case of Spiritual Emergency: Moving Successfully Through Your Awakening). Memoirs of those who’ve come through it include Katie Mottram’s Mend the Gap. Upcoming there is also a powerful documentary film, CrazyWise and a novel by Emma Goude, My Beautiful Psychosis.
Such intense transformational crises are far more common than people realise. When understood, validated and supported they offer us the potential to move beyond our wounding, beyond our limited conception of ourselves.
Please help those in crisis find the support they need; please share this post. Together we can make a difference! Thank you.