Many moons ago, I wrote two articles about transcendence. I re-wrote them today, as I was posting a reply onBill Harris’ blog. You might find the re-write interesting, so here’s a teaser. The link to the whole thing is at the end.
The Prevalence of Spiritual Crisis in Modern Day Society
The idea of a spiritual crisis, which is expounded especially by Stan & Christina Grof, is crucial for the kind of development we assist in bringing forth. To put this in context, here’s quote from a longer, excellent article by Conny Jasper:
In such a crisis, the person is barraged with many inner changes. Their old beliefs and behaviors are challenged, as their relationship with reality rapidly shifts. They suddenly do not feel comfortable in the once familiar world, and may have problems meeting the demands of daily life. They may find it difficult to distinguish between their inner visionary world and the external world of everyday reality. Within their bodies they may feel forceful energies causing uncontrollable tremors
(Grof & Grof, 1986, p. 35).
I’m sure it goes without saying that “spiritual” and “church / religion ” have nothing to do with each other. It may be more comfortable to say “crisis of meaning” because spirituality is so tightly connected, in most minds, with “church.”
Let’s look at what may or may not be emerging in the world — a new, dynamic perspective regarding human potential. Before we go there, however, we need to look at the dangers of exploring this path.