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An Integral Approach to Spiritual Emergency
One of the most dramatic and fascinating ways that psychology and spirituality come
together is in the phenomenon of spiritual emergency. This appendix brings the integral model to
bear on the issue of spiritual emergency in the hopes of bringing some theoretical order and clarity
to this puzzling experience.
For the vast majority of people, opening to spiritual experience is a welcome and easily
integrated process. However, for a small minority, spiritual experience occurs so rapidly or forcefully
that it becomes destabilizing, producing a psycho-spiritual crisis. This is where spiritual emergence
becomes spiritual emergency.
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