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Spiritual Awakenings

Many people report having spontaneous spiritual experiences. Sometimes cannabis or psychedelic use catalyzes a profound spiritual opening, or perhaps it was meditation or kundalini yoga, a major life event, or a sexual experience.  Other times it may just seem to come out of the blue. These experiences can be overwhelming, blissful, scary, isolating, and quite difficult to explain or understand. Much like psychedelic experiences, these powerful experiences are all too often dismissed or pathologized by medical professionals, leaving people without support in making sense of what happened, or what may be happening in the aftermath. Sadly, many people are medicated, labeled and potentially hospitalized through these experiences, therefore losing out on what could be a positive life-changing transformation.

A spiritual emergency is an "emergence" of the spirit. It's different for everyone, but you may be having rapid insights, a desire to make drastic changes in your life, feelings or "knowings" that are difficult to communicate, a sense of unity with the universe, or generally feeling like you just "woke up" to things. Some people question their own sanity in such situations, and it is important to see a professional if this is happening to assure your safety and receive support.  

If you’re looking for help processing a spiritual or mystical experience, call (510) 859-7724 or email

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

— Alan Watts

A spiritual awakening may feel like a crisis. You might feel like you’re going crazy. Unfortunately, in our culture today, these kinds of experiences are commonly seen as psychotic breaks or mental illness, when they may actually be breakthroughs to healing. If you think this might be happening to you, or if this has happened to you in the past and you’d like support making sense of and processing what you experienced, please call me today.