In the last few years, we’ve seen an increase in the interest in the therapeutic potential of psychedelics, in both nonclinical and clinical settings. Psychedelic substances such as LSD and psilocybin mushrooms possess the ability to cause huge shifts in an individual’s perception and understanding of reality. While seeing things in the world in a new light may be good for an individual’s psyche, it may also trigger psychological distress referred to as a spiritual emergency.
What is a spiritual emergency?
This refers to a transformative or spiritual crisis in which a person may move toward a greater state of wholeness and integration. The term was coined by psychotherapist Christina Grof and psychiatrist Stanislave Grof. The two describe the emergency as a crisis but also an opportunity to rise to another level of awareness.
How is this state triggered by psychedelic substances?
Psychedelic substances possess the ability to cause spiritual emergencies as they basically move an individual from one state of consciousness to another. If a person is unprepared, these experiences may have an unintended effect on an individual, in addition to being stabilizing.
It should be noted, however, that states of spiritual crisis can also be caused by meditative practice, childbirth, illnesses, dear-death experiences and emotional stress. Sometimes, they may also occur spontaneously.
What’s the difference between spiritual emergency and psychosis?
Psychosis is a serious mental disorder that impairs an individual’s emotions and thought, causing them to lose touch with reality. Spiritual-emergency cases share some characteristics with psychosis, which is also often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. The main difference between the two is the fact that, unlike psychosis, spiritual emergencies offer people an opportunity to venture deeper into themselves and heal and aren’t suggestive of long-term mental disease.
Integration providers or psychedelic practitioners who are working with individuals experiencing psychological distress can determine an individual’s family or personal history of mental health disorders and evaluate whether the person is a danger to others or themselves, to help understand if they’re going through a spiritual crisis or a psychotic meltdown.
How can psychedelics help with spiritual emergencies?
Psychedelic healing is a demanding process that may involve psycho-spiritual distress, which is essential to the process of healing.
With mainstream and medical interest in these substances steadily growing and more individuals having these experiences, it is important that psychedelic practitioners develop frameworks to help people examine their experience and understand all that the experiences entail.
Additionally, more studies need to be conducted to help understand the influence of psychedelics on the human psyche. Companies such as Delic Holdings Inc. (CSE: DELC) (OTCQB: DELCF) are already exploring the possible therapeutic use of psychedelics, including psilocybin and ketamine, in the treatment of mental health conditions.
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