Since 1994 such spiritual crises have acquired an official place in psychiatric diagnostics, namely as non-pathological episodes. Knowledge and insight fall substantially short, however, both in professional circles and among the public at large. In this book the author shows how transpersonal psychology interprets such crises as the growing pains of human consciousness. This wider perspective transcends the traditional, individual frameworks of the life sciences, parallel to the earlier shift of classical mechanics to quantum physics. At a time that resounds with demands for meaningfulness, and which seems engrossed in a holistic model of reality, this book sets about giving a place within this perspective to the phenomenon of the spiritual crisis.
Keywords: Inner experience, transpersonal, existence, pure energy, love, oneness, science, religion, morality, spirituality, spirit, psychiatry, psychology, consciousness, holism, reality, Swedenborg, ego, cognition, pathology, madness, lunacy, scepticism, skepticism, God, mysticism, empiricism, Church, conversion, Gnosis, orthodoxy, soul, introspection, being, perennial philosophy, secular mysticism, Wilber, intuition, phenomenology, peak experiences, death, ecstasy, psychosis