I have added some new content to my EARS wbesite!
Under Spiritual Crisis there are now sections on Books by Experiencers, Books by Therapists, and Books by Researchers. Newly added books include Breaking Open by Jules Evans and Tim Read, and Helping with Spiritual Emergencies by Robert Nelson.
I have also updated the Organisations page. It lists organisations who specialise in spiritual crisis and the various types of spiritual emergency. In addition, I have begun to list mental health organisations and to rate them on their inclusion of spirituality on their websites.
Finally, I have updated the page about my research into What Helps People Who Experience Spiritual Crisis/Emergency? The first project will be an evaluation of the services provided by the Spritual Crisis Network (SCN).
Research Question: What Helps People Who Experience Spiritual Crisis/Emergency?
Project One: An Evaluation of the Services Proivded by the Spiritual Crisis Network (SCN).
The outputs I have achieved so far are:
1st Year Annual Review passed.
1st Full Draft of the Literature Review completed.
SCN Non-Disclosure Agreement form completed.
Research page of the SCN website updated.
Project Proposal outlining my methodology & ethical considerations for the project drafted.
I am now awaiting approval by the PDF and CCCU Ethics Committees to proceed with the research project...
For more info see: www.talkaboutspiritualcrisis.uk/spiritual-emergency.html
13th-19th May 2019 is Mental Health Awareness Week
Here are a few things I have been doing.
If you have any thoughts or comments I would love to hear your feedback!
You can contact me by email, by the contact form on my website, or using the feedback forms at the bottom of my individual webpages.
The entire EARS website has had a bit of a face-lift to make it easier to read and more accessible on mobile devices. I have also included some new additions to the site...
Resources: The EARS Library
I now welcome visitors who may be interested in browsing the EARS library. Items include over 2000 books, journals, and DVDs, on spiritual topics. Items are not for loan but visitors are welcome to visit by appointment and enjoy a browse, a chat, and a cuppa!
Resources: Stuff To Watch
I have added an excellent video of William Bloom presenting on practical techniques for psychic protection. William says, 'This Psychic Protection class (based on the bestselling book 'Psychic Protection') is for experienced practitioners and beginners. Filled with practical exercises and great insights, it will help you maintain your strength and centre in disturbing vibrations'.
A new page providing a summary of spiritual crisis or spiritual emergency. Spiritual crisis is often also referred to as ‘spiritual emergency’, ‘spiritual emergence’, ‘Kundalini awakening’ , or ‘spiritual awakening’. In the U.S. spiritual crisis is provided for by the inclusion of ‘spiritual or religious problem’ in the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual 5 (DSM-5) used by American psychiatrists.
I am a registered Spiritual Emergence Coach with the IMHU and one of the Directors of the Spiritual Crisis Network (SCN) in the UK. I assist the SCN by responding to people going through spiritual emergency, co-facilitating the SCN Sheffield peer-support group, and providing training and awareness sessions.
Another new page explaining a bit about hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy can be used to treat a wide range of issues and ailments including: anxiety, depression, bad habits, pain and discomfort, enhancing athletic or academic performance, and psychological disorders.
I have a Diploma in Hypno-psychotherapy from the National College of Hypnosis & Psychotherapy (NCHP). I am a registered hypnotherapist with the National Society for Hypnosis, Psychotherapy & Mindfulness, the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), and a Trainee member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
A new video trailer for Monica Deme's documentary MEDIUM.
A few years ago, mediumship was considered a mental illness. That means, any report of hearing voices or seeing things that most people couldn't, was considered a symptom of madness by psychiatry. Over the years this has changed, and mediumistic sessions besides being studied at major universities in the world, began to be used by certain schools of psychiatry as a complementary therapy to combat mental illness.
A link to the new page for the SCN Sheffield Group
The Sheffield Spiritual Crisis to Emergence Group is a small peer-support group associated with the Spiritual Crisis Network (SCN).
A new link to Katie Mottram's Emerging Kind groups
The Emerging Kind (tEK) Peer Support Groups are for people who view their mental health crisis as part of a spiritual transformation process, and would like to be part of a group where they are validated and supported to find meaning in their experience.
To support people concerned about, or distressed by, anomalous, religious, or spiritual experiences by:
Social context of anomalous experiences in a spiritual support-seeking population
This study, by Charlie Heriot-Maitland, aims to explore relationships between social factors and anomalous experiences, like changes in perception, spiritual-type experiences, hearing voices, or extrasensory communications.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY?
Many people describe having anomalous experiences. For some these experiences have a negative impact on their life and result in input from mental health services. For others, these experiences have a positive impact and can be life-enriching. This research aims to explore the protective social factors that might enable people to integrate their experiences in a helpful way. We would like to recruit people who have recently accessed a support network for spiritual crisis/emergence. For this study, it is not important how you describe or explain your own experiences, but if you have look for support through a spiritual network, then we would love to hear from you.
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
Taking part will involve meeting with the researcher, either in person or via Skype, to discuss your experiences. This will last about 1 hour, including a short interview about your experiences and some questionnaires about, e.g., how you see yourself in relation to others. We are able to offer you £15 remuneration for your time. If you are eligible to also participate in the online follow-up part of the study, we will be able to offer you a further £10 for each assessment point, so a maximum of £35 for all three assessment points (0, 3, and 6 months).
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
An Update from Katie Mottram!
International Emerging Proud Launch: Premiere screenings of CRAZYWISE and Emerging Proud films, and Open Space event to ‘Re-think Madness’
What is Happening?
Your participation shapes the outcome! Join us for the first ever International #EmergingProud day of connection and innovation happening simultaneously in 8 or possibly 10! countries around the world. Be part of catalyzing discussions about ‘Rethinking madness’;Exploring The Wisdom Of Falling Apart: from Stigma to Transformation.
Together we are creating a new global movement towards a dream we all share...
How We Got Here:
We know that severe psychological distress is an ever-growing emergence problem for humanity. We know there is something inherently problematic with our current Western medical approach to mental health. The transformation potential of psychological crises into positive growth has never been examined by the medical model. The lived experience of many individuals, (indigenous communities included), speaks to this truth, bridging worlds and bringing new understanding. CRAZYWISE and #Emerging Proud add powerful voices to the growing conversation that believes a psychological crisis can be an opportunity for growth and potentially transformational, not a disease without a cure. None of us have the answers to what can be done alone; we need to join forces to explore what we can do to support this shift in perspective; Are you with us?
Where is it Happening?
The main hub for this International event is happening HERE in Central London at the beautiful Strand Palace Hotel - and YOU can be part of the LIVE events! Listen to all of the countries call in LIVE at the end of the day with the initiatives that have been catalysed!
The Day Presents the Opportunity To:
Come armed with an open- mind, open- heart and share your passion to support the shift; your voice is important. Join us in a powerful group process to quickly catalyze and support positive transformation through inspiring creative and collaborative solutions to these complex issues. Harness International wisdom through the energy and ideas we create together with our passion for change. Share your ideas, passions, and possibly inspire others to join you in carrying a particular project forwards… This is an interactive, inclusive event; please bring your laptop, cameras, notebooks and pens!
www.talkaboutspiritualcrisis.uk has now been updated with a couple of new features:
An events page shows a calendar view of upcoming events and conferences related to spiritual crisis, transpersonal psychology, and clinical parapsychology. Events will be added throughout 2017.
People To Talk To
This page contains contact details for a few 'spirituality-friendly' therapists working in the U.K. I will add more as I get to know about them. Also, included is a list of online therapist directories where you can search for therapists meeting your requirements.
If you have any questions or comments, or want to talk about a spiritual experience that has caused you concern or distress, please get in touch.
An update from Katie Mottram, author of Mend the Gap and co-founder of the International Spiritual Emergence Network (ISEN).
"I am overjoyed to announce that, thanks to invaluable contributor donations, the official #EmergingProud website is now live:
Please sign up there to keep up with ongoing campaign news!
Emerging Proud is a Human Rights campaign.
We’re entering a new evolutionary period for humanity, it’s time we normalised spiritual experiences to end stigma and the pathologising of them;
International #Emerging Proud day aims to initiate this on 12th May 2017!
Normalising spiritual experiences is fundamentally a Human Rights issue.
Article 9 of the Human Rights Act states a right to Freedom of thought, belief and Religion. And yet certain spiritual beliefs are still being pathologised as mental illness.
Will you #emergeproud to help the shift?
The aim of this campaign is to initiate an International #Emerging Proud day on 12th May 2017, as part of Mental Health week, in order to raise awareness about the spectrum of spiritual experiences, and ultimately, to normalize them.
May 12th will then mark
INTERNATIONAL #EMERGING PROUD DAY
every year from then on…"