Talk About Spiritual Crisis
Mike Rush BSc, PGDip, MA, DHP(NC).
The videos below offer a variety of perspectives on different aspects of spiritual crisis, including psychosis, Bipolar Disorder, spiritual awakening, psychiatry, hearing voices, sleep paralysis, Near-Death Experiences, and an experience of a stroke. The description against each video is quoted from the website where the video can be found.
Please note: I have included the videos here to illustrate differing perspectives on spiritual crisis that some people may find helpful. I do not necessarily agree with or endorse all of the opinions expressed in these videos.
Spiritual Emergencies in Times of Collective Crisis
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CRAZYWISE centers around Adam, 29, a former wakeboard champion who struggles with his sanity following a psychotic break. Desperate and feeling shame from being labeled with a potential lifelong disease, Adam embraces meditation. Later, after revealing his mental diagnosis, Adam is turned away from future meditation retreats. He becomes homeless, alienated from his family and is living alone out of a friend's car.
For many people the experience of bipolar mania is a sacred, spiritual one. In this video Sean Blackwell explains how and why.
Published on Mar 8, 2016. Video produced by the RCPsych's Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group.
A film about the compassionate approach to relating with voices. This project is a Cultural Institute at King's project led by Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland, Department of Psychology at King’s, in collaboration with Kate Anderson, independent animation director. It is part of the Cultural Institute at King's Collaborative Innovation Scheme for Early Career Researchers.
Evolving Minds explores the connection between psychosis and spiritual experience and provides techniques for people to explore and take control of their own minds. An invaluable resource that will educate, empower and inform.
This experimental docu-horror was supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award and made as part of an MA in Animation at Royal College of Art. It is part of The Sleep Paralysis Project (thesleepparalysisproject.org).
Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened -- as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding -- she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.
Elaine Aron began researching high sensitivity in 1991 and continues to do research on it now, also calling it Sensory-Processing Sensitivity (SPS, the trait’s scientific term). She never planned to write any self-help books, but those who have this trait seem to gain a great deal from knowing about it.
The Spiritual Competency Academy provides access to online resources that enhance the cultural sensitivity of mental health professionals. Spirituality is now accepted as an important component of cultural competence for mental health professionals. These resources include online courses, audio-visual resources, and articles.
This is a trailer for the NDE training video: "Near-Death Experience, What Medical Professionals Need to Know," which may be ordered at www.iands.org/video. The video features doctors, a nurse, and a number of near-death experiencers. It provides medical professionals with information and procedures to address the needs of patients who have had NDEs. It is also of interest to general audiences.
Dr Penny Sartori and Kelly Walsh introduce their book The Transformative Power of Near-Death Experiences.
A webinar recorded by ACISTE: Listen to Spiritual Experiencers share how their experiences occurred and why they chose not to enter the mental health system to process and integrate their experiences.