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Breaking Open

Finding a Way Through Spiritual Emergencies
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Aeon Books
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May, 2020
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9781912807697
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$32.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Spiritual emergencies are moments of messy awakening, crises of ego dissolution and rebirth that are often misunderstood and unskillfully managed by materialist psychiatry. As more Westerners meditate and are drawn to psychedelics to foster their psycho-spiritual growth, mystical experiences are becoming more common —yet some of them will be disturbing and difficult. There is an urgent need for our culture to upgrade its understanding of what these experiences are like and what helps people wisely integrate the turbulence.

Positive disintegration allows more adaptive understandings of self and world to arise. In periods of major cultural transition, the experience of positive disintegration is widespread. —Joanna Macy

Breaking Open is the first book in which people discuss their own spiritual emergencies and share what helped them through. The contributors are the experts of their own experience, and they share their wild journeys with courage, insight, and poetry. There are fascinating parallels in their experiences, suggesting minds in extremis go to similar places.

These stories show us all the art of positive disintegration—and reintegration—in a time of major cultural transition. Perhaps these stories suggest the dying of an old model of the self—separate and alone in an inanimate universe—and the birth of a new model, or radical interconnection within a universe brimming with fiery intelligence.

These are beautiful postcards from the edge of human consciousness, testaments to the soul's natural resilience. These people have returned from their descent with valuable insights for our culture, as we go through a collective spiritual emergency, with old myths and structures breaking down, and new possibilities breaking open. What is there beyond our present egocentric model of reality? What tools and connections can help us navigate “the emergence?”

We feel this project is important at this particular historical moment, as old structures of meaning break down, and homo sapiens enters a collective spiritual emergency. What insights and tools can help us find a way through the darkness?

Also by Jules Evans is The Art of Losing Control.

Publisher’s Description: 

Spiritual emergencies are moments of messy awakening, crises of ego dissolution and rebirth that are often misunderstood and unskillfully managed by materialist psychiatry. As more Westerners meditate and are drawn to psychedelics to foster their psycho-spiritual growth, mystical experiences are becoming more common - yet some of them will be disturbing and difficult. There is an urgent need for our culture to upgrade its understanding of what these experiences are like and what helps people through the turbulence.

Breaking Open is the first book in which people discuss their own spiritual emergencies and share what helped them through. The contributors are the experts of their own experience, and they share their wild journeys with courage, insight, and poetry. There are fascinating parallels in their experiences, suggesting minds in extremis go to similar places. These are beautiful postcards from the edge of human consciousness, testaments to the soul's natural resilience. These people have returned from their descent with valuable insights for our culture, as we go through a collective spiritual emergency, with old myths and structures breaking down, and new possibilities breaking open. What is there beyond our present egocentric model of reality? What tools can help us navigate the emergence?

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