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Breaking Open: Finding a Way Through Spiritual Emergency

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Speakers- Dr Tim Read and Jules Evans

Spiritual emergencies are moments of messy awakening, crises of ego-dissolution and rebirth that are often misunderstood and can often be unskilfully managed by mental health services. 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 materialistic 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. Our authors 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 goes to similar places. These are beautiful postcards from the edge of human consciousness, testaments to the soul’s natural resilience. Our authors 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?

Tim Read is a medical doctor, psychiatrist and psychotherapist based in London. He was Consultant Psychiatrist at the Royal London Hospital for 20 years leading the Emergency Liaison service and the Crisis Intervention Service. He has trained in psychoanalytic therapy (IGA) and in transpersonal therapy (GTT). He is a certified facilitator of Holotropic Breathwork and has a special interest in working with expanded states of consciousness. His book Walking Shadows: Archetype and Psyche in Crisis and Growth was published in 2015.

Jules Evans is an author, broadcaster and academic philosopher. He is a research fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London, where he researches the history and philosophy of flourishing. He also organizes the London Philosophy Club, the largest philosophy club in the world. He is the author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations (2012) and The Art of Losing Control (2017). He blogs at www.philosophyforlife.org

This is a joint meeting with the Division of Clinical Psychology Faculty of Holistic Psychology

Venue: British Psychological Society, 30 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4UE

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