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Helping People with Spiritual ProblemsA Sourcebook for Helping People With Spiritual Problems

“…. the first-ever book devoted exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of spiritual problems.” –David Lukoff, PhD.

Spiritual experiences (eg. psychic opening, experiences of Oneness with God, hearing spiritual guidance from within, kundalini awakening) are not indicative of mental illness. However, they are indicators of spiritual awakening– stepping stones to more expanded states of consciousness. Spiritual experiences become spiritual problems–only if the experiencer resists them, or can not find meaning in them.

Each one of us is born with God given talents and special sensitivities. In Brazil they acknowledge this by saying, “Everyone is a medium”. But, mediumistic abilities must be harnessed to be of service to others–or the gifts can have ill effects. Often psychics become involved with spiritual healing to share their gifts with others.

“This Sourcebook is a valuable resource for anyone interested in spiritual experiences and their relationship to psychological health and pathology. It is a clear, concise statement about the nature of spiritual emergencies and appropriate treatment modalities. It deserves careful reading by mental health professionals as well as lay people who are exploring their own spiritual growth. It provides a well-balanced perspective and a wealth of useful information.”
— Frances Vaughan, PhD., author of Beyond Ego and Paths Beyond Ego.

First published as A Sourcebook for Helping People in Spiritual Emergency (Lightening Up Press, 1988), this new edition–revised in 2006–was renamed: A Sourcebook for Helping People with Spiritual Problems (Lightening Up Press, 1994). Distributed through New Leaf Distribution and

ISBN:0-9620960-1-6, Lightening Up Press,336 pages, includes Index, Notes, Glossary, Referrals and Resources. Articles of Interest by 6 professionals who define the need to re-evaluate diagnostic criteria and treatment protocols for those having acute psychotic episodes. Four tables show how paranormal experiences are on the increase, psychologists who recognize spiritual emergency, and how to differentiate spiritual problems and mental illness.

Introduction by David Lukoff, PhD., an author of the new DSM-IV category “Religious or Spiritual Problem”, and Co-President of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology.

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“Your books are not only scholarly but communicate a clear message, and I finally know exactly what is meant by spiritual emergence and spiritual emergency.”
— Winafred Lucas, Ph.D., author of Regression Therapy: A Handbook for Professionals

“The Sourcebook fulfills a real need among people who might otherwise be labeled mentally ill…”
— John Mack,MD., professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
Founding director of the Center for Psychology and Social Change.

“The connection between traditional mental and emotional health and spiritual well-being has never been so clearly and rigorously examined, even by Scott Peck. This (Sourcebook) is no mere study, it is a practical book with many suggestions for uniting the two aspects of our inner world.”
— Sandy Anderson, for NAPRA trade journal.

“Once the concept of Spiritual Emergence is understood, psychotherapy will have broken the sound barrier. I trust that this Sourcebook will make an important contribution to this hoped for breakthrough.”
— Brother David Steindl-Rast, prolific author and leader in interfaith dialogue.