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Spiritual Crisis



A spiritual crisis or emergency is an infrequent condition emerging from profound spiritual experiences that disrupts one’s sense of how to function in the world. An individual experiences confusion about boundaries, identity, and relationships, which can lead to a need for intervention and support.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.

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The Dark Night of the Soul (Losing Who We Thought We Were)

According to St. John of the Cross and Teresa of Ávila, humans have an inborn longing for completion. This completion cannot be achieved by worldly pleasures. So, instead, we must go within, to reach the inner core of our soul in which ‘the divine’ lies hidden.

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Dark Night of the Soul

While imprisoned in a tiny prison cell for his attempts to reform the Church, sixteenth-century Spanish mystic John of the Cross composed many of his now classic poems of the soul’s longing for God.

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Existentialist Psychologist, Auschwitz Survivor Viktor Frankl Explains How to Find Meaning in Life, No Matter What Challenges You Face

Frankl’s thesis echoes those of many sages, from Buddhists to Stoics to his 20th century Existentialist contemporaries: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

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FindCenterThere are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.

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Michael Bernard Beckwith’s Prayer for When You’re Feeling Stuck | Super Soul Sunday | OWN

Spiritual pioneer Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith shares a simple yet powerful prayer that can help you transcend your problems.

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Man’s Search for Meaning

Viktor Frankl’s riveting account of his time in the Nazi concentration camps, and his insightful exploration of the human will to find meaning in spite of the worst adversity, has offered solace and guidance to generations of readers since it was first published in 1946.

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How Elizabeth Gilbert Filled an “Eternal Black Hole of Despair” | Belief | Oprah Winfrey Network

Best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert says she wasn’t truly stirred by religion until she was 30 years old.

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FindCenterThe hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.

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When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart—when we are continually overcome by fear, anxiety, and pain? The answer, Pema Chödrön suggests, might be just the opposite of what you expect.

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Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis

Increasing numbers of people involved in personal transformation are experiencing spiritual emergencies—crises when the process of growth and change becomes chaotic and overwhelming.

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