Spiritual Emergency

"One of the most important implications of the research of holotropic states is the realization that many of the conditions, which are currently diagnosed as psychotic and indiscriminately treated by suppressive medication, are actually difficult stages of a radical personality transformation and of spiritual opening. If they are correctly understood and supported, these psychospiritual crises can result in emotional and psychosomatic healing, remarkable psychological transformation, and consciousness evolution." (Grof and Grof: The Stormy Search for the Self)

Where to find Support?

Any of the facilitators you can find in the Network will be able to see together with you what kind of psychospiritual crisis you might be going through and what kind of approaches might be helpful (e.g. psychotherapy, Holotropic Breathwork, psychiatry, shamanic work).


There are attempts to establish a spiritual emergency network and center, however due to a lack of funding this has not be materialized yet. Currently, the Stan and Christina Grof Foundation is reviving the Spiritual Emergency Network (SEN) in the United States and internationally. For further information see there website SEN. In the UK the Spiritual Crisis Network is providing support.



All the cultures in human history except the Western industrial civilization have held holotropic states of consciousness in great esteem. They induced them whenever they wanted to connect to their deities, other dimensions of reality, and with the forces of nature. They also used them for diagnosing and healing, cultivation of extrasensory perception, and artistic inspiration. They spent much time and energy to develop safe and effective ways of inducing them.

- Stan Grof