Breaking Open: Finding a Way Through Spiritual Emergency

Breaking Open: Finding a Way Through Spiritual Emergency

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:30
Personal Growth
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A spiritual emergency is a period of intense disturbance to a person’s ordinary sense of self and reality, which can involve psychotic-like symptoms such as mania, ego-dissolution, a heightened sense of meaning, hallucinations and a confusion of inner and outer worlds. These experiences can be treated as symptoms of chronic brain disorders requiring psychotropic medication. However, they are better understood as attempts by the psyche to seek greater wholeness.

If properly handled, they can be transitions to greater maturity, flourishing and wisdom.

On this evening webinar Jules Evans and Dr Tim Read - authors of Breaking Open -Finding a Way Through Spiritual Emergency, will gather together first-person accounts of spiritual emergencies and explore what they’re like and what self-care practices help people through.

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

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.

About the speaker, Jules Evans
Jules is the author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations, which was published in 19 countries and was chosen as a Times book of the year by Matthew Syed. Adrian Edmondson says the book saved his life when he was struggling with grief and depression. Jules is a founder member of Modern Stoicism and organiser of Stoicon. He's also a research fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions, a BBC New Generation Thinker, and the author of the Art of Losing Control. 
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