Spontaneous Spiritual Awakenings: Qualities, Causes, and Consequences | Jessica Corneille ~ ATTMind 171

Adventures Through The Mind

Feb 10 2023 • 1 hr 39 mins

Jessica Corneille, MSc is a Research Psychologist specializing in spontaneous spiritual awakening experiences.

On this episode of the podcast we start by presenting a definition of a spontaneous spiritual awakening experience before going on to explore the after-effects of these experiences; how they seem to affect both atheists and strongly religious people; common preceding factors; the neurobiological and psychological factors correlated with spontaneous awakening experiences; as well as negative spiritual experiences, e.g spiritual crisis or spiritual emergencies.

We also deconstruct the exclusive pathologizing of psychosis, bipolar, and schizophrenia and the delegitimization of the mystical states of other cultures as a kind of racism.

And we end with a discussion on integrating spontaneous awakening experiences and how to support people in their integration of spontaneous mystical experiences.

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For links to Corneille's work, full show notes, and a link to watch this episode in video, head to bit.ly/ATTMind171

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Episode Breakdown

  • (0:00) Opening
  • (1:13) Overture
  • (8:02) Patreon Thanks
  • (9:54) Interview begins
  • (11:06) A definition of a spontaneous spiritual awakening
  • (12:36) The qualities of a spontaneous spiritual awakening
  • (18:52) Changes in visual and auditory perceptions during/after
  • (21:00) Entity/demon encounters
  • (24:20) Common preceding factors
  • (28:07) The after-effects of spontaneous mystical experiences
  • (30:01) How these experiences seem to affect both atheists and strongly religious people
  • (35:07) Negative mystical experiences, spiritual crisis
  • (41:38) The neurobiological and psychological factors correlated with spontaneous awakening experiences
  • (43:52) Temporal lobe epilepsy and mystical experiences
  • (47:29) Deconstructing the exclusive pathologizing of psychosis, bipolar, and schizophrenia
  • (1:01:14) The delegitimization of the mystical states of other cultures as a kind of racism
  • (1:13:48) Integrating spontaneous spiritual awakening experiences
  • (1:25:06) How to support people in their integration of spontaneous awakening experiences
  • (1:28:41) Links for supportive info for people integrating spontaneous awakening experiences
  • (1:30:33) How to assess when it makes sense to consult a mental health professional
  • (1:33:44) What’s next for Cornnn….. and socials
  • (1:37:54) Outro

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