The official #Emerging Proud website goes live!



We achieve nothing by ‘wishing’ things could be different and waiting for others to create a better world. If we want to see change, WE have to create it; together.

The #Emerging Proud campaign believes that change is necessary, and possible.

Today sets the ball rolling for what will be a momentous shift in how spiritual experiences are perceived, and treated, in society. Believing that is the only way to make it happen.

Go to and sign up for all of the exciting news leading up to the big launch of:

INTERNATIONAL epbanner  DAY ON 12th MAY 2017

…more pictures of people #emergingproud, more emotive personal stories, more interviews…LOTS more!

Be the first to find out how to book your seat for the LIVE premiere: coming very soon!

Be the first to receive news on how to pre- order your personal signed copy of the official #Emerging Proud commemorative hard back book; only 150 copies available worldwide!

Very significantly, the first interview blog for the official #emergingproud website will be with Dr David Lukoff, who talks in depth about his personal experience; the very transformation that led to his career in transpersonal psychology. SIGN UP NOW, for that and news about how YOU could be attending the inaugural #Emerging Proud live event on 12th May 2017!

Will you be part of creating the new world?

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“When I got put in the hospital, I felt spiritually raped of being in touch with my soul” Powerful words from #emergingproud Crissy today

Chrissy’s story of self- discovery and determination highlights how transformative conceptualising our experiences differently to the medical model can be:


“It was April 30, 2013. I woke up with the most amazing energy within me. I felt better than I ever felt in my life. I turned to my husband and said, “You know, honey, I think I’m coming to a new level of awareness.” Two years before I had ever even heard of what a spiritual emergence was, “a new level of awareness” was how I described it, as if I intuitively knew that it was an evolution of consciousness.

I felt energy radiating within me, and from me. I felt hot like, as if I was on fire. I felt all knowing, like my intuition was turned up high. I felt like I understood the law of attraction. I felt like I could control time and space. I felt the Divine Intelligence within me, giving me the gift of knowing and understanding. I felt a part of the Universe. It was amazing, magical, and Sacred.

When I got put in the hospital, I felt spiritually raped of being in touch with my soul. I don’t blame my husband, he was just doing what he thought was in my best interest at the time. I felt so lost, and, because the doctor diagnosed me without hearing my point of view, I lost my voice.

I came back into awareness in the hospital room. My chart on the board said, “Keep her safe.”I said, “I dreamt this months ago.” I had been having déjà Vu dreams since 2008, but I could never pin point these premonitions until they happened.

I spent two years trying to make sense of what had happened to me. My brain was not broken; I had experienced something profound.

When the second anniversary came, my husband FINALLY asked me, “What happened?” I was excited to share my point of view. After I explained my experience, he questioned, “Hmm? I wonder if, in the future, they find out that bipolar disorder is the mind’s way of coming to a new stage of Enlightenment?” That resonated with me on a deep level. You see, the experience left me fundamentally transformed in a positive way. It was a puberty of the soul, a metamorphosis into a butterfly. Only, the shame of the stigma behind a mental health diagnosis kept my wings wet for quite some time.

The very next morning, I googled “bipolar enlightenment,” and came across the work of Sean Blackwell and Stanislav Grof. My intuition that I had a Spiritual Experience was validated.

I’ve been on the road to recuperation since. It took bravery, a willingness to face the dark in order to walk to the light. It took me trusting myself, both consciously and spiritually. It also took being my own advocate. I had to own my own truth.

I’m currently 3-months medication free, feeling integrated, and healed. I’m grateful for the groundwork that was laid before me, that helped map my recovery.”

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Jeff #emergesproud to talk about his alcoholism transformed by spiritual awakening

Addiction is such a common coping mechanism for the sense of separation. Today brave Jeff “comes out of the spiritual closet” to talk about how discovering God (his true SELF) led to his recovery:


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“I believe we need to focus on the concept of “spiritual crisis” in the field of mental health. I was experiencing exactly that, and once I found the right kind of help, I was able to start healing and connecting with my true Self”

Today’s gratitude goes to Joanna from Canada for #emergingproud with us. Here Joanna tells us her wonderful awakening story;

“I am an empath.  For some, this is something that exists only in science fiction – but for me – it is reality.  I am deeply affected by other people’s energy and have the innate ability to perceive the moods, desires, ideas and sometimes thoughts of others.  As a result of this, throughout my entire life, I have felt the need to escape my own body, which is what ultimately led to my diagnosis.  Being present can be completely overwhelming and exhausting for me, but, with the appropriate guidance, I learned a way to welcome, surrender to and channel the energy so that it does not incapacitate me.

About 8 years ago, after what some might describe as a complete nervous breakdown, I was diagnosed with “general anxiety disorder”.  It presented with panic attacks, agoraphobia, obsessive thoughts, compulsive behaviours and extreme physical tension.  After a course of antidepressants and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, I was in what I guess would be called “remission”.  I enjoyed a relatively symptom free several years until I uprooted my entire life and family and moved across the country to a rural town in the middle of nowhere, away from all my supports and extended family and friends.

The first year was an absolute culture shock. People in the area that I was living in seemed to actually ooze misery and despair. My husband, son and I were having a hard time adjusting to, what seemed to be, the complete backward way of life in our new province.  Without even thinking about it, I assumed the best way to deal with my anxiety would be to focus on “getting out of here” (and fortunately for me, my husband’s occupation allows us to move every 3-5 years).

Life became about fantasizing about our next destination and doing everything I could to avoid the present “miserable” situation in which I found myself.  Until one day, I couldn’t do it anymore.  I literally stopped being able to function.  And despite being medicated, I was right back where I was 8 years earlier – having panic attacks – and anxious to the point that I couldn’t leave the house.  My mind and body was in a constant state of tension.  Being present in my own body actually felt hostile to me, and it wouldn’t be off the mark to say that I felt suicidal.

Having previously gone through CBT and some various forms of talk-therapy I knew I needed something different, something more. Intuition led me to contact a therapist that specialized in experiential body and mindfulness-based therapy.

Up to this point in my life, being present in my body and accepting “what is”, without judgement or resistance was a concept that proved to be extremely difficult for me – but also proved to have the most profound response when I just let it happen.

At my very first session, the therapist explained to me that her role was to bring my attention to my experience. So we sat.  And as soon as I sat, with ‘nothing’ to do but ‘sit’, I was overwhelmed with emotion.  At first I thought it was because I felt “guilty” for sitting and doing nothing.  She asked me explore that.  Guilt wasn’t it.  I started to notice a sense of absolute DREAD of what might come out if I let it.  I had spent my entire lifetime trying to escape my present, and my brain was on high alert, telling me a whole world of hell would be released if I sat there any longer.  My therapist told me to look there.  To examine that.  To be curious.  To basically surrender to my fear.  It was absolutely terrifying.  But then something miraculous happened:  my “Self” spoke to me.

Instead of being overwhelmed with fear and panic, I suddenly became aware of the sense that I was going to be “ok”.  “Pay attention”, my therapist reminded me – and the more I looked at this feeling of ‘ok’ the closer I got to my Self.  Suddenly, I felt a literal sense of absolute and utter peace and love.  I have never experienced anything this powerful before in my life.  It wasn’t a “thought” (like “I love myself”, or “I’m just so peaceful right now”) the Love and Peace was actually happening to me in that moment.  It was inside me and radiating outwards.  I felt all at once like a loved child and a wise sage.  I literally felt ‘perfect’ (not like “wow – I’ve done so many wonderful things and I’m good just the way I am”) but I KNEW, in that moment that I AM perfect.  I was everything, and I was nothing at all.  There was no doubt, no fear, no sadness, nothing but pure Love.

I remember the experience of the office – it seemed almost surreal.  It was so vibrant and beautiful, but at the same time, nothing special at all.  I remember starting to laugh.  For no reason, except that I felt pure Joy and Bliss.  I wondered why every single person on the planet didn’t know what I knew in that very moment.  What I sensed – my Self – was so extremely complex, but so extremely simple.  It was everywhere and it was nowhere – – all at once. The world and all its problems, my life, everything, literally meant nothing…but at the very same time…meant EVERYTHING.  And for about 1/2 an hour, I sat, in that state. And I knew the secret of life itself.

I recall saying little else but “wow” the entire time.  But I remember thinking I knew exactly why the Dalai Lama smiles all the time.  He’s enlightened.  And so was I.

Soon after this experience, a referral to a local psychiatrist came through.  The plan was that this psychiatrist was going to monitor my “mental health” and medication. When I told the psychiatrist I had been participating in experiential mind/body therapy the look on his face pretty much said it all.  The icing on the cake, however, was when he asked if I wanted to triple the dose of my antidepressant!  But since becoming well acquainted with my true Self, I had the insight to lightly chuckle, smile and politely and decline.

This experience has led me to realize that all the symptoms I have been experiencing since as far back as I can remember, have actually been my True Self begging me to pay attention – screaming at me to open up to reality – the truth – and all the gifts I have to offer. I am, and have always been, a seeker.  I consider my so-called “illness” to be my salvation.

So it is for this reason that I believe we need to focus on the concept of “spiritual crisis” in the field of mental health.  I was experiencing exactly that, and once I found the right kind of help, I was able to start healing and connecting with my true Self.  We need more people who understand that there is more to mental “health” than science or medicine can offer.   What is missing from the mental health care system is spirituality, connectedness and love. ”



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Normalising Spiritual Experiences is absolutely a Human Rights Issue

Magdalena Smieszek; a Polish refugee turned International Human Rights Lawyer #emergesproud to share her powerful story and desire for a change in the policies concerning people whose agency is being taken away by the imposition of current psychiatric systems.

Magdalena has worked internationally having held a number of human rights, development and migration-related positions with various organizations, primarily the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Currently, in her PhD research she takes an interdisciplinary approach to consider the situation of asylum seekers in Europe, their access to social and economic rights according to international and European law, and how provision or denial of rights affects long-term integration. To unpack the dilemmas, she focuses on the psychology of law as an expression of social inclusion and exclusion.

In 2014 she experienced a spiritual awakening which completely changed her worldview…




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Laurie talks about her journey from self- hatred to self- love as she #emergesproud with us today

Laurie Nevin powerfully shares how her nightmare was transformed into a love story through her spiritual lens, and how she now guides others on their journey back to SELF.




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Dr David Lukoff will #emergeproud to talk about his addition to the DSM

Today I am excited to be interviewing Dr David Lukoff for the #emergingproud campaign.

David Lukoff is a licensed psychologist and Professor Emeritus at Sofia University. His areas of expertise include treatment of schizophrenia, transpersonal psychotherapy, spiritual issues in clinical practice, and case study methodology. He incorporates transpersonal approaches in his clinical work including meditation, compassion training and guided imagery, as well as leading groups on spirituality.

He is author of 70 articles and chapters on spiritual issues and mental health, co-author of the DSM-IV category, “Religious or Spiritual Problem,” co-president of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology, founding board member of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology, and also maintains the Spiritual Competency Resource Center at


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