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California Institute of Integral Studies

2013

Awakening

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The Peak At The Nadir: Psychological Turmoil As The Trigger For Awakening Experiences, Steve Taylor Jul 2013

The Peak At The Nadir: Psychological Turmoil As The Trigger For Awakening Experiences, Steve Taylor

International Journal of Transpersonal Studies

A study of 161 temporary awakening experiences showed that over 23% were triggered by, or associated with, intense turmoil and distress (Taylor, 2012b). Examples of some of these turmoil-induced awakening experiences are given, illustrating the wide variety of traumatic experiences involved. (The type of trauma was found to be less important than its intensity.) These temporary awakening experiences are contrasted with permanent suffering-induced transformational experiences (SITEs). A distinction is made between a primary shift, involving the establishment of a new self-system (which occurs in SITEs), and the secondary shift which may occur after temporary awakening experiences, when the individual’s ...