How Gratitude Affects the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences
Presentation at the ACISTE Conference
This presentation by Devi Prem explores how gratitude affects the integration of spiritually transformative experiences (STEs). There will be an emphasis on transcendent experiences like ultimate reality, the void, and unity consciousness, experiences beyond ordinary day-to-day existence. Gratitude has been researched extensively in the field of positive psychology, little though in connection to STEs. The author will present her case study and dissertation analysis among other insights in the research of self-transcendence. To understand the significance of integrating STEs and which role gratitude might play, the topics of spiritual emergence and spiritual bypass will be explored. Some gratitude practices will be offered that can easily be taken into sessions with clients and for personal use at home.