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 Navigating Spiritual States

with Raphael Cushner

Thursday, October 9th, 8pm-9:30 ET

What to make of some of the unusual effects or aftereffects of meditation or spiritual practice? Swirling lights, distorted body sensations, and involuntary twitching or spontaneous movements are some of the more frequent occurrences that can accompany spiritual states. How to make of sense of these is the subject of our upcoming Community Exploration, Navigating Spiritual States.

Facilitated by Raphael Cushir, one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of emotional intelligence, we’ll explore the variety of these phenomena, share our personal experiences of them, and delve into how to make sense of them and use them for our highest good. Cushnir will talk about the kriya experiences he detailed in his most recent book, Surviving the Divine: A Memoir of Rude Awakening, and his efforts to discern their meaning. Kriyas --  involuntary movements that occur during or outside meditation – are often described in spiritual literature as a process that can occur during the course of  spiritual awakening. Cushnir experienced these with fierce intensity and found them enormously disrupted of his everyday life.

Cushnir is a leading voice in the world of emotional connection and present moment awareness. He has shared his unique approach to personal and professional development with millions of readers in O,  The Oprah MagazineBeliefnet, Spirituality and Health, Psychology Today, and The Huffington Post.  He is the author of six books, lectures worldwide, and is a faculty member of the Esalen Institute, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. In addition, he  coaches individuals and teams at  Fortune 100 companies, governments, religious organizations,  and leading non-profits.

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