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This new study published in Frontiers in Psychology explores the ambiguous phenomenon of spontaneous spiritual awakenings, which are subjective experiences characterized by a sudden sense of direct contact, union, or complete non-dual merging with perceived ultimate reality.

The study’s lead author, Jessica Corneille, argues that while too little is known about the ways in which spontaneous spiritual awakenings interact and interlink with mental disorders, they can occur as a standalone experience without the presence of a diagnosable disorder and can result in a number of positive long-term outcomes.

Corneille also takes us through some of the more profound psychological and spiritual changes people report after experiencing a spontaneous spiritual awakening, such as a deep sense of inner knowing, decreased anxiety and/or fear, enhanced extra-sensory perception, increased mental and physical well-being, increased pro-sociality, and less interest in materialism.

You can read more about the concept on Forbes.

By Molly Cowell

Molly is a freelance writer who lives in Hamburg, Germany.

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