The Spiritual Dimension of Bipolar Disorder. People tend to think of Spiritual Awakenings and the acute psychosis usually diagnosed as bipolar disorder as completely different experiences, with one being beneficial and the other damaging. Sean’s 15 years of research into this area reveals that there is no clear separation between the two conditions, and that the vast majority of people labeled with bipolar disorder have a powerful spiritual component to their non-ordinary experiences which hold the potential for the healing of emotional trauma and, perhaps, spiritual breakthrough. Sean will discuss both ends of a spectrum of experiences which range from “madness” to “awakening,” helping to promote deeper understanding of what has the potential to be a deeply healing process.
Sean Blackwell has been researching and teaching about the spiritual dimension and healing potential of bipolar disorder since 2007 through his YouTube channel, bipolarORwakingUP, which has recently been renamed Bipolar Awakenings. His videos graphically illustrate subjects such as spiritual emergency, depression, and the evolution of consciousness, always demonstrating how these themes relate to transcending the bipolar condition. His book, Am I Bipolar or Waking Up?, describes his own bipolar awakening, subsequent hospitalization, and complete recovery, which happened in 1996. In 2013, Sean started The Bipolar Awakenings Healing Retreat, a pioneering program for people who wanted to heal from their so-called incurable condition. In 2016, Sean received his certification as a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator with Grof Transpersonal Training, who have publicly endorsed his work. This education was fundamental to the development of the healing retreat process. In 2020, Sean launched two online healing modalities, Distance Surrogate Breathwork and Conscious Emotional Clearing, as safe healing practices which can be done at home.
Dr. Ann Berger-Knorr
Wings Unfolding: A Spiritually Transformative Experience. Dr. Ann Berger-Knorr will share nine After-Death Communications (ADCs) that she experienced with various family members over the span of four years (2019-2022). Six ADCs were spontaneous; one was an assisted ADC; and two were facilitated ADCs. Her second spontaneous ADC resulted in a mystical experience and catapulted her into a Spiritual Emergency which lasted for over two years. During this time, she experienced many psychic and intuitive episodes. She is now grounded and ready to share her Spiritually Transformative Experiences with others. She is currently writing a book about her experience, Wings Unfolding: A Spiritual Awakening of Healing, Growth, and Unconditional Love.
Dr. Ann Berger-Knorr, BS, MEd, PhD is an Associate Professor of Education at Lebanon Valley College, a small liberal arts college in Central Pennsylvania. Ann has been teaching in higher education for the past 30 years. Specifically, she teaches literacy courses and research courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs in teacher education.
Ellen Drummonds Curtis
representation of the Divine communicating through and into the material realm of
the healing Matrix. Work by Dr. David Lukoff with respect to the phenomenon of spiritual emergency, as well as the work by Dr. Stanislav Grof on non-ordinary states of consciousness, have in part inspired this presentation on the shamanic experience that occurs when one is in euphoria. The presentation will serve to explore the vast nature of the frontier of the sacred human mind, activating into tangible being the myriad spiritual gifts (Ellen calls them “magical powers”) that we possess and must utilize for our Ascension Path toward the deep restoration of the angelic origins of the soul onto a plane of existence in which suffering–in the Second Coming of Christ (Consciousness)–is but a memory.