Transformative experiences are a vital part of the psychology of the future. When the power of the sacred is initiated:
The Dark Face of Heaven opens with the discovery of the transpersonal realm within the history of psychology and psychiatry. The first chapter reveals the personal stories of cultural icons: movie stars, rock stars & artists: Frida Kahlo, singer songwriter Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison of The Doors, and comedian Margaret Cho.
The Dark Face of Heaven is based on twenty years of clinical experience with spiritual emergence. Seven true stories reveal the healing dynamic and potential within us all.
—Jeffrey Long, M.D.,
Author of the New York Times bestselling Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences
—Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
Co-author, Haunted by Combat: Understanding PTSD in War Veterans
—Kenneth Ring, Ph.D.
Author of Lessons from the Light
Author of Communion and host of Dreamland
—Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D., Ph.D.
Apollo 14 Astronaut.
—Bernie Siegel, M.D.
Author of Faith, Hope & Healing, and A Book of Miracles
Engineer, Inventor, and Board Member of John E. Mack Institute
Janet Elizabeth Colli, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist in the Pacific Northwest specializing in spiritual awakening. With expertise in both Clinical and Transpersonal Psychology, she bridges psychology with transpersonal experience, and healing. Her research extends to the scientific arena through journal articles and professional conferences of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS), and the American Center for the Integration of Spiritual Experiences (ACISTE). Author of the highly acclaimed book, Sacred Encounters: Spiritual Awakenings During Close Encounters, Janet lives on Whidbey Island and swims with wild dolphins in Hawaii.
Janet Colli, Ph.D.
Thomas Beck, Ph.D.
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Psycho-spiritual transformation is realizable with help from the subtle realm.
Without a doubt, the growth of the human personality is facilitated through trauma and its recovery. Spiritual emergence naturally unfolds…. Yet such growth or transformation is a natural evolutionary process that everyone can access. Disturbances such as depression, anxiety or physical illness, can be vehicles of growth. Consciousness transforms when our egos are threatened and our hearts are challenged to open. Thus does the emergence of the Self and the collective planetary awakening unfold.
First made manifest through dissociation, altered states are de rigueur for spiritual seekers. Others in past decades employed the use of now illegal “entheogens,” an anthropological term meaning “spirit-facilitating,” a term for a class of substances such as psilocybin, peyote and LSD. But beyond using such substances as access, it is largely trauma that initiates one into the spiritual subtle realm—from whence healing comes.
It is our fail-safe position for the expansion of human consciousness.
Majestic Bald Eagle,
By Thomas Beck
Watercolor and gouache on Fabriano paper. Our national symbol of strength and integrity.
Chapter 6 introduces Judith, who faces breast cancer. Terrified, she is being “devoured alive” by cancer. Her situation seems helpless, out of her control. During EMDR, “Mr. Eagle” appears, an authentic Spirit Guide whose path of learning transforms Judith. Eagle proceeds step-by-step to teach Judith how to deal with her debilitating fear.
“Keep walking down the long road; there will be pain but you have to keep moving,” Eagle says. “When you can’t control your fear, come fly with me!”
Judith is directed to take a plush, stuffed toy eagle into the hospital for Eagle’s spirit to enter. One hour before surgery, Judith calls on Eagle to help calm her. “I can control my fear.” The surgery is a success. In its aftermath, Eagle teaches Judith to compartmentalize pain, just like fear.
Judith learned how to alter her reality early in life through trauma. She now embodies functional dissociation. No longer a victim, she can easily access other realities for healing.
Those who experience trauma or a dark night of the soul often develop special awareness or enhanced perceptual abilities. Such experience appears to be the portal to a biologically-based transformation of the human personality. Yet such growth or transformation is a natural evolutionary process that anyone can access. Dr. Janet Colli’s transpersonal cases chronicle the healing of a wide range of physical and psychological disorders. Consciousness transforms when our ego identity is threatened and our hearts are challenged to open. Available at Amazon.com