For 15 years, the transpersonal psychologist Steve Taylor has been researching cases of spontaneous spiritual awakening that occur in the midst of intense psychological turmoil. In times of bereavement, serious illness, addiction, deep depression, and intense stress, a miraculous transformation sometimes occurs: the death of an old identity and the birth of a new, spiritually-awakened Self. Steve will share some examples of these extraordinary awakenings from his research and explain the reasons why intense suffering can cause them. He will also explain what we can learn from the phenomenon and teach some principles that can apply to our own spiritual development. 2021.