Integrating Spiritually Transformative Experiences

Integrating Spiritually Transformative Experiences

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The Spiritually Transformation Experience often creates dramatic shifts in perspective that impact all areas of the individual’s life as well as the lives of those intimately involved with the experiencer. The process of integrating these new perspectives can drastically challenge the status quo, both internally and externally, requiring new coping strategies for everyone involved.

ACISTE (American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences) was formed in an effort to support experiencers in all areas of life after the STE.

ACISTE has accumulated preliminary research to identify, clarify, and problem-solve services designed specifically for the challenges that experiencers face when integrating their expanded awareness into daily life. Professionals and experiencers associated with ACISTE are using this research to facilitate work groups, build community and design programs to sensitively train professionals to meet the needs of experiencers, as well as develop mentor style assistance for those struggling with integration issues after their STE.

Yolaine Stout – Issues of Spiritually Transformative Experience: Integration: Results from ACISTE Surveys. Visit the ACISTE web site:

Presented at the IANDS 2011 Conference, Sept. 2-4, in Durham, NC
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  1. I really wish people would start making reference to Greyson Scale (or NDE-C Scale) scores.

    I see lots of people who have had STE's (spiritually transformative experiences), or OBE's (out of body experiences), etc and they are commonly trying to convince their selves and or others that they have had an NDE.

    it is disappointing and generally confusing, every time someone in good health goes out of their way to try to identify as an NDE'r.

    NDE's are important because they are associated with scientifically measurable observations and determinations. this quality of information is compelling to the postmodernist paradigm, that does not trust the philosophical powers of reason. so if everyone is going to subscribe to this paradigm why throw away Bruce Greyson's scientific organizational tool in the Greyson Scale (or the NDE-C Scale)? there is no good reason.

    I personally have had an OBE that scores 80 out of 80 on the NDE-C Scale (similar to the Greyson Scale), that was the result of being ultra healthy. I have had a handful more of experiences that score between 17-39 out of 80 with NDE-C Scale too; this is all the result of healthy culmative practices.

    these are ineffable experiences that can help us to evolve, if we are reasonable, and we are not even using the language that we have, to orientate our selves on the path.

  2. Thank you. Now I finally know what I can call my experience. I did not physically die and you saying that you don't have to, is reassuring. My life afterwards changed completely for the better. Heaven and Hell are both here on Earth. 'religion is for people who don't want to die, spirituality is for those who have already been'. I don't have anyone to talk to about this, who doesn't supress a disbelieving smile. I know I wasnt the only one this happened to, so great to hear you

  3. I am so extremely grateful for this video. <3 This experience has allowed me love others even more but at the same time, has made me feel quite withdrawn and isolated. Knowing that this is not uncommon with other experiencers is comforting.