Nicole Gruel, PhD

Dr. Nicole Gruel is an author, speaker, and transformational coach who descends from a long line of samurai.She has spent over two decades actively exploring human potential.

A near-death experience and sudden loss of several family members as a teenager initiated her journey into the non-ordinary realms and into seeing how ordinary people deal with extraordinary experiences. She’s made it her life mission to help other experiencers navigate their NOTEs so they can make the most of these exceptional events, live their most desired life, and share their gifts with the world. Her books have been featured in leading Australian wellness magazines and inspired people around the world to dive deep and take soulful action. She combines her experience in teaching, international development, healing arts, counselling, Eastern philosophy, depth and transpersonal psychology, sacred ceremony, and creative expression to inspire grounded personal transformation and intentional collective action.

Dr Nicole Gruel has a PhD in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology. She is a board member of IANDS (International Association for Near Death Studies), co-developer of IANDS Sharing Groups Online (ISGO™), mentor for life coaches at ACISTE (American Centre for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences), Gifts Compass™ advisor & training facilitator, and former NSW/ACT president of the Australian Association of Psychological Type (AusAPT).

About the Book

The Power of NOTEs is a self-empowerment guide for experiencers of NOTEs (non-ordinary transcendent experiences).

NOTEs include spiritual awakening, near-death, mystical, kundalini, paranormal, peak, psychedelic, visionary, out-of-body, dark-night, and hundreds of other extraordinary experiences that happen to ordinary people every day across the planet. NOTEs are on the rise, thanks to the smorgasbord of spiritual development tools, consciousness-altering substances, life-resuscitating technologies, and an ever-increasing appetite to hack human potential. They’re often pleasant, sacred, and expansive, and, in time, can be integrated smoothly into our life. But sometimes they’re complex and challenging, even life-threatening. They can lead to physical, emotional, psychological, and social challenges, such as relationship breakdowns, a sense of going “mad,” feeling stuck between worlds, isolation, heightened sensitivities, and confusion about one's life direction.

Either way, NOTEs can forever change a person and be the most important thing that’s ever happened to them. NOTEs are one of the most important conversations of our times yet they remain shrouded in mystery and misinformation. It’s time for experiencers to speak out because when the fruits of NOTEs go unshared, we all miss out. Through stories of experiencers and new discoveries in consciousness research, The Power of NOTEs explores practical ways to harness NOTEs and make them the seeds for a potent, fulfilled, and meaningful life. Find out what life is like beyond transformation and how NOTEs can benefit our lives, loved ones, communities, and, ultimately, the world.

Learn How...

  • Make NOTEs powerful allies in creating the life and love you most desire.
  • Access your personality's natural strengths and supernatural gifts.
  • Work with challenging and distressing NOTEs.
  • Share NOTEs with loved ones so they can better understand and support your transformation.
  • Effectively help someone experiencing NOTEs.
  • Harness the power of NOTEs so you can become an agent of positive action.

Uncover in These Pages...

Harness the power of your NOTEs and unleash the life that seeks to live through you. Through real experiencers’ stories and evidence-based research, The Power of NOTEs reveals the following:

  • why NOTEs are humanity’s best-kept secret
  • the good, the challenging, and the dark side of NOTEs
  • how and why we’re neurologically hardwired to experience NOTEs
  • how NOTEs affect and enhance flow states
  • how NOTEs differ based on personality
  • the optimum ways to work with NOTEs, both during and beyond the experience
  • why NOTEs experiencers are at the forefront of humanity's evolution


“Dr. Nicole Gruel has written an inspirational book that brings the subject of Non-Ordinary Transcendent Experiences ‘alive’ in a very accessible way. She weaves stories of people’s life-changing transformational encounters, and how these experiences are linked to a transcendent dimension found in eight psychological types. This excellent book underlines the importance of humanity’s connection to a living mystery, which awakens our innate potential for transformation. Take NOTE—this book shows how a profound shift in collective consciousness is well underway.”

Mick Collins, PhD, transformational coach, author of The Visionary Spirit: Awakening to the Imaginal Realm in the Transformocene Age


“Nicole Gruel explores in this thoughtful work the secret of psychological transformation—NOTEs and also equally importantly what to do with them. This is a deep and, the same time, practical book that should find a wide readership.”

Murray Stein, PhD, Training and Supervising Analyst at ISAPZURICH Author of Outside, Inside and All Around and The Bible as Dream


“In a buoyant and passionate writing style, Nicole Gruel has reminded us that we walk in mystery, and that the mystery at the borders of consciousness is beneficent. With Hamlet and his own NOTE, she affirms, ‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.’”

James Johnston, Architect of The Gifts Compass Inventory (GCI), author of Jung’s Indispensable Compass: Navigating the Dynamics of Psychological Types and The Call Within: Navigating Life With Inner Guidance



“A deeper understanding of NOTEs has the potential to change attitudes, which is integral to the global paradigm shift that is occurring. This wonderful book comprehensively explains what NOTEs are and is full of cross-cultural examples that encapsulate these often poorly understood, ineffable experiences. It is essential reading for anyone trying to understand their own experience as well as for anyone who is seeking to learn more about these increasingly reported experiences; I highly recommend it.”

Dr. Penny Sartori, author of The Wisdom of Near-Death ExperiencesCo-author with Kelly Walsh of The Transformative Power of Near-Death Experiences


“As William James pointed out, what we think of as ‘normal’ awareness is just one out of a whole spectrum of different states. With great clarity and energy, Nicole Gruel explains why non-ordinary states have such significance and may even hold the key to our future as a species.”

Steve Taylor, PhD, author of The Leap and Spiritual Science


“This is the first of its kind, a qualitative and quantitative study of nonordinary transcendent experiences. Gruel, in assessable language, provides a guide to understand and potentially benefit from important life experiences. I can highly recommend NOTEs, it has certainly enhanced my Jungian psychoanalytic practice.”

Barbara Miller, PhD, Anthropologist, Jungian Analyst (IAAP) in private practice and former solo-cellist




“This book is a wonderful support for those who experience non-ordinary transcendent experiences (NOTEs) and a clear perspective to help everyone understand their potential for life transformation. Gruel blends the perspective of noted scientists and psychiatrists like Carl Jung with remarkable stories of experiencers and offers ways to integrate the insights from these moments into the flow of life. She offers an impressive contribution to the field of transpersonal psychology and spiritual emergence.”

Bonnie Greenwell, PhD, Psychotherapist, Non-dual teacher, author of When Spirit Leaps: Navigating the Process of Spiritual Awakening and


“Dr. Nicole Gruel’s common-sense and inspirational style of writing, along with her ability to blend research with direct experience, makes this book the new required reading in the field of Spiritual Emergence and Emergencies. Her ability to address complex theories and research in way that is readable will enable both professionals and experiencers alike to develop an understanding of and appreciation for, the potential of NOTEs to create transformative shifts in a person’s conscious growth. Not only is it difficult for experiencers to shape into language the experience they have undergone, but it is also difficult to explain the personal challenges and changes most NOTEs create. This encouraging book will help solve that problem. Nicole’s graceful handling of these issues gives us a common language we can use to communicate regarding these experiences which helps create a much-needed bridge of understanding between the experiencer and the non-experiencer.”

Elizabeth J. Sabet, PCC, ASCLC, President of The American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences, Transformational/Transpersonal Coach


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