The Adventure of Self-Discovery: Dimensions of Consciousness and New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Inner Exploration

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SUNY Press, Jan 31, 1988 - Psychology - 321 pages
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Here Grof presents a useful model of the psyche—a model extended by his thirty years of studying non-ordinary states of consciousness. It is useful for understanding such phenomena as shamanism, mysticism, psychedelic states, spontaneous visionary experiences, and psychotic episodes. The model is also useful in explaining the dynamics of experiential psychotherapies and a variety of sociopolitical manifestations such as war and revolution.

This book might have been entitled Beyond Drugs. The second part describes the principles and process of the non-pharmacological technique developed by the author and his wife, Christina, for self-exploration and for psychotherapy. Grof explores in detail the components of this technique. He describes its method, its effective mechanisms, as well as its goals and potential. Its practice is simple, since it utilizes the natural healing capacity of the psyche.

  

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This book is essentially two different works. The first part is a discussion of Grof's catalog of types of transpersonal experiences that a person can have in an altered state of consciousness ... Read full review

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Contents

Dimensions of Consciousness New Cartography Of The Human Psyche
1
The Sensory Barrier and the RecollectiveBiographical Level
3
Dynamics of the Perinatal Matrices
7
The Amniotic Universe
11
Cosmic Engulfment And No Exit
15
The Deathrebirth Struggle
21
The Deathrebirth Experience
29
Transpersonal Dimensions of the Psyche
37
i Intuitive Understanding of Universal Symbols
138
j Creative Inspiration and the Promethean Impulse
140
k Experience of the Demiurg and of Cosmic Creation
142
l Experience of Cosmic Consciousness
144
m The Supracosmic and Metacosmic Void
147
Transpersonal Experiences Of Psychoid Nature
148
1 Synchronistic Links between Consciousness and Matter
150
2 Spontaneous Psychoid Events
153

Experiential Extension Within Consensus Reality And Spacetime
45
b Identification with Other Persons
47
c Group Identification and Group Consciousness
50
d Identification with Animals
52
e Identification with Plants and Botanical Processes
58
f Oneness with Life and All Creation
60
g Experience of Inanimate Matter and Inorganic Processes
62
h Planetary Consciousness
65
i Extraterrestrial Experiences
67
j Identification with the Entire Physical Universe
68
k Psychic Phenomena Involving Transcendence of Space OutofBody Experiences Traveling Clairvoyance and Clairaudience SpaceTravels and Telep...
69
2 Transcendence of the Boundaries of Linear Time
74
b Ancestral Experiences
78
c Racial and Collective Experiences
81
d Past Incarnation Experiences
84
e Phylogenetic Experiences
93
f Experiences of Planetary Evolution
99
h Psychic Phenomena Involving Transcendence of Time Precognition Clairvoyance and Clairaudience of Past and Future Events Psychometry Time ...
100
Organ Tissue and Cellular Consciousness
103
Experiential Extension Beyond Consensus Reality And Spacetime
105
a Spiritistic and Mediumistic Experiences
106
b Energetic Phenomena of the Subtle Body
110
c Experience of Animal Spirits
118
d Encounters with Spirit Guides and Suprahuman Beings
121
e Visits to Other Universes and Meetings with Their Inhabitants
123
f Experiences of Mythological and Fairy Tale Sequences
126
g Experiences of Specific Blissful and Wrathful Deities
130
h Experiences of Universal Archetypes
134
c Recurrent Spontaneous Psychokinesis Poltergeist
154
d Unidentified Flying Objects
156
3 Intentional Psychokinesis
157
b Healing and Hexing
158
d Laboratory Psychokinesis
160
New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Inner Exploration
165
Principles of Holotropic Therapy
167
Therapeutic Effects Of Intense Breathing pneumocatharsis
170
The Healing Potential Of Music
184
Focused Body Work
194
The Procedure Of Holotropic Therapy
200
Effective Mechanisms of Healing and Personality Transformation
219
Intensification Of Conventional Therapeutic Mechanisms
222
Dynamic Shifts In The Psyches Governing Systems
227
Therapeutic Potential Of The Deathrebirth Process
234
Therapeutic Mechanisms On The Transpersonal Level
236
Healing As A Movement Toward Wholeness
238
Potential and Goals of Experiential SelfExploration
249
Emotional And Psychosomatic Healing
250
Pursuit Of A More Rewarding Life Strategy
258
Philosophical And Spiritual Quest
265
Psychedelics In Psychotherapy And Selfexploration
275
Ritual and Therapeutic Use of Psychedelics
281
Principles of LSD Psychotherapy
289
Table of Basic Perinatal Matrices
299
Bibliography
303
Index
311
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Stanislav Grof, MD, is a psychiatrist with more than fifty years of experience in research of non-ordinary states of consciousness. He has been Principal Investigator in a psychedelic research program at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague, Czechoslovakia; Chief of Psychiatric Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University; and Scholar-in-Residence at the Esalen Institute. He is currently Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, conducts professional training programs in holotropic breathwork, and gives lectures and seminars worldwide. He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology and the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA). In 2007, he was granted the prestigious Vision 97 award from the Vaclav and Dagmar Havel Foundation in Prague. He is the author and editor of many books, including Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science; Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy; The Cosmic Game: Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness; Human Survival and Consciousness Evolution; and Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research; all published by SUNY Press.

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