The Adventure of Self-Discovery: Dimensions of Consciousness and New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Inner Exploration
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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The Sensory Barrier and the RecollectiveBiographical Level
Dynamics of the Perinatal Matrices
The Amniotic Universe
Cosmic Engulfment and No Exit
The DeathRebirth Struggle
The DeathRebirth Experience
Transpersonal Dimensions of the Psyche
Experiential Extension Within Consensus Reality and SpaceTime
Effective Mechanisms of Healing and Personality Transformation
Intensification of Conventional Therapeutic Mechanisms
Dynamic Shifts in the Psyches Governing Systems
Therapeutic Potential of the DeathRebirth Process
Therapeutic Mechanisms on the transpersonal level
Healing as a Movement Toward Wholeness
Potential and Goals of Experiential SelfExploration
Emotional and Psychosomatic Healing
Experiential Extension Beyond Consensus Reality and SpaceTime
Transpersonal Experiences of Psychoid Nature
Philosophical Challenges from Transpersonal Experiences
New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Inner Exploration
Principles of Holotropic Therapy
Therapeutic Effects of Intense Breathing Pneumocatharsis
The Healing Potential of Music
Focused Body Work
The Procedure of Holotropic Therapy
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