Grof includes in his model the recollective level, or the reliving of emotionally relevant memories, a level at which the Freudian framework can be useful. Beyond that is perinatal level in which the human unconscious may be activated to a reliving of biological birth and confrontation with death. How birth experience influences an individual's later development is a central focus of the book.
The most serious challenge to contemporary psycho-analytic theory comes from a delineation of the transpersonal level, or the expansion of consciousness beyond the boundaries of time and space.
Grof makes a bold argument that understanding of the perinatal and transpersonal levels changes much of how we view both mental illness and mental health. His reinterpretation of some of the most agonizing aspects of human behavior proves thought provoking for both laypersons and professional therapists.
If you want a very complex, thought provoking read, this should be just the thing.
Grof makes a bold argument that understanding of the perinatal and transpersonal levels changes much of how we view both mental illness and mental health.
One has to read a lot of books to get the benefit of as much knowledge and understanding as the author has put into this one.
'￼Beyond the Brain' seriously challenges the existing neurophysiological models of the brain. After three decades of extensive research on non-ordinary states of consciousness... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dr. Peter Fritz Walter
Grof's early work, "Realms of the Human Unconscious" was an epiphany for me. While I have devoured his later works with high expectations, I have been largely disappointed by how... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Alex Soong
One has to read a lot of books to get the benefit of as much knowledge and understanding as the author has put into this one. Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by Herbert L Calhoun
I guess I didn't understand the previews of this book. It's all about LSD used in a controlled setting. I don't look to drugs for my enlightenment, so this book was not for me. Read morePublished on November 15, 2012 by zen_reader
Helped me to finally understand how religious beliefs and practices, therapeutic modalities et al relate to consciousness. Read morePublished on June 8, 2012 by Dennis Crow
Stanislav Grof discusses, introduces some great ideas. Many of these would constitute as revolutionary for most of us. Read morePublished on September 12, 2010 by Laszlo
I can't say I'm as enthusiastic about this book as all the other reviewers are. I read this shortly after finishing Grof's book "LSD Psychotherapy", which I found to be an... Read morePublished on December 19, 2006 by call me The Avi