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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Stream of Experience Productions (May 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982607725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982607725
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stanislav Grof, M.D., internationally acclaimed psychiatrist and co-founder of transpersonal psychology, has taught and lectured in academic and workshop settings worldwide. He has served as chief of Psychiatric Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Scholar-in-Residence at Esalen Institute, and President of the International Transpersonal Association. Dr. Grof is a distinguished faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies and the author of many books, including LSD Psychotherapy, The Adventure of Self Discovery, The Holotropic Mind, Books of the Dead, The Cosmic Game, Psychology of the Future, When the Impossible Happens, and The Ultimate Journey. He has collaborated with his wife Christina Grof on the books The Stormy Search for the Self, Spiritual Emergency, and Holotropic Breathwork.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By applewood on November 26, 2012
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This book came about as the result of Dr. Grof receiving the prestigious "Vision 97" award from Dagmar and Vaclav Havel in 2007. As a recipient he was asked to prepare a publication representing his best work. This book is that presentation - Grof's own choice of a best-of representation of his most important areas of scientific interests and contributions, and in a 50+ year career this covers a wide range of ideas and insights!

Grof's research has put him at the cutting edge of Transpersonal Psychology (he coined the term in the late 60's), in it's emergence from Maslow's humanistic psychology, which means he has rubbed shoulders with some the best and brightest of thinkers in the past half century. He has also conducted vast research into non-ordinary states of consciousness (vast in quantity and scope, as with his high dose LSD clinical studies), and so has much to teach us on realms less accessible to our regular daily experience. What Dr. Grof has as a result contributed to modern psychology (although not yet very widely applied), is the notion that our health and dis-ease is effected by three realms of experience - 1) our regular history of conscious experiences from birth to present, 2) our unconscious (although imprinted) experiences of our birth trauma, and 3) our transpersonal connection to the collective unconscious, and our experience of endless lives from birth through death, as well as our subliminal sharing of memories and sense of oneness with others. He calls this more holistic view "Holotropic" - or "moving toward wholeness."

This simple formulation (of a more complete sense of what our personal history includes) alone is as profound as it is utterly simple.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Renn Butler on July 6, 2012
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Stan Grof's twenty-first book (as author, co-author or editor), and his fourth original project in six years, takes an impressive swath through broad realms of human psychology, spirituality, science, and culture. Concentrating on two main areas, the healing of psychological traumas and the current paradigm shift in science, I highly recommend Healing our Deepest Wounds to anyone interested in psychotherapy and self-exploration, Holotropic Breathwork and psychedelic states, thanatology and the survival of consciousness after death, mysticism and comparative religion, the convergence of science and spirituality, and the succession of world views currently underway.

A primary cofounder of the field of transpersonal psychology, the now eighty-one year old Grof has spent his entire professional life deeply immersed in the study of the human psyche. In the mid-fifties, he was one of the first psychiatrists to engage in systematic research with LSD-25. Eventually conducting over four thousand sessions with a wide range of individuals, he became deeply impressed by the capacity of psychedelic substances to bring up for processing repressed traumatic material that otherwise tends to remain buried. He also observed that these substances, when used responsibly, can help facilitate profound experiences of mystical unity with other people, with nature, or with the entire universe. In contrast with the sectarian dogmas of organized religion, however, the numinous experiences that emerge have a universal, inclusive, and all-encompassing nature. Grof concludes that psychedelics have the same role in psychology as the telescope in astronomy or the microscope in biology and medicine.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Krippner on January 20, 2013
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In this remarkable book, Stanislav Grof presents a radical way of looking at the world and the tattered psyches that inhabit it. His regimen positions wounded individuals in a milieu that includes a vertical plunge into the collective unconscious and a horizontal vista that transcends generations. His therapeutic paradigm incorporates elements from the work of such pioneers as Freud, Jung, Rank, and Reich as well as Eastern philosophers. But it includes novel elements that emerged from reports given to Grof as he supervised LSD sessions, holotropic breathwork, and "spiritual emergencies." The chapter on human greed and violence is a vivid demonstration of how Grof's paradigm not only explains the roots of global crises but how healing and wholeness can be provided for an endangered species that badly needs mending before it is too late.
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