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Holotropic Breathwork: A New Approach to Self-Exploration and Therapy (Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology) [Paperback]

Stanislav Grof , Christina Grof , Jack Kornfield
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August 2010 Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology
The definitive overview of this transformative breathwork.

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"Stanislav Grof is one of the most important pioneers in the scientific understanding of consciousness. He and his wife, Christina, have contributed both to its intellectual and experiential understanding through their work with Holotropic Breathwork. Their book on this new approach to self-exploration and therapy is a must read." --Deepak Chopra, author of Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New You

"This fascinating, informative book invites you to open your mind to explore the depths of the psyche and transpersonal dimensions of consciousness. Stanislav and Christina Grof, who pioneered this powerful, innovative approach to therapy and personal growth, offer sound advice, thoroughly grounded in decades of practical experience." -- Frances Vaughan, author of Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions

"Take a few rapid, staccato breaths and open this book. You will have a great read, and at the same time maybe discover a new kind of consciousness, just waiting inside of you to be revealed. Stanislav and Christina Grof are modern pioneers of consciousness and this book is their map of the territory. Holotropic Breathwork reveals how the Grofs developed their revolutionary healing techniques, often told through fascinating stories of people being transformed by the breathwork process. The Grofs are at the center of the current psycho-spiritual revolution in the West, and this book is a testament to their role in our collective healing." -- Wes Nisker, author of The Essential Crazy Wisdom and Buddha's Nature: A Practical Guide to Discovering Your Place in the Cosmos

"The Grofs offer the first comprehensive text of the theory and practice of their pioneering and integrative model of experiential psychotherapy and self-exploration. This `psychology of the future,' with its extended cartography of the psyche, provides irrefutable evidence that spontaneous episodes of nonordinary states of consciousness have great healing, transformative, and even evolutionary potential for humankind. History will record that Holotropic Breathwork and the certification training and program designed by the Grofs advanced the field of psychotherapy far beyond the contributions of Freud and Jung." -- Angeles Arrien, author of The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary

"In this remarkable book Stanislav and Christina Grof summarize their pathbreaking discoveries of the past thirty years. They make two significant contributions, one to science, the other to our shared future. The first, by showing that altered states of consciousness have a dimension that is veridical--`imaginal' rather than `imaginary'--and thereby transcend the outdated but still persistent belief that our experience of the world is limited to information conveyed by our senses. The second, by demonstrating that the altered states achieved inter alia through their holotropic breathwork method reduce aggression and enhance tolerance, compassion, ecological sensitivity, and a sense of planetary citizenship. Since these are the very qualities we urgently need to cope with the global emergency in which we presently find ourselves, their contribution to the future of humankind matches their contribution to the future of psychology." -- Ervin Laszlo, author of The Connectivity Hypothesis: Foundations of an Integral Science of Quantum, Cosmos, Life, and Consciousness

From the Back Cover

In this long-awaited book, Stanislav Grof and Christina Grof describe their groundbreaking new form of self-exploration and psychotherapy: Holotropic Breathwork. Holotropic means "moving toward wholeness," from the Greek holos (whole) and trepein (moving in the direction of). The breathwork utilizes the remarkable healing and transformative potential of nonordinary states of consciousness. These states engender a rich array of experiences with unique healing potential--reliving childhood memories, infancy, birth and prenatal life, and elements from the historical and archetypal realms of the collective unconscious. Induced by very simple means--a combination of accelerated breathing, evocative music, and bodywork in a safe and supportive setting, Holotropic Breathwork integrates the insights from modern consciousness research, depth psychology, transpersonal psychology, anthropology, Eastern spiritual practices, and mystical traditions. The Grofs' work with holotropic states of consciousness has introduced revolutionary changes to psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy. Written in a clear, easily understandable style, this indispensable book summarizes their remarkable insights.

Product Details

  • Series: Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology
  • Paperback: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Excelsior Editions/State University of New Yo; First Edition edition (August 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438433948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438433943
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking August 20, 2010
The dominant paradigm in to-days psychology is overtly mental and verbal, believing that psyhological and emotional disturbances can best be relieved by cognitive strategies. And also amongst spiritual seekers are there a growing tendency to focus primarily on the mental and intellectual, like advaita and people like James Schwartz, Tony Parsons, Ramesh Balsekar, Nathan Gill: just say you are 'free' and eveything else will follow....

So the revolutionary insights from the therapeutic movement of the 70s and 80s with dynamic meditations (Osho) and various adventurous therapies like Primal or Rebirthing seem to have been largely forgotten and put aside.

In this wonderful book Stan and Christina Grof argue convincingly for the utmost importance of dealing with the physical aspects of our nature, for catharsis and abreaction if we want to reach a state of true physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Combining - as usual from Grof - lots of convincing real life stories with penetrating intellectual insights and building a strong case for the benefit of holotropic states (states beyond the ususal limited ego-world) and their healing potential.

A very well-written book and - as usual - filled with comprehensivev evidence for the importance of a new world view and a devastaing blow to the pretensions of the ruling scientific paradigm and its naive and fanatic belief in materialistic monism.

Essential reading for all seekers, explorers and psychonauts.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
"We are not human beings having spiritual experiences, we are spiritual beings having human experiences." Teilhard de Chardin, 1975

The long-awaited volume by Stanislav and Christina Grof is the first comprehensive text on the theory and practice of their new strategy of psychotherapy and self-exploration. Cowritten by this remarkable husband-wife partnership and supported by over eighty combined years of research into non-ordinary or holotropic states of consciousness--from holos="wholeness" and trepein="moving toward"--this is sure to be a cherished addition to the libraries of intelligent seekers around the world and one of the most influential books of the decade.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in emotional and psychosomatic healing, self-exploration, depth psychology, spirituality, comparative religions, or the relationship between consciousness and the global crisis. It represents the distilled life work of two of the most pioneering and hard-working visionaries on the planet. The Grofs have paid their dues with decades of caring service. More than a permanent addition to the canon of psychological and spiritual literature, this book is a testament to the enduring creative potency of loving partnership.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Holotropic Breathwork - the book February 10, 2014
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The program is wonderful and very healing, but the book is an overview, with feedback of how much it has helped people. It does not offer any information, and is really a sales pitch for the program.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Someone with a Mental Illness. December 23, 2011
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This is a great book for someone with, or a family with a member whom has been diagnosed with a Mental illness. I'm Schizophrenic, and this really dives into some old, and recent studies that Grof, and Frued ( mentioned ) practiced on patients. It gives are a great outlook into Holotropic Breathwork, the power it has to heal the mind, and get into your consciousness on different levels.
For someone like me, it was hard to keep my attention. But overall it's still a 4/5 star book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I started doing some breath work and had some questions regarding my experience with it. This is a great presentation on breathwork and how it can cleanse, heal and assist one in a better, freer life!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Covers it all, in detail... June 2, 2014
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I've read a number of Grof's books, and I think this one is my favorite. Here, all the theory is put into practice, and what we get back is a healing technique which, in my opinion, will revolutionize how mental disorders are treated in the future. Essential reading for anyone with a remote interest in this powerful technique.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Churning the Unconscious Realms with the Breath December 20, 2014
By Suba
For those reading my comment, please note, I am writing from the yogic perspective. I am doing an intensive pranayamic study and this is just one of the many books I am studying. Having said that, even though this is a text on a particular therapeutic technique, I did find the book informative and refreshing.

From the standpoint of my pranayamic studies there are no new techniques offered, though, the coupling of breathing with music as catalyst for working with certain energies is useful in my mind. In fact, yogically speaking, we can use music in our pranayamic practices to help us target those physiological/chakra areas. By using certain frequencies, rhythms, instruments, tones, and types of music we can activate those areas and consciously work with them more effectively.

One valuable thing I took away from this book is the different experiences/case studies of people who have gone through the process. We get to see the psychological affects/effects working with the breath. Many yoga books list different things that can and do happen. This text actually gives us case studies and personal experiences. That's nice.

Another thing to take away from this book is working with others. Pranayama or yoga in general, is often an internal practice, something that we might do around others, but which, is usually done in the privacy of our own minds. Granted, we are talking about the internal aspect of yoga and not the stretching to our butt part.

Only in those times of crisis (wrongful posture or breathing) does the teacher or other students get pulled into our world. With the Holotropic Breathing technique there is always someone with us - what they call - a sitter.
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As a Certified Holotropic Breathwork Practitioner, I value anything authored by this great innovator and teacher. It sums up the training required concisely.
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I am still in the process of readin this book but very interested in the topic and definitely will be using Holotropic Breathwork as a resource for my meditation and breathwork... Read more
Published on August 18, 2012 by jodakid333
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Up to now i have not tryed myself the holorropic breathing, though my friend experienced it - not completly willingly, just in course of his sickness, but had very deep... Read more
Published on November 25, 2010 by Brigitte Gaupp-berghausen
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