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The Holotropic Mind: The Three Levels of Human Consciousness and How They Shape Our Lives Paperback – May 28, 1993
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About the Author
Hal Zina Bennett, Ph.D., is a lecturer, consultant, and the author or co-author of twenty-seven books, including The Lens of Perception, The Well Body Book (with Mike Samuels, M.D.), The Holotropic Mind (with Stanislav Grof, M.D.), and Follow Your Bliss (with Susan J. Sparrow). He is also a contributing editor to Shaman's Drum magazine
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Top Customer Reviews
Dr. Grof is skilled psychiatrist and researcher with solid academic credentials in the US and Europe. He was one of the first to experiment with LSD--experiment in the laboratory sense, not in the adolescent escapade sense. His decades of research with thousands of subjects, including himself, has convinced the doctor that altered states of consciousness are the gateway to understanding the nature of the human experience.
P. 133 neatly summarizes Dr. Grof's approach, and his book's challenge to the typical Western reader: "The prevalent bias of the modern industrialized world is one of excluding all forms of spirituality as erroneous and misleading. ... While the existence of the experiences is a fact that can be confirmed by any serious researcher familiar with non-ordinary states of consciousness, there are various ways to interpret the same data. This is not so different from any other scientific question. After all the theory of gravity is not the same as gravity itself. Similarly, while we might refuse to take seriously past life experiences because we do not like the theories of reincarnations, we would not think of applying the same thinking to gravity, that is, denying that objects are falling because we do not like the theories of gravity that explain it. There are observable facts about reincarnation. ... It is important to remind ourselves that science never 'proves' anything; it only 'disproves' or 'improves' existing theories.Read more ›
Grof's research suggests that profound healing happens automatically when people enter certain non-ordinary states of consciousness that are intrinsic to their own being. The process usually begins with a working through of emotionally charged memories from the lifetime. Eventually it deepens into a confrontation with biological birth and the inevitability of death, sequences that are intermixed with historical, karmic, and archetypal themes. Finally the process opens out into ecstatic transpersonal and spiritual realms, beyond the boundaries of individual consciousness. This book is full of fascinating case histories of people who have had the courage to look beneath the surface of everyday reality. Some of the accounts of healing and personal evolution described here will move and inspire you.
Self-exploration of this type is truly a kind of final frontier. Grof makes a solid case for the reintroduction of healing practises that use non-ordinary states of consciousness, techniques that have been used in non-industrial cultures for thousands of years. The documented effects of these suggest a potential for healing and transformation "undreamed of" in traditional psychotherapy.
Stanislav Grof was born in in 1931 in Czechoslovakia, where he received an MD in 1956, and PhD in 1967. It appears that he spent his time between the two degrees doing research in LSD-induced psychic states, often using himself as the subject. But when he came to the US in 1967, LSD use became prohibited, and so he eventually continued his work in "Transpersonal Psychology" (defined as a study of non-ordinary states of consciousness) with techniques that involved controlled breathing in a controlled setting. If nothing else, the reader of this book can get an idea of what a psychedelic trip feels like.
The book consists of two parts, framed between what could be called an introductory and a concluding chapter. In the introduction he mentions how some avant-garde physicists have introduced theories that connect together everything in the universe into one mathematical or even conscious entity: Talbot's holographic universe, Bohm's implicate order, Sheldrake's morphic resonance, and finally Jung's (an avant-garde psychiatrist in his day) collective unconscious. He then takes off into his favorite subject, LSD-induced regression into early childhood states and the birth process.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read! Digs into the deepest sources of human behavior.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
An accessible introduction to Grof's fascinating transpersonal paradigm of consciousness and the human psyche. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Abner Rosenweig
￼In 'The Holotropic Mind' Stanislav Grof exposes his vision of a holographic universe, and he summons convincing amounts of data and evidence for his view. Read morePublished on May 29, 2014 by Dr. Peter Fritz Walter
this book has it all. I've been meditating for over thirty years. this book specks to me from many veils of consciousness. from a science prespective. Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by richard
There is really nothing unique here that hasn't been explained by numerous other books. But this book does a good job of condensing and synthesizing multiple ideas and explanations... Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Amy Kline-Rodriguez
This book was one of my first introductions into taking concepts from physics and proposing mind expanding concepts of how the universe works and as the title indicates, how these... Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Michael L. Jones
Stanislav Grof (born 1931) is a psychiatrist from Czechoslovakia and one of the founders of transpersonal psychology, who is known for his early studies of LSD as well as his more... Read morePublished on June 28, 2011 by Steven H Propp
Grof presents a post-Newtonian paradigm, in which the quantum world of Bohm et al., allows for non-ordinary realities (now quite a conventional view but we are talking 1993 here),... Read morePublished on March 6, 2010 by Prokopton
If you are interested in the holographic model of the universe and consciousness, then you would like to read this book. Read morePublished on August 4, 2009 by Rama Rao