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Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis (New Consciousness Readers) Paperback – September 1, 1989
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About the Author
Stanislav Grof, M.D., is a psychiatrist with more than thirty years of research experience in nonordinary states of consciousness. He was born and educated in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and received an M.D. from Prague's Charles University School of Medicine, where he specialized in psychiatry. He was the principle investigator for a program at the Psychiatric Research Institute that explored the potential of psychedelic therapy. For his dissertation on this subject, he was awarded a Ph.D. by the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences.
In 1967 he was invited to Johns Hopkins University as a clinical and research fellow and to the research unit of Spring Grove State Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where he continued his psychadelic research. In 1969 he was offered the position of chief of psychiatric research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center and of assistant professor of psychology at Henry Phipps Clinic. The research team he headed systematically explored the value of psychedelic therapy in neurotics, alcoholics, drug addicts, and terminal cancer patients.
Stanislav continued these functions until 1973, when he moved to California and became scholar in residence at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur. Since that time, he has focused on exploring the potential of experimental psychotherapy without drugs, in addition to writing and conducting seminars worldwide. He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology and the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association. He has published more than ninety papers in professional journals and is the author of Realms of the Human Unconscious, The Human Encounter with Death, LSD Psychotherapy, Beyond the Brain, and The Adventure of Self-Discovery. He was also editor of the volumes Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science and Human Survival and Consciousness Evolution.
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Looking back now and attempting to blend my subjective experience with that of consensual reality, I believe half of my experience resembled psychosis and the other half a spiritual awakening. My personal opinion is that our unconscious minds are far, far more powerful than we believe possible. This book is a great resource for anyone attempting to make sense of an experience of this type.
For anyone set on reading this that has been diagnosed with schizophrenia or psychosis, my advise would be to discuss concepts such as the collective unconscious with a trusted therapist or counselor because it can become very difficult to tell where the line is between fact and fiction.
My friend Ginger was institutionalized as a teenager. I met her ten years later and she believed she was mentally ill. She was not ill, she was extraordinary. Ginger was a "sensitive," a highly intuitive and gifted person. After working through the false labels placed upon her, she eventually became a successful teacher, and later a licensed mental health counselor and bioenergetics therapist. If this book could have been given to her in 1979, it would have reassured her and clarified what had happened to her in her teen years.