Dr. Grof is uniquely qualified to elucidate the meaning of psychedelic experiences and other “altered states”. He has studied LSD for psychotherapy since the late 1950’s. He is one of the leading practitioners of transpersonal psychology at the Esalen Institute and other acclaimed centers. He has conducted thousands of sessions and he has reviewed many more thousands of session transcripts. Out of all this experiential material he has recognized three main stages of development. In a later, shorter work, he describes these stages of growth of the holotropic mind (1991). These stages he calls co-ex, basic perinatal matrix, and transpersonal. These experiences contrast with the conscious material from the body and its five senses-hylotropic. Hylotropic derives from the Greek-hylomorphism- Aristotle’s term for body-formed consciousness. Holotropic goes beyond this, into non-ordinary states.
This book is about how we might integrate these deeply meaningful experiences into a new world view that creates a new philosophy of life that is an overarching bridge beyond our current scientific materialist philosophy. He uses historical and anthropological material to show how important these transpersonal states were to pre-industrial societies. They were integrated into the social fabric. They helped resolve psychological problems for individuals in those societies and foster personal growth. The Elysian Mysteries were one example from Ancient Greece.
We are much poorer for treating these experiences as psychotic symptoms, and blunting them with mind-numbing medications. Not all non-ordinary experiences are psychoses. Recognizing the difference requires an expertise that traditional therapists usually don’t have. They don’t know what they don’t know.
I place myself along with William James, the philosopher of Pragmatism. That is, I cannot judge this from my own personal experience, but I want to keep an open mind about it and study it without prejudice.
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0791438767
- 条形码: 9780791438763
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- 商品重量: 426 g
- ASIN: 0791438767
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