Here Grof presents a useful model of the psyche--a model extended by his thirty years of studying non-ordinary states of consciousness. It is useful for understanding such phenomena as shamanism, mysticism, psychedelic states, spontaneous visionary experiences, and psychotic episodes. The model is also useful in explaining the dynamics of experiential psychotherapies and aHere Grof presents a useful model of the psyche--a model extended by his thirty years of studying non-ordinary states of consciousness. It is useful for understanding such phenomena as shamanism, mysticism, psychedelic states, spontaneous visionary experiences, and psychotic episodes. The model is also useful in explaining the dynamics of experiential psychotherapies and a variety of sociopolitical manifestations such as war and revolution.This book might have been entitled Beyond Drugs. The second part describes the principles and process of the non-pharmacological technique developed by the author and his wife, Christina, for self-exploration and for psychotherapy. Grof explores in detail the components of this technique. He describes its method, its effective mechanisms, as well as its goals and potential. Its practice is simple, since it utilizes the natural healing capacity of the psyche....
|Title||:||The Adventure of Self-Discovery: Dimensions of Consciousness and New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Inner Exploration|
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The Adventure of Self-Discovery: Dimensions of Consciousness and New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Inner Exploration Reviews
The book is divided into two parts. In Dimensions of Consciousness: New Cartography of the Human PsycheGrof presents his extended cartography of the psyche, which he developed from observations during clinical work with various psychedelics (mainly with LSD therapy). He argues that the model of psyche used in traditional psychotherapy is limited to therecollective-analytical leveli.e. to biography and to the individual unconscious and is inadequate for understanding the dynamics of deep self-exploration, emotional and psychosomatic healing, personality transformation and consciousness evolution. He offers a new model and adds two additional levels perinatal (related to experience of birth and death in perinatal stage) and transpersonal (i.e. experiential connection with any aspect of the phenomenal world). However the most important distinction according to him, is not to be made between those levels (biographical, perinatal, or transpersonal) but between the hylotropic mode (ordinary waking consciousness that we normally have) and the holotropic mode a non-ordinary state of consciousness that can be reached by the use of psychedelic substances (drugs or plants); during trance dancing/drumming, shamanic rituals, near-death experience or through other methods.He provides a detailed classification of transpersonal experiences that a person can experience in holotropic mode (for example: identification with other persons, animals, or entire physical universe; identification with mythological figures or universal archetypes). He often brings for illustration cases either from his own experience (when he experimented with LSD overdose) or from his patients' observations. The second part New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Inner Exploration discusses his nondrug holotropic therapy which by controlled breathing brings a person in holotropic mode and enables him/her to have transpersonal experience. It should be said, that the book does not give any insturctions of how holotropic breathing session can be conducted independetly and recommends professional guidance. The first part can be interested for those people who experiment with various psychedelic substances for pleasure or self-exploration, the second is for more elaborate reader, who indeed wants to find nondrug methods for reaching holotropic mode (but keep in mind, after reading this book you still won't know how to do it alone! :)
This book is essentially two different works. The first part is a discussion of Grof's catalog of types of transpersonal experiences that a person can have in an altered state of consciousness (psychedelic, mystical, trance, etc.). He also discusses his model of consciousness that encompasses the perinatal (near birth) experiences, biographical experiences (Freud, Adler, traditional psychiatry), and transpersonal experiences that appear to transcend biography whether in the domain of Jungian archetypes, paranormal phenomena, or mystical experiences of union with God, the universe, etc.Grof is famous for treating psychiatric patients with LSD in the 60's and 70's. During those treatments and his own recreational use, he observed or had these transpersonal experiences. These days he has been doing Holotropic breathing as a way to induce the experiences without drugs. The second half of the book is dedicated to how to do Holotropic breathing. It is a scheme based on the shamanistic practices of the !kung bushmen and Sufi chanting. It is essentially hyperventilating to induce an altered state. He combines music with the session to provide something to focus on, during the session.I recommend this book for people interested in Transpersonal psychology as a discipline (itp.edu). The first half of the book can be especially helpful to people who have had spontaneous mystical experiences, so that they don't think that it is abnormal or crazy.