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Healing Potential of Holotropic States
In this slide-illustrated lecture Stanislav Grof explores observations from more than fifty years of research of holotropic states (an important subgroup of
non-ordinary states of consciousness) that call for a radical revision of basic assumptions of modern psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy.
The proposed changes involve the nature of consciousness and its relationship to matter, dimensions of the human psyche, the roots of emotional and psychosomatic disorders, and therapeutic strategy. In the light of the new observations, spirituality appears to be an essential attribute of the human psyche and of existence in general.
Without these changes, the understanding of emotional and psychosomatic disorders and their therapy will be superficial, unsatisfactory, and incomplete.
Many potentially healing and transformative experiences (also called "spiritual emergencies") will be misdiagnosed as psychotic and treated by suppressive medication. Psychiatry and psychology requires genuine comprehension of the nature and origin of spirituality and its important role in the human psyche and the fundamental matrix of reality.
Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D. is a psychiatrist with more than fifty years experience researching the healing and transformative potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness.
His groundbreaking theories influenced the integration of Western science with his brilliant mapping of the transpersonal dimension. He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of Transpersonal Psychology.
Dr. Grof is also the founder of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA) and its past and current president. He continues to lecture and teach professional training programs in Holotropic Breathwork and transpersonal psychology.
Currently, Dr. Grof is Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in the Department of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness, and teaches at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in
Santa Barbara, CA.