Stanislav Grof – The Healing Potential of Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness:
Stanislav Grof (born July 1, 1931) 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. On October 5, 2007 Dr. Grof received the prestigious VISION 97 award granted by the Foundation of Dagmar and Vaclav Havel in Prague.
He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of Transpersonal Psychology and received an Honorary Award for major contributions to and development of the field of Transpersonal Psychology from the Association for Transpersonal Psychology in 1993.
He is also the founding President of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA) and was its President for many years. He has organized large international conferences throughout the world and continues to lecture and teach professional training programs in Holotropic Breathwork and transpersonal psychology.
Currently, he is Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in the Department of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness in San Francisco, CA, and at Wisdom University in Oakland, CA.
According to Wikipedia, Stanislav Grof has researched the effects of psychedelic substances, which can also be induced by non-pharmacological means.
Grof has developed a “cartography of the psyche” based on his clinical work with psychedelics, which describe the “basic types of experience that become available to an average person” when using psychedelics or “various powerful non-pharmacological experiential techniques”.
According to Grof, traditional psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy use a model of the human psyche that is limited to postnatal biography and the Freudian individual unconscious.
This model does not account for the experiences and observations from the holotropic states of consciousness, which activate “deep unconscious and superconscious levels of the human psyche”. These levels include:
The Sensory Barrier and the Recollective-Biographical Barrier
The Perinatal Matrices
The Transpersonal Dimensions of the Psyche
Ego death appears in the fourth Perinatal Matrix.
“A radical inner transformation and rise to a new level of consciousness might be the only real hope we have in the current global crisis brought on by the dominance of the Western mechanistic paradigm.”
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