Holotropic Mind: The Three Levels of Human Consciousness and How They Shape Our Lives
Stanislav Grof, Hal Zina Bennett
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Publish Year note: originally published in 1993
Filenote: PDF is a HarperCollins retail. So in my view, not a great imprint e.g. no cover, edging. It is hyperlinked, pagination, TOC and searchable text.
Stanislav Grof, rational mystic and heretic of mainstream psychology, maps out the boundaries of the frontiers of consciousness exploration. Using the halogram (any part of which encodes the whole in its entirety) as a metaphor for consciousness, Grof proposes a new cartography of the psyche, his primary landmarks being those associated with "non-ordinary" states of consciousness, e.g., parapsychology, trance and draginduced states, shamanism, mystic visions, and "psychotic disorders."
Grof was among the first (and became among the last) to seriously experiment with and map the effects of LSD-25. His most recent experiments bypass the need for LSD, using breathing and music to invoke experiences that emulate descriptions of near death and birth recall experiences.
About the Authors:
Stanislav Grof, M.D., is a psychiatrist who has been principal investigator at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague, Chief of Psychedelic Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, and assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University. He is now professor of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His 20 books include Beyond the Brain, Psychology of the Future, The Cosmic Genius, and Spiritual Emergency. He lives in California.
Hal Zina Bennett, Ph.D., is a lecturer, consultant, and the author or co-author of twenty-seven books, including The Lens of Perception, The Well Body Book (with Mike Samuels, M.D.), The Holotropic Mind (with Stanislav Grof, M.D.), and Follow Your Bliss (with Susan J. Sparrow). He is also a contributing editor to Shaman's Drum magazine
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are significant differences that should be carefully noted. In the previous matrix, the cervix was closed; now it is open, allowing the fetus to move through the birth canal. Although the fight for survival continues, there is now a sense of hope, a belief that there will be an end to the struggle. At this stage, the infant’s head is wedged into the pelvic opening, which is so narrow that, even under normal circumstances, the passage is slow and tedious. The musculature of the uterus is very
of Krakatau. Less frequently, these images depict destruction by water; here belong scenes of ominous ocean storms, great tidal waves, river floods, or the breaking of dams followed by the massive inundation of whole towns. Some people have described mythological images such as the annihilation of Atlantis, the end of Sodom and Gomorrah, or even Armageddon. Perinatal Roots of Violence The aggressive and sadomasochistic aspects of the third matrix seem to be logical products of the situation
people have reported memories of specific animal ancestors in the evolutionary pedigree. However, consciousness does not seem to be limited to human history or the history of living organisms. It is in principle possible to experience the history of the Earth before the appearance of Homo sapiens and even prior to the beginning of life on the Earth. Our consciousness seems to have the amazing capacity to directly access the earliest history of the universe—witnessing dramatic sequences of the Big
was talking about should be referred to as “signs”; they were simply other ways of representing a known reality, not unlike the pictograms used on traffic signs along our highways. Jung suggested that true symbols are not cryptic statements about biological functions but were references to complex transcendental realities. For centuries, universal symbols have played important roles in many religions. The Indo-Iranian swastika, for instance, an armed cross pointing counterclockwise, is an