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The best book on the subject.,
This review is from: Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis (New Consciousness Reader) (Paperback)As a psychiatrist of some 20 years i think the spiritual emergencies described in this book are quite rare. And when they happen the people involved usually have enough sense not to go to a psychiatrist. Grof is quite right that the average psychiatrist doesn't understand these conditions and would tend to pathologise and prescribe. The important point is that if supported these experiences can lead to growth and transformation. The support is most likely to come from other people who have had similar experiences, usually as part of their own spiritual journey.
Its a slim book, less than 250 pages and nearly 20 years old. I would have liked to have read more about the effects of holotropic breathwork, the work of Roger Woolger and robert Monroe to name a few - but this book is the authoritative text. The authors are the world experts in their field. Each chapter is different, rich in information and perspective, well argued and lucid. The book is a gem. Buy it.
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