Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis (New Consciousness Reader) Paperback – 1 Dec 1989
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About the Author
Stanislav Grof, M.D., is a psychiatrist with more than thirty years of research experience in nonordinary states of consciousness. He was born and educated in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and received an M.D. from Prague's Charles University School of Medicine, where he specialized in psychiatry. He was the principle investigator for a program at the Psychiatric Research Institute that explored the potential of psychedelic therapy. For his dissertation on this subject, he was awarded a Ph.D. by the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences.
In 1967 he was invited to Johns Hopkins University as a clinical and research fellow and to the research unit of Spring Grove State Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where he continued his psychadelic research. In 1969 he was offered the position of chief of psychiatric research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center and of assistant professor of psychology at Henry Phipps Clinic. The research team he headed systematically explored the value of psychedelic therapy in neurotics, alcoholics, drug addicts, and terminal cancer patients.
Stanislav continued these functions until 1973, when he moved to California and became scholar in residence at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur. Since that time, he has focused on exploring the potential of experimental psychotherapy without drugs, in addition to writing and conducting seminars worldwide. He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology and the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association. He has published more than ninety papers in professional journals and is the author of Realms of the Human Unconscious, The Human Encounter with Death, LSD Psychotherapy, Beyond the Brain," "and" "The Adventure of Self-Discovery. He was also editor of the volumes Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science and Human Survival and Consciousness Evolution.
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There are contributions from many eminent people with expertise in associated fields. Ranging from: psychologists; Assagioli and Laing to the great spiritual teacher Ram Dass. There are sections covering kundalini, psychic opening, UFO encounters and much, much more. There are no wasted words either, no padding, it gets straight down to the nitty-gritty.
There is a section on help for people in spiritual emergency and while this is mainly aimed at the professional therapist it makes useful reading. The type of help that might be needed in such an emergency is as vast as the variety of experience because much depends on cultural background, religious or spiritual affiliations, ones personal path of approach and what triggered it in the place; for most people there is a trigger. These can range from meditational and religious practices to emotional trauma and near death experiences and because of this, this book should be on the "required reading" list of all health care professionals and spiritual counsellors of all denominations.
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.
As a qualified Psychologist myself, Stan and Christina's work is down to earth, with a human element that is not on offer throughout the psychology community.
For anyone wishing to go beyond the regular off-the-shelf books I would recommend anything by this author.
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Excellent advice and information about a little known and understood phenomenon that can affect spiritual seekers. Good for psychotherapists and individualsPublished 24 months ago by Ms. K. Demeter
I am very pleased with this book which delivers all I hoped it would. I particularly value the range of contributions from the various authors on the subject and recommend the... Read morePublished on 21 July 2014 by Sueasmyself