02/10/2017

Spiritual Emergency: The Awakening of Kundalini | Stanislav Grof MD. PhD.

The Awakening of Kundalini The manifestations of this form of psychospiritual crisis resemble the descriptions of the awakening of Kundalini, or the Serpent Power, found in ancient Indian literature (Woodroff 1974, Mookerjee and Khanna 1977, Mookerjee 1982). According to the yogis, Kundalini is the generative cosmic energy, feminine in nature, which is responsible for the…

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02/10/2017

Spiritual Emergency: Shamanic Crisis | Stanislav Grof MD. PhD.

Shamanic Crisis The career of many shamans — witch doctors or medicine men and women — in different cultures, begins with a dramatic involuntary visionary state that the anthropologists call “shamanic illness.” During such episodes, future shamans usually withdraw psychologically or even physicall from their everyday environment and have powerful holotropic experiences. They typically undergo…

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02/10/2017

Spiritual Emergency: Overview | Stanislav Grof MD. PhD.

Due to length, this piece has been broken into a number of separate articles. This article was originally published in its entirety on Reality Sandwich under the title: Spiritual Emergencies: Understanding and Treatment of Psychospiritual Crises One of the most important implications of the research of holotropic states is the realization that many of the conditions,…

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27/09/2017

Shamanic Crisis, aka ‘Shaman Sickness’ | Dr. David Lukoff

Shamanic Crisis, aka ‘Shaman Sickness’ | Dr. David Lukoff

Dr David Lukoff has experienced his own challenges with involuntary non-ordinary states and has since developed the Spiritual Competency Resource Centre. Below is an excerpt from his tdetailed perspective on spiritual crisis as shamanic initiation. Shamanism is humanity’s oldest religion and healing art, dating back to the Paleolithic era. Originally, the word shaman referred specifically to…

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27/09/2017

The MDMA Assisted PTSD Therapy Manual | MAPS

The MDMA Assisted PTSD Therapy Manual | MAPS

The MDMA Assisted PTSD Therapy Manual is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the foundational principles of caring for someone during a non-ordinary state of any kind, especially in relation to trauma healing. The same principles can applied to a lesser or greater extend for trauma healing practices using voluntary non-ordinary states from breathwork…

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27/09/2017

The Bridge Between Two Worlds | Odette Nightsky

The Bridge Between Two Worlds | Odette Nightsky

The following is a short excerpt from Odette Nightsky’s book The Bridge Between Two Worlds: The Shaman’s View of Schizophrenia and Acute Sensitivity. This excerpt has been re-published with consent from the author. Higher Guides Do: Respect your integrity and facilitate your own decision-making. Humbly acknowledge a force greater than them. Leave you feeling loved and inspired….

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24/09/2017

The Basics of Human Ego

The Basics of Human Ego

Ego feeds on separation. There are numerous definitions of ego which are often contradictory. All tend to agree that ego means self, but whether it is the true self or a mask we wear depends on the definition. The following definition is a distillation of the perspective held by people such as Ram Das, Alan…

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23/09/2017

An Indigenous Approach To Healing Trauma

An Indigenous Approach To Healing Trauma

The following article was originally posted on UpliftConnect.com. The Healing Power of Listening in Stillness People have always experienced pain, and in the vast span of time before the colonial expansion of western culture, indigenous cultures weren’t without their methods of dealing with trauma. For centuries we’ve largely ignored the wisdom of those among us who are still directly…

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