02/10/2017

Treatment of Psychospiritual Crises | Stanislav Grof MD. PhD.

Treatment of Psychospiritual Crises Psychotherapeutic strategy for individuals undergoing spiritual crises is based on the realization that these states are not manifestations of an unknown pathological process, but results of a spontaneous movement in the psyche that engages deep dynamics of the unconscious and has healing and transformative potential. Understanding and appropriate treatment of spiritual…

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02/10/2017

Spiritual Emergency: Addiction | Stanislav Grof MD. PhD.

Alcoholism and Drug Addiction as Psychospiritual Crisis It makes good sense to describe addiction as a form of transpersonal crisis (“spiritual emergency”), in spite of the fact that it differs in its external manifestations from more obvious types of psychospiritual crises. In addiction, like in the possession states, the spiritual dimension is obscured by the…

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02/10/2017

Spiritual Emergency: Possession States | Stanislav Grof MD. PhD.

Possession States People experiencing this type of transpersonal crisis have a distinct feeling that their psyche and body have been invaded and that they are being controlled by an evil entity or energy with personal characteristics. They perceive it as coming from the outside of their own personality and as being hostile and disturbing. It…

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02/10/2017

Spiritual Emergency: UFO Experiences | Stanislav Grof MD. PhD.

Close Encounters with UFOs and Alien Abduction Experiences The experiences of encounters with extraterrestrial spacecrafts and of abduction by alien beings can often precipitate serious emotional and intellectual crises that have much in common with psychospiritual crises. This fact requires an explanation, since most people consider UFOs simply in terms of four alternatives: actual visitation…

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02/10/2017

Spiritual Emergency: Near Death Experiences | Stanislav Grof MD. PhD.

Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) World mythology, folklore, and spiritual literature abound in vivid accounts of the experiences associated with death and dying. Special sacred texts have been dedicated exclusively to descriptions and discussions of the posthumous journey of the soul, such as the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Bardo Thödol), theEgyptian Book of the Dead (Pert Em Hru), the…

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02/10/2017

Spirit Guides & Channeling | Stanislav Grof MD. PhD.

Communication with Spirit Guides and “Channeling” Occasionally, one can encounter in a holotropic state of consciousness a being, who seems to show interest in a personal relationship and assumes the position of a teacher, guide, protector, or simply a convenient source of information. Such beings are usually perceived as discarnate humans, suprahuman entities, or deities…

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02/10/2017

Spiritual Emergency: Past-Life Experiences | Stanislav Grof MD. PhD.

Past-Life Experiences Among the most dramatic and colorful transpersonal phenomena occurring in holotropic states of consciousness are experiences that appear to be memories from previous incarnations. These are sequences that take place in other historical periods and often in other countries and are usually associated with powerful emotions and physical sensations. They often portray in…

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02/10/2017

Spiritual Emergency: The Crisis of Psychic Opening | Stanislav Grof MD. PhD.

The Crisis of Psychic Opening An increase in intuitive abilities and the occurrence of psychic or paranormal phenomena are very common during psychospiritual crises of all kinds. However, in some instances, the influx of information from nonordinary sources, such as astral projection, precognition, telepathy, or clairvoyance, becomes so overwhelming and confusing that it dominates the…

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02/10/2017

Spiritual Emergency: The Renewal Process | Stanislav Grof MD. PhD.

Psychological Renewal through Return to the Center Another important type of transpersonal crisis was described by Californian psychiatrist and Jungian analyst John Weir Perry, who called it the “renewal process” (Perry 1974, 1976, 1998). Because of its depth and intensity, this is the type of psychospiritual crisis that is most likely diagnosed as serious mental…

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02/10/2017

Spiritual Emergency: Unitive ‘Peak Experience’ | Stanislav Grof MD. PhD.

Episodes of Unitive Consciousness (“Peak Experiences”) The American psychologist Abraham Maslow studied many hundreds of people who had unitive mystical experiences and coined for them the term peak experiences (Maslow 1964). He expressed sharp criticism of Western psychiatry’s tendency to confuse such mystical states with mental disease. According to him, they should be considered supernormal…

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