Dimensions of Consciousness and New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Inner Exploration
Author: Stanislav Grof
Publisher: SUNY Press
Here Grof presents a useful model of the psychea model extended by his thirty years of studying non-ordinary states of consciousness. It is useful for understanding such phenomena as shamanism, mysticism, psychedelic states, spontaneous visionary experiences, and psychotic episodes. The model is also useful in explaining the dynamics of experiential psychotherapies and a variety of sociopolitical manifestations such as war and revolution. This book might have been entitled Beyond Drugs. The second part describes the principles and process of the non-pharmacological technique developed by the author and his wife, Christina, for self-exploration and for psychotherapy. Grof explores in detail the components of this technique. He describes its method, its effective mechanisms, as well as its goals and potential. Its practice is simple, since it utilizes the natural healing capacity of the psyche.
An Adventure of Self-Discovery and Personal Growth
Author: Donna Bardell
Publisher: Sojourn Publishing, LLC
Category: Family & Relationships
Thirteen-year-old Sophia had had enough of her father's drinking and abuse, not to mention her mother's denial of what was going on in their home. After her father takes from her what she holds most sacred, she paddles her kayak to a nearby island to find refuge. It is on that island where Sophia discovers her own strength, inner wisdom, and resources to heal from her family dysfunction. Hope Island: An Adventure of Self-Discovery and Personal Growth is more than a gripping story of courage, emotional recovery, and post-traumatic growth. It is a workbook for adolescents and teens dealing with trauma, and a manual for adults seeking to heal their inner child. The author, Donna Bardell, grew up in an alcoholic and dysfunctional home with four siblings. By the time she was 25, both her parents were sober and have remained so. As an adult, Donna recognized the trauma she had experienced in her home as a child still impacted her in the present. She sought help to process the trauma and found the fellowship of others with similar experiences to be a powerful remedy. This book was written with the goal of sharing some of the tools that helped Donna in her recovery find their way to teens living in dysfunctional homes, and to other adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families seeking healing. Here's what one expert has said about this unique book: "HopeIsland uniquely wraps useable information about trauma and healing around a personal story of courage, loss and emotional recovery. It is both an enjoyable narrative and a rich manual for adolescents, teens and adults who seek healing." - Dr. Becky Bailey, award-winning author, creator of Conscious Discipline, and internationally recognized expert in childhood education and developmental psychology Visit www.donnabardell.com to learn more about Hope Island: An Adventure of Self-Discovery and Personal Growth.
Jordan and Taylor, who have called each other Jay and Tay since as long as they could remember, are siblings. Jay is energetic and imaginative. He often lets his enthusiasm get the better of him. Tay, who is more reserved and thoughtful, seems to spend a lot of time rolling her eyes at her younger brother. Jay and Tay are about to begin an adventure that will take them on a journey of self-discovery. Jay is getting ready to attend his first martial arts class. He thinks he is going to learn how to fight like on television. He quickly realizes that being a martial artist has more to do with self-control, respect for others, and self discipline. He learns to follow directions, focus on the task at hand, and turn a bully into a friend. And so will you.
To Climb Mount Everest: Join the Adventure of Self-discovery Through Humor and Personal Insights.
Author: Aleksey Berzon
Because It's There: To Climb Mount Everest is a memoir of Aleksey Berzon. The story is about a young man who attempted to climb Mount Everest. However, before the journey could begin, it seemed to be doomed from the start. Visa law changes, a hurricane and airplane cancellations stood in the way between Aleksey and his adventure. Experience Nepal and climb to Mount Everest through the eyes of Aleksey. The endless forks in the trails were his nemesis and the safety precautions of the climb seemed lost in the wind. Meet locals, climbers and avid travelers along the way. Dive into a world of unique and strange conversations. Join the adventure of self-discovery through humor and personal insights. Because It's There: To Climb Mount Everest is the first book of a series of four. Three more books will follow: Adventures In Tibet, A Walk Across China, and Meeting The People Of Vietnam.A quote from Because It's There: To Climb Mount Everest - "When a traveler let a guidebook dictate their trip, it no longer became an adventure, but simply retraced the steps of someone else. It took away the mystery of the road, the unexpected, and set a standard of high expectations by merely promoting the popular. The romance of the road was then gone."
There Is Far More to You and Life Than You Ever Dared to Dream
Author: Russell C. Kick
Publisher: Self-Discovery Research Institute
This book is dedicated to my wife Jane, my angel guide. There is far more to you and life than you ever dared to dream. The Key to Self-Discovery shows in a very practical way how to realize your full potential and create a meaningful, happy and full life. The "Key" is a system known as The Holistic Way (The WAY) is designed to engender inner peace and harmony, and to help you to release the enormous potential within for greater love, intelligence, creativity and consciousness. The WAY helps you to discover who you are, the purpose of your life, and empowers you to create your own future. The Key to Self-Discovery is unique in its approach to seeking and finding the truth of self and life, and the realization all of you can be. The system presented in the book, The Way, is a synthesis of ancient wisdom and modern scientific research. The WAY consists of twelve guides that together provide a philosophy of life intended to give you the power to create, make a difference, find well being and self-worth, experience all that life has to offer, and guide you on the pathway to enlightenment. Music, visualization and effective original tools are presented to empower you to seek within and become your whole self.
Summarizes Grof's experiences and observations from more than forty years of research into non-ordinary states of consciousness. This accessible and comprehensive overview of the work of Stanislav Grof, one of the founders of transpersonal psychology, was specifically written to acquaint newcomers with his work. Serving as a summation of his career and previous works, this entirely new book is the source to introduce Grof's enormous contributions to the fields of psychiatry and psychology, especially his central concept of holotropic experience, where holotropic signifies "moving toward wholeness." Grof maintains that the current basic assumptions and concepts of psychology and psychiatry require a radical revision based on the intensive and systematic research of holotropic experience. He suggests that a radical inner transformation of humanity and a rise to a higher level of consciousness might be humankind's only real hope for the future. “It’s rare to find a textbook that is both extremely informative and enjoyable to read. Psychology of the Futurehas to be one of the first ones I’ve ever come across … Each chapter brought an entirely new concept, theory, or method that was just as engaging as the previous one.” — Dr. Tami Brady, TCM Reviews "This book is by a pioneering genius in consciousness research. It presents the full spectrum of Grof's ideas, from his earliest mappings of using LSD psychotherapy, to his clinical work with people facing death, to his more recent work with holotropic breathing, to his latest thoughts about the cosmological implications of consciousness research and the prospects for dealing with an emerging planetary crisis. Grof has always been one of the most original thinkers in the transpersonal field, and his creativity has kept pace with the maturity of his overall vision." -- Michael Washburn, author of Transpersonal Psychology in Psychoanalytic Perspective "Grof offers an outstanding contribution to the ever-growing debate about the nature of human consciousness and about the place of humankind in the cosmos. If more psychiatrists could be persuaded that human consciousness transcends the limitations of the physical brain, and instead is but an aspect of what may best be described as 'cosmic consciousness,' we could not only expect treatment modalities to change, but we could also anticipate the possibility of culture-wide rethinking of the basic presuppositions of modern cosmology, the cosmology that grounds Western institutions, ideologies, and beliefs about the nature of personhood." -- Michael E. Zimmerman, author of Contesting Earth's Future: Radical Ecology and Postmodernity
Primordial Psyche (iUniverse 2011) introduces innovative perspectives to the etiology of personality disorders and their connection with the unconscious phenomena,tribal rituals in pre-ancestral religions,magical thinking and animistic thought,visionary revelations in ancient worldviews reviewed from an archetypal perspective as reorganization of the archaic depth of the psyche in psychosis.This Jungian synthesis by Diego Pignatelli introduces a new positive evolutionary theory of borderline psychosis,the relationship between the creative individual and the society,creativity as well as the Hero archetype and the archetype of meaning,the methods and avenues of cutting-edge explorations of transpersonal psychology to primordial psyche and shamanic experiences for healing,insight and growth,including holotropic therapy and consciousness research and some difference with Jungian therapy in coping with the archetypal experiences through a revaluation of Jungian thought and analytical psychology.
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : CAPCO International
Beginning with the premise that we are spiritual beings existing in a physical universe, each with a specific purpose, this book goes on to explain the nature of creation and our role in it and sheds considerable light on many of life's Bigger Questions.