By Stanislav Grof, Hal Zina Bennett

Publish 12 months note: initially released in 1993
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Stanislav Grof, rational mystic and heretic of mainstream psychology, maps out the bounds of the frontiers of realization exploration. utilizing the halogram (any a part of which encodes the complete in its entirety) as a metaphor for attention, Grof proposes a brand new cartography of the psyche, his basic landmarks being these linked to "non-ordinary" states of recognition, e.g., parapsychology, trance and draginduced states, shamanism, mystic visions, and "psychotic disorders."

Grof used to be one of the first (and turned one of the final) to noticeably test with and map the consequences of LSD-25. His most modern experiments skip the necessity for LSD, utilizing respiring and tune to invoke reports that emulate descriptions of close to loss of life and delivery keep in mind experiences.

About the Authors:
Stanislav Grof, M.D., is a psychiatrist who has been critical investigator on the Psychiatric examine Institute in Prague, leader of Psychedelic learn on the Maryland Psychiatric learn heart, and assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins college. he's now professor of psychology on the California Institute of necessary reports. His 20 books comprise past the mind, Psychology of the long run, The Cosmic Genius, and non secular Emergency. He lives in California.

Hal Zina Bennett, Ph.D., is a lecturer, advisor, and the writer or co-author of twenty-seven books, together with The Lens of notion, The good physique booklet (with Mike Samuels, M.D.), The Holotropic brain (with Stanislav Grof, M.D.), and stick to Your Bliss (with Susan J. Sparrow). he's additionally a contributing editor to Shaman's Drum magazine

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In contrast, ritual offers its participants momentary senses of these advanced trance states through overstimulation of the left side of the brain, and the individual may enter these states even though she or he may not have practiced meditation at all (d 1 Aquili, 1986). , (1979) explained that overstimulating the left side of the brain can be accomplished through the process of ritual. Lex (cited in d'Aquili, 1975, p. 144) concluded, "Rituals . • promote a feeling of well-being and relief • • .

Dur"! 9' this time Demeter, carrying two lit torches, refused food or drink. On the lOth day she met Hekate who took Demeter to the sun god, Helios, who then revealed the location of Persephone. Demeter, angry and grieving, left the home of the gods and returned to earth at Eleusias. There she sat in mourning Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission. 29 dressed in the disguise of an old woman by the Well of the Virgin. The daughters of Metaneira came to the well for water.

18 there was a sense of communion with unifying, empowering images and ~ols was stripped. as in a menopause ritual, the personality Consequently, new information entered cognitively and resulted in affective states of union with the other participants and/or a higher power. Opposites such as death/birth, victim/perpetrator, love/hate, powerI helplessness, goddess/woman, and collective destiny/ individual destiny reconciled themselves. Depending on the manipulation of the symbols and myth used in the ritual, the resulting attitude change could be negative or positive.

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