- Paperback: 221 pages
- Publisher: State University Press of New York (Suny) (1 July 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1438433948
- ISBN-13: 978-1438433943
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 408 g
- Customer Reviews:
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ FREE Delivery
+ $14.98 delivery
+ FREE Delivery
Holotropic Breathwork Paperback – 1 Jul 2010
|New from||Used from|
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
About the Author
Stanislav Grof, MD, is a psychiatrist who teaches at California Institute of Integral Studies and is the founder of the International Transpersonal Association. He is the author and editor of many books, including Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research; The Cosmic Game: Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness; Human Survival and Consciousness Evolution; The Adventure of Self-Discovery: Dimensions of Consciousness and New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Inner Exploration; Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy; and Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science, all published by SUNY Press.
Christina Grof, PhDhc, is cocreator of Holotropic Breathwork, founder of the Spiritual Emergence Network (SEN), and the author of many books, including Beyond Death: The Gates of Consciousness; Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis; The Stormy Search for the Self: A Guide to Personal Growth through Transformational Crisis (all with Stanislav Grof), and The Thirst for Wholeness: Attachment, Addiction, and the Spirit. They reside in Mill Valley, California.
|5 star 61% (61%)||61%|
|4 star 16% (16%)||16%|
|3 star 9% (9%)||9%|
|2 star 9% (9%)||9%|
|1 star 6% (6%)||6%|
Review this product
Top international reviews
A New Approach to Self-Exploration and Therapy (2010) is an excellent introduction into how breathing to evocative music can achieve “full on” experiences of “age regression including all original emotions and changes in body image and perception of the world corresponding at the time a trauma occurred.” These experiences can extend well beyond the Freudian post-natal biographical to healing phenomena of cosmic unity, the archetypal, karmic, demonic energies, and memories of physical traumas - significantly expanding the cartography of the human psyche. Interestingly, it is posited a physiological response to extreme altitude associated with extreme hyperventilation and a marked respiratory alkalosis (with an arterial pH exceeding 7.7) can support naturally occurring holotropic states.
One of the goals of Breathwork™ is to intensify existing symptoms by weakening the psyche’s defense system and “increasing the energetic charge (cathexis) of unconscious material so it is not strong enough to prevent it from full emergence, conscious processing and integration.” A central discovery of this process is that psychosomatic disorders have an underlying psychodynamic structure in the form of a COEX of COndensed EXperiences. The spontaneous release (abreaction) of this material is isomorphically organised in “multilevel constellations of memories built in layers.” Superficial episodes relating to the developmental stages of the libido and ego (Freud) connect with various psychological defense mechanisms (as well as specific organs) which then give rise to deeper layers formed by memories during birth followed by the deepest layers of a transpersonal nature. Taking as a specific example psychogenic (non-organic) based asthma, it is initially uncovered as an abreaction to choking before further subconscious material is brought up to the surface related to an episode of near-drowning in infancy. The peeling back to deeper layers continues into experiences of choking in the birth canal, and eventually a past-life trauma of being strangled brings the COEX to resolution.
There are a couple of advantages of the Breathwork™ format compared with those offered by the standard talking cures. Firstly, in having dedicated ‘sitters’ attending to the ‘breathers’ primal needs, as well as experienced ‘floaters’ on hand in case challenging material or and/or blocks emerge, the typical po-faced response of the analyst is omitted from all transactions which can often become confused with the analysand’s real anaclitic needs for emotional physical closeness wanting to be met. Secondly, not getting sidetracked by the “artificial melodrama of transference” stemming from a “psychological defense of resistance to change the relationship with the therapist into an intimate one”, positions the expert as a midwife to the healing process who can “safeguard, facilitate, and support the patient’s own profound psyche whose wisdom is tended and brought to flower.”
Two renegades of psychoanalysis are mentioned in having had an influence on the Grof’s work: Otto Rank (1884-1939) who published The Trauma of Birth (1924) laid the basis for the Basic Perinatal Matrices (BPMs) (1) - (4): (1) before delivery, (2) uterus contracts but cervix remains closed, (3) the struggle to be born after the uterus dilates, (4) emergence. Carl Jung (1875-1961) “proposed the existence of a second, far deeper form of the unconscious” consisting of collective ‘archetypes’. The Grofs prep the journey seeker for undiscovered realms of consciousness that permeate all existence - a cosmic matrix of direct numinous experience belonging to an higher order that is integrated after the session with the aide of a mandala drawing.
Finally, what seems particularly surprising from reading this book is just how close the natural state of healing resides in us all - not only in mountain goats! Why naturally occurring holotropic states as a mechanism for catharsis remain so removed from many people’s lives remains an absolute mystery, that maybe its time of widespread influence is now well overdue.
The intended audience of his books varies with the majority of them being geared more towards professionals and practitioners, some are extremely densely packed with highly technical data and observations from his research; however, I find his writing style makes them accessible to the lay person who has some prior familiarity with the subject matter and a genuine interest and thirst for information of the respective topics. This book is one of those which seems to be intended for those pursuing the path of using the technique professionally.