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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index

The Holotropic Mind:

The Three Levels of Human Consciousness and How They Shape Our Lives.

Grof, Stanislav, and Bennett, Hal Zina. (1992).
San Francisco: Harper Collins.

ISBN:0-06-250367-7 First edition
0-06-250659-5 Paperback

Description: xvi + 240 pages.

Contents: Acknowledgments, 11 chapters divided into 4 parts: I. Challenging the Newtonian Universe, II. The Perinatal Matrices-Influences That Shape Human Consciousness from Prenatal Life Through Birth, III. The Transpersonal Paradigm, IV. Implications for a New Psychology of Being, chapter notes, recommended reading, index.

Excerpt(s): Within the past three decades, modern science has presented us with new challenges and new discoveries that suggest human capabilities quite beyond anything we previously even imagined. In response to these challenges and discoveries, the collective efforts of researchers from every profession and discipline are providing us with a completely new picture of human existence, and most particularly of the nature of human consciousness. (opening paragraph, page 3)

Over the years I have seen profound transformations in people who have been involved with serious and systematic inner quests. Some of them were meditators and had a regular spiritual practice. Others had spontaneous episodes of psychospiritual crises or participated in various forms of experiential psychotherapy and self exploration. As their level of aggression decreased, they became more peaceful, more comfortable with themselves, and more tolerant of others. Their ability to enjoy life, particularly the simple pleasures of everyday existence, increased considerably.

Deep reverence for life and ecological awareness are among the most frequent consequences of the psychospiritual transformation that accompanies responsible work with non-ordinary states of consciousness. The same has been true for spiritual emergence of a mystical nature that is based on personal experience. It is my belief that a movement in the direction of a fuller awareness of our unconscious minds will vastly increase our chances for planetary survival. I hope that this book will make a contribution toward those ends, offering assistance and guidance for those who will choose this path or are walking it already. (Concluding paragraphs, page 221)

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