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|
Description: xvi + 240 pages.
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)
[Error Creating Counter File -- Click for more info]
Compilation copyright © 1995 2001 CSP