Beyond the Brain is an entertaining and eye-opening introduction to the visionary work of Dr. Stanislav Grof. This Transpersonal Psychology cofounder and. Beyond the Brain seriously challenges the existing neurophysiological Grof makes a bold argument that understanding of the perinatal and Stanislav Grof. Beyond the Brain Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy Stanislav Grof State University of New York Press. Document. Page iv. To Christina, Paul.
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Beyond the Brain seriously challenges the existing neurophysiological models of the brain. After three decades of extensive research on those non-ordinary states of consciousness induced by psychedelic drugs and by other means, Grof concludes that our present scientific world view is as inadequate as many of its historical predecessors.
In this pioneering work, he proposes. In this pioneering work, he proposes a new model of the human psyche that takes account of his findings. Grof includes in his model the recollective level, or the reliving of emotionally relevant memories, a level at which the Freudian framework can be useful.
Beyond that is perinatal level in which the human unconscious may be activated to a reliving of biological birth and confrontation with death.
How birth experience influences an individual’s later development is a central focus of the book. The most serious challenge to contemporary psycho-analytic theory comes from a delineation of the transpersonal level, or the expansion of consciousness beyond the boundaries of time and space. Grof makes a bold argument that understanding of the perinatal and transpersonal levels changes much of how we view both mental illness and mental health. His reinterpretation of some of the most agonizing aspects of human behavior beyknd thought provoking for both laypersons and professional therapists.
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To ask other readers questions about Beyond the Brainplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Dec 10, Kathryn rated it really liked it Shelves: In this book, Stanislov Grof details his theory about the connections between a person’s birth experiences being born, not giving birth and later issues in life, psychological, physical and spiritual. He then details the experience of the infant in each of the stages, cycling through the blissful experience of floating in the womb, the increasing sense of being crowded and then panicked, feeling the contractions and having In this book, Stanislov Grof details his theory about the connections between a person’s birth experiences being born, not giving birth and later issues in life, psychological, physical and spiritual.
He then details the experience of the infant in each of the stages, cycling through the blissful experience of floating in the womb, the increasing sense of being crowded and then panicked, feeling the contractions and having no way out, the physical pain of being out of the mother and into the world, and the first bewildering experiences of world outside the mother.
Grof ties these experiences to later symptoms such as anxiety, addiction, chronic pain, asthma, etc. He describes a method of taking a person back through the birth experience, through breathwork, to resolve some of these issues. Some critics countered that breathwork is ineffective and noted that Grof’s initial information came from research with LSD in psychotherapy, which is currently illegal in the United States.
I have no idea what initially prompted me to pick up this book. It’s a fairly hefty read, and this was years before I was in graduate school for counseling. And truthfully, reading Grof’s work, I had no desire to practice the kind of experiential, birth-focused therapy he advocated.
But this book was my introduction to the world of transpersonal psychology, and I still remember my incredible excitement, reading some of his ideas, thinking, that’s it, this is what I want to do. He seems to believe in, among other things, astrology, astral projection forming memories from a POV flying outside the bodyand past life memories. For these, I’d love to see good studies, because at times it felt that correlations are suggested wildly all over the place as well as with the planets, thus astrologybut interpretation of causation is done Theory First, i.
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, but I don’t think I’ve seen any yet. Mar 31, Bryan S. While the ideas are fascinating, I found the actual writing really, really boring and droning.
I swear to you, this book put me to sleep every time I picked it up. The first few sections were really groundbreaking and amazing, but then it seemed to repeat itself over and over and over. Since I’m not actually a psychologist or psychiatrist, some of the more ‘technical’ aspects of diagnosis and what-not towards the end of the book didn’t keep me immersed. I actually put this book down a while back While the ideas are fascinating, I found the actual writing really, really boring and droning.
I actually put this book down a while back intending to finally finish the last pages or so, but I realized I’d gotten all I was going to get out of it and left it there. Sep 25, D Finch rated it liked it Shelves: Some great insights mixed with some wild speculations, unfounded assertions, and a tedious writing style.
This book is about the valid use of LSD during psychotherapy in order to bring about changes in the individual’s psyche. Unfortunately, it reads like a dry text book, however, there are some interesting ideas.
Also included is a history of Nazism and the horrible conditions inmates in the concentration camps were subjected to. While interesting, this book won’t save you.
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Instead it’s a proposal introducing new data that can be taken into consideration with the usual Newtonian-Cartesian paradigms This book is about the valid use of LSD during psychotherapy in order to bring about changes in the individual’s psyche. Instead it’s a proposal introducing new data that can be taken into consideration with the usual Newtonian-Cartesian paradigms a la Freudian psychoanalysis so the layman can spot these kinds of inconsistencies in politician’s speeches when they want to go to war so you know what they’re preaching is kind of bullshit and fueled by inferiority complexes and repressed emotions.
Changes in the world can’t happen by military conquests but rather changes must start in the individual. The Newtonian-Cartesian worldview is challenged as not being the only one that works. But, through the use of LSD man can come into contact with archetypal imagery such as various characters, previous lives, their birth or death, and war scenarios.
These scenarios suggest that the origin of war crimes and conquest lie in simple faults like inferiority complexes which might be obvious as they say Hitler and Napoleon, for example, were tiny men.
The most intriguing part of this hypothesis if you will is that LSD can facilitate these experiences which challenges one’s traditional worldview.
yhe View all 4 comments. Stanislav Grof is known as a pioneer in psychedelic therapy. In this book he gives a summary, almost encyclopedic knowledge of the various schools of psychology and a review of various consciousness technologies, including mention of the resulting visions, trances or mystical experiences. This book is a very good overview of Grof’s ideas grounded in modern consciousness research and his work with psychedelic drugs and other experiential methods of therapy. I think it is a great book for anyone with beyonv background in psychology and who is interested in or open to the idea of non-traditional methods of therapy or theories of psychology.
I would not recommend this book to someone who isn’t already somewhat familiar with Grof’s work. The work does seem to operate under the assumption This book is a very good overview of Grof’s ideas grounded in modern consciousness research and his work with psychedelic drugs and other experiential methods of therapy.
The work does seem to operate under the assumption of that familiarity. Many of his core concepts are only explained briefly and not in much depth. I think a better introduction to Grof’s ideology and theory is probably LSD: Doorway to the Numinous. Overall, I think the book was well-written, but I think it could have benefitted from a bit more in depth discussion about some of the work frof other disciplines that complements Grof’s theory. Sometimes the connections weren’t convincing because I wasn’t able to see the details of how they were supposed to be connected and how the research had been conducted.
Astrology is the first that comes to mind. They were cited, but I would have preferred to read more about them in the context of this book. For as long as it was, it may as well have taken the extra step to include comprehensive coverage of its topics. Jul 16, Roger Buck rated it liked it.
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But the astonishing Meditations on the Tarot interrupted my trajectory with Grof and suggested to me an even deeper form of transformation. My review of Meditations on the Tarot here: Great book, very interesting and informative. Dec 21, Yuri rated it really liked it. Jun 19, Cheryl added it. Some very interesting revelations Jul 26, Alice rated it really liked it. The book is monstrous, and I’ve been working my way through it for months.
Very well written, and I have a lot of respect for Grof. Don’t expect an easy read though. Aug 07, John McElhenney rated it it was amazing. This book turned my brain inside our when it was published. Grof explores consciousness and bodywork and transpersonal psychology. Mar 23, Jose Daniel rated it it was amazing. Very good and complex book about the subconcious mind and how our behavior in the adult life is determined and influenced since our conception.
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