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Summary

In every mystical wisdom tradition, nonordinary states of consciousness have served as essential tools for discovering why we are here and how we can live richer, more meaningful lives. For over 40 years, Stanislav Grof has tested and brought these methods into the field of modern psychology. Are emotional states and behavioral patterns explained solely by brain chemistry and life experience - or could they be expressions of far vaster universal energies? Which specific mind states most powerfully accelerate integration and healing of the self? And how do you access these states? In The Transpersonal Vision, Grof answers these questions - and raises many others - in a stunning summation of his groundbreaking life's work. You will learn about transpersonal psychology's daring forays into the worlds of the shaman and the mystic; how your perinatal (birth and prebirth) experience profoundly affect you even today; what past-life, near-death, and out-of-body phenomena teach us about our life purpose; and much more.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©1998 Stanislav Grof; Cover Images 1998 PhotoDisc, Inc., All Rights Reserved (P)1999 Sounds True

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A Different Perspective

I really enjoyed listening to this; as someone who used LSD personally and professionally as a psychiatrist when it was legal(!), Grof maintains that the worlds of psychiatry and psychology are far too small. In essence he suggests that 'breakdown' may also be seen as spiritual crisis and 'breakthrough', spiritual emergence from the spiritual emergency. A challenging book for psychiatric 'dogma', and full of hope in my opinion.

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Very thought provoking

A well researched and thought provoking listening experience. One that has opened up a whole new pandora's box to explore in terms of psyche.

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interesting ideas. too much religious inclinations

a lot of great ideas and practices.
I didn't like some parts like references to astrology...
absolutely worth recommending!

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  • Aaron Arthur
  • 27-04-16

Starts slow, but finishes strong.

This book was highly recommended. I couldn't see why after the first few chapters, and I stopped listening for a couple months. I finally came back to it and was rewarded with a good finish. The first part was slow, but it sets the framework by which the rest of the book is constructed. All in all, it was an interesting book, and am glad I finished it.

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  • Charlotte
  • 25-09-16

Everyone should listen to this--reshape your world

Narrated with the gentle voice of Grof himself. This presentation is DENSE with research, materials, and ideas abut non-ordinary states. Grof presents the perinatal matrices, details shamanic and psychedelic imports to culture, shares his research in psychedelic therapies including LSD and Holotropic Breathwork, examines spirituality v religion, and poses and explores many hypotheses of the nature of the existence of human consciousness. A must-listen for those interested in non-ordindary states of consciousness, shamanic cultures, and the history of human relationship to psychedelic substances.

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  • Grant Baxter
  • 03-02-15

Phenomenal Overview of Work

Would you consider the audio edition of The Transpersonal Vision to be better than the print version?

No Comment - haven't read

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Great overview of Stansilav Grof's body of work and key concepts. This is an audio recording of him in a lecture setting.

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  • Salomon P
  • 23-09-14

Get ready to get you head wide open !

If you could sum up The Transpersonal Vision in three words, what would they be?

Revolutionary, necessary, Genius

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This summed up my learning of the last 10 years and set me up for new challenges.

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This book is a most for any mental health professional or person in the spiritual path. very reveling! Thanks doctor Grof!

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  • Pablo H Chiaraviglio
  • 08-01-17

Outstanding program!

This audiobook/program by Stanislav Grof presents a compelling alternative to the current Cartesian-Newtonian world view offered to and adopted by most western societies. It gives new meaning to the term "time-tested" in the context of the study of social "technologies" which evolved over the last 5000 years, and were forgotten, suppressed or replaced by modern science and materialistic paradigms. He exposes the fallacy of thinking about hard science and spirituality as conflicting disciplines. It is particularly interesting to hear this from a man of science who grew up and was educated in the rational, materialistic system of thought.

Intellectually, it begs us to at least consider the idea of a cosmic existence beyond our rational ,ego-centric being, but even more interesting are the practical implications. How we view ourselves, and the life strategies we adopt, consciously or not; shape most of our existence in this world. Dr. Grof presents a practical method to improve the voyage, through a process of self-discovery.

A fascinating account of the evolution of depth psychology, social pathology and the path to profound evolutionary change in the human psyche.

Highly recommended.

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  • Sergio R.C.
  • 04-05-16

table of contents

very valuable, hard to navigate. it'd be useful to include a pdf. table of content.

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  • Todd Clinton
  • 09-03-16

spend the credit!

great! so interesting! about to re listen after I type this! certainly ..... sounds true!

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  • Feinsmith Sinclair, gadabout webmaster
  • 31-05-18

Less Breathwork, Please, More Psychedelic Therapy

Having been tantalizingly introduced to the subject of shamanic therapy by Aldous Huxley, James Fadman, Tom Shroder, Rick Strassman, and above all Terence McKenna, I was prepared to hear a rousing defense of psychedelics from the apparent grandfather of this entire movement and a call to action on behalf of the millions of unnecessarily suffering human beings who could find relief and psychological insight through the guided use of LSD and the other persecuted shamanic medicines of the world. And in fact the first few hours of Grof's insights provided rousing affirmations of my faith in these long-suppressed cures, suppressed by scientific hubris and a governmental war on drugs, which is actually a crackdown on religion, insofar as it bans ancient, natural substances that have been used in spiritual contexts for thousands of years. As Terence McKenna puts it, the idea of an "illegal plant" would have been incomprehensible to preliterate shamanic societies that valued their connection with the planet.

At about the five-hour mark, however, the discussion veered into the topic of holotropic breathing, a procedure whereby Grof contends that patients (or clients) can gain the benefits of psychedelic therapies without using drugs or plants.

This kind of bothered me. As a long-time "client" of the mental health system in America, (indeed a 40-year veteran of the same), I have practiced breathing cures (and many other related fads) until I was blue in the face! And yet here I am, still with the same basic depression that I had four decades ago! I ask myself: How much proof does Grof need to know that this new holotropic therapy, for most people at least, is of modest help at best compared to LSD (psilocybin, mescaline, etc.) -- and yet Grof really does seem to equate his results with those experienced through the use of LSD -- which, if true, only tells me that LSD and psychedelics aren't necessarily as helpful as I thought!

What excited me about Grof was that he had been perhaps the first person to "see through" the psychotherapy of his time and discover that it was simply ineffective, that for all the hoopla, time, and money, folks just were not getting cured "at the end of the day," or even offered real lasting relief, except perhaps of the soporific, drowsy sort afforded by addictive barbiturates and SSRIs.

I therefore saw this plug for holotropic breathing as a step backward by Grof, a relinquishing of his insistence on real, undeniable, dramatic results in favor of a semi-effective, partially useful fad -- a move made necessary, perhaps, on a professional basis given the near outlawing of LSD research, but a step backward all the same into the proffering of "just another therapy." Grof, to me, was no longer sounding like the great innovator in therapy but rather just another purveyor of half-baked cures. To be sure, he cited impressive-sounding results, but no more impressive than one might hear from any cure-monger who gets a one-hour special on PBS to describe their solution to dieting, anxiety or depression.

I know that breathing techniques have an ancient lineage, but we must distinguish between what breathing techniques have done and could theoretically do and what they actually do achieve for the average American patient like myself, at least when unaccompanied by psychedelics.

Being convinced that true help is out there in the form of plants that exist on our planet and have been used for millennia, I am not in the mood to hear of another breathing exercise. Indeed, every time I hear of a new cure a la holotropic breathing, I'm reminded of the following lines from Shelley in "A Hymn to Intellectual Beauty", for I consider such nostrums, compared to the guided therapeutic use of psychedelics, to be but...


Frail spells whose utter'd charm

might not avail to sever,

From all we hear and all we see,

Doubt, chance and mutability.



Of course, psychedelics don't do away with "doubt, chance and mutability," but they do allow many people to "take them onboard" and accept them as an integral part of life, to exam their life critically and live more fully, while recognizing themselves as a true part of nature, something that our smart-phones are trying their best to make us forget, as a proliferating number of apps run interference between human beings and their first-hand experience of the world.

So this is why I am disappointed in these lectures: As a long-time victim of the ineffective status quo in treatment brought about by the war on drugs, I feel that it's time for a full-court press for the legalization of psychedelics in a therapeutic setting. This is not the time for suggesting that a few incredibly simple breathing exercises could work just as well. Not only is that not true based on my lengthy personal experience, but it gives comfort to the enemy of shamanic substances, who could easily use this alleged sufficiency of breathing exercises to justify a continuation of the ban on psychedelic therapy.

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  • Em Bush
  • 28-01-18

A broad overview of an incredibly deep well

Well read by the author & I enjoy the view point.
Feels good to see some of the subtlety expressed finding it's way into our modern practices

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  • Frank
  • 25-02-17

Great book, bit redundant at times

This fascinating book about the unity of all beings through time and space is an uplifting and centering journey. Narrated by the Stanislav Grof, this audiobook present the opportunity to listen to the mind of a brilliant researcher who systematically studied the mind body soul connection. Anyone looking to learn more about Holotropic experiences and anyone who asks themselves what does it mean to be human should check out the work of Stanislav Grof. This book may be geared more toward the intermediate level reader because Grof goes very in-depth into some of the more ancient philosophical traditions. Overall very enjoyable read