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The Transpersonal Vision

The Healing Potential of Nonordinary States of Consciousness
Narrated by: Stanislav Grof
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
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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.

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©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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Fascinating! You dont learn this in school.

A very fascinating talk indeed! Graf has highlighted aspects that I have experienced in my own self administered psychedelic therapy using LSD which has not only positively shifted my own understanding of life, but has also put me onto the path of self realisation. I am more connected with life, nature and people in general, and feel new realms of possibilty, emerging from within as if it were orchestrating itself at times. This I would definitely say is due to the self actualization that has come about from responsible use of psychedelics. Such data acquired from these studies of non ordinary states of consciousness gives me great hope for humanity. It's still early days tho. Fingers crossed x

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The most important book I have ever listened to

Amazing. Insightful. Stunning. The world needs the transpersonal vision.

I have been going through my own spiritual rebirth with the assistance of psychedelics and Grof has explained some of the insights I was battling with. I can't reccomend this audiobook enough

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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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  • 21-02-20

Disappointing and dubious interpretations

I found that the ideas and observations were well explained and interesting to hear about, but many of the interpretations look like nothing more than wishful thinking. Even so, it was interested to hear this, in order to understand what types of thing people are thinking about these non-ordinary states of consciousness.
As the book progressed, it moved more towards the existence of consciousness independent of the body, and the more it moved into that territory the more flawed the interpretations became that support that conclusion, with obvious logic errors being ignored.
Overall, I found little of practical use from this book that could be taken and applied, except getting some insight into the way some people are thinking about this subject. It's a shame as it looks like there really is considerable healing potential from the use of Nonordinary States of Consciousness, but the book focused more on trying to persuade that consciousness is independent of the physical body, rather than going into much depth about how these states can be used for healing.

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Mind opening

I started this book with the idea that it would talk about psilocybin or LSD use and how to use it for oneself in the search for the whole truth, but it went onto a much larger spectrum about how people have used it and the whole similarity between ancestry and the new world, I really enjoyed this book

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  • 11-02-20

Interesting and informative

I didn't know anything about this subject before listening to the book but I found it very interrsting and the narrator - the author - has a relaxed clear way of explaining the subject.

I will definitely be revisiting this book.

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Interesting

Some strange ideas, but well worth listening to. Important that transpersonal psychology is taken seriously.

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Excellent in every aspect.

Great thought provoking literature it clarifies all areas of our subconscious understanding of ourselves and our environment.