Stanislav Grof – Psychology of the Future
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Open to new insights and transformative practices at the frontiers of psychology that create lasting healing and growth for yourself and others.
Access the power of non-ordinary states, shamanic practices and embodied healing work to transform your life as you discover an expanded cartography of the human psyche.
Have you been looking for a deeper kind of psychology that includes the higher realms of mystical experiences?
Then you’re ready for transpersonal psychology, which builds upon our “personal” psychology to include more advanced states of consciousness — as well as exciting new areas to explore in an “adventure of self-discovery.”
When you begin to open to the deeper dimensions of your psyche, you uncover a new world of understanding… from seeing how your body holds energy around physical traumas… to appreciating how your birth experiences give you the “template” for how you navigate challenges… to opening to transpersonal guidance for your daily life.
If you’ve been intrigued by phenomena such as psychic experiences, past-life memories, experiences of spiritual awakening, lucid dreaming, breathwork or shamanic journeying, you’re naturally curious about the very realms that this “future psychology” aims to explore in a scientifically grounded and credible way.]
Opening a New Portal
Conventional psychology has for too long reduced us to our lowest-common denominators. Much of the spiritual depth, power and inspiration we cherish at the core of our lives has been written off by psychologists who focus primarily on behavior and cognition.
Fortunately, research at the leading edge of psychology has opened a portal into an exciting new realm of possibilities that validates many of the insights of history’s great spiritual teachers — and leads us to a deeper, more accurate and empowering view of ourselves.
In this paradigm, consciousness is not limited to your body or even to your singular life.
You can expand your identity to a cosmic scale, explore other dimensions, and even access information from what appears to be past lives.
You are not limited by time, space and causality in the way we once thought.
Furthermore, when we integrate methods of accessing non-ordinary states of consciousness, as shamans have done for thousands of years, we open to far more powerful, experiential and accelerated methods of healing and growth.
In a particularly powerful experience, we might pass through waves of profound grief from our early childhood, intense emotions associated with birth, and the ecstasy of experiencing oneness with the Divine.
In undertaking these journeys into your depths, you can release old traumas, free up your emotions, access expanded wisdom, and set a new, unitive baseline for your life.
In short, the “future of psychology” will be built by those who are willing to pioneer new methods for healing that transcend the limits of cognitive insights and allow us to access our full potential as human beings. It will be holistic, experiential and profound.
A Brilliant Pioneer to Guide You
Stanislav Grof has been one of the earliest and most accomplished pioneers of these realms through his decades of legal research into the therapeutic use of psychedelics and his innovative understanding of non-ordinary states based on experiential forms of psychotherapy.
From this work has emerged a new “cartography” of the human psyche that accounts for our birth experiences as well as transpersonal domains more typically explored by shamans and healers.
By exploring this new map of reality, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of your potential, a more profound vision for your life, and an expanded toolkit for clearing old traumas from both your psyche and your body.
Out of his many decades spent integrating the insights, research and practices of transformational traditions from around the world, Stan’s developed a unique and empowering vision of the psychology of the future.
His brilliant mind and encyclopedic knowledge of the various schools of psychology enabled him to piece everything together into one coherent whole.
This view ultimately liberates you from limited ideas of who you truly are.
And now, for the first time, Stan is distilling a lifetime of mind-expanding explorations into a cohesive, online course — highlighted by video sessions — in which you’ll expand your understanding of healing, personal evolution and the nature of the cosmos.
The Best of a New Paradigm
When you join Stan for the 7-module Future of Psychology program, you’ll have a unique opportunity to explore this new paradigm and its implications — not only for your own personal growth but also for any transformational work you may do with others.
You’ll discover more about how accessing the power of non-ordinary states allows you to develop a deeper understanding of shamanic practices (which help you move beyond talk therapy into life-changing experiences).
You’ll learn how to work with your “inner healer” as a compass to guide you into the precise next steps you need in your journey of growth.
You’ll expand your view of your psyche and our cosmos and understand the nature and role of transpersonal experiences (which can also help you avoid pathologizing truly liberating experiences). And you’ll see how conscious breath practices offer some of the most potent pathways to personal freedom.
You’ll also gain powerful insights into the importance of your birth experience in setting the foundation for your growth and development (and why clearing birth trauma can be so powerful for your healing).
If you’re a clinician, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of suicide, depression, spiritual crises (“spiritual emergencies”) and the power of death and rebirth experiences.
Simply put, you’ll be amazed at Dr. Grof’s profound knowledge and how his bold new vision transcends more limited views of psychology and spirit. This invigorating program will give you a far deeper understanding of the cosmos and our role in it.
Through this 7-part journey, you’ll:
- Open to a truly multi-dimensional understanding of yourself and others
- Have a grounded sense for how to harness the power of non-ordinary states
- Expand your sense of identity and connection to the cosmos
- Understand the signs for spiritual crisis and how to navigate through it
- Explore the nature of the cosmos, including the nature of good and evil
- Receive a powerful map for COEX (Systems of Condensed Experience) experiences that include multiple levels of trauma in need of clearing
- Come to trust your “inner healer” to guide you to the experiences you need most
- Understand how to go deeper into the emotional and energetic roots of trauma to find true freedom
- Open to feeling truly at home in the universe
- Develop a more sophisticated understanding of psychopathology
- Integrate a deep sense for spirituality into your vision and practice of psychology
- Merge the best of science and spirituality into a higher-order synthesis
What You’ll Discover in These 7 Modules
In this 7-part transformational intensive, Stan will reveal the implications of modern consciousness research for the understanding of consciousness, of the human psyche, and the nature of reality. You’ll discover a vastly extended new cartography of the psyche. Special attention will be paid to experiences and observations that represent a serious challenge to the reductionist, materialistic paradigm of Western science and foreshadow an urgent need for a radical new worldview.
Each contemplation and training session will build harmoniously upon the next so that you’ll develop a complete holistic understanding of the practices, tools and principles you’ll need to relate to a multitude of psychological experiences through an evolutionary lens.
Module 1: Proposal for a Radical Revision of Psychiatry & Psychology
Observations From a Half Century of Consciousness Research
This session draws on observations from Stan Grof’s 50+ years of research into the subgroup of non-ordinary states of consciousness he calls “holotropic.” This research suggests a radical revision of some basic assumptions of modern psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy. These observations come from a wide range of disciplines — psychedelic research, powerful forms of experiential psychotherapy, work with “spiritual emergencies,” spontaneous episodes of non-ordinary states of consciousness, thanatology, parapsychology, field anthropology and quantum-relativistic physics. His proposed changes focus on the nature of consciousness and its relationship to matter, dimensions of the human psyche and the roots of emotional and psychosomatic disorders.These changes resemble in nature and scope the conceptual cataclysm that appeared in physics in the first three decades of the 20th century with regard to the understanding of the material world. Ironically, these changes are complementary to the new physics.
While the new findings do not support the dogmas of organized religion, they reveal that spirituality is an essential attribute of the human psyche and that a personal spiritual quest is an important and legitimate activity.
In this module, you’ll:
- Explore the dynamics of revolutionary shifts in the scientific worldview throughout history and Thomas Kuhn’s concept of the “paradigm”
- Examine observations from the research of non-ordinary states of consciousness (holotropic states), which indicate an urgent need for a radical change of the basic assumptions of psychology and psychiatry about consciousness and the human psyche
Module 2: A New Cartography of
A Visionary Journey
In this session, you’ll explore the vastly expanded cartography of the human psyche that’s emerged from the research of holotropic states of consciousness. Using paintings created from psychedelic and Holotropic Breathwork sessions, you’ll traverse the domains of the psyche as yet unrecognized by mainstream psychiatry and psychology — the perinatal and transpersonal realms.Understanding the process of psychospiritual death and rebirth that engages these levels of the psyche is essential for any serious approach to the ritual and spiritual history of humanity — shamanism, rites of passage , healing ceremonies of native cultures, ancient mysteries of death and rebirth, the great religions of the world, and the mystical traditions of all times and countries. The knowledge of this experiential territory provides important guidelines for people involved in serious self-exploration and spiritual quest. The insights from this work also throw new light on artistic creations from ancient times to the modern era and on sociopolitical events, such as wars, revolutions and genocide.
In this richly slide-illustrated module, you’ll:
- Explore the domains of the psyche as yet unrecognized by mainstream psychiatry and psychology
- Discover experiential patterns — Basic Perinatal Matrices (BPMs) — associated with reliving of the four stages of biological birth and discuss the specific links they have with the transpersonal domain
- Discuss the pivotal role that BPMs have in the process of psychospiritual death and rebirth
Module 3: The Roots of Violence & Greed
Transpersonal Perspective on the Current Global Crisis
Since time immemorial, violence and greed have been among the most important forces driving human history. Due to technological progress and exponential population growth in the 20th century, they’ve become a threat for survival of life on our planet. It’s become imperative to gain a deeper understanding of the roots of these forces in the human psyche and to find ways of reducing their impact in the world.In a series of slides, you’ll connect the dots between the astonishing similarities in the symbolism of posters and cartoons from the time of wars, revolutions and other types of sociopolitical crises, and the visions accompanying the reliving of birth and the experience of psychospiritual death and rebirth. These observations strongly suggest that the perinatal and transpersonal levels of the unconscious are the sources of malignant violence and insatiable greed in the human psyche.
In this richly slide-illustrated module, you’ll:
- Explore observations from the research of holotropic states of consciousness that offer new insights into manifestations of insatiable greed and extreme forms of human violence and social pathology, such as wars, bloody revolutions, terrorism, suicide bombing, concentration camps and genocide
- Explore the potential of holotropic states of consciousness to alleviate the influence of dangerous forces in the human psyche, which are largely responsible for the current global crisis and which threaten planetary survival
Module 4: Architecture of Emotional & Psychosomatic Disorders
Their Biographical, Perinatal & Transpersonal Sources
Work with holotropic states of consciousness has vastly expanded the current model of the psyche — which has been limited to postnatal biography and the Freudian individual unconscious — by adding to it the perinatal and transpersonal domain. This development brought a radically new understanding of emotional and psychosomatic disorders, such as various phobias, obsessive-compulsive behavior, hysteria, manic-depressive states, suicidal tendencies and behavior, sexual aberrations, and proneness to violence.This research revealed multilayered constellations (COEX systems) underlying these disorders. These systems consist of biographical, perinatal and transpersonal material that shares the same emotions and/or physical sensations. Thinking in terms of these dynamic systems provides a much deeper understanding of psychopathology and offers radically new therapeutic opportunities.
In this module, you’ll:
- Explore evidence indicating that emotional and psychosomatic disorders, which are not of organic but psychogenic origin, do not start in infancy and childhood as usually assumed, but have deeper roots on the perinatal and transpersonal levels of the unconscious
- Discover that effective psychotherapy likely includes experiential approaches that are able to reach deeper levels
- Find that these revolutionary discoveries shed radically new light on such phenomena as depression, mania, various forms of suicide, sexual perversions, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder and psychosomatic diseases
Module 5: Spiritual Emergency
Understanding & Treatment of Transpersonal Crises
One of the most important implications of work with holotropic states of consciousness is the discovery that many spontaneous episodes of transpersonal crises, which are currently diagnosed as manifestations of serious mental diseases, are actually crises of spiritual opening. Correctly understood and supported, these spiritual emergencies contain therapeutic, transformative, heuristic and even evolutionary potential.In this module, you’ll:
- Discover the triggers of spiritual emergencies, ways of differentiating them from pathological states, and effective therapeutic strategies for supporting individuals experiencing them
- Explore the most important forms of spiritual crises, such as shamanic initiatory crises, awakening of Kundalini, John Perry’s renewal process, Maslow’s “peak experiences,” possession states, and difficulties with karmic experiences
Module 6: Psychospiritual Perspective on Death & Dying
Observations From Holotropic States of Consciousness
In this slide-illustrated lecture, you’ll explore observations from various avenues of consciousness research that have important implications for the understanding of death and dying, such as psychedelic therapy, Holotropic Breathwork and other forms of deep experiential psychotherapy, thanatology, parapsychology, anthropological field work, and therapy with individuals in psychospiritual crises (“spiritual emergencies”).You’ll focus on such topics as near-death experiences (NDE), karma and reincarnation, out-of-body experiences (OOBE), the process of psychospiritual death and rebirth, psychedelic therapy with terminal cancer patients, ancient mysteries of death and rebirth, aboriginal rites of passage, eschatological mythologies, the ancient books of the dead, and interdimensional transcommunication (ITC).
In this richly slide-illustrated module, you’ll:
- Explore consciousness research that sheds light on end-of-life issues
- Review the history of psychedelic therapy with terminal cancer patients and the effects this approach has on the fear of death and physical pain
Module 7: The Cosmic Game
Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness
In holotropic states of consciousness, such as those that occur during systematic meditational practice, shamanic rituals, rites of passage, psychedelic sessions, deep experiential therapy, and spontaneous psychospiritual crises (“spiritual emergencies”), people often encounter experiences that produce profound philosophical and spiritual insights into the human psyche, consciousness and the nature of reality.These insights revolve around such fundamental problems of existence as the mystery of the creation of the universe, the cosmic creative principle, dynamics of the process of creation, the nature and function of the archetypal realm, the dilemma of good and evil, the “taboo against knowing who we are,” karma and reincarnation, the role of consciousness in the universe, the relationship between consciousness and matter, and the purpose and meaning of human life.
In this richly slide-illustrated module, you’ll:
- Focus on experiences in holotropic states of consciousness that bring profound philosophical and spiritual insights concerning the nature of reality, the relationship between consciousness and matter, and the dimensions of the human psyche
- Compare the understanding of existence emerging from the study of holotropic states with various spiritual and esoteric systems and with revolutionary developments in Western science, usually referred to as the new or emerging paradigm
The Psychology of the Future Bonus Collection
In addition to Stan’s transformative 7-module virtual course, you’ll receive these powerful training sessions with leading visionaries and teachers. These bonus sessions complement the course — and take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.