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Livestream event: Psyche Unbound: Celebrating the Pioneering Work of Stanislav Grof

Livestream event: Psyche Unbound: Celebrating the Pioneering Work of Stanislav Grof

A virtual symposium featuring Grof and leaders in psychology and spirituality will be broadcast live January 22, 2022

SANTA FE, N.M. — Pioneers and leaders in the fields of psychology, philosophy, spirituality and psychedelic medicine will gather for a virtual symposium celebrating the life and work of renowned psychologist and researcher Stanislav Grof, MD, PhD on January 22, 2022.

Dr. Grof, accompanied by his wife and fellow psychologist Brigitte Grof, will join the first session from Germany as honored guests. The event will celebrate Dr. Grof’s extensive body of work as well as serve as a launch event for Psyche Unbound: Essays in Honor of Stanislav Grof, a new book co-published by Synergetic Press and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).

The day-long symposium, presented by Synergetic Press and MAPS and hosted by City Lights, a bookstore and press based in San Francisco, will include the editors of Psyche Unbound Richard Tarnas and Sean Kelly as well as Rick Doblin of MAPS, Charles Grob, Tom Riedlinger, Diane Haug and Jasmine Virdi, and Roshi Joan Halifax, to name a few. A full list of panelists and moderators can be viewed on the event registration page linked below.

Psyche Unbound: Celebrating the Pioneering Work of Stanislav Grof
Where: Online
Pre-registration required: Click here to register or use the button below.
When: Saturday, January 22, 2022 | 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. PST

Register

“Personally, in a very real sense, my entire adult life has been a Festschrift honoring Stan’s work,” Doblin, of MAPS wrote in the foreword to Psyche Unbound: Essays in Honor of Stanislav Grof. Grof’s first book and teachings “inspired me to devote my life to engaging in my own psychedelic therapy, to learn to become a psychedelic therapist, and to bring psychedelic therapy back above ground, legal by prescription and covered by insurance,” Doblin wrote. “Stan’s impact on my life and work is but one of many such stories.”

About the book
Psyche Unbound: Essays in Honor of Stanislav Grof is a compilation of 22 essays that honor the path-breaking lifework of Stanislav Grof, MD, PhD, the world’s leading researcher in psychedelic-assisted therapy, breathwork, and the exploration of non-ordinary states of consciousness.

Edited by Richard Tarnas, Ph.D., and Sean Kelly, Ph.D., Psyche Unbound also features contributions from renowned academics, scientists and researchers including Charles Grob, Michael Mithoefer, Jenny Wade, William Keepin, Thomas Purton, Thomas Riedlinger, Fritjof Capra and more.

About Stanislav Grof
Stanislav Grof, MD, PhD, is a psychiatrist with more than fifty years’ experience researching the healing and transformative potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness. His groundbreaking theories influenced the integration of Western science with his brilliant mapping of the transpersonal dimension. Dr. Grof is also the founding President of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA) and was its President for many years. Currently, Dr. Grof is Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in the Department of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness in San Francisco and at Wisdom University in Oakland, Calif.

Dr. Grof’s extensive research includes experiential psychotherapy using psychedelics and non-drug techniques, especially the Holotropic Breathwork®, alternative approaches to psychoses, understanding and treatment of psychospiritual crises (“spiritual emergencies”), the implications of recent developments in quantum-relativistic physics, biology, brain research, and other avenues of the emerging scientific paradigm, for psychiatric theory and consciousness studies.

About Synergetic Press
For over 35 years as an independent publisher, our mission has been to promote mindful discussion of humankind’s present and future lives. We have published unique and paradigm-shifting ideas in subjects such as ecology, sustainability, psychedelics, consciousness, and cultural anthropology that inspire both individual and social change. 

About MAPS
Founded in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana. For more information visit maps.org.

Psyche Unbound: Essays in Honor of Stanislav Grof to publish January 2022

Psyche Unbound: Essays in Honor of Stanislav Grof to publish January 2022

SANTA FE, N.M. — Psyche Unbound: Essays in Honor of Stanislav Grof is an extraordinary compilation of twenty-two essays that honor the path-breaking lifework of Stanislav Grof, MD, PhD, the world’s leading researcher in psychedelic-assisted therapy, breathwork, and the exploration of non-ordinary states of consciousness. This new collection, copublished by Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) with Synergetic Press, will be released on January 11, 2022. 

Dr. Grof, a founder of transpersonal psychology, is recognized by many as having both inherited and extended the great revolution in psychology begun by Freud and Jung. His investigations of the nature and healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness led him to propose a model of the psyche which honors the full range of human experience. Unconstrained by the dogmatic prejudices of mainstream psychology and of the dominant reductive, mechanistic, and materialistic-scientific paradigm, Grof offers a liberated, and liberating, vision of psyche unbound.

Psyche Unbound features contributions from thought leaders of the last five decades, including a piece from Joseph Campbell’s 1971 lecture in the Great Hall at Cooper Union and Huston Smith’s 1976 summary of Grof’s work as it relates to the study of religion and mysticism. More recent writing includes reflections by renowned psychiatrists and researchers that discuss the importance of Grof’s contributions on the current wave of interest and research into psychedelic-assisted therapies and alternative states of consciousness.

Psyche Unbound includes essays that explore Grof’s work on numerous fronts including transpersonal sexual experiences, implications for social and cultural change, comparative studies with Asianreligious systems, the perinatal dimensions of Jean-Paul Sartre’s transformational 1935 mescaline experience, and parallel findings from quantum and relativistic physics.

Edited by Richard Tarnas, PhD, and Sean Kelly, PhD, Psyche Unbound has already received praise from some of modern psychology’s most formidable academics and visionaries.

“What is remarkable about this book is that while each essay discusses, describes, or elaborates on a major concept or contribution of Grof’s, few of the essays overlap in any meaningful way,” says James Fadiman, PhD, author and pioneer of psychedelic therapies, of the collection. “The result is a volume of original thinking, speculation, and elaboration that is deeply satisfying in its exploration of ways of knowing Grof encountered or created during his long career.”

Grof is himself the author and editor of many books, including Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research; The Cosmic Game: Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness; Human Survival and Consciousness Evolution; The Adventure of Self-Discovery: Dimensions of Consciousness and New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Inner Exploration; Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy; and Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science, all published by SUNY Press. As well as the following titles from MAPS: The Way of the Psychonaut: Encyclopedia for Inner Journeys (Vol. One) and The Way of the Psychonaut: Encyclopedia for Inner Journeys (Vol. Two), LSD Psychotherapy: The Healing Potential of Psychedelic Medicine, Modern Consciousness Research and The Understanding of Art.

Psyche Unbound: Essays in Honor of Stanislav Grof, which features a foreword by Rick Doblin, PhD, founder of MAPS, will be released January 11, 2022.

More information about the book, including biographies of Grof and collection editors Tarnas and Kelly, can be found here

Additional Praise for Psyche Unbound: Essays in Honor of Stanislav Grof

“Brilliant and deep, this volume celebrates and illuminates Stan Grof’s genius. His profound vision has created a powerful new paradigm for psychology, medicine, human and social development, and for understanding the nature of consciousness. His groundbreaking research and vast experience offers us wisdom, a wise heart and whole beneficial new perspectives across multiple fields. A truly important worthy tribute.”  — Jack Kornfield, PhD, Author of A Path With Heart

“An inspiring, highly personal look at Stanislav Grof’s groundbreaking work, and how it has created the modern foundation for what we now know as transpersonal psychology. This inspiring festschrift compiles twenty-two anecdotal and analytical essays from leaders in their fields whose work has been influenced by Grof, and relays the breadth and significance of Grof’s insights and theories throughout the years.” — Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo, Science and Non-Duality (SAND) Founders and Organizers 

“The festschrift is literally a tour de force. It weaves together insights into the transformative nature of consciousness throughout—and beyond—our lifespan. Wisdom is shared by leaders in this fascinating field and they open the shudders to an expanded horizon of human potentials. Psyche Unbound deserves a front row seat in the dynamic play of consciousness in a post materialist world.”Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, MA, Professor, Sofia University, Author of Death Makes Life Possible and Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation

Psychedelic Integration Week at Esalen

Psychedelic Integration Week at Esalen

‘Contemplation’, 1990 by Francesco Clemente

Psychedelic Integration Week at Esalen

Psychedelic Integration Week comprised a full 6-days of talks, workshops, and conversations, taking place from March 31st-April 5th at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. The event was a week-long exploration of the particular challenges and opportunities unique to this moment in human history. As a species, we inhabit a very critical time period in which we face a global ecological crisis. Thus, the Psychedelic Integration workshop aimed to examine how psychedelic medicine can help us to move forward in an ecologically holistic and personally integral way.

Among the workshop leaders were Allan Badiner, Rick Doblin, Michael Pollan, Ben Sessa, and Stanislav Grof, just to name a few.  Leaders provided an opportunity to learn about the latest research findings as well as facilitated interactive discussions on themes as they arose.

Learn more about the workshop leaders here

Why Does Psychedelic Integration Matter?

Globally we are experiencing a renaissance of research into psychedelics, with psychoactive substances becoming more commonly accepted. Due to accumulative research illuminating their therapeutic, medicinal, and spiritual benefits, substances like MDMA, psilocybin, LSD, and ayahuasca are making a reappearance in public awareness.

The term ‘psychedelic’ literally means ‘mind-manifesting’, and was originally coined by the English psychiatrist Humphrey Osmond. Osmond was a close friend of the well-known writer, and psychonaut, Aldous Huxley, with the term first being suggested when the two men were exploring ways to refer to the unique category of substances that we able to provide access to the visionary state.

To fathom Hell or soar angelic,

take a pinch of psychedelic. —Humphrey Osmond

Thus, the ‘mind-manifesting’ nature of these substances alongside the fact of their global resurgence call attention to the necessity of integration. When we speak about ‘integration’ in this context, we refer to the incorporation of valuable insights from the visionary state into our daily lives. In short, these substances have the potential to offer opportunities for growth, transformation, and self-insight, but only if we willing to work with them after the fact, and incorporate their teachings into our lives to create long-lasting change.

More About the Workshop Leaders:

Allan Badiner

Allan Badiner served as the editor in the first and second editions of Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics, as well as two other books of collected essays, Dharma Gaia: A Harvest in Buddhism and Ecology and Mindfulness in the Marketplace: Compassionate Responses to Consumerism. Allan is a contributing editor of Tricycle magazine, and serves on the board of directors of Rainforest Action Network, Threshold Foundation and Project CBD. He has been a student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for over than 25 years.

Stanislav Grof

Stanislav Grof,  M.D., Ph.D., is a psychiatrist with more than fifty years of experience researching the healing and transformative potentials of non-ordinary states of consciousness. His groundbreaking theories influenced the integration of Western science with his brilliant mapping of the transpersonal dimension, being one of the founders and chief theoreticians of Transpersonal Psychology. Currently, Dr. Grof is Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, CA. Among his publications are over 150 papers in professional journals and many books including Beyond the Brain, LSD Psychotherapy, Psychology of the Future, The Cosmic Game, and HR Giger and the Zeitgeist of the Twentieth Century.

Rick Doblin

Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. 

 

About the Esalen Institute 

The Esalen Institute is more than a retreat center or an educational institute. Anchored by the inspiring beauty of Big Sur and an unparalleled intellectual history, Esalen is a worldwide network of seekers who look beyond dogma to explore deeper spiritual possibilities; forge new understandings of self and society; and pioneer new paths for change. They offer up to 600 workshops and programs per year devoted to cultivating deep change in self and society.

Check out @EsalenInstitute on Facebook to keep up-to-date their upcoming events. 

 

Featured artwork: “Contemplation” 1990 by Francesco Clemente