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The Stormy Search for the Self


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The Stormy Search For The SelfAuthors' Note
The Uninvited Guest: Christina's Story
God in the Laboratory: Stanislav's Story
Part One: The Stormy Search for the Self
1. What is Spiritual Emergency?
2. The Dark Night of the Soul
3. Encountering the Divine
4. Varieties of Spiritual Emergency
5. Addiction as Spiritual Emergency
Part Two: Charts for the Inner Journey
6. Spiritual Lessons from the Other Times and Cultures
7. Modern Maps of Consciousness
Part Three: Living in Two Worlds
8. Strategies for Everyday Life
9. Guidelines for Family and Friends
10. Who Can Help and How?
11. The Homecoming
Spiritual Emergence and the Current Global Crisis
Appendix I
The Spiritual Emergence Network
Appendix II
A Vision for a Twenty-Four-Hour Care Center
Appendix III
Spiritual Emergency and Mental-Health Professionals

About the Author

Christina Grof was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Her original career as a teacher of art was interrupted when a powerful spiritual experience during childbirth launched her into many years of emotional turmoil, later identified as the manifestations of Kundalini awakening. She taught Hatha-Yoga and was deeply influenced by Swami Muktananda Paramahansa, head of the Siddha-Yoga lineage; she was his student until his death in 1982. Her own unusual experiences generated in her deep interest in nonordinary states of consciousness and transpersonal psychology. Together with her husband, Stanislav Grof, she has developed Holotropic Breathwork, an experimental technique of psychotherapy that combines controlled breathing, evocative music, and bodywork. She and her husband have also organized international transpersonal conferences in Boston, Melbourne, Bombay, and Santa Rosa, California. Christina's particular area of interest is the relationship between mysticism and psychosis. In 1980 she founded the spiritual emergence network, an international organization providing support for individuals undergoing transformative crises. More recently, her interest has extended into the area of the spiritual aspects of alcoholism and addiction. In the last decade she has conducted lectures and workshops in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. She is also co-author of the book Beyond Death.


"A valuable tool for therapists and an aid to explorers."
Brain/Mind Bulletin"A brilliant and practical guide to inner transformation."
Jack Kornfield, Buddhist teacher, author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom"A fascinating account of transformational processes. Essential reading for anyone interested in creative personal and social change."
Frances Vaughan, Ph.D., coeditor of Beyond Ego

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