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The definitive overview of this transformative breathwork.

In this long awaited book, Stanislav Grof and Christina Grof describe their groundbreaking new form of self-exploration and psychotherapy: Holotropic Breathwork. 

Holotropic means "moving toward wholeness," from the Greek holos (whole) and trepein (moving in the direction of). The breathwork utilizes the remarkable healing and transformative potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness. These states engender a rich array of experiences with unique healing potential - reliving childhood memories, infancy, birth and prenatal life, and elements from the historical and archetypal realms of the collective unconscious. 

Induced by very simple means - a combination of accelerated breathing, evocative music, and bodywork in a safe and supportive setting - Holotropic Breathwork integrates the insights from modern consciousness research, depth psychology, transpersonal psychology, anthropology, Eastern spiritual practices, and mystical traditions. 

The Grofs' work with holotropic states of consciousness has introduced revolutionary changes to psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy. Written in a clear, easily understandable style, this indispensable book summarizes their remarkable insights.

©2010 State University of New York (P)2020 Tantor

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More so an ad for Holotropic Breathwork

You don’t really find out the details needed for doing Holotropic Breathwork. It feels more like an ad to get you to do the in person training. It was a disappointing listen

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Good read, better to listen!

a masterpiece in modern psychology, founding stone of transpersonal psychology. great performance! worth listening for anyone interested in mental health and well being.

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Great background, no practical.

This book does not contain a practical step by step guide on how to perform Holotropic Breathwork for personal exploration. There are conversations on processes and practices for group sessions however they do not go into any detail on the actual processes of breathing etc.

This is however a great look at the history and progression of Holotropic Breathwork and an informative listen for those who are interested in altered states of consciousness.

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Excellent book with inspiration and insight

excellent book that helped me realize the importance of transformation and breath as the powerful method to do so.

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  • mark west
  • 2020-05-18

I wish I knew this earlier

At 1.2x (where I listen to all my audiobooks) the narrator reminded me of Tuvok from Voyager. The background and theory make sense and in fact I've known the theory for quite some time. What I did NOT know was that by merely breathing differently, I could access buried incidents. Given the thoroughness of this book, I feel confident I can master the technique and run with it without too much trouble.

The big question is would I have enough hutzpa to force myself to keep breathing through a past death? Although if you can help it, emotional traumas can be much more accessible. Now, I just need to see some YouTube videos of the process.

I can't begin to imagine how much better my life would have turned out had I known this technique when I was in my 20s. Sigh, I guess that I wasn't ready to hear the truth yet. Well, now that I am, it's time to radically and fundamentally transform my life. "To the journey!"

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  • Ken
  • 2021-07-04

opinions vs evidence

As much as I would like for this to be true, the evidence provided in this book does not support this theory. It is based on anecdotal evidence, and opinion. An example, is not conclusive evidence.

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  • michael d wisner
  • 2021-09-04

don't buy if you are looking for instructions

lot of history and perspective... very little on practice... guess u need to take the workshop for these secrets to be revealed lol

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