The dominant paradigm in to-days psychology is overtly mental and verbal, believing that psyhological and emotional disturbances can best be relieved by cognitive strategies. And also amongst spiritual seekers are there a growing tendency to focus primarily on the mental and intellectual, like advaita and people like James Schwartz, Tony Parsons, Ramesh Balsekar, Nathan Gill: just say you are 'free' and eveything else will follow....
So the revolutionary insights from the therapeutic movement of the 70s and 80s with dynamic meditations (Osho) and various adventurous therapies like Primal or Rebirthing seem to have been largely forgotten and put aside.
In this wonderful book Stan and Christina Grof argue convincingly for the utmost importance of dealing with the physical aspects of our nature, for catharsis and abreaction if we want to reach a state of true physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Combining - as usual from Grof - lots of convincing real life stories with penetrating intellectual insights and building a strong case for the benefit of holotropic states (states beyond the ususal limited ego-world) and their healing potential.
A very well-written book and - as usual - filled with comprehensivev evidence for the importance of a new world view and a devastaing blow to the pretensions of the ruling scientific paradigm and its naive and fanatic belief in materialistic monism.
Essential reading for all seekers, explorers and psychonauts.