Transpersonal Mythology?


Stanislav Grof’s monumental exposition ‘Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death and Transcendence in Psychotherapy’ has many points of resonance with some of our own published and unpublished material. This responsive commentary expounds the core of Grof’s hypothesis, interfacing it with some of our own research, the synthesis of which appears to require a critical reworking of some of Grof’s conclusions and application. In particular the question is raised as to whether the metaphysical construct of Stanislav Grof is not in fact a mythology codifying common and still unresolved defences against psychotic anxiety generated at the most acute focus of the trauma of birth.