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Essential Shifts Interview: Stanislav Grof

What if our propensity to war and aggression had deep roots in the trauma of birth? That’s one of the provocative theories of Dr. Stanislav Grof, drawing from fifty years at the frontiers of consciousness research. There is, he believes, reason for cautious optimism that we can transcend our destructive impulses if large numbers of people engage the healing work that becomes possible in non-ordinary or "holotropic" states such as those used by shamans.

"Medicine as Spiritual Practice" with Jeanne Achterberg

Jeanne Achterberg shares her broad understanding of medicine as anything that helps or heals, and describes the parallels between the process of helping people in crises and spiritual practice. She explains how medicine is a spiritual practice that creates healing through profound relationship bonds at five levels: the transpersonal bond, soul connection, touch, community, and love. Sustaining the belief that authentic connection between humans generates healing light and energy, Achterberg honors heart wisdom, science, and the mysterious integration of mind, body, and spirit.

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