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.
Relationships & Family
Former IONS President James O’Dea and native elder Sequoyah Trueblood discuss "the great shift" in the context of our universal oneness. They explore the separation created by judgment and the intellect and the need to see the sacredness in all things. Sequoyah shares some of his life experiences that proved to be paths to forgiveness and understanding.
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.