Expanding and Reenchanting the Psyche: The Pioneering Thought of Stanislav Grof

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The experience of dying and being reborn is one of the central dynamics of deep psychedelic work. This presentation explores 3 basic questions about this dynamic: (1) Why does death become as large as it sometimes does in psychedelic therapy? (2) Why does death repeat itself so many times? And (3) What is actually dying and being reborn in advanced sessions?



Christopher M. Bache, Ph.D., is professor emeritus in the department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University where he taught for over thirty years in psychology of religion, transpersonal studies, Buddhism, and Eastern religions. He is also adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and for two years was the Director of Transformative Learning at the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, CA. An award-winning teacher, his work explores the philosophical implications of non-ordinary states of consciousness, especially psychedelic states. He has written a pioneering book in psychedelic philosophy and collective consciousness, Dark Night, Early Dawn (SUNY, 2000). In addition, he has written Lifecycles, a comprehensive study of reincarnation and karma in light of contemporary consciousness research. In his book The Living Classroom (SUNY, 2008), Chris presents his revolutionary ideas concerning the transpersonal dimensions of teaching. In addition to working with sacred medicines, Chris has been a Buddhist practitioner for many years.