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


Jorge Ferrer

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This presentation shows the import of Stanislav Grof’s consciousness research for recent debates in the study of mysticism and spirituality. Specifically, Grof’s research provides crucial empirical evidence to settle one of the most controversial issues in the modern study of mysticism—the question of mediation in spiritual knowledge Whereas Grof interprets his findings as supporting the perennial philosophy, [I propose that] a participatory account engenders a richer, more pluralistic, and arguably more spiritually emancipatory understanding of Grof’s revolutionary discoveries that is free from the shortcomings of perennialism.



Jorge N. Ferrer, Ph.D., is core faculty of the department of East-West Psychology at CIIS. He is the award-winning author of Revisioning Transpersonal Theory: A Participatory Vision of Human Spirituality (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2002) and Participation and Spirit: Transpersonal Essays in Psychology, Education, and Religion (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, forthcoming), as well as coeditor (with Jacob Sherman) of The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2008). In 2009, he became an advisor to the organization Religions for Peace at the United Nations on a research project aimed at solving global interreligious conflict. He was born in Barcelona, Spain.