Stanislav Grof’s Holotropic theory complements Alfred North Whitehead’s great design, characterized by Abner Shimony, to integrate physics into a generalized psychology. Shimony’s estimation of Whitehead’s design suggests an inversion of the idea that the deliverances of relativistic and quantum physics support Grof’s Holotropic psychology. Rather, Grof’s discoveries open avenues to understanding experientially “the complex energy, emotional and purposeful (that Whitehead characterizes),” inherent in the becoming of the fundamental actualities of existence, from which the physics characterizations of energy, time, and space are but abstractions. What is more, Shimony suggests that Whitehead offers a means to integrate the mind into a scientific picture of the world, contrary to most Cartesian-Newtonian views. Grof’s characterization of psychedelic effect as “an unspecific amplifier of mental processes” addresses Shimony’s suggestion exactly and provides an important preface to creativity toward a change in consciousness requisite for evolutionary progress.
Gibson, Leonard, "Psychology for a Holotropic Metaphysic" (2014). Expanding and Reenchanting the Psyche: The Pioneering Thought of Stanislav Grof. 19.