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


Sean Kelly

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Though best known as a foundational expression of the field of transpersonal psychology, Grof's holotropic paradigm is also an original and vital expression of integral theory and practice. Integral perspectives can be discerned through the degree to which they manifest the following five principles or qualities: evolutionary, planetary, transdisciplinary, enchanted, and engaged. This presentation will demonstrate the integral embrace of the holotropic paradigm through consideration of these five principles in Grof's life-work.



Sean Kelly, Ph.D., teaches in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at CIIS. He received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Ottawa in 1988. Before coming to CIIS, he taught religious studies at the University of Windsor, the University of Ottawa, and Carleton University (Canada). He is the author of Coming Home: The Birth and Transformation of the Planetary Era and Individuation and the Absolute: Hegel, Jung, and the Path toward Wholeness. Sean is also co-editor, with Donald Rothberg, of Ken Wilber in Dialogue: Conversations with Leading Transpersonal Thinkers and co-translator, with Roger Lapointe, of French thinker Edgar Morin's book, Homeland Earth: A manifesto for the New Millennium.