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Psychosis, Madness and Mystical Experience
Code Name Price Description  
00810 Grof, Christina
Kundalini Awakening and Spiritual Emergency
$11.95 A moving personal account of crisis and spiritual awakening, which Christina Grof has come to call Emergence. - 1979 Boston - One Audiotape
02501 Watts, Alan
Divine Madness
$11.95 According the Watts, we call insane those who cannot live simultaneously in the world of consensus social vision and the world of the personal vision. Watts discusses the ignorance, intolerance and harm done to those who have variations of consciousness. - 1968 Esalen - One Audiotape
02508 Watts, Alan, Stan Grof and Julian Silverman
The Science Of Madness
$18.95 Watts talks of how differences from the norm are regarded as pathology, irrespective of whether it is a madman or a saint who is involved. Grof`s LSD studies led to his discovery that both "mad" and "normal" subjects eventually entered into experiences with religios qualities. Silverman discusses how some psychotic patients improve, not in spite of their psychosis, but through the psychosis. - 1968 Esalen - Two Audiotapes
02509 Watts, Alan, Alan Ginsberg and Claudio Naranjo
The Poetry Of Madness
$18.95 Beat poet Ginsberg gives a fiery poetic presentation of madness; Watts and John Perry, through poetic prose, make comprehensible the fluid, non-ordinary nature of madness as a means to growth and integration. Naranjo warns against embracing wild madness uncritically. - 1968 Esalen - Two Audiotapes
05401 Van Dusen, Wilson
Interviewed By Michael Murphy
$18.95 In this informal interview, Van Dusen and Murphy discuss the nature of schizophrenic hallucintions and many other philosophical issues. - 1963 Mendicino, Ca - Two Audiotapes
05402 Van Dusen, Wilson
The Nature Of Humaness
$11.95 Van Dusen relates personal humanness to archetypal drama. Is it possible for an actor to examine and understand his role, the play, the whole theater, find balance and come into accord with what is? He movingly relates his own role in the human drama to his own experiences of satori. - 1969 Esalen - One Audiotape
05403 Van Dusen, Wilson
Confronting Hallucinations
$18.95 Van Dusen found that hallucinations seem to be entities that have their own consciousness and an existence independent from that of the patientt they haunt. He has carried on extensive conversations with these entities and has found that some of them have corresponded to demons and angels of Swedenborg. - 1968 Esalen - Two Audiotapes
05601 Wilson, Colin
Human Evolution and A New Psychology
$36.95 Wilson talks about his life, the evolution of his thinking and what has shaped him. He gives an explanation of his theory of evolutionary consciousness, referring to peak experience and crisis points as proofs. Crisis, he asserts, can generate a transformative power, blasting through our depression and lives of petty mediocrity. - 1968 Esalen - Four Audiotapes
06501 Harner, Michael and Claudio Naranjo
$11.95 Harner and Naranjo explore shamanism, ritual, and psychotic openings to the unconscious, and their relationship with myth and mysticism. - 1968 Esalen - One Audiotape
07001 Laing, R. D.
Politics Of Experience
$11.95 Laing tells us that the schizophrenic is imprisoned by members of a normal society because he does not conform to standard patterns of communication and behavior. He has lost his ability to play the deadening social game of lie and counter-lie. - 1967 Esalen - One Audiotape
07002 Laing, R. D.
Illusion Of Achievement
$11.95 Laing relates schizophrenia - seen as the voyage backward to discover the uncontaminated self - to his Zen-like philosophy. - 1967 Esalen - One Audiotape
07003 Laing, R. D.
Blowout Center
$18.95 The blowout center began when Laing and a few others banded together to enter an auto-initiatory journey to the self. Such a journey involves a radical dissolution of the ego and is a shattering experience in an attempt to rediscover the ancient mysteries of self-healing through encountering death and rebirth. Laing feels that the inner journey is a natural process and should not be suppressed sedatives and electric shock treatments. - 1967 Esalen - Two Audiotapes
07601 Perry, John
Psychosis and The Mystical Experience
$11.95 Perry offers a framework to take into account the mythical and archetypal experiences which we find in the world of dreams, in psychosis, drugs and in religious experiences. He feels psychosis can be nature's way of reorganizing the self along more favorable lines of growth. - 1968 Esalen - One Audiotape
10701 Szasz, Thomas
Psychiatric Medicine: Cure Or Control
$11.95 Szasz sees the function of some psychiatrists as social control, determining who is sick and who is "normal," with no objective standards of mental health or illness. He explores psychiatric techniques defined as "treatment" as disquised forms of extra-legal punishment and confinement for those of whom society disapproves. - 1973 Esalen - One Audiotape
10702 Szasz, Thomas
Authority Vs. Authoritarianism: The Willingness To Submit
$11.95 Marin, Szasz and Naranjo discuss the pros and cons of the question: Is there a difference between genuine authority and authoritarianism? One point of agreement is that authority is bestowed upon an individual by the respect of other people for his outstanding expertise in one field, while the authoritarian is one who tries to make other people regard him as an authority, whether or not he merits their respect. - 1973 Esalen - One Audiotape
33001 Kramer, Joel
Bringing Spirituality Down To Earth
$11.95 This talk explores common dangers of what Kramer calls a great paradox of spirituality. Though genuine spiritual opening can dissolve boundaries and connect us to greater, impersonal dimensions of the universe, the very tools we use to bring about these connections can also trap us in narrow, constricted experience. - 1983 Chiago - One Audiotape
DC004 Laing, R. D.
Did You Use To Be R. D. Laing? (Video)
$40.95 Laing was one of the most influential and controversial figures in the field of psychology in the 1960s and '70s. This engaging film profile of Laing draws on stories from his own life and from his patients' experiences. 90 min. - - One VIDEO
ME003 Grof, Christina
The Thirst for Wholeness (Video)
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