Whitehead and Grof

The following three articles use concepts from the metaphysics of the mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead to develop a framework that illuminates extraordinary human experiences, especially those experiences Stanislav Grof calls “holotropic.” The articles: provide a basic account of some of Whitehead’s central ideas, explain holotropic and other extraordinary experience, taking advantage of the […]

Whitehead, LSD, and Transpersonal Psychology

The following paper is a relatively technical treatment of the LSD experience, using Whitehead’s terminology. It concerns mysticism, the nature of consciousness, Stanislav Grof’s cartography of the psyche, and other topics in transpersonal psychology. The paper was presented at The Center for Process Studies, Claremont,California, August 1998. Whitehead, LSD, and Transpersonal Psychology

From Epistemology to Transcendence

From Epistemology to Transcendence Follow the link above to this paper thus summarized: Science and modern culture have paradoxically absorbed both Hume’s stipulation of the priority of sensory experience and Kant’s assertion that mental and mathematical abstractions are fundamental and prior to sensory experience.  Whitehead resolves the paradox by postulating a universe created out of occasions that exemplify William James’s […]

Legacy Lost: The Ecstasy Deficit in Modern Philosophy

Legacy Lost: The Ecstasy Deficit in Modern Philosophy Presented at the Pacific Division, American Philospohical Association, March 2013. Follow the link above to this paper thus summarized: Western philosophy has a vital inheritance from mythological cults that emerged out of Shamanic mists and yielded both the great tragic plays and the power of mystery religions. This […]

Holotropic Breathwork as Process Psychotherapy

The following paper explores Stanislav Grof’s Holotropic Breathwork as a process psychotherapy using a number of Whitehead’s technical concepts, including modes of perception and mental and physical polarity of experience.  It was presented at the 6th International Whitehead Conference, Salzburg University, July 2006 Holotropic Breathwork as Process Psychotherapy

Whitehead and Grof-Resolving Jung’s Ontological Ambiguity

Whitehead and Grof-Resolving Jung’s Ontological Ambiguity The paper linked above avails both Alfred North Whitehead’s metaphysics and Stanislav Grof’s clinical insight to resolve the ontological status of Jung’s Shadow archetype.  Tatva Journal of Philosophy, Bangalore, India, 2010, procedings from the 7th International Whitehead Conference.