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References

The following books, journals, and related materials provide information related directly or indirectly to Holotropic Breathwork. Links are provided for most of the books. You can follow the links to find out more, sometimes look inside, and also purchase. By using the Amazon links and ordering during that visit you help support the Grof Foundation with a percentage of the sales price. (Thanks for your support!)

Material from Stan and Christina Grof
Books and Articles about Holotropic Breathwork and the Work of the Grofs
Books about Other Types of Breathwork
Books about Other Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness
Books about Medicine Work
Books about Shamanism
Books and Articles about Trauma,
PTSD, and Recovery

Psychology-General
Psychology-Transpersonal
Psychology-Somatic
Spiritual Emergency
Kundalini
Dreamwork
Addiction and Recovery
Mythology and Symbolism
Creative Expression
Perinatal
Philosophy and History
New Scientific Thought
Astrology Books and Software
UFO Information and Experiences
Death and Dying/ Thanatology
Spirituality and Music

On-Line Resources


The main list of books, articles, and other resources list is based on a list developed by Kylea Taylor. Her original list is published in Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator's Manual, 2007 edition, and used here with her permission. (Thanks Kylea!)

Some book descriptions are noted as coming from the Joy Mannè and Catherine Dowling Breathwork Training bibliography published in the Healing Breath Journal volume 3 issue 2. (Thanks Joy and Catherine!)

Brad Martin and Matthew Steltner also provided input to the Music and Astrology sections repectively.

Materials from Stan and Christina Grof

www.stanislavgrof.com is Stan Grof's web site. 

Grof, Stan and Christina, (2010) Holotropic Breathwork: A New Approach to Self-exploration and Therapy SUNY

The long-awaited definitive book from Stan and Christina with complete coverage of Holotropic Breathwork

Grof, S. (2006.) The Ultimate Journey: Consciousness and the Mystery of Death. MAPS

At the urging of the publisher, MAPS, this book is the result of Stan Grof completely revising and expanding his early book, The Human Encounter with Death.

Grof, S. (2006.) When the Impossible Happens: Adventures in Non-ordinary Reality. Sounds True.

Grof writes tales from his own life and the lives of others of events synchronous, mysterious, and extraordinary.

Grof, S. (2002.) Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research (Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology). Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

An great overview of Grof’s books and theories.

Grof, S. (1998.) The Cosmic Game: Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology) Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Discusses the broadest philosophical, metaphysical, and spiritual insights gleaned in Grof’s research into human nature and reality, addressing the most fundamental questions human beings have asked about the nature of existence.

Grof, S. (1998.) The Transpersonal Vision: The Healing Potential of Nonordinary States. Sounds True: 1-800-333-9185. Nine-hour AUDIOTAPE

An audio-learning course that covers all of Stanislav Grof’s principle lecture material. Comes with a 48-page booklet.

Grof, S. (1997, 2003.) "Holotropic Breathwork and the Hyperventilation Syndrome" in The Inner Door. "Physical Manifestations of Emotional Disorders" published in Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. 257-278.

In this previously unpublished article, of which only a part was extracted and published in The Inner Door in 1997, Grof reviews the literature regarding somatization and psychosomatic disorder and recounts his observation during the research with nonordinary states. He concludes that the traditional concept of the ‘hyperventilation syndrome’ is obsolete and has to be revised.

Grof, S. and Grof, C. (1994.) Holotropic Breathwork: A Conversation with Christina and Stanislav Grof, M.D. New Canaan, CT: Mead Training Systems, Inc. 44 minute VIDEO

An armchair discussion with the Grofs about this technique and the effectiveness of using nonordinary states for healing and spiritual practice.

Grof, C. (1994.) The Thirst for Wholeness. New Canaan, CT: Mead Training Systems, Inc. 49 minute VIDEO

Using her dramatic drawings from her turbulent spiritual emergence, Christina Grof illustrates her own healing journey and, by doing so, gives us all insights into the relationship between addiction and the spiritual path.

Grof, C. (1993.) The Thirst for Wholeness: Attachment, Addiction, and the Spiritual Path. San Francisco: HarperCollins.

Christina Grof’s book, based upon her personal experiences with addiction as a spiritual emergency.

Grof, S. (1992.) The Holotropic Mind: The Three Levels of Human Consciousness and How They Shape Our Lives. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco.

A primer of transpersonal theory.

Grof, C. & Grof, S. (1990.) The Stormy Search for the Self: A Guide to Personal Growth Through Transformational Crisis. Los Angeles, CA: Jeremy P. Tarcher.

Christina Grof’s account of her own kundalini opening and turbulent years of difficult integration. Description of various kinds of spiritual emergency phenomena and advice on how to integrate such an experience into daily life. Contains a very good bibliography on each form of spiritual opening.

Grof, S. & Grof, C. (Eds.) (1989.) Spiritual Emergency (New Consciousness Reader). Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher.

Chapters are written by different teachers on different aspects of spiritual emergency or existential crisis.

Grof, S. (1988.) The Adventure of Self-Discovery: Dimensions of Consciousness and New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Inner Exploration (SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology). Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

An experiential journey through Grof’s theories, illustrated with many of his own and his patients’ experiences in nonordinary states.

Grof, S. (1988.) The Adventure of Self-Discovery. 5966 Zinn Drive, Oakland, CA: Thinking Allowed Productions. 90 minute VIDEO

Jeffrey Mishlove interviews Stan Grof about the origin of individual behavior and personality. Stan discusses the COEX system, birth trauma, and the history of Holotropic Breathwork.

Grof, S. [Ed.] (1988.) Human Survival and Consciousness Evolution (SUNY Series in Transpersonal & Humanistic Psychology). Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

A collection of papers on the subject of spiritual emergency and global crisis.

Grof, S. (1985.) Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death, and Transendence in Psychotherapy (Suny Series, Transpersonal & Humanistic Psychology). Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Grof’s book expands the traditional psychological paradigm to include perinatal and transpersonal theory and phenomena. Drawings, case studies, and theories on the roots of some psychopathologies.

Grof, S. (1980, 2001) Lsd Psychotherapy. Pomona, CA: Hunter House, Inc. Publishers. MAPS.

A thorough and basic text for sitters and therapists using psychedelics, particularly LSD, in a therapeutic way. Many full-color illustration

Grof, S. (1977.) The Human Encounter with Death. London: Souvenir Press (Educational & Academic) Ltd.

Grof describes the experiences of his patients in his research project using LSD therapeutically with terminal cancer patients.

Grof, S. (1975.) Realms of the Human Unconscious: Observations from LSD Research (Condor Books). London: Souvenir Press (Educational & Academic) Ltd.

Grof’s early book describing the experiences of his patients in research using LSD for therapeutic sessions.

Books and Articles about Holotropic Breathwork and the Work of the Grofs

Boroson, M. (1998.) "Radar to the Infinite: Holotropic Breathwork and the Integral Vision," in The Inner Door, 10(4)5-6, republished in Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. 29-34.

In this article, Boroson, a certified Holotropic Breathwork facilitator provides a major exposition of Holotropic Breathwork and its place as a meta-technique—one which embraces and assists many paths and processes.

Brightman, T. M. (1995.) "My Heart is Shutting Down," in The Inner Door, 7(1)1,6, republished in Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. 96-98.

A Holotropic Breathwork facilitator writes a cautionary tale about a participant who didn’t give him her full medical history and then had a process which included the heart as a metaphor and as a physical issue.

Browning, Rebecca B. (1997.) "When Darkness Brings Light." in The Inner Door, 9(1)4-5, republished in Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. 323-325.

The founder of the Rocky Mountain Spiritual Emergence Network writes this article from her personal experience about the gift of "the dark night of the soul" and how she now trusts that part of the process as much as any other part.

Cappetta, P. (1997.) "Self-Reflection, Self-Disclosure, and a Paradigm Clash." in The Inner Door, 9(1)4-5, republished in Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. 148-150.

In this article, Cappetta shares her difficult experience as a psychotherapist being investigated for her work because of the paradigm clash between traditional therapy and transpersonal approaches. She also shares the methods she is now using in her practice to document her work for self-protection. All charges against her were dropped. She wrote this description of her experience as a cautionary tale for others.

English, J. (1985.) Different Doorway: Adventures of a Caesarean Born. EarthHeart.

The personal experiences of a Caesarian-born woman with perinatal, non-ordinary states. English used Holotropic Breathwork during her own process of healing.

Forester, J. (2002.) "Honoring Resistance," in The Inner Door, 9(2)1,7-9,12, republished in Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. 85-86.

This article explores the value of resistance and the importance of trusting the inner healer even if what the inner healer brings forward appears as ‘resistance’.

Kelly, R. (1999.) "’Mask’ Memories." in The Inner Door, 11(4)10, republished in Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. 90-91.

A discussion of the confusion participants can feel between metaphorical experience and historical experience in Holotropic Breathwork sessions.

Miller, J. Direct Connection:Transformation of Consciousness. Rutledge Books.

A personal account of transformation via working with Stanislav Grof.

Mithoefer, M. (1997.) "The Physiology of Hyperventilation." in The Inner Door, 11(1)1,7-8, republished in Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. 52-58.

In this article, Mithoefer, a Board-certified physician in emergency medicine and psychiatry and certified Holotropic Breathwork facilitator, surveys the medical literature on the effects of hyperventilation. He advocates for Holotropic Breathwork research to document the beneficial effects which have been reported anecdotally and to test for any adverse effects.

O’Sullivan, S. (1999.) "Holotropic Breathwork and Psychotropic Medications." in The Inner Door, 11(1)1,7-8, republished in Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. 242-249.

A medical doctor and Holotropic Breathwork facilitator discusses the relationship of psychotropic medicine to Holotropic Breathwork process.

Pacey, I. (1999.) "Holotropic Breathwork, Medication, PTSD, and Depression." in The Inner Door, 11(1)1, 7-8, republished in Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. 250-253.

A psychiatrist and Holotropic Breathwork facilitator discusses the relationship of psychotropic medicine to Holotropic Breathwork process.

Riskin, T. (1999.) "Projection and Holotropic Breathwork." in The Inner Door, 11(2)8-9, republished in Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. 80-83.

Riskin discusses the common ways in which we distort the perception of our environment to attribute the cause of our feelings, with emphasis on the way we do that in Holotropic Breathwork.

Sloan, K. and Sloan, P. (2004.) "Report on a Weeklong Breathwork Retreat", The Inner Door, 16(3) 6, 8-9,12.

The Sloans present their experience with and format for a weeklong group, combining Holotropic Breathwork and meditation.

Sparks, C. (1993.) "COEX Systems and Biographical Trauma." in The Inner Door, 5(1)1,4, republished in Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. 46-48.

This is one of the earliest articles addressing the confusion that both facilitator and breather may have in differentiating between ‘real’ biographical experiences, ‘real’ perinatal and transpersonal experiences, or metaphorical experiences that describe or point to ‘real’ experiences.

Stelzner, M. (1998.) "Integrating Astrology with the Practice of Holotropic Breathwork." in The Inner Door, 10(3)10, republished in Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. 345-346.

This article describes how astrology can complement Breathwork.

Sullivan, M. (2002.) "Nothing Happened" in The Inner Door, 14(4)1, 4-5,8, republished in Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. 71-76.

Sullivan explores the possible explanations and ultimate mystery in the phenomenon reported by a small percentage of Holotropic Breathwork participants, that ‘nothing happened’ in the Breathwork session.

Taylor, K. (1995.) The Ethics of Caring: Honoring the Web of Life in Our Professional Healing Relationships. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc.

A model of ethics, based on self-reflection, for volunteer and professional caregivers who want to sort out confusing ethical dilemmas when working with clients in profound states. This book was inspired by work with Holotropic Breathwork clients in non-ordinary states of consciousness. Foreword by Jack Kornfield.

Sparks, T., et. al. (1988.) Doing, Not Doing. [available through the Grof Transpersonal Training office]

Monograph on the art of ‘not doing’ when facilitating Holotropic Breathwork

Wilson, K. (1992.) "Working with the Recovering Community." in The Inner Door, 11(1) 1, 7-8, republished in Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. 215-217.

Wilson provides tips for Holotropic Breathwork facilitators who may not be familiar with the culture and language of recovery and the 12 Steps.

Sparks, T. (1993.) The Wide Open Door: The Twelve Steps, Spiritual Tradition & the New Psychology. Hazelden/Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc.

Tav Sparks connects The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to some of the world’s greatest spiritual philosophies, Jungian psychology, yoga, the Tao, tribal rites of passage, and discusses the experiences of surrender, death and rebirth, and wholeness. He also describes Eleventh Step techniques, such as Breathwork—those inner experiences which maintain and deepen recovery.

Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork: A Decade of Articles from The Inner Door. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc.

Field reports from the first 12 years of practicing and participating in Holotropic Breathwork by almost 100 different authors from many disciplines. Discussions of physical healing, trauma, addiction recovery, kundalini, shamanism, astrology, other breathwork systems, therapeutic modalities, etc. A valuable resource to have on hand as a reference for participants in workshops.

Taylor, K. (2007.) The Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator’s Manual. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc.

Revised and considerably updated and expanded from the 1991 edition, this Manual includes guidelines for all facets of facilitating Holotropic Breathwork workshops, including an outline of the introductory lecture, checklists for preparation and debriefing, a description of the focused energy release work, a Grof original essay, "Physical Manifestations of Emotional Disorders" and other articles. Available only to Certified HB Facilitators or to those registered in the Grof Transpersonal Training.

Taylor, K. (1994.) The Breathwork Experience: Exploration of Healing in Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness, Hanford Mead, CA.

A short, simple description of Holotropic Breathwork, the Grof theory, and the structure of the workshop container. The kinds of experiences that can occur are illustrated by examples from participants in their own words.

Books about Other Types of Breathwork

Albery, N. (1985.) How to Feel Reborn? Varieties of Rebirthing Experience – an Exploration of Rebirthing and Associated Primal Therapies, the Benefits and the Dangers, the Facts and the Fictions. Regeneration Press, 32 Addison Avenue, London W11, UK.

This is the first book to take a constructively critical approach to Rebirthing. It sets it in the context of primal therapies and compares with it the work of Janov, Frank Lake, Stan Grof, Leslie Feher and others in the field of birth trauma psychology. It names Rebirthing’s ‘wilder fringes’ – i.e. those of Leonard Orr’s ideas that are ‘eccentric and irrational in the extreme.’ [from Manne and Dowling’s breathwork bibliography]

Hendricks, G. & Hendricks, K. (1991.). Radiance: Breathwork, Movement and Body-Centered Psychotherapy. Berkeley, CA: Wingbow Press.

Book describing Radiance Breathwork by its developers.

Leonard, J. and Laut, P. (1983.) Rebirthing: The Science of Enjoying All of Your Life, Trinity Publications, CA.

An early guide to Rebirthing, later re-published as Vivation: The Science of Enjoying all of Your Life. A basic guide that goes through the process of Rebirthing/Vivation giving useful detail on types and patterns of breathing. A little dated in its style and adherence to immortalist philosophy but still useful. [from Manne and Dowling’s breathwork bibliography]

Minett, G. (2005.) Exhale: An Overview of Breathwork. Edinburgh: Floris Books.

A description of the spiritual use of the breath in yoga, childbirth, spiritual practice, and Breathwork systems. This is an excellent book on the history and cross-cultural use of Breathwork by a frequent contributor to the Inner Door.

Minett, G. [Ed.] (2001.)The Spirit of Breathwork (Lectures from Global Inspiration Conferences), International Breathwork Foundation.

A collection of lectures delivered at the Global Inspiration Conferences. Provides a wide range of perspectives on breathwork and related issues.

Minett, G. (1994.) Breath & Spirit: Rebirthing As a Healing Technique. San Francisco, CA: Aquarian/Thorsons (Harper Collins.)

This book is a description of Rebirthing by a former student of Leonard Orr, founder of Rebirthing.

Orr. L. and S. Ray. (1977).Rebirthing in the New Age. Millbrae, CA: Celestial Arts.

Leonard Orr is the developer of Rebirthing and he and Sondra Ray write this book about the early history of rebirthing.

Small, J. (1982, 1992.) Transformers. Marina del Rey, CA: DeVorss.

Jacqueline Small developed Integrative Breathwork after working with Stan and Christine with Holotropic Breathwork. The earlier edition of this book was called Awakening in time: The journey from codependence to creation and was quite revolutionary in the field of addiction in 1982. A later edition is also available.

Books about Other Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness

Gilligan, S. ( 1987.) Therapeutic Trances: The Cooperation Principle in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy. Brunner/Mazel Publisher .

This book explains the therapeutic use of trance states. It synthesizes the approaches of Erickson, Bandler & Grinder and Bateson and brings a new perspective that goes even further. Gilligan is a master of therapeutic relationship in hypnosis.

Mindell, A. (1989, 1999.) Coma: The Dreambody Near Death (Arkana)and Coma: A Healing Journey. Portland, OR: Lao Tse Press.

The first book was by Arnold Mindell, the second by the same name was authored by his wife, Amy. The Mindells tell amazing stories of how presence, breath, and touch has enabled communication with comatose patients. Really amazing stuff; gives us a whole new framework for working with people in "extreme states."

Monroe, R. (1973.) Journeys Out of the Body. Garden City, NY: Anchor Press/Doubleday.

This is a description of Monroe’s investigation of out-of-body, or astral projection, experiences. Please fasten seat belt before reading (we warned you!)

Tart, C. 1969, 1972. Altered states of consciousness. Anchor Books/John Wiley & Sons.

An edited compendium of articles on non-ordinary states of consciousness including hypnosis, dreams, meditation, psychedelic drugs, and psychophysiology research into nonordinary states. Some of it is still cutting edge work even today.

Books about Medicine Work

[Note: a full bibliography on this subject is available at www.maps.org]

Grof, S. (1980, 2001) Lsd Psychotherapy. Pomona, CA: Hunter House, Inc. Publishers. MAPS.

A thorough and basic text for sitters and therapists using psychedelics, particularly LSD, in a therapeutic way. Many full-color illustration

Stolaroff, M. (2005.) The Secret Chief Revealed. MAPS.

The Secret Chief Revealed reveals for the first time, the identity of pioneering psychedelic therapist Leo Zeff, which was kept secret in the original The Secret Chief. The book contains the same text as the original with 32 pages of added material including epilogues written by Leo’s children and patients, and a new introduction by Myron Stolaroff.

Walsch, R. and C. Grob.[Eds.] (2005.)Higher Wisdom: Eminent Elders Explore the Continuing Impact of Psychedelics (Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology.). SUNY Press.

Some of the foremost thinkers of the twentieth century have admitted that psychedelics have been important in their lives and work; fourteen of whom were interviewed for this book.

Books about Shamanism

Achterberg, J. (1985). Imagery in Healing: Shamanism and Modern Medicine. Boston and London: New Science Library Shambhala.

This influential book shows how the systematic use of mental imagery can have a positive influence on the course of disease and can help patients to cope with pain.

Eliade, M. (1964.) Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy (Bollingen Series (General)). New York: Pantheon.

This is the seminal text on shamanism.

Halifax, J. (1979.) Shamanic Voices: A Survey of Visionary Narratives (Arkana). London: Arkana.

A collection of accounts by contemporary shamans of their initiations and journeying. [from Manne and Dowling’s breathwork bibliography.]

Harner, M. (1980, 1990.) The Way of the Shaman. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco.

Anthropologist Harner’s synthesis of shamanic healing methods was learned from his personal experiences in tribal cultures.

Ingerman, S. (1991.) Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self. San Francisco: HarperCollins.

Description of this shamanic technique to connect lost parts of ourselves through shamanic trance.

Prechtel, M. (1999.) Long Life, Honey in the Heart: A Story of Initiation and Eloquence from the Shores of a Mayan Lake. Tarcher/Putnam.

The intimate view of rituals and everyday life in the Mayan village juxtaposed by modern political conflict. A lynrical, haunting memoir crafted with lovely words and powerful emotions.

Prechtel, M. (1998.) Secrets of the Talking Jaguar: Memoirs from the Living Heart of a Mayan Village. Tarcher/Putnam.

The chronicle of this shaman offers modern readers a privileged and rare glimpse into the complex and spiritually rich life of a contemporary Mayan village. Unique and wonderful writing.

Books and Articles about Trauma, PTSD, and Recovery

Keepin, William (2007) Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation Between Women and Men. Prescott, AZ; Hohm Press,

Will Keepin has developed a workshop approach to "gender reconciliation" that builds on the knowledge we gain in holotropic states about the enormous suffering - by both women and men - around the social and psychological conditioning of the last 3,000 years. Stan Grof, Rick Tarnas, and Angie Arrien have all written very supportive reviews of this book. The opening quote in the book is a real wakeup call from D. H. Lawrence: "The future of humanity will be decided not by relations between nations, but by the relations between men and women." This book is listed here in the Trauma Recovery section because it is about exactly that: how do we recover from the trauma and conditioning around sexuality and sexual roles? Includes material about working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transexual people as well as heterosexuals. Will and those he has trained use Holotropic Breathwork in his gender reconciliation workshops; his perspective is that "talking" approaches alone will not move us forward with this shared global trauma - we must be ready to move in a skillfull way into intense emotions and body experiences. Very highly recommended!

Bryant, D., Kessler, J., Sirar, L. (1988). The Family Inside: Working With the Multiple. W.W. Norton.

Therapists and client co-write their experience in working with multiplicity.

Eckberg, M. (2000.) Victims of Cruelty: Somatic Psychotherapy in the Healing of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

This book was written by the co-creator of Somatics at CIIS and The Healing Center for Survivors of Political Torture. Scarred in her early life by psychomedical interventions in the name of science, Eckberg later worked with trauma victims in Central America. Her work points to the need to choose from a growing repertoire of possibilities addressing traumatic shock today

Levine, P. (1997.) Waking the Tiger : Healing Trauma : The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences. North Atlantic Books.

This is the basis of Levine’s process and training for Somatic Experiencing® in which reliving trauma experience is titrated with helpful resources by the facilitating therapist.

Linehan, M. (1993.) Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder. The Guilford Press.

User-friendly text from a brilliant, compassionate, rigorous therapist giving her successful approach to dealing with persons with the symptoms complex known as BPD.

Mason, P.T. and R. Kreger. (1998.) Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care about Has Borderline Personality Disorder. New Harbinger Publications

This manual is written both for people with Borderline Personality Disorder and their friends and family.

Pacey, I. (1993.) "Breathwork with Trauma Survivors" in The Inner Door, 5(3)1,4, republished in Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. 184-187.

A psychiatrist and certified Holotropic Breathwork facilitator writes from her experience in facilitating Holotropic Breathwork sessions with a group of her patients who have been diagnosed with Multiple Personality Disorder.

Pacey, I. (1999.) "Breathwork with Trauma Survivors: Ten Years Later" in The Inner Door, 11(4)1,4,9, republished in Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. 188-193.

A psychiatrist and certified Holotropic Breathwork facilitator writes about what she has learned from her ten years of experience in facilitating Breathwork with a group of her patients who have been diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, formerly Multiple Personality Disorder.

Ross, C.A. (2006.) The Trauma Model. Manitou Communications, Inc

Colin Ross is a credible expert on trauma who has contributed to the DSM IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) for mental health disorders. In this iconoclastic book he presents a fact-filled case for trauma being the basis of many of the disorders and syndromes described in the DSM IV. He cites co-morbidity as one of the main pieces of convincing evidence for his thesis.

Ross, C.A. (1995). Satanic Ritual Abuse: Principles of Treatment. University of Toronto Press.

Important information from an expert in multiplicity.

Ross, C. A. (1989.) Multiple Personality Disorder. [Retitled: Dissociative Identity Disorder: Diagnosis, Clinical Features, and Treatment of Multiple Personality (Wiley Series in General and Clinical Psychiatry)] New York: John Wiley and Sons.

An overview of the extreme form of dissociation which is now diagnosed as Dissociative Identity Disorder in DSM IV. Ross taught in one GTT Advanced Training (1993) and has a perspective informed by his non-ordinary state experiences working with Native Americans.

Sanford, L. (1990.) Strong at the Broken Places: Overcoming the Trauma of Childhood Abuse. New York: Random House.

A psychotherapist offers sufferers of childhood abuse the key to total psychological recovery, presenting in-depth interviews with twenty former victims and examining issues of self-image, body image, intimacy, work, and spirituality.

Smith, M. (1993.). Ritual Abuse: What It Is, Why It Happens, and How to Help. Harper SanFrancisco.

A ritual abuse survivor and woman diagnosed with Multiple Personality Disorder [the disorder now reclassified as DID] and who presented at a GTT Advanced Training in 1993, speaks of how to recognize understand and heal from the most terrifying and underestimated form of child abuse.

Steele, K., O. van der Hart and E. ijenhuis. (2001.) "Dependency in the Treatment of Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Dissociative Disorders." Journal of trauma and dissociation. 2(4), 79-116.

Kathy Steele, then director of the Dissociative Disorders unit at Atlanta Hospital also presented at a 1993 GTt Advanced Training on Multiplicity. Her work here concerning dependency is quite useful for those working with clients who have trauma histories and difficulty with transference and dependence upon a facilitator or therapist.

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Van der Kolk, B. [Ed.] (1996.) et. al. Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society. Ingram Books.

A 600 page text on aspects of trauma.

West, C. (1999.) First Person Plural: My Life As a Multiple. Pan Macmillan.

Psychologist’s account of his surprising discovery of his own multiplicity, and his own and his family’s healing journey.

Psychology-General

Bradshaw, J. (1988.) Healing the Shame that Binds You: Recovery Classics Edition (Recovery Classics). Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications, Inc.

Unmasks the dynamics of shame in the family system.

Gilligan, S. (1997.) The Courage to Love: Principles and Practices of Self-Relations Psychotherapy. W. W. Norton & Company

A theory of Self-Relations which introduces easy concepts such as "sponsoring the neglected self in self and others," "both/and," and practicing presence in relationships, especially therapeutic relationships.

Hellinger, B. with G. Weber and H. Beaumont (1998.) Love's Hidden Symmetry: What Makes Love Work in Relationships. Phoenix, Arizona: Zeig, Tucker & Co., Inc.

This book explains Bert Hellinger’s extraordinary work with Family Constellations therapy.

Mindell, A. (1995.) Sitting in the Fire: Large Group Transformation Using Conflict and Diversity. Portland, OR: Lao Tse Press.

Arnold Mindell, one of the world’s most gifted group facilitators, discusses the need to pay attention to power, rank, revenge, and abuse in order to build sustainable communities and effect large group transformation. He demonstrates how to stay centered and to further the group’s development while sitting in the fire of large group diversity and conflict.

Miller, A. (1996.) The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self. Basic Books.

This is a classic showing the emotional abuse of the child raised to excel by narcissistic parents.

Miller, A.(1996.)Prisoners of Childhood: The Drama of the Gifted Child and the Search for the True Self. San Francisco: Harper Collins.

The costs to children who are "good" and put the needs of their parents first.

Psychology-Transpersonal

Metzner, R. (1998.) The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience. Origin Press.

Describes the unfolding of the self from the symbolic to the real. Myths, legends, and magic sparkle in this coherent work that describes the various avenues of the heroic journey to awareness.

Metzner, R. (1986.) Opening to Inner Light: The Transformation of Human Nature and Consciousness. Jeremy Tarcher.

Describes the processes of individual evolutionary transformation.

Perry, J. W. (1989.) Far Side of Madness. (Jungian Classic Series # 12.) Spring Publications.

Theory and experience reported from an experimental, alternative, residential setting for treating acute psychosis.

Psychology-Somatic

Allison, N. [Ed.] (1999.) The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Body/Mind Disciplines. New York: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc.

A large reference book containing the history, description, and training required for the majority of body-mind therapies and techniques. Contains a description of Holotropic Breathwork.

Johnson, D. H. [Ed.] (1995.) Bone, Breath, and Gesture: Practices of Embodiment Volume 1 (Bone, Breath, & Gesture). Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

An inspiring book with interviews and articles by contemporary breathing and bodywork teachers from divers schools, including Elsa Gindler, Charletto Selver, Carola Speads, Marion Rosen, Ilse Middendorf, F.M. Alexander, Moshe Feldenkreis, Ida Rolf, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Judith Aston, Irmgard Bertenieff, Mary Whitehouse, Gerda Alexander, Emilie Condrad Da’Oud, Elizabeth A. Behnke, Thomas Hanna, Dean Julian. The breadth of the field is impressive. Moreover, most of these people have written their own books about breathing, so it is a great source for further reading. [from Manne and Dowling’s breathwork bibliography]

Lowen, A. (1976.)Bioenergetics: The Revolutionary Therapy that uses the Language of the Body to heal the Problems of the Mind. Middlesex, England: Penguin Books,

Lowen wrote the basic text for the kind of bodywork that amplifies a symptom so that it can be released.

Spiritual Emergency

Bragdon, E. (1988.) Sourcebook for Helping People in Spiritual Emergency. Los Altos, CA: Lightening Up Press.

A guide for caregivers working with people in spiritual emergency.

Grof, C. & Grof, S. (1990.) The Stormy Search for the Self: A Guide to Personal Growth Through Transformational Crisis. Los Angeles, CA: Jeremy P. Tarcher.

Christina Grof’s account of her own kundalini opening and turbulent years of difficult integration. Description of various kinds of spiritual emergency phenomena and advice on how to integrate such an experience into daily life. Contains a very good bibliography on each form of spiritual opening.

Grof, S. & Grof, C. (Eds.) (1989.) A Spiritual Emergency : When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis (New Consciousness Reader Ser.). Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher.

Chapters are written by different teachers on different aspects of spiritual emergency or existential crisis.

Kundalini

Desai, Yogi S. (1988.) Yoga Holistic Practice Manual. Shanti Yoga Institute.

A guide discussing all forms of yoga: raja, hatha, pranayama, kundalini, bhakti, mantra, gnana, and karma.

Greenwell, B. (1990.) Energies of Transformation. Cupertino, California: Shakti River Press.

A description and guide to assisting those who are having a type of spiritual emergence(y) which includes powerful, energetic phenomena.

Grof, Chirstina. and S. Grof. (1990.) The Stormy Search for the Self: A Guide to Personal Growth Through Transformational Crisis. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher.

Christina Grof’s account of her own kundalini opening and turbulent years of difficult integration. Description of various kinds of spiritual emergency phenomena and advice on how to integrate such an experience into daily life. A very good bibliography on each form of spiritual opening.

Judith, A. (1993.) Wheels Of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System. Llewellyn’s New Age Series.

Describes the chakra system and takes the reader through each chakra to fulfill its potentials and then provides exercises to transform and make whole.

Judith, A. and S. Vega (1999.) The Sevenfold Journey: Reclaiming Mind, Body & Spirit Through the Chakras. Crossing Press .

Using the ancient Hindu sevenfold chakra system but updated for contemporary New Agers, this self-help manual sees the chakras as dealing with seven essential rights—to have, feel, act, love and be loved, speak and hear the truth, see, and know. The authors, who are both therapists, provide a useful, practical guide for those interested in its combination of modern psychotherapy, physical culture, and ancient yogic perspective.

King, S. (2001.) "Kundalini and Holotropic Breathwork: An Interview with Stuart Sovatsky," in The Inner Door, 13(4)1,6-8, republished in Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. 380-384.

An interview with kundalini expert, Stuart Sovatsky on the interrelationship of Holotropic Breathwork and kundalini.

Kornfield, Jack. (1993.) A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life. New York: Bantam.

A meditation teacher’s guide to help students sort out their feelings and experiences on their spiritual path.

Kripalvanand, S. (1977.) Science of Meditation [illustrated]. Bombay, India: New Karnodaya Press.

This book lists many yogic states and describes them. Some of them seem to resemble states experienced in breathwork.

Krishna, G. (1967.) Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man. Berkeley: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

A man describes the onset of kundalini symptoms and his difficult physical and emotional passage.

Mookerjee, A. (1991.) Kundalini: The Arousal of the Inner Energy. Rochester, VT: Destiny Books.

An expert on kundalini provides this illustrated book about kundalini and the charkas.

Muktananda, S. (1974.) Play of Consciousness: A Spiritual Autobiography. New York: Harper and Row.

Stan and Christina Grof’s teacher, who became a shaktipat guru to many seekers, describes his early sadhana and initiating experiences.

Muktananda, S. (1972.) Light on the Path. Ganeshpuri, India: Shree Gurudev Ashram.

Small handbook of instructions to kundalini yoga students.

Muktananda, S. (1979.) Kundalini Secret of Life. South Fallsburg, New York: SYDA Foundation.

Small beginner’s book on the kundalini process of awakening.

Sannella, L. (1976.) Kundalini: Psychosis or Transcendence. San Francisco: H.S. Dakin Company. Republished as The Kundalini Experience: Psychosis or Transcendence.

Describes, from case histories, signs and symptoms of spiritual energy manifesting in the body.

Selby, J. (1992.) Kundalini Awakening: A Gentle Guide to Chakra Activation and Spiritual Growth. Bantam.

Basic understanding of the chakras and breathing and meditation exercises.

Sovatsky, S. (1998). Word from the Soul: Time, East/West Spirituality, and Psychotherapeutic Narrative (Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology). Albany: SUNY Press

Sovatsky has practiced kundalini yoga for many years and has served on the faculty of JFK University.

Sovatsky, S. (2001.) "Interview with Stuart Sovatsky." The Inner Door. Vol. 13:3. p. 1.

Stuart Sovatsky is interviewed by Steven King.

Woodroffe, J, (1928). The Serpent Power.

One of the first texts published by a Westerner who studied in India. Very esoteric and dense. Republished in 1972 by Ganesh.

Dreamwork

LeBerge, S. (2004.) Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life. Sounds True.

How to become aware that you are dreaming and participate in the dreams.

Mindell, A. and M-L. von Franz. (1984.) Dreambody: The Body's Role In Revealing the Self . Lao-Tse Press

Arnold Mindell is the developer of process-oriented psychology which works with the the hidden significance of physical sensations and body experiences. It is an approach that is very compatible with Holotropic Breathwork for integration work after sessions.

Addiction and Recovery

Beatie, M. (1987.) Co-dependent No More, Hazelden, USA.

A simple, and very useful guide to relationships and the phenomenon of co-dependence, how to cope and how to change. [from Manne and Dowling’s breaqthwork bibliography]

Small, J. (1994) Transformers. Marina del Rey, CA: DeVorss.

Jacqueline Small developed Integrative Breathwork from working with Stan and Christine with Holotoropic Breathwork. The earlier edition of this book was called Awakening in time: The journey from codependence to creation and was quite revolutionary in the field of addiction. This updated second edition carries this work further.

Sparks, T. (1993.) The Wide Open Door: The Twelve Steps, Spiritual Tradition & the New Psychology. Hazelden/Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc.

Tav Sparks connects The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to some of the world’s greatest spiritual philosophies, Jungian psychology, yoga, the Tao, tribal rites of passage, and discusses the experiences of surrender, death and rebirth, and wholeness. He also describes Eleventh Step techniques, such as Breathwork—those inner experiences which maintain and deepen recovery.

Wilson, K. (1992.) "Working with the Recovering Community." in The Inner Door, 11(1) 1, 7-8, republished in Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. 215-217.

Wilson provides tips for Holotropic Breathwork facilitators who may not be familiar with the culture and language of recovery and the 12 Steps.

Mythology and Symbolism

Campbell, J. (1970.) The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Mythos Books). Cleveland: World Publishing.

Joseph Campbell spent years studying mythology and wrote this book about the cross-cultural monomyth of the Hero’s descent and return. The themes he writes about often emerge in non-ordinary states.

Bethards, B. (1983). The Dream Book: Symbols for Self Understanding. Petaluma, CA: Inner Light Foundation.

Wise though arbirtrary interpretations of many dream symbols. Could be used as catalyst to find one’s own meanings to dream and journey symbols.

Creative Expression

Cassou, M. The Painting Experience. Michele Cassou, The Painting Experience, 2101 20th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94116. VIDEO

Cassou’s remarkable story in paintings by a French artist who painted her way through her spiritual emergency.

Frost, S. (2001.) SoulCollage®. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc.

SoulCollage is a personal divination method. One makes a deck of cards, each representing one energy related to the card-maker. There are at least four suits, representing personality parts, one’s community or network, chakra energies, and archetypes. SoulCollage card-making is often done after Holotropic Breathwork, as an alternative art method to mandala drawing, to express the energy of the session.

Perinatal

Chamberlain, D. (1998.)The Mind of Your Newborn Baby. North Atlantic Books, CA

Recent research on pre and peri-natal psychology in a highly readable form. Links birth and in utero experiences to traits and patterns of behaviour in adults. Well referenced and essential basic reading on the psychological and spiritual effects of birth. [from Manne and Dowling’s breathwork bibliography]

English, J. (1985). Different Doorway: Adventures of a Caesarean Born. EarthHeart.

The author had a Caesarian birth and from her non-ordinary experiences in Holotropic Breathwork describes the differences in reliving birth of that kind.

Gabriel, M. (1992). Voices from the Womb: Consciousness and Trauma in the Pre-Birth Self. Lower Lake, CA: Aslan Publishing.

Interesting book on the perinatal experience.

Gaskin, I. M. (1980.) Spiritual Midwifery. The Book Publishing Company, Summertown, TN (revised edition).

When people relive their birth trauma, they often need to be delivered, as babies do, and go through many of the same movements. It is useful to know about midwifery in order to know how best to support their process. [from Manne and Dowling’s breathwork bibliography]

Verny, Dr Thomas, The Secret Life of the Unborn Child: How You Can Prepare Your Baby for a Happy, Healthy Life. London: Sphere Books, 1982.

A classic. One of the books that started the contemporary interest in the pre-birth period. [from Manne and Dowling’s breathwork bibliography]

Philosophy and History

Bache, C. M. (2000.) Dark Night, Early Dawn: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind (Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology). SUNY Press.

Combining philosophical reflections with deep self-exploration to delve into the ancient mystery of death and rebirth, Bache emphasizes collective rather than individual transformation. Drawing on 20 years of experience working with non-ordinary states, he argues that when the deep psyche is hyper-stimulated using powerful psychedelic techniques, the healing that results sometimes extends beyond the individual to the collective unconscious of humanity itself.

Bolen, J. S. (1985.) Goddesses in Everywoman: Powerful Archetypes in Women's Lives. and Gods In Everyman. New York, Harper and Row.

Describes the god and goddess archetypes from the Greek tradition and how they express through us.

Bourguignon, E. (Ed.) (1973). Religion Altered State of Consciousness and Social Change. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press.

This is the work from which we know most cultures in human history (except modern Western culture) have institutionalized non-ordinary states of cosciousness.

Eisler, R. (1987.) The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future. San Francisco, Harper and Row.

This is a history of the Feminine and the Masculine in spirituality. Well researched book shows archeological and other proof of the change in cultures in pre-historical times from partnership societies to dominator societies.

James, W. (1961.) Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature. New York: Collier.

One of the first modern books to describe non-ordinary states in the context of spiritual and religious experiences.

Shlain, L. (1998.) The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image. Viking.

The book’s intriguing thesis is that literacy changed the way people perceived the world, shifting the balance of power between men and women, Masculine and Feminine.

Tarnas, R. (2007.) Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View. Plume.

A comprehensive proof of the correlations between astrology and human events over recorded history.

Tarnas, R. (1993.) The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View. Ballantine Books.

Tarnas brilliantly charts the development of Western thought from the ancient Greeks, throwing a sharp light on ideas central to the modern outlook. This book was written as the precursor to Psyche and Cosmos .Rick Tarnas is on the Advisory Board of AHBI. His views on history integrate the spiritual transpersonal vision with a deep understanding of the world of ideas and how ideas shape events.

Wilber, K. (1980.) The Atman Project: A Transpersonal View of Human Development. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House.

Wilber is one of the principle transpersonal theorists. This is one of his early books.

New Scientific Thought

Laszlo, E. (2004.) Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything. Inner Traditions.

Laszlo’s premise is that the cosmos is a field of information and that evolution is an informed process, rather than a random process.

Sheldrake, R. (1995.)The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature. Park Street Press

Morphic resonance is a theory that states once something is learned it is communicated faster to all learning it. It is also a way of understanding how the amazing experiences of "other times and places" that are experienced in Holotropic states of mind may be understood as "natural" aspects of how the world is constructed and functions.

Astrology Books and Software

This section includes recommendations from Matthew Stelzner who is both a certified HB facilitator and well-known astrologer who shares his knowledge in GTT optional modules. (Thanks Matthew!)

Cornelius, G. (2002.) The Moment of Astrology : Origins in Divination (Contemporary Astrology Ser.). Wessex Astrologer.

Looks at astrology’s roots in divination and considers all of the scientific evidence for and against astrology. It is a great read for anyone who wants to understand how astrology works.

Arroyo, S. (1992.) Astrology, Karma & Transformation: The Inner Dimensions of the Birth Chart. CRCS Publications.

A required book in college course taught by Rick Tarnas and a good read, according to M. Stelzner.

George, D. and Bloch, D. (2006.) Astrology for Yourself: How to Understand And Interpret Your Own Birth Chart. Ibis Press.

Rick Tarnas and Stan Grof recommend this book for astrology beginners.

Greene, L. and H. Sasportas. The Seminars in Psychological Astrology. Weiser Books

Recommended by M. Stelzner

Hand, R. (2002.) Planets in Transit: Life Cycles for Living. Whitford Press.

The premier guide to transit astrology. Wise counsel. All Robert Hand’s books are good.

Hand, R. Solar Fire. Astrolabe. (1-800-843-6682)

Recommended astrological software for Windows PCs.

Hyde, M. (2007.) Introducing Astrology (Introducing...(Totem)). Totem Books.

Matthew Stelzer’s personal favorite book recommendation for beginners.

Sakoian, F. and L. Acker. (1989.) Predictive Astrology. Grafton.

Recommended by M. Stelzner as helpful with understanding transits.

Sasportas, H. (1990.) The Gods of Change: Pain, Crisis, and the Transits of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto (Arkana's Contemporary Astrology Series). Penguin.

Recommended by M. Stelzner as helpful with understanding transits.

Tarnas, R. (2007.) Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View. Plume.

A comprehensive proof of the correlations between astrology and human events over recorded history.

Tarnas, R. (1995.) Prometheus the Awakener (Dunquin Series). Spring Publications.

A superb organization of research into birth charts and destinies of creative men and women. Behind the guise of Uranus is the revolutionary energy of Prometheus, master of fire.

Time-Cycles Research. IO Edition. (1-800-827-2240)

Astrological software recommended by M. Stelzner for Apple Computers.

UFO Information and Experiences

Mack, J. (1994.) Abduction: Human encounters with Aliens . NY: Scribners.

Harvard psychiatrist, who also certified in Holotropic Breathwork, explores the phenomena of UFO sightings and abductions and their effect upon those who report having these experiences.

Dolan, R. M. (2002.) UFOs and the National Security State: Chronology of a Coverup, 1941-1973. Hampton Roads Publishing Company

A comprehensive and chronological history (1946-1973) of UFO sightings and governmental response to these reports. Grounded and enjoyable, it is a well-written and important historical work. Volume two is in production.

Ethics

Arrien, A. (1993.) The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary. HarperSanFrancisco.

Though not ostensibly about ethics, this book has a template for the ethical life.

Dalai Lama, (1999.) Ethics for the New Millennium. Riverhead Books.

The Dalai Lama presents an ethical system that nnot only is based on common sense and reason, as opposed to religious dogma or punitive legislation, but has as its goal ultimate happiness for every individual.

Taylor, K. (1995.) The Ethics of Caring: Honoring the Web of Life in Our Professional Healing Relationships. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc.

A model of ethics, based on self-reflection, for volunteer and professional caregivers who want to sort out confusing ethical dilemmas when working with clients in profound states. This book was inspired by work with Holotropic Breathwork clients in non-ordinary states of consciousness. Foreword by Jack Kornfield.

Death and Dying/ Thanatology

Callanan, M. and Kelley, P. (1992, 1993.) Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying. Bantam Books.

Case histories of life review, resolution, and completion when families and caregivers understand the metaphorical language used by those who are dying. This information can apply also to the symbolic communications of those in deep nonordinary states of consciousness.

Grof, S. (1977.) The Human Encounter with Death. London: Souvenir Press (Educational & Academic) Ltd.

Grof describes the experiences of his patients in his research project using LSD therapeutically with terminal cancer patients. Some material from this book appears later in Stan's book The Ultimate Journey.

Hoffman, Y. (1986.)Japanese Death Poems: Written by Zen Monks and Haiku Poets on the Verge of Death. Tuttle Publishing.

These are hundreds of Japanese death poems, many with a commentary describing the circumstances of the poet’s death.

Kubler-Ross, E. (1969.) On Death and Dying. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc.

The basic text on the grief process, describing the five stages of grief, which apply to any loss and which correlate well with Grof’s birth matrices.

Levine, S. Who Dies?: An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying. (1986.) Bath, UK: Gateway Books.

Levine is a teacher of Buddhist meditation and this book is based on the Buddhist tradition of living and dying. It contains helpful guided meditations. [from Manne and Dowling’s breathwork bibliography.]

Matousek, M. (1996.) Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story. Riverhead Books.

Mark Matousek takes you everywhere his title promises and then some.

Moody, R. (1975.) Life After Life: The Investigation of a Phenomenon--Survival of Bodily Death. New York: Bantam Books.

This is a description, by persons who survived clinical death, of what they experienced at the time they were ‘clinically dead’.

Ring, K., Valarino, E. E. (1998), Lessons from the Light: What We Can Learn from the Near-death Experience. New York and London:

One of the very first Near Death researchers, Ring shows how we might incorporate the wonderful transformations in our personalities that are so frequently observed in the lives of near-death experiencers, so as to live our lives with no regrets.

Ring, K. (1984.) Heading Toward Omega: In Search of the Meaning of the Near-Death Experience. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc.

Ring provides a discussion about near-death phenomena.

Woolger, R. (1988), Other Lives, Other Selves: A Jungian Psychotherapist Discovers Past Lives. New York: Bantam.

Woolger, a Jungian, writes sensibly about his therapy with regressing patients into past lifes for resolution of issues. This is a sensible book and may be the best on this subject. He includes his own personal story in which his own bizarre memories during meditation were later explained through karmic roots. Woolger has trained many therapists world-wide to support people in remembering the stories they are carrying so an understanding of his foundations in this book have had a large impact on the field in general.

Spirituality in Music

[Note: The first version of this bibliography about music and spirituality was compiled and annotated by Brad Martin]

Berendt, Joachim-Ernst. (1991.) The World Is Sound: Nada Brahma: Music and the Landscape of Consciousness. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions Press.

German music scholar and music festival producer. b. 1922. Well informed autodidact on the modern counterculture and Asian influences on major jazz musicians; John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, and others. Album listings after each chapter.

Berendt, Joachim-Ernst. (1992.) The Third Ear: On Listening to the World. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

Overview of worldwide cultures on the knowledge that the world is made of sound and the way to wisdom lies through the ear. Excellent discussion of the importance of overtones for higher order consciousness.

Bonny, H. and L. M. Savary. (1990.) Music and Your Mind Listening with a New Consciousness. New York: Station Hill Press.

Helen Bonny was a music therapist with Stan Grof in Maryland. Effects of music in reaching non-ordinary levels of human consciousness, listing many useable cuts from the western classical music tradition. Developed GIM, Guided Imagery with Music.

Dinan, S. (1998.) "Our Top 80 Breathwork CDs." in The Inner Door, 9(1)4-5, republished in Taylor, K. [Ed.] (2003.) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork. Santa Cruz, CA: Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. 151-155.

Dinan conducted a poll online in 1997, asking Holotropic Breathwork practitioners to list their favorite music for Breathwork sessions. This survey result provides a good basic list of Breathwork ‘Golden Oldies’ for those who want a cost-effective guide to buying CDs that provide both quality and quantity of cuts useful in Holotropic Breathwork.

d’Olivet, F. (1987)Secret Lore of Music: The Hidden Power of Orpheus. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions

d’ Olivet, b. 1767. Composer and esoteric music theorist, from Pythagoras to French music circles. Chinese, Greek and Eastern Orthodox music systems.

Gaynor, M. L., MD. (1999.) Sounds of Healing A Physician Reveals the Therapeutic Power of Sound, Voice, and Music. New York: Broadway Books,

Director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine. Holistic approach to medicine, with extensive listing of contemporary organizations and practitioners for music and healing.

Godwin, J. (1987.) Harmonies of Heaven and Earth: The Spiritual Dimensions of Music. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions Press.

Professor of Music at Colgate Univ., expert in the western esoteric tradition. Higher order effects of music from western classical composers. Music of the spheres cosmological correlations.

Godwin, J (1987.) Music, Mysticism and Magic: A Sourcebook (Arkana). New York: Arkana Paperbacks.

Writings on the perennial wisdom correlated with music, from 61 important western minds. The Greeks, Judaic and Islamic, Medieval, Renaissance, Romanticism and 20th century periods.

Hamel, P. M.. (1991.) Through Music to the Self: How to Appreciate and Experience Music Anew. Rockport, MA: Element Books.

German composer and musician: esoteric influences of classical western composers, rock and psychedelic music, music therapy, effects on the human psyche of Indian, Arabian, and Tibetan music. Research into harmonics. Listed in Grof, S. Beyond the Brain.

Hart, M. (1990). Drumming at the Edge of Magic: A Journey into the Spirit of Percussion. New York: HarperCollins.

Holding space, presence and the art of sitting (Gendlin, Cornell, Welwood, Tobin Hart, etc.)Ask for specific recommendations from Paliaian

James, J.(1993.) The Music of the Spheres: Music, Science, and the Natural Order of the Universe. New York: Springer-Verlag.

New York music critic for London Times. Role of music in shattering the mechanistic approach to scientific philosophy from Plato, Pythagoras, Renaissance, birth of opera, Hermetic tradition, to Schoenberg

Khan, H. I. (1983.) Music of Life. New Lebanon, NY: Omega Publications.

Sufi master explores the science of breath, the law of rhythm, the creative process, and both the healing power and psychological influence of music and sound.

Lingerman, H. (1995.) The Healing Energies of Music, New Edition. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House.

M.A., M. Div., ordained minister, teacher and music therapist. Extensive lists of specific works of music and description for various human temperaments, primarily the classical.

McClellan, R., PhD. (1991.)The Healing Forces of Music: History, Theory, and Practice. Rockport, MA: Element, Inc.

Composer, performer and teacher on music and healing. Comprehensive cross-cultural study of the philosophy and methodology of sound and music for therapeutic purposes.

Rouget, G. (1985.) Music and Trance: A Theory of the Relations Between Music and Possession. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

French scholar in ethnomusicology: detailed definition of effects of music in trance, possession, shamanism, with historical review from the Greeks through the Arabic Sufi/dhikr, and opera.

Scott, C. (1996 .) Music, its secret influence throughout the ages. Santa Fe: Sun Books.

b. 1879. British composer. More metaphysical approach to music, with emphasis on the music of Handel, Bach, Chopin, Scriabin, Debussy, Ravel. Plus historical musical esoterics.

On-Line Resources

Holo-Interest
A listserv for anyone interested in Holotropic Breathwork. Anyone can join by sending a blank email to holo-interest-on@mail-list.com

Transformational Art
A web site about transformational art and related subjects.
http://www.lila.info/

Journals
The Healing Breath, edited by Joy Manne, is an online journal devoted to breathwork practice and psychology. Includes articles from many different perspectives of breathwork, including Holotropic Breathwork.
http://www.healingbreathjournal.org/.

Breathe magazine, edited by Robert Moore, is an internationally distributed magazine affiliated to the International Breathwork Foundation and the British Rebirth Society. It contains many articles about rebirthing and various other breathwork techniques.
http://www.breathe-mag.co.uk.

The Inner Door, edited by Alysson Troffer, is the quarterly journal of the Association for Holotropic Breathwork, International. It is the only publication dedicated to information about Holotropic Breathwork. Sample issues are located on this site. A subscription for the Inner Door is a benefit of membership in AHBI.

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