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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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STANISLAV GROF, ROBERTO ASSAGIOLI, AND TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY

In the 1960s, Maslow’s study of peak experiences made a significant contribution to the emerging field of transpersonal psychology. Another leading figure was Stanislav Grof, who directed research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center and went on to become scholar-in-residence at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California (see Chapter Twenty). Grof became interested in what he identified as nonordinary states of consciousness, studying the impact of LSD on the mind, and later developing breathing techniques to achieve similar effects.

Transpersonal psychology explores states of consciousness that have been traditionally associated with mystical and spiritual experiences. Proponents ...

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