Nothing but a Skin Suit?


“The name holotropic (from Greek holos = whole and trepo/trepein = moving toward or in the direction of something) suggests something that might come as a surprise to an average Westerner: in our everyday state of consciousness we identify with only a small fraction of who we really are and do not experience the full extent of our being.  Holotropic states of consciousness have the potential to help us recognize that we are not “skin encapsulated egos,” as British philosopher and writer Alan Watts called it, but that, in the last analysis, we are commensurate with the cosmic principle itself.  Or, to use the statement attributed to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French paleontologist and philosopher, “we are not human beings having spiritual experiences, we are spiritual beings having human experiences.”

——Stanislav Grof, from essay “Revision and Re-Enchantment of Psychology”

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