with Lenny and Elizabeth Gibson in Southern Vermont

Dreams and Breathwork

by Elizabeth on November 19, 2017

Dreamwork can be a great complement of breathwork, and vice versa. This book by dream cartographers Tom Verner and Stephen Larsen is a wonderful resource, based on decades of their work with dream groups. See especially the discussion of dream contents in terms of Grof’s perinatal matrices, page 41:

Psychiatrist Stanislav Grof posits that our birth impacts us in ways that are very real, even though they may not be all that tangible to us. To best articulate these impacts he devised a model of them and named them the Basic Perinatal Matrices (BPM). Not only dreams, but almost every subsequent experience in waking life activate the dynamics of one of these underlying matrices.



Roland Leonard Gibson,  http://www.itcprague2017.org/speakers/roland-leonard-gibson

Track: New Horizons in Science and Cosmology

The Origins and Future of Holistic Cosmology

Western philosophy has origins in the spiritual technologies of ancient Greek mystery religions. The ecstatic, psychedelic ritual of the Eleusinian Mysteries promoted an experience of death and rebirth that inspired dramatic insight into the nature of things by opening new eyes upon the world.

Besides bringing renewed perspective to topics such as the mind-body problem, the nature of experience, and of space and time, ecstatic experience can keep us from prematurely closing accounts with reality, per William James’s warning, on many other topics of philosophical and metaphysical investigation.

Alfred North Whitehead is the singular modern philosopher whose cosmology readily affords a framework for psychedelic exploration of cosmology. Similarly to Stanislav Grof, he says that the present moment of the soul “holds within itself the complete sum of existence, backwards and forwards, that whole amplitude of time, which is eternity.”

Whitehead suggests a new cosmology that conceives the fundamental realities of the universe not as bits of inert matter, but as occasions of experience such as spiritual technologies illuminate. His new cosmology holds promise for solving the paradoxes of modern science by imbuing deliverances from ancient mysteries.

Back to the Source

October 20, 2017

When preparing for a workshop, I find it helpful to refer to the Grof’s book “Holotropic Breathwork,” always good to go back to the source after all these years! Highly recommended for anyone interesting in hosting breathwork events, or anyone who just wants to learn more about this amazing technology of the sacred. This book combines […]

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Radical Exploration of Metaphysical Topics

September 2, 2017

Extraordinary experiences can facilitate radical exploration of metaphysical topics such as the nature of mind, the self, epistemology of perception, consciousness, the status of ideas as potentials and archetypes, the origins of value, and the fundamentals of cosmology. Filmed at Breaking Convention 2017 – 4th International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness University of Greenwich London, June […]

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Late Summer 2017

August 25, 2017

“Our love and appreciation of breathwork continues to grow with every group.” Lenny and Elizabeth Gibson, after the August, 2017, five-day retreat on group process

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Breaking Convention, June 29-July 2, 2017

May 17, 2017

At the end of June Lenny presented his paper in the philosophy and mysticism session at the Breaking Convention 2017 conference at Greenwich University : “Besides bringing a renewed perspective to topics such as the mind-body problem, the nature of experience, and of space and time, ecstatic experience can keep us from prematurely closing accounts […]

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Lenny’s Talk at the American Philosophical Association Meeting, April 14, 2017

March 19, 2017

Looking forward to our upcoming trip to Seattle, where Lenny’s presentation “Amplified Subject” will consider, from a Whiteheadian perspective, some of the metaphysical dimensions that are revealed during intense nonordinary states, including the death-rebirth experience, the relativity of lived time, the presence of the past, and the intrinsic value of each moment. Keywords: Psychedelics; Mystical Experience; Stanislav […]

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A Metaphysical Perspective

February 9, 2017

Sanislav Grof has combined the European tradition of depth psychology with William James’s American pluralism under the rubric of Transpersonal Psychology. He captures the final vision of Maslow, the integration of spirituality into the psychological picture of mind and body. To understand and explicate Grof’s work fully requires invoking a metaphysical perspective that draws significantly on […]

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Peace in Society and Psychotherapy

December 18, 2016

Lenny’s paper, Peace in Society and in Psychotherapy, which he presented at the 9th International Whitehead Conference Conference in September, 2013 Krakow, Poland has been published in “Recent Advances in the Creation of a Process-Based Worldview” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016): http://www.cambridgescholars.com/recent-advances-in-the-creation-of-a-process-based-worldview From Michael Weber’s introduction to the book: “… Leonard Gibson’s “Peace in Society and in […]

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Moving Forward

December 13, 2016

The evolution of human kind depends on recognizing that the notion of guilt is a useless artifact of human development. By understanding this personally, we can move towards the necessary collective awareness.

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