Some of the books and other materials I have

found to be particularly helpful and worthwhile.

Readings on Psychology

Grof, Stanislav, Healing Our Deepest Wounds: The Holotropic Paradigm Shift, Stream of Experience, Newcastle, WA, 2011.

Grof's work in transpersonal psychology is profound and essential to understanding, such as we can, the psychedelic experience, however induced.

Grof, Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis, Penguin Putnam, New York, 1989.

Essays on what spiritual emergencies are, what they are not, and how to work with them.

Grof, When the Impossible Happens: Adventures in Non-Ordinary Realities, Sounds True, Bolder, 2006.

Stories of the remarkable experience Grof and others have had using psychedelics and holotropic breathwork. 

Mate, Gabor, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction, North Atlantic, Berkeley, 2010.

A study of the emotional causes of addiction, pointing to the need for the healing of emotional wounds as part of any addiction recovery.

Sapolsky, Robert M., Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping, 3rd Ed., St. Martins, New York, 2004.

A study of how and why humans, unlike zebras (and other animals), suffer from ongoing stress and the debilitating diseases we suffer as a result.

Van Der Kolk, Bessel, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, Viking, New York, 2014.

Cutting edge research on how the painful experiences of our past and our unresolved traumas remain in our physical bodies, leading to ongoing suffering, both mental and physical.

© 2016 JOHN K MCILWAIN.