Pathways to Wholeness

Pathways to Wholeness

ISBN: 9781908995049
Paperback
May 2014
RRP: £17.95
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About the Book

The exploration of the psyche in non-ordinary states of consciousness provides access to powerful transformative experiences that can lead us towards a more complete experience of being human [the realization of a deeper identity] while also yielding extraordinary insights into the ultimate nature of reality.

In this book, Renn Butler explains how to use archetypal astrology as a guide to the transpersonal journey. Described by Stanislav Grof as "the Rosetta Stone of consciousness research," archetypal astrology is based on a correspondence between planetary alignments and archetypal patterns in human experience. Here, by drawing on the work of Grof and Richard Tarnas, Butler systematically describes the archetypal themes and qualities associated with each of the major planetary combinations studied in astrology and considers how these themes might manifest and be supported in deep psychological self-exploration. Based on thirty years of research, Pathways to Wholeness is an indispensable reference book for explorers of the inner worlds.

Pathways to Wholeness:

  • Explores the intersection between Grofian transpersonal psychology and archetypal astrology
  • Describes the nature of the planetary archetypes in astrology
  • Explores the archetypal meaning of all the main planetary combinations as applied to everyday life, perinatal psychology, and transpersonal experience
  • Provides illuminating case studies and vignettes
  • Illustrated with mandala drawings.

About the Author

Renn Butler's life long interest in the techniques of self-exploration and transformation began in the 1960s when he was exposed to adults inspired by Jungian depth psychology and Gestalt. He underwent the training as a Holotropic Breathwork™ facilitator with Stan and Christina Grof qualifying in 1989. Pathways to Wholeness is his first book.

Complete Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1: The Birth of a New World View

Breakthrough in Europe

An Unexpected Rosetta Stone

Chapter 2: Transpersonal Psychology and Archetypal?Astrology: The Research of Stanislav Grof and?Richard Tarnas

Stanislav Grof’s Expanded Cartography of the Human Psyche
The Perinatal Matrices
Richard Tarnas’ Archetypal Astrology
Tarnas’ Correlations with the Perinatal Sequence
Several Further Distinctions

Chapter 3: Issues in Psychedelic Therapy and?Self-Exploration

Non-specific Amplifiers of Mental Processes
The Level of Trust and Support
Set and Setting
The Dosage, Quality, and Purity of Psychoactive Substances
Medical and Psychiatric Contraindications for Holotropic States

Chapter 4: The Astrological Archetypes

Sun
Moon
Mercury
Venus
Mars
Jupiter
aturn
Uranus
Neptune
Pluto

Chapter 5: The Transit Cycles of Neptune-Neptune,?Saturn-Saturn, Pluto-Pluto, and Uranus-Uranus

Transits of Neptune-Neptune
Transits of Saturn-Saturn
Transits of Pluto-Pluto
Transits of Uranus-Uranus

Chapter 6: The Archetypal Pairs

Transits of Neptune
Sun-Neptune
Moon-Neptune
Mercury-Neptune
Venus-Neptune
Mars-Neptune
Jupiter-Neptune
Transits of Saturn
Sun-Saturn
Moon-Saturn
Mercury-Saturn
Venus-Saturn
Mars-Saturn
Jupiter-Saturn
Transits of Pluto
Sun-Pluto
Moon-Pluto
Mercury-Pluto
Venus-Pluto
Mars-Pluto
Jupiter-Pluto
Transits of Uranus
Sun-Uranus
Moon-Uranus
Mercury-Uranus
Venus-Uranus
Mars-Uranus
Jupiter-Uranus
The Fundamental Alignments
Saturn-Neptune
Saturn-Pluto
Saturn-Uranus
Uranus-Pluto
Neptune-Pluto
Uranus-Neptune
The Modifying Alignments
Sun-Sun
Sun-Moon
Sun-Mercury
Sun-Venus
Sun-Mars
Sun-Jupiter
Moon-Moon
Moon-Mercury
Moon-Venus
Moon-Mars
Moon-Jupiter
Mercury-Mercury
Mercury-Venus
Mercury-Mars
Mercury-Jupiter
Venus-Venus
Venus-Mars
Venus-Jupiter
Mars-Mars
Mars-Jupiter
Jupiter-Jupiter

Chapter 7: Putting It All Together: Scenarios in?Self-Exploration

1.  A Grieving Elderly Lady Needs Emotional Comfort and Relief

2.  An Organizer of Intentional Dance Events Wants to ?Add an Increased Level of Safety for His Participants

3.  Three Spiritual Friends Support Each Other in ?Healing Sessions with Psilocybin Mushrooms

4.  A Member of the Clergy Seeks a Direct Experience ?of the Numinous Principle

5.  A Team of Therapists Conducting Psychedelic Sessions ?in a Healthcare-Funded Program Consults the Transits ?of Their Patients

6.  A Breathwork Practitioner Looks at the World ?Transits Before Scheduling a Workshop

7.  A Married Couple Considers Sitting for Each Other ?in Internalized Psychedelic Sessions

8.  A Graduate Student Organizes a Psychedelic Healing ?Session for Himself

9. A Military Veteran Suffering from PTSD Begins a?Course of MDMA Psychotherapy

10. A Young Meditator Experiences Kundalini and?Spiritual Emergency

11. A Young Woman Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder?Wants to Stop Taking Lithium

Epilogue

Endnotes

Bibliography and Suggested Reading

Index

 

 

 

 

 

 

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