Christina is an author, artist, psychotherapist, founder of the Spiritual Emergence Network, and co-creator of Holotropic Breathwork. For almost thirty years, she has been active in the field of Transpersonal Psychology, which includes the spiritual aspects of human nature, as well as the emotional, mental, physical, and social aspects, as essential to a full understanding of the whole person. Ms. Grof is the author of The Thirst for Wholeness: Attachment, Addiction, and the Spiritual Path, The Eggshell Landing, and coauthor of Beyond Death, Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis and The Stormy Search for the Self.
Saturday, April 23 -- 10:45am to 12:00pm
Thirst for Wholeness: Addiction, Recovery and Spirituality
Almost forty years ago, the noted Swiss psychiatrist C.G. Jung wrote that an alcoholic’s “craving for alcohol was the equivalent on a low level of the spiritual thirst of our being for wholeness …(or) union with God.” Unfortunately, all too often, this craving can become distorted into addictions of all kinds. We will explore this craving as a universal thirst for our own wholeness — our spiritual nature. We will discuss addiction as an exaggerated form of attachment, the role of abuse in the development of addiction and other problems, the role of surrender, addictions of our global community, and the promise of healing and spiritual maturity. Illustrated with slides of drawings from alcoholism and sexual abuse recovery.
Learning goals and objectives:
- identify the mosaic of physical, emotional, mental, social and distorted spiritual hunger that create addictions
- define healthy spirituality and the role of healthy spirituality as essential in healing from addictions, as well as the journey of the addict through addiction and into recovery from a spiritual perspective
- identify the role of childhood trauma in later addictive behavior, within a broad spiritual framework and the effect of trauma in the creation of survival mechanisms and a false self, and
- identify how a genuine spiritual impulse toward wholeness, when combined with the effects of trauma, becomes distorted into addiction. The healing of trauma occurs through gradual diminishing of the false self and the rediscovery of one’s natural state of wholeness