The Thirst for Wholeness: Attachment, Addiction, and the Spiritual Path

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Christina Grof is an advocate and spokesperson for the transpersonal psychology movement. She broadly defines addiction as an exaggerated form of attachment. Spirituality has been acknowledged in the recovery movement, but almost exclusively within a Christian-centred framework as it relates to the 12 Steps. The introduction of the transpersonal view to the principles of 12-step recovery has resulted in a valuable exchange and an enthusiastic response from her workshop participants. In this book, Grof addresses the issues from the perspectives of her own dramatic spiritual and addictive experience, and her personal recovery. Beginning with Jung's comparison of addiction to "The Thirst for Wholeness", taking us through the addictive process into healing, and concluding with "The Divine Experience of Being Human", this book should strike a chord with seekers of every persuasion.

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'A rich and powerful pathway to a fully human spiritual life… Excellent… please read it.'
JOHN BRADSHAW

Carl Gustav Jung described the addict's craving as a 'thirst for wholeness.' Christina Grof, a pioneer in the transpersonal psychology movement, draws on her own spiritual journey and addictive experience to explore the issues at the very heart of that craving – the longing for spiritual identity and the yearning to know the true self.

'A provocative reevaluation of addictive behaviour that considers it… within the context of a universal need for spiritual satisfaction… Inspired, well argued… and alight with hope and promise.'
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'A genuine, wise, and soulful description of the spiritual journey.'
LINDA LEONARD, author of 'Meeting the Madwoman'

'An elegantly simple and visionary book that illuminates the universal loss of our true nature and leads us back to the divine we all seek.'
JACK KORNFIELD, author of 'A Path with Heart'

'A book written with courage, poignancy, and hard-won insights.'
MARION WOODMAN, author of 'Conscious Femininity'

CHRISTINA GROF is the co-author, with her husband, Dr. Stanislav Grof, of 'Beyond Death', 'Spiritual Emergency', and 'The Stormy Search for the Self'. She is the founder of the Spiritual Emergence Network, president of Grof Transpersonal Training, and co-creator of Holotropic Breathwork.

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Christina Grof is the co-author, with her husband, Dr. Stanislav Grof, of ‘Beyond Death’, ‘Spiritual Emergency’, and the ‘Stormy Search for the Self’. She is the founder of the Spiritual Emergence Network, president of Grof Transpersonal Training, and co-creator of Holotropic Breathwork.

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