Modern Consciousness Research, Archetypal Psychology, and Re-Enchantment of the World Stanislav Grof

In the juvenile hubris of the Industrial and Scientific Revolution, Western technological civilization glorified reason and radically redefined the term "enlightenment". The rejection of everything that was not rational included not only the irrational, but also the transrational. This unfortunate strategy led to disenchantment of the world and contributed significantly to the global crisis we are currently facing. In this lecture we will explore the findings of modern consciousness research and archetypal psychology that have brought convincing evidence that spirituality is a vital and legitimate dimension of the human psyche. We will discuss the consequences of these discoveries for psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy, anthropology, politics, religion, and other disciplines. We will pay special attention to the importance of these findings for alleviation of the alienation and crisis in modern society.