The Wide Open Door


The Wide Open Door


Tav Sparks talks about The Wide Open Door

“There is so far no work that bridges traditional recovery and the transpersonal perspective. There is nothing that introduces one to the other, or translates the language of each into the metaphor of the other, so that both become understandable to seekers interested in their synergistic possibilities.

It has long been my belief that these new observations in science, psychology, and spirituality are the pathways to enlarging our understanding of the true power and depth of Twelve Step practice. But thus far there has been no framework, no language, method, and structure to bring these disciplines together. Therefore, toward that end, I have written The Wide Open Door. First and foremost, it is an effort to validate and support those recovery seekers who feel that there really may be “something more” for them than what they have previously discovered about recovery. I have tried to write it in such a way that those seekers unfamiliar with this new perspective will be able to relate to it without much difficulty.”


Tav Sparks is a writer, international workshop leader, and Director of Grof Transpersonal Training, a program offering certification in Holotropic Breathwork™. For nearly 25 years he has worked therapeutically with people in non-ordinary states of consciousness. He is the author of Movie Yoga: How Every Film Can Change Your Life. His writing also includes screenplays, the poetry book, Through Thunder, and the training manual Doing Not Doing: A Facilitator’s Guide to Holotropic Breathwork. A pioneer in the field of the wellness perspective in addiction, he is the author of the groundbreaking work, The Wide Open Door, the Twelve Steps, Spiritual Tradition, and the New Psychology. He lives in Mill Valley, California, with his wife, Cary, and son, Bryn. His son, Ason, and his grandsons, Dallin and Kellin, live in Georgia.

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Weight 0.6 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 6 × 0.4 in