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Stanislav Grof
[1931 - ]

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  • The Ultimate Journey: Consciousness and the Mystery of Death (2006)
    Beyond personal history and archetypal themes, a comprehensive psychology must also address the fundamental significance of birth and death. Stanislav Grof, M.D., renowned for his pioneering contributions regarding the psychological and spiritual aspects of the birth process, now adds invaluable insights from more than half a century of research and personal discovery into the experience of death and dying. Dr. Grof distills teachings from ancient wisdom and modern science that suggest how to face the process of death and dying. The ultimate journey challenges us all, and how we approach it is much more than major personal issue. Those who come to terms with death in deep experiential self-exploration tend to develop a sense of planetary citizenship, reverence for life in all its forms, and spirituality of a universal and all-encompassing nature. Such radial inner transformation might be humanity's only real chance for survival. The Ultimate Journey describes ancient and aboriginal ritual and spiritual practices that help us understand the experience of death, develop effective ways of making dying easier, and integrate it as a meaningful part of life. The book also summarizes modern studies that shed new light on a variety of phenomena related to death and dying, including psycho-spiritual death and rebirth, near-death experiences, and the new expanded cartography y of the psyche that has emerged from Grof's fifty years of research of psychedelic therapy, Holotropic Breathwork, and spontaneous psychospiritual crises.

  • When the Impossible Happens: Adventures in Non-Ordinary Reality (2006)
    Feelings of oneness with other people, nature, and the universe. Encounters with extraterrestrials, deities, and demons. Out-of-body experiences and past-life memories. Science casts a skeptical eye. But Dr. Stanislav Grof—the psychiatric researcher who co-founded transpersonal psychology—believes otherwise. When the Impossible Happens presents Dr. Grof ’s mesmerizing firsthand account of over 50 years of inquiry into waters uncharted by classical psychology, one that will leave readers questioning the very fabric of our existence. From his first LSD session that gave him a glimpse of cosmic consciousness to his latest work with Holotropic Breathwork, When the Impossible Happens will amaze readers with vivid explorations of topics such as:

    •  "Temptations of a Non-Local Universe"—experiments in astral projection

    • "Praying Mantis in Manhattan" and other tales of synchronicity

    • "Trailing Clouds of Glory"—remembering birth and prenatal life

    • "Dying and Beyond"—survival of consciousness after death Here is an incredible opportunity to journey beyond ordinary consciousness—guaranteed to shake the foundations of what we assume to be reality—and sure to offer a new vision of our human potential, as we contemplate When the Impossible Happens.

  • The Consciousness Revolution (2003) by Ervin László, Peter Russell, and Stanislav Grof
    hree pioneers at the cutting-edge of Western thought reflect on the chances of peace in the world, on how society is changing, and on the changes we can make in ourselves. They consider the roles of art, science, education, goals and values, world views, religion, spirituality and, above all, consciousness - for the state of our consciousness is the key issue underlying almost everything else.

    As Ken Wilber asks in his Foreword, what does it all finally come down to? Peter Russell puts it like this: 'Each little bit counts we are all part of the same ground-swell. The most important question we need to ask is how can I put my own life in greater alignment with that ground-swell? How can I do my little one-hundred-thousandth worth to facilitate that shift a bit further?'

    These intense and memorable discussions among three of the finest minds of our time convey a sense of excitement and passion which we can carry forward in our own lives. The Consciousness Revolution is an essential guide to how our map of reality is changing in the midst of the global transformation going on in all parts of the world and in every sphere of life, in us and around us.

  • Hr Giger (2002) with H. R. Giger

  • LSD Psychotherapy (2001)

  • Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research (2001)
    This accessible and comprehensive overview of the work of Stanislav Grof, one of the founders of transpersonal psychology, was specifically written to acquaint newcomers with his work. Serving as a summation of his career and previous works, this entirely new book is the source to introduce Grof's enormous contributions to the fields of psychiatry and psychology, especially his central concept of holotropic experience, where holotropic signifies "moving toward wholeness." Grof maintains that the current basic assumptions and concepts of psychology and psychiatry require a radical revision based on the intensive and systematic research of holotropic experience. He suggests that a radical inner transformation of humanity and a rise to a higher level of consciousness might be humankind's only real hope for the future.

  • The Cosmic Game: Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (1998)
    In this, his culminating work, the leading international figure in consciousness research masterfully synthesizes his vast findings, drawing not only upon psychedelic therapy and Holotropic Breathwork, but also from literature, cross-cultural studies, ancient mystical sources and psychological data, resulting in a profound consolidation and articulation of what is now known about non-ordinary states of consciousness. The Cosmic Game discusses the broadest philosophical, metaphysical and spiritual insights gleaned in Grof's research concerning human nature and reality, addressing the most fundamental questions human beings have asked about the nature of existence since time immemorial.

    Insights from research into non-ordinary states of consciousness portray existence as an astonishing play of the cosmic creative principle that transcends time, space, linear causality, and polarities of every kind and suggest an identity of the individual psyche in its furthest reaches with the universal creative principle and the totality of existence. This identity of the human being with the Divine is the ultimate secret that lies at the core of all great spiritual traditions.

  • Books of the Dead: Manuals for Living and Dying (1994)

  • Frontiers of the Hidden Mind: Insights and Discoveries from Lsd Psychotherapy (1992)

  • The Holotropic Mind: The Three Levels of Human Consciousness and How They Shape Our Lives (1992) by Stanislav Grof with Hal Zina Bennett

  • The Stormy Search for Self (1991) with Christina Groff

  • Spiritual Emergency (1989)

  • Human Survival and Consciousness Evolution (1988)

  • The Adventure of Self-Discovery:  (I)  Dimensions of Consciousness and (II): New Perspectives in Psychotherapy (1988)

  • Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death, and Transendence in Psychotherapy  (1985)
    Beyond the Brain seriously challenges the existing neurophysiological models of the brain. After three decades of extensive research on those non-ordinary states of consciousness induced by psychedelic drugs and by other means, Grof concludes that our present scientific world view is as inadequate as many of its historical predecessors. In this pioneering work, he proposes a new model of the human psyche that takes account of his findings.

  • Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science (1984)

  • Beyond Death: The Gates of Consciousness (1980)

  • The Dimensions of Dying and Rebirth: Lectures from the 1976 Easter Conference at the Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc. (1977)

  • The Human Encounter With Death (1977)

  • Realms of the Human Unconscious: Observations from Lsd Research  (1975)

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  • Transpersonal Conversations (2006)
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    The founding of transpersonal psychology, LSD and non-ordinary states-of-consciousness, an expanded cartography of human consciousness, out-of-body and near-death experiences, parapsychology and many other subjects are covered in this "Transpersonal Conversation" with Dr. Stanislav Grof. Grof is credited as one of the original founders of transpersonal psychology. He is also the founder and current President of the International Transpersonal Association as well as the co-creator (along with wife and co-author, Christina Grof) of Holotropic Breathwork. He has written or edited over 30 books and published more than 140 articles in professional journals.

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